Sunday, July 4, 2010

Reintroducing JGW

It might seem a little absurd to talk about the concept of the Joy of Giving Week again because one has been writing about it and you have been following our posts since last year. But as we inch toward the Joy of Giving Week 10, it is likely that many more would begin to read these posts and for their benefit as well as ours, (it is always better to refresh one's memory and clear misconceptions), we think it is important to devote a post to reintroduce the concept of JGW.

What exactly is the Joy of Giving Week? It is as we have said in our earlier posts, a week devoted to charitable or philantropic acts, a festival of philantropy, that we hope over the years will become a part of our ethos. It is a festival which by its very nature belongs to each one of us, is owned by nobody, is all inclusive, sets no rigid boundaries or rules regarding the mode of celebration. Launched successfully in 2009, volunteers across the country and abroad, co-ordinated this 'pan Indian' festival. This year too, the JGW to be held between the 26th of Sept and the 2nd of Oct., has scores of volunteers working to ensure its success.

Innovative and inspiring events were held during JGW '09 which also saw celebrity and media support for this unique concept, all of which helped raise not only much needed resources, but also our collective consciousness towards giving. To know more about the JGW 09, please follow this link:
How can one be a part of this movement? Simple, all one has to do is to plan a 'giving event'. In case you are stuck for ideas, get in touch or visit our website where we will shortly have an idea bank to help you get started. If you have your own ideas, that's great and you can share them with us and register your event. More about JGW:
Key features of JGW
  1. JGW does not belong to any organisation, it is an 'open format' movement owned by the people of India. After a few years, we hope it will become like Diwali or Ganeshotsav or Holi, a festival of giving celebrated all over the country.
  2. It is to be abbreviated as JGW
  3. Any giving activity [time, money, skills, resources] is encouraged, people can create their own events or participate in others. corporate volunteer activities, clothes collection drives, fundraising concerts or dinners, visiting orphanages/elderly homes, etc. are all welcome ways to participate.
  4. CREATIVE giving events are welcome- JGW2009 saw many innovations like CEOs walking the ramp or being shadowed for a cause, or 5 star hotels 'collaborating' in a big battle of buffets, or Tendulkar auctioning a cricket coaching camp for charity.
  5. There are only 2 major restrictions-
    • Events can be classified as part of JGW only if some significant part of the event is happening during the Week, or if it is a systematically orchestrated build up to something large in the Week.
    • Likewise, events have to be about 'GIVING' to the less fortunate. They should not be commercially driven
  6. JGW is co-ordinated by a bunch of volunteers all over India. Each of 10 cities has a co-ordinator, and 'vertical owners' who drive different 'verticals' like corporates, schools, colleges, ngos, etc. JGW doesn't have any employees, as it is not an organisation.

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