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Children’s Day: How to instil the habit of giving in kids

THERE are lots of innovative ways to encourage children to give from a very young age. This Children’s Day, parents can consider ways in which they can teach their young ones to give by supporting charities, taking care of the environment, volunteering for community-based causes, and in many other ways. Educating kids to set aside their time or money...

The value of effective giving

I started thinking about the ideas expressed in The Life You Can Save back when I was a graduate student at Oxford. Like many young people, my consciousness of the world around me was expanding. I was becoming acutely aware of the economic inequality between the “developed” world and the “developing” world. I was surrounded by privilege while billions...

What’s stopping us from giving?

JUST ahead of Christmas, I had a WhatsApp reminder about giving from an organisation I know and trust, one that has been committed to cancer aid for the underprivileged for 25 years. I wrote back immediately saying I would contribute something. I was entirely sincere when I responded: Ever since I lost my mother to cancer, I have tried...

Swami Vivekananda inspires the youth to give and serve

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NATIONAL Youth Day is celebrated every year on January 12, to honour the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of India's most incredible spiritual and inspirational leaders, who believed in the power of youth and service to humanity. Swami Vivekananda was a great believer in the potential of youth to change the world. He urged the Indian youth to educate...

Give survey: Health and hunger are citizens’ top concerns

Hunger is a top concern
COVID-19 saw a dramatic worsening of India's health and hunger situation, exposing the fragility of the country's health infrastructure, food security and livelihood systems. So the revelations of Give's annual Giving Survey came as no surprise - with the majority (67%) seeing developing treatment for a disease, tackling hunger, and  providing access to nutritious food and essential health services...

10 ways of giving back this Christmas

TALKING about giving, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” There isn’t a better time to give than during the holiday season of Christmas and the run up to the New Year. Worldwide charitable giving increases during the festival season, and...

It’s time to be kind… again

UNLIKE some others I know, WhatsApp is the last thing I check first thing in the morning. If this sounds like a conundrum, that’s because it is. Most people I know grab their mobile phones, bleary-eyed and start scrolling through the stream of messages that have filled their inbox while they slept: catching up is clearly more critical than the morning...

‘The world is not perfect, but it can get a lot better’

I MADE my first donation on Give around 2006. At that time, mobile phones meant Nokia and you could easily sign up for firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Online commerce was rare and online donations were nonexistent. I remember wondering how powerful this platform could be, if millions of people donated a small part of their income to causes they believed in. I also...

How much should you be giving?

FEW people would argue that one should not ‘give’ to help others. Even the most hardened “market” believers will agree that they have been beneficiaries of ‘giving’ by their own parents - imagine a new-born child asked to “fend for itself in the marketplace” and compete for everything. But how much should one give? What is the right benchmark for...

Myopic philanthropy needs new glasses

How do we change the inherent thinking about the right to equal resources among India's growing population of wealthy professionals? THE affluent professional in India has a problematic relationship with philanthropy. The notion of sharing their own, burgeoning wealth – which they consider their natural due in recompense for their work – is not informed with any idea of equality...
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