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Is Giving Really All That One-Sided?

We all know the basic rule of thumb with giving – in order for it to work, there needs to be someone who gives and someone who receives. But until we make a regular habit of giving – be it time, gifts, effort or objects – it’s easy to miss the fact that giving isn’t
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What Happened With All Those Blankets

This is a special blog post that shares a brief interview Jay had with Kamati from the Children’s After School program in Namibia. It explores what happened when we gathered a group of people together to raise money to give to these children. Jay: What difference did the blankets make for the kids last year? Did
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Together We Got This

Together We Got This

I was in Haiti several years ago to help build an addition onto a school and was blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of the Haitians we worked alongside. We lacked a lot of the modern equipment. We didn’t have cement trucks and heavy machinery. We didn’t have scaffolding and fancy tools. But what
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What 74 Toonies Have Taught Me Thus Far

What 74 Toonies Have Taught Me Thus Far

74 Toonies down. 291 more to go. Since this is almost exactly 1/5th of the way in I thought I’d pause and reflect on some of the deeper (and lighter) things I’ve learned thus far: 35 years old and under is the sweet spot. I had a solid run of yes’s for people under 35
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Toonie Giveaway: Saved At The Gas Pump

Toonie Giveaway: Saved at the Gas Pump

I’m up north in the Muskoka’s spending a lovely week with my parents on the lake. This has always been a place that I look forward to visiting in the summer. Since I was in diapers I’ve come up here for summer holidays and a much needed change of pace and scenery. Naturally, I included
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The Other Side Of Giving

The Other Side of Giving

On our website, the 4th point under ‘What is Givesome’ reads, ‘we believe that when people experience the impact their dollars have on the lives of others they also benefit from the experience – and are more likely to want to give again.’ Rather than try to prove this with fancy arguments and scientific
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What If You Could SEE?

What if you could SEE?

I’ll never again underestimate the power of seeing with your own eyes the result of something you’ve contributed toward. Just weeks after officially registering Givesome as a nationally based not-for-profit I thought it was time I seriously put my theory to the test. I knew how much it meant to me to get to see
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Toonie Giveaway #51 – Everyone Has A Story

Toonie Giveaway #51 – Everyone Has a Story

I’m almost 2 months into my toonie experiment. I gave away toonie #51 today and once again met another total stranger (Cory) who through the toonie exchange I got to speak to and get to know a little. I was in line for a mini train ride that my son wanted to go on… again.
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What Good Is $2?

What good is $2?

I get questions all the time around the small amounts of money that we encourage people to give towards the projects that interest them. Giving as little as $2 towards a project is not the typical opportunity that people are offered. So why offer it? I have two reasons. One reason links back to
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