Stephany Yong's Blog

A Guide to Giving, a writer's reflection

Publications have always been a big part of my life. From my grandfather who always had his nose buried in a newspaper to spending years after class in a student pressroom, I can think of no better way to give power to an idea or message than publishing and sharing it with others. It reminds me of the philosophical thought experiment that asks, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" I have had the honor of working with Givology for two years now, and the beautiful acts of transformative giving that occur with the help of our grassroots NGO partners never cease to amaze me. We have developed and contextualized giving in a manner that fits our organization; however, we also did not want our work to be like that tree in an empty forest. By sharing the Givology story with the large network of do- gooders and social entrepreneurs in the non-profit sphere, we look to make a sound with [i]A Guide to Giving[/i].
Getting to interview Jessica and Kennedy from [url=http://shininghopeforcommunities.org/]Shining Hope for Communities[/url] was an amazing experience. I could hear just how much their work in Kibera meant to them from their voices over the phone. Creating this opportunity for students in Kibera hits close to home for Kennedy, and I couldn't admire a person more for seizing every opportunity to improve himself in order to give back to his community. In addition to the compelling profiles our writers have compiled in chapter 7 of the book, the first six chapters highlight Givology's giving model and management strategies by articulating why Givology functions the way it does. We hope this can inspire other do-gooders to lead their organizations with a strong culture of volunteerism and openness.
I have enjoyed every step of this book publication process, from Joyce introducing this idea, to interviewing Jessica and Kennedy from Shining Hope for Communities and to working with Rachel, Jane and the amazing Givology writers who made this book possible. I hope our readers derive as much inspiration, enjoyment and motivation to change the way we give as I have!
[url=http://www.amazon.com/A-Guide-to-Giving-ebook/dp/B00B46UV5I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1358856223&sr=8-3&keywords=a+guide+to+giving]Download the book from Amazon today![/url] All proceeds from the book go back to our amazing partners that are working hard to make education accessible to all.
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[i]Above: School girls from the Kibera School for Girls that Shining Hope for Communities built. [/i]

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