Isn’t it always the way? I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the lovely woman I have been chatting to for the past hour, but can recall every single word to a song that came out 18 years ago!
Honestly, I wish I could forget the song, but it’s been running through my head all week, “Tell me what you want, what you really really want…” Someone help me!Why, you may rightly ask, do you know the words to a Spice Girls song?
That is a long and somewhat twisted story I will save for another day. Today, the reason it is playing in an endless loop in my head is because at GroupTogether we are talking charity.
Although we all know that giving to charity is the right thing to do, more often than not we don’t do it. Why? Ah, Grasshopper, there are too many ways to count. So we want to make it easy to have your cake and share it too. You can get what you really want (aha! the connection at last) and at the same time donate a bit of your good fortune to charity. We call it gift karma.
Every group gift collection has the option to donate 0% to 100% of the gift money to a charity or cause of your choice. Everyone wins. The gift recipient is over the moon with their one great gift and can feel good about sharing their largess. The friends who contributed are happy because they gave a gift that was truly wanted and, at the same time, contributed to a worthy cause. A virtuous circle if there ever was one.
It’s completely optional of course but it’s an excellent way to give back when others are giving to you. It’s also a unique way of introducing kids to the idea of donating to charity from a young age. By organising a group gift you can discuss with your child what gift they want (fun fun), how they want to share in their good fortune (it’s easier to share when you know you are getting something special) and who they want to share it with (yay! your child gets to choose not you).
It’s an easy and painless way to introduce the idea of charitable giving, and hopefully habit forming as well. Maybe now I can move onto a new song, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna…
As parents, we’ve all been there and we’ve all said it, that seminal line, spoken moments after your child’s birthday party has ended, “NEVER again”. And yet…in our infinite wisdom