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My sister and I had an interesting conversation around the definition of a GIVE. She asked me the difference between a GIVE as I reference “throughout my blog, versus being a “good Samaritan”. You could also add to the comparison a Random Act of Kindness or being philanthropic – or is that term for Warren Buffet and friends only.

In a recent post I referenced an interesting article in the Globe & Mail by Sarah Boesveld. It discusses the results from the World Giving Index which is run by the Charities Aid Foundation. It was the first time a giving had been measured around the world. The WGI specifies how it defines “giving” to measure people’s charitable behaviours. These are the “giving” categories

Volunteer your time to an organization
Donate money to charities
Extend a helping hand to a stranger in need

How does 365 define a GIVE? First I will do my research. A quick comparison is in order.

A Random Act of Kindness

Wikipedia definition:  “a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.”
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is quoted as “inspires people to practice kindness and to “pass it on” to others.

Good Samaritan

WorldNetWeb definition:  “a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others.”


Wikipedia: “the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of mankind, as by charitable aid or donations.”
The Business Dictionary: “Greek term translated as “love of mankind.”

They are all great words and definitions. Giving to me takes on the form of a great recipe. A little bit of everything mixed together with some of my own spice. .


As defined by Jacqueline Way: An action executed to support or increase the well being of mankind, animal-kind and earth-kind.

This can be achieved by:

Volunteering spontaneously throughout your day or planning your volunteer time through organizations or for a worthy cause
Donating or raising money, goods or services for a cause
Using your personal purchasing power to create change
Lending a hand to another person, animal or the planet earth when in need
Using your experience and influence to educate, create awareness or generate dialogue about a cause or issue

I would love to hear your definition of a GIVE.

Jacqueline Way
Jacqueline Way
My dream is to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone. As a family we have come to learn through our own daily giving practice that if we all do one small thing to give every day – together we will be the change the world needs.

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