In-kind gifts, also referred to as in-kind donations, is a type of charitable giving in which instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given. In-kind contributions can include tangible goods like equipment, books, cars, clothing, furniture and supplies. Goods may also be intangible, such as advertising space, marketing expertise, patents, royalties and copyrights.
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On an otherwise quiet day, August 30, 2009, a young woman I
will never meet gave my family the most amazing gift. More specifically, my Dad. His kidneys had failed in the years leading
up to this. He had been on dialysis, but
after experiencing just about every complication possible, the rest of us stood
helplessly and watched him turn into a very old man almost overnight. My brother, my sister, and I were ruled out
as possible donors due to other health concerns, not that we had any faith we
could convince Dad to let one of us be a donor for him. Then early in morning, the call came. He had a match. His donor gave him (and others) life, even as
I cannot describe the feelings from that day, not
really. But I carry a debt with me, a
need to do my part to give back. I know
that I may not have organs worth giving when my time comes, who knows. But I’ll make sure my wishes are known. It’s like an ultimate way to “pay it
forward”, the most honorable way of giving I can imagine. I’ve wondered how to share my thoughts on
this, how to encourage my friends, and maybe they would encourage their
friends, to consider making this a priority.
April is “Give Life” month, and I think maybe I have a small way to promote giving. I encourage all of you reading this to consider including organ donation as part of you plans for giving to your community. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if during April, we could get 100 new donors listed? It’s easy to do. Many states let you mark this on the back of your drivers license. If that is not an option for you, look at these websites: donatelife.net, organtransplants.org, core.org, organdonor.gov. I’m creating an event on a new Civic Engagement app – Civic Rush. If you make the decision to join the ranks of miracle workers, use the app to join the event.
Have you ever felt empty? Like something is missing? Do you have a list of achievements, yet you still feel unfulfilled? Don’t worry you’re not alone. Many people often encounter these same feelings. I even remember feeling like this at one point in my life. I would read articles on passion, purpose, and fulfillment trying to figure out how to get out of that funk. Through reading these articles, I found they all had one thing in common. Giving back to others. They believed giving to others or providing a service to others, provides a sense of fulfillment: a sense of purpose. Alice Walton, from The Science of Giving Back article points out, “Being part of something larger might be one of the best things we can do, both for others and ourselves.”
I couldn’t agree more. As soon as I started to actively and intentionally volunteer, donate, and engage in my community, I didn’t feel so empty. When I didn’t have time but was limited on funds, I would volunteer. When I didn’t have time but I had the funds, I would donate. When I didn’t have time or funds, I would try to engage in my community. Engaging in my community would be something as simple as doing a random good deed for some I encounter while navigating my day.
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins
Fulfillment is a great reason to give back to others.
However, there are so many benefits to giving back:
It improves your
health for both the mind and the body. Studies have found that those who
volunteer benefit from reduced stress levels, lower blood pressure, and have a
lower mortality rate than those who do not.
It provides new experiences
and opportunities. It provides an opportunity for you to connect with
like-minded people and even people who may provide a different perspective than
you. Networking can lead to career opportunities, neighborhood resources, and
It contributes to your community. Whether it’s through community cleanup, community activities, or a simply act of kindness. You can gain sense of fulfillment through contributing to your community by making it a better place to live for everyone, including yourself.
Helps you find your
purpose. If you want to find your purpose, do something for someone else.
But don’t take my word for it. Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “The best way to
find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
How will you lose yourself today?