In Simple Giving, Iacovelli inspires us with the stories of how people ranging from moms to social entrepreneurs are giving back in creative ways. By being more mindful of how our actions impact others and taking steps toward positive change, we also live happier and more fulfilled lives.
Most people think they have to donate a lot of time and money in order to make a difference. But there are easy ways to integrate giving into our personal and professional lives that don't necessarily involve either. Jennifer Iacovelli shows us how to make giving a part of our daily routines. Even seemingly insignificant gestures such as holding the door open for a stranger or paying someone else's toll can brighten that person's day. In the long term, we can also think about ways to make sustainability and social good a part of our business models and shopping habits.
After working in the nonprofit sector in communications and development for ten years, Iacovelli became frustrated with the disconnect between givers and receivers. Givers (or potential givers) didn't realize how much of an impact they could make, while recipients couldn't thank the organization enough. In simple giving, Iacovelli inspires us with the stories of how people, ranging from moms to social entrepreneurs, are giving back in creative ways. She presents six giving models, ending each chapter with ideas to put these models into action, as well as additional resources to help us figure out how best to give in ways that fit our unique lifestyles and interests. By being more mindful of how our actions impact others and taking steps toward positive change, we also live happier, more fulfilled lives.
'Simple Giving takes the whole concept of giving to another level entirely. It's refreshing, fun, and practical. And a most exhilarating new way to think about the impact of charity.' Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times-bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
'At some level, we all want to give. But how to do it effectively is often the challenge. Jennifer tells us that and much, much more. Simple Giving is a must-read (and a definite 'must act-upon'). A huge contribution to a much better world.' Paul Dunn, cofounder and chairman of BIGI (Buy 1 Give 1)
'Jennifer Iacovelli demystifies the idea that giving is only for those with huge amounts of money and loads of time, and distils it into chapters that introduce us to everyday people who have created legacies by their simple giving. This book is chock-full of resources and ideas to help us realize how each one of us can be an everyday philanthropist through daily giving opportunities.' Linda Cohen, author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your Life
'Jennifer has found the balance between inspiring stories and accessible giving measures that help to turn the chaos of today's philanthropy landscape into a road map for fulfilling end effective change-making.' Karl Hofmann, CEO of Population Services International
'This book is a must-have for everyone who wants to do good in the world. Filled with real-life examples and practical advice, Simple Giving is a resource-rich guide to changing the world and leading a more meaningful life.' Jeannine Harvey, senior manager for strategic relationships at The ONE Campaign