Put Generosity Under Your Tree


The practical demonstration of generosity is displayed every year under a Christmas tree! The season begins for many people with the same old question, “What do you want for Christmas?” What do you get the person who has everything? When I was asked that question as a kid, it was a welcome invitation to describe…

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The Unexpected Comfort of Giving

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My mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. We were told her condition was treatable, but not curable. To say the diagnosis hit Mom and the rest of the family hard is an understatement. Statistics[1] hold that most Canadians know all too well the flood of emotions that accompany this news. In addition to new…

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Beyond the Thanksgiving Table

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This time of year was always special to me when I was a kid. Thanksgiving meant a big turkey dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, complete with stuffing and all the fixings. Grandma would cook the food, and Grandpa’s job was to carve the turkey with the electric knife. And oh, the desserts! There was…

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Life Lessons for (or is that from?) a New Generation

Hope for the Future About two years ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the same conference as 10-year-old Manitoba activist Alliana Rempel. Inspired by reading “I am Malala”, this precocious pre-teen founded the charity ‘Battle the Bad with Beauty’ in support of children’s rights to education. About a year later, I had a…

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Christmas in July

It Wasn’t Always About Advertising For the past 70 years, North American advertisers have used the concept of “Christmas in July” to sell everything from overstocked holiday supplies to furniture and automobiles. But, did you know that this advertising trope has origins in a late 1930s and early 1940s charity campaign? It gained national attention…

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Making an Impact

People give to charity for many different reasons, but one thing they all share is the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Opportunities abound for generous people to give to a good cause. Large national and international organizations vie for donations, small local charities fundraise and, lately, direct appeals through sites…

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Generosity is Caught, Not Taught

Concern for the welfare of others has long been a core virtue in most of the world’s societies. Parents today, regardless of faith, wealth, or background, want our children to grow into “good people” who are kind, generous, and think of others before themselves. But how do we pass on these lessons? I believe generosity…

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A Key Conversation

[May is Legacy Month at Abundance Canada, and throughout the month we are sharing a variety of information about will and estate planning on our website and through social media. We invite you to share, like, and comment.] Reticent to face our own mortality and influenced by countless TV and movie plots where inheritances lead…

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Lessons from the Garden

Whether we are under a snowfall warning or we are enjoying tulips poking their heads through the ground, the calendar tells us that Spring is officially here.  For me, this time of year always ushers in great optimism as the dormant ground becomes ready for another growing season. Of course, it doesn’t happen on its…

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