Random Act of Kindness (RAK Day) for many regions in our member base was marked on Friday, November 6th. In support of our members, and respect for a wonderful initiative, ASSOCIUM donated items and cash to create 36 ‘Giving Bags’. The ASSOCIUM GAIN team took those bags into downtown Toronto and randomly gave them out to those in need.
The bags included items such as toiletries, granola bars, socks, and blankets. They were graciously received by many, and our team walked away with the warm and fuzzies knowing we gave kindness to random strangers who did not expect to receive, and who were not asked for anything in return. We were able to see firsthand some of the various real people our members strive each and every day to assist.
The connections we made that day will carry with us for some time. Thank you to all of the Pillars of the Community for your strength and tireless dedication in all sectors of our not-for-profit community. Society could simply not exist as we know it without the good works of those who work to serve it.
According to the Blackbaud Index, tracking $692.5 million of overall giving from 276 Canadian organizations, and $154.3 million of online giving from 219 Canadian organizations there has been a decline in giving year over year by 5.7% and 2%, respectively.
As many of you may know, the first Tuesday after US Thanksgiving is now referred to as Giving Tuesday. We are looking forward to creating a platform for our private sector client friends to give back on this day.
For our part, ASSOCIUM GAIN is thrilled to be able to help organizations find the funds to put back into their structure and services so that they may continue to make a difference in the lives of so many.