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 Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day

How often do you think about giving?  Do you have a set pattern in your life or a secret formula to your philanthropy?  I know that I have charities that I donate to every month.  Unfortunately, I cut out some of our donations recently because of our recent big pay cuts.  I did keep the monthly donations going to two of my favorite charities:  St. Jude and WaterAid.  The thing is, for the most part, the donations that I give are donations that I kind of set up and then forgot about.  It's good in one way, because the donations come out every month without me having to think about it.   It's all on auto-pilot.  But what if our salaries jump back up in the next year?  Will I remember to re-up our donations?  Maybe not.

I recently was given the chance to review Jennifer Iacovelli's new book Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day.  I was given a copy for free to facilitate my review.  All opinions are mine and no other compensation was received. 

What I took away from the book is that giving should become embedded in my being, not just something that I set on autopilot. There are countless opportunities every day for giving.  I used to drive for Meals on Wheels until my van became too unreliable.  Recently my friends and I have all been given the opportunity to help out a friend who is going through a tough time.  I used to volunteer at my kids' schools.  And this is a silly small thing~~I always leave my quarter in the shopping cart at Aldi.  I hope that some day someone will notice and it will either help them if they have their hands full or will brighten their day somehow.  Sometimes now when I go back, I'll see two or three carts with quarters left in them.  

Jennifer covers many things in her book, including:

  • The psychology and health benefits of giving.  She discusses how giving improves overall happiness and well-being.
  • Why is showing compassion considered evolutionarily beneficial? Are we wired to give?
  •  Why do non-profit organizations reject some donations but not others?
  • Simple ways to make giving a part of our everyday mindset.  Perhaps you could help someone carry their groceries or pay for someone else's coffee.
  • How to find products to buy and companies to support that give back or support a worthy cause.
  • Stories of how individuals and companies have found joy and meaning in their giving.
I particularly liked reading about the companies that help individuals and companies incorporate giving into their lives and businesses.  Before this book, I never even knew that organizations like that existed.

Jennifer also stresses the importance of letting people know how you are giving~~not to toot your own horn~~but because it has been proven that giving is contagious.  You just might inspire others to start their own giving campaigns.

Jennifer also stresses that we can "give back" by purchasing items that allow us to shop "consciously."  There are a lot of legitimate companies that offer products that are Fair Trade.  When you purchase Fair Trade items, the employees have been paid a fair wage.


The book has "40 Ideas to Make Your World a Better Place."  There are lots of websites listed in her book that give you a practical starting-off point to start your giving journey.


Jennifer also gives tips on how to take your passion for a cause and turn it into a business or nonprofit that supports the cause.  There are lots of resources listed for this purpose also.


I love that Jennifer isn't just trying to tell us why giving is good.  She also gives so many practical tips, resources and websites.


Here are the chapters:
  1. Acting on the Pull to Give
  2. The Psychology of Giving
  3. Giving Model 1: Everyday Acts of Kindness
  4. Giving Model 2: A New Approach to Traditional Philanthropy
  5. Giving Model 3: Shopping With a Conscience
  6. Giving Model 4: Taking Action on Your Passion
  7. Giving Model 5: Giving as a Business Model
  8. Giving Model 6: Giving it Forward
  9. Become a Simple Giver


You can find her book beginning today at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound



 
You can find out more about Jennifer Iacovelli and her publisher in these ways:
simplegivinglab.com
www.tarcherbooks.com


Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for free to facilitate my review.  All opinions are mine and no other compensation was received. This post contains an affiliate link

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Michelle! I appreciate your support and am happy you enjoyed the book!

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