Generosity lives on

This year many members of our community came together on February 14th to celebrate Generosity Day by saying YES!   The day has passed, but the movement continues.  +acumen chapters are continuing to explore what it means to be generous through a series of community events and activities.  Here’s a sampling of what’s going on around the world:

ATLANTA+acumen has turned February into Generosity Month! The team is looking to engage and explore ideas of generosity, sharing, and love in the context of community.  More information on their Share the Love campaign here.

BOSTON+acumen has teamed up with Catchafire, the world’s largest online pro-bono talent provider, for a skill-based volunteer drive (Feb 24 5-7pm). The event is free and you can RSVP here.

CHICAGO+acumen is running a Generosity Salon (Feb 26, 4-6pm) a discussion of what it means to be generous in the context of Acumen’s work, and comes complete with with “generosi-tea” and dessert. Join the conversation here.

DC+acumen is giving back to a family-owned organic distillery by volunteering to help with bottling for a day.  Gin-erosity!  Please RSVP to dcplusacumen@gmail.com and let the team know if you’d like to join the carpool.

DUBAI+acumen continues with their Business 4 Good workshops for aspiring social entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

KARACHI+acumen is hosting an ongoing series of community volunteer events throughout February to promote the spirit of generosity.  Contact them here.

LONDON+acumen teams up with Mark Williamson of Action for Happiness and Vaso Parisinou of Giving What We Can to present Generosity Day on (Feb 23, 7:30-9:30pm).  Look forward to inspiring talks, networking and games.  More information here.

NY+acumen co-hosted a sold-out event with the Social Innovator’s Collective on Feb 14, and a follow up success at COMMON Pitch NYC on Feb 15.

VANCOUVER+acumen continues with their monthly Salon series and this month’s theme is Generosity!  The event promises dinner and discussion (Feb 28, 7pm) Tickets are available here.  They’ve sold out in the past, so get yours today.

Phew!  That’s a lot but we know that there are more great ideas and initiatives out there. Fortunately, it’s never too late to flex your generosity muscle. Learn more about what others have done at www.causes.com/generosityday

Why Generosity?
At Acumen Fund, we have championed the role of accountability in philanthropy and poverty alleviation.  And while we strive every day to be accountable to our donors, our entrepreneurs, and the customers they serve, we always remind ourselves why we are doing this work in the first place. Our purpose and motivation stem from a place of generosity.  The balance of these core values of generosity and accountability gets at the heart of who we are and what we do.

About +acumen chapters
+acumen chapters – self-organized, volunteer-led groups in cities and schools around the world – are actively supporting Acumen Fund’s mission to create a world beyond poverty through education, fundraising and service.  To start a +acumen chapter in your city, contact Jo-Ann Tan at jtan@acumenfund.org. You can learn more about +acumen chapters on our website.

Jo-Ann is the lead architect of Acumen Fund’s community.  She is working to create a step change in terms of awareness and engagement for Acumen Fund through its online presence and volunteer chapters.


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