Simple Giving October 26 2015, 1 Comment

I have always felt, as my friend Jennifer Iavocelli puts it,  “The pull to give.”  Over the years, I have donated funds and time from global to community causes, with a heartfelt feeling that it was my place to offer myself to others to help make this world a better place. From hurricane relief to donating to school backpack programs, to fostering rescue dogs, I have heard and heeded the call  to help where I can when I can.

I’m not telling you this to brag or to win your praise.  I’m sharing this information with you since I think most of us want to help and want to make a difference, yet, we don’t know how or where to start.  We live in a society today where for most of us, money is tight and time can be even tighter.  Therefore, how can we offer ourselves to service in a meaningful way? 

I met Jennifer Iacovelli, at first virtually, via her Blog, Another Jennifer, about three years ago and had the privilege of meeting her in person two years ago.  Jennifer has been committed to teaching people how to incorporate giving into their daily lives for some time now, and I am excited to tell you that her her passion for philanthropy perpetuated the publishing of her book, entitled, Simple Giving, Easy Ways to Give Every Day

I love Jennifer’s book, which is chock full of information on everything from different giving models, for both individuals and businesses, as well as resources for finding credible non profits to get involved with.  Early in the book, Jennifer differentiates the difference between “charity” and “philanthropy” by citing definitions of both credited to Matthew Smith, which define “charity” as giving and philanthropy as “doing.” 

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s admirable and necessary, to give money to causes that we believe in, but when we look at philanthropy as an action, a long term commitment, something ingrained in our lives, then philanthropy becomes part of who we are and part of our legacy. 

Jennifer notes that becoming a simple giver does not necessarily mean making grand gestures, or again, donating lots of money. It means making sustainable actions that have a positive impact and that benefit something or someone else.  Jennifer suggests many ways we can make a positive impact, from holding open a door for a busy mother, to picking up trash in your neighborhood, to shopping locally, to talking to your children about giving back.  

These may seem like small gestures, but they make a difference in people’s lives. 

A few months back, we had explained to our customers that in lieu of coupon codes and discounts on granola, we had decided to allot funds as well as time for different causes that spoke to our hearts. We believe that our community would prefer this of us and that your hearts are in the same place.  We will continue to use our resources and our voice to make as much of a positive impact as we possibly can. 

Jennifer’s book has reinforced for me the importance of sustainable giving.  It is my goal for this to be more than a blog post on a book but the beginning of a conversation that Jennifer suggested we start.

I would love to hear your ideas on how we can keep the conversation going and how Hippie Chick Granola Co. can contribute. 


Thank you all! 

Much love always,

Ilene Evans