Are you getting the reward of giving?

Boy at the Ruben Centre – photo courtesy of The 500 Supporters Group

It is the time of year when we think about giving.

If you are looking for a worthy cause, you could consider the work being done by The 500 Supporters’ Group, spearheaded by Patrick O’Brien. 

Business leaders contribute $500 per year for the Ruben Centre which supports families in Kenya’s Mukuru slums, 10km from the centre of Nairobi.  This outstanding community-based ‘not for profit’ has been underpinned by The 500 Supporters’ Group for the last 20 years. … Read more

Are you getting the reward of giving?

Boy at the Ruben Centre – photo via 500 Supporters’ Group

I once asked a senior executive who was involved on numerous boards and charities, how he found the time to do it all. His answer was simple, “I get back twice as much as I put in,” he said. To him, giving was its own reward.
It is a view supported by a survey of 200,000 adults in 136 countries, who answered questions about their charitable donations and happiness. After household income and other demographic factors were taken into account, they received a boost in their well-being from having given in the past month; as high as it would be if they doubled their household income. Read more

Thank you for making a difference

It is a good time of the year to think about those less fortunate than us. It is easy to forget that the lifestyle we take for granted is not enjoyed by many people in the developing world. The gap is so large that we could be forgiven for concluding that there is not much any of us can do to make a difference. That is why a focused initiative is attractive to many business leaders who want to see their contributions make a direct impact.Read more