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Get ready for Generosity Day 2012

We are getting ready to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day on February 14, 2012.

Generosity, balanced with accountability, is one of the core values of Acumen Fund, and deepening our own practice of generosity is something we are enthusiastic about.  Our goal is to make the day about love, action and human connection – because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly.

Here are three easy ways to get started:

Take the Generosity Day Pledge

Join us and pledge to practice saying YES for a day at www.causes.com/generosityday.

Join Acumen Fund and +acumen chapters around the world in saying “Yes!”

Acumen Fund staff and each of our +acumen volunteer chapters will be celebrating Generosity Day by saying “Yes!” in their own way.  Connect with your local chapter here or celebrate the day by conducting your own Generosity Experiment.

Wear Generosity on your sleeve

Our +acumen volunteer chapters worked together with SelflessTee to design a t-shirt that helps to spread awareness for Generosity Day.   The t-shirts are available at www.selflesstee.com/generosity.  Place your order by Monday, January 23, 2012 to receive your t-shirt by February 14.

Thoughts and questions about the day?  Add a comment below.

More on Generosity Day

The idea for Generosity Day came from Sasha Dichter from Acumen Fund, whose own month-long Generosity Experiment led him to reflect on his own generosity practice, and to recognize that in the push for more accountable and rigorous philanthropy and social change work, if we lose the soul of generosity we will become unmoored. You can also learn more about Generosity Day 2011 by reading these articles: Fast Company, Huffington Post, Sasha’s blog, or watch Sasha’s TEDTalk below, which was featured as one of the “Best of the Web” in 2011.

Sasha Dichter: The Generosity Experiment from TED Blog on Vimeo.

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