Giving

5 Brand Communication Strategies for the Holidays

Nick Cowling | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Just as the lights, the decorations, and the overall glow of the season offer a breath of fresh air against the dull weather outside. So too do our favourite brands -- if they make an effort to stick out.

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

Become a Contemplative Consumer This Holiday Season

Ryan D. Jacobs | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Ryan D. Jacobs

The word consumer often calls to mind the idea of consumerism, which gets a pretty bad rap. Consumerism can lead to unbridled consumption, with its complete disregard for environmental depletion and the impact on anyone who dares to stand in its way. What does a contemplative approach to consumption look like?

What Social Media Can Teach You About Living a Fuller Life

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Let me fill you in on a secret: It's because you are too busy focusing on you, your company and your brand. You. You. More you. Forget about yourself for a second. Focus on the scintillating stars around you. They are gorgeous, captivating and brilliant! There is so much to discover. It is there waiting, just like you. All you have to do is open years eyes, click and share.

For 375,000 Ontarians, Thanksgiving Dinner Isn't a Reality

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

It must be fall, bringing with it Thanksgiving. This October, however, more than 16,000 families in Ontario will have no other choice but to visit a food bank for the first time in their entire lives. And while the idea of turkey dinner with all the trimmings certainly sounds delicious, for over 375,000 adults and children, it is simply not the reality of the season.

Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

As an adolescent psychiatrist, I've treated countless patients who have achieved their cherished external goals, such as acceptance into a dance academy, sports team, or college of "their choice"-- but whose lives are utterly devoid of internal joy. Your role as a parent has a major impact on your child's understanding of the word gratitude.

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Dr. Shimi Kang

Family holidays can provide great learning opportunities for children, all without a book or classroom insight! Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid's valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons...sometimes without them even knowing it.

When Giving a Gift Feels Better Than Getting One

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Sylvia Forrest

I hope my children are learning to enjoy giving as much as I do. When they get the package, they'll wonder, What is this? Why am I getting a package? Who sent it? I want other people to feel the way I felt.

Gross Global Happiness Has No Limit

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last year was the first-ever Happiness Day, and we heard plentiful advice on how to make ourselves happy. But if we want to maximize our planet's sum total of happiness, it would seem most efficient to share the fortune we have -- material, emotional and spiritual -- with those who have little.

How Understanding 'The 5 Love Languages' Can Help Your Business

Anne Day | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Have you ever read The 5 Love Languages ? It is an interesting book, and one that can help you better understand your partner and other important relationships in your life. I believe in building your business relationships, that you also have to tap into the same languages.

When You Donate Food, Don't Just Give the Cans You Can't Stomach

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Darlena Cunha

It's important to be mindful when you give. Next time you attend a function where people ask for a donation for charity don't reach for the minute rice or the wax beans that you know you're not going to eat -- reach for your favourite tin of soup, or a jug of real juice or some healthy pasta, and consider how much MORE receiving that kind of generosity will mean to someone who does need the help.

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

Giving to Others Is a Gift to Yourself

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Betty Ann Heggie

Giving detaches us from our obsessive thinking about ourselves. It breaks down loneliness by creating a human connection. Giving and happiness feed one another -- both are intertwined. Giving to others is a gift to yourself.

When Running Is Futile and Giving Brings the Joy Back

Lori Gard | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

I have been feeling it all week -- like a balloon expanding far past its limit. It pushes on my chest and squeezes my lungs. Stress. Anxiety. Tension....

Be the Gift: Why Giving Yourself is the Best Gift of All

Lori Gard | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

We pile on the wagon, a row on either side -- with a few stragglers stuck in the middle. Hay scratches at our ankles while wide,wooden slats hold us i...

Sometimes It's Easier To Give Than To Receive

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

"Tell me something happy," my friend requested today after an hour of divorce-talk. "I don't want to be the friend who just calls to cry. I don't want to use you as a crutch." "I'll be glad to tell you happy things," I replied, "but don't think it's not okay to call and cry. I am honoured that you choose me to call when you need advice."

Tis the Season to Give. Here's Why! #WhatWouldYouGive

Amber Rehman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Amber Rehman

In late November TELUS asked their Facebook friends a simple question; if you could give anything to anyone, what would you give? To give is one thing, but to involve the average person and allow them to be part of the sharing is a beautiful thing.

This Season, It's Worth Remembering How Much One Gift Can Accomplish

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

While "Giving Tuesday" hasn't fully migrated north to Canada, the idea behind it is appealing. With all the ads and other reminders to shop and give at this time of year, I think it's worth stepping back for a moment to consider how and why we give and also the far-reaching results certain gifts can generate.

Do All Diseases Need a "Movember" Gimmick?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Josh D. Scheinert

Movember has made a very important contribution to men's health. But in addition to Movember, November is also Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month. But most of us probably didn't know that; you can't grow two moustaches at once. Movember, along with a few other of the more fortunate charitable campaigns, is a behemoth. In its success, which is to be commended, Movember leaves a wake of other, less fortunate charities, patients, doctors and researchers. As this trend will inevitably continue to grow, I'm not entirely sure we should be comfortable with that.

Joshua Ostroff

Nelly Furtado's Million-Dollar Donation Is Going To The Girls

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.18.2012 | Canada Impact

When Nelly Furtado showed up at Toronto’s We Day 2011 youth rally, the 20,000 teenage activists in attendance likely expected some songs and maybe a...

Layaway Bills Paid Off By Anonymous Donors

CBC | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada Living

Anonymous donors in the United States are paying off the layaway accounts of strangers, buying the toys and games set aside by impoverishe...

More Canadians Are Giving To Charity, Report Finds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2012 | Canada Living

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Teach Your Kids About Giving And Charity When They're Young

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living

As we go about our busy days -- fretting about deadlines, school lunches, car payments and credit card bills -- it can be difficult to make charity a ...