Happy Generosity Day!


How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? With some ethically-sourced chocolate or flowers? How about with some generosity?

About a year ago, Sasha Dichter, Acumen Fund’s Chief Innovation Officer, decided to spend the month of December saying “yes” to everyone who asked him for money – a homeless person, a street musician, a nonprofit. Prior to this, his gut response was to say “no.” He said that this was keeping him from being the open, generous person that he wanted to be.

Sasha then got together with with Katya Andreson of Network for Good, Scott Case of Malaria No More, and Ellen McGirt of Fast Company to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day.

What does that mean? As Sasha said, it’s “… one day of sharing love with everyone, of being generous to everyone, to see how it feels and to practice saying Yes.”

Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate Generosity Day on February 14:

* Give money to that street musician whose music makes you smile

* Sign up for a volunteer activity in your community

* Leave a $5 tip for a $2 coffee

* Make a promise to to help someone do something that you are good at

* Introduce yourself to someone you see every day but have never said hello to

* Make a donation to your favorite charity of the day

* Give someone an unexpected compliment

Once you’ve pledged to celebrate Generosity Day, join charity: water, Pencils of Promise, and Facebook Causes (to name a few) and share the idea of Generosity Day with your community


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Photo and video courtesy of Acumen Fund

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Hanna Barney
Hanna Barney3 years ago

Leave a $5 tip for a $2 coffee

try convincing my dad to do that....
or any other money hungry person....

Pogle S.
Pogle S.3 years ago

Well Dan B: I tried to post the following comment on your site but it won't let me because I am not American!

"Well done Dan, you have set in motion an excellent initiative that is bound to change the lives of all involved. I'm poorer than a poor church mouse but I posses a wealth of love energy that I am prepared to commit to your project of international enlightenment and positive relations. I don’t pretend to know the answer to everything but I am stupid enough to believe that the answer is simple and not sophisticated! [Sophist: A Greek philosopher who was adept at conveying a fallacious argument in a most convincing manner]. There is no substitute for a one to one experience in an apparently alien environment. At heart we are the same people with different mind-sets. The unblinkered truth sets us free to will the world as we would want to live our lives in it!"

Love, Light & Laughter
Pogle x
PS: I can be contacted at iriseye@hotmail.co.uk if you think I can help in any way other than financial. :-)>

I’m sorry that your chosen site is so parochial… it doesn’t bode well for international relations but there again life is filled with obstacles that must be overcome for the benefit of free communications!

Dan B.
Dan Brook3 years ago

I'm trying to bring a diverse group of about 20 college students from San Jose State Univ to Thailand to volunteer with local orgs to help Thai people while empowering my students.

You will be providing much-needed support to well-deserving students and we would greatly appreciate it.

I could arrange for postcards, photos, and/or souvenirs to be sent to you in exchange for your generous donation. We could also discuss a range of other intriguing possibilities, depending on your support.


Jose Ramon Fisher Rodrigu

Honestly, I get very tired of the concept of "cause X" or "cause Y" Day, or Week, or Month... it almost seems like a license to concentrate on the issue only for that one day or week or month and forget about it the rest of the year. It's what you do all year round that matters.

Sharon O.
Sharon O'malley3 years ago

love this

Pogle S.
Pogle S.3 years ago

This is great! I have consciously made the effort to stay in touch with this thread and to award every contributor a green star; (except for those beautiful people that I’d already green-starred in the previous week).
It was undertaken as a bit of fun wrapped up in giving (rather like doing a stranger a random act of kindness) illustrating the point of the story.
Haha! I’ve made some new friends as a result, exchanged messages with many more and have been given lots of green stars! I love it; the Attitude of Gratitude transforms everybody’s lives and it only took a little generosity to generate it all! :-)>

Tim Cheung
Tim C.3 years ago


Vicki P.
Victoria P.3 years ago

Interesting idea...everyday

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

I really like this idea!
A day set aside for honoring everyone special in your life--from your child, lover, friend, to a homeless guy on the street!