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
Photo and video courtesy of Acumen Fund