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These Founders Explain The Power of Giftless Giving

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Don't give gifts, give meaning. As we grow wiser, we understand that a life well-lived is marked by the lives we touched, not by the number of gifts we receive or the cocktails we consume. There is another way- #gogiftless. Bridge2Act matches you with some amazing charities that represent your values, and create a unique donation link for you to share with your friends, family, and random Internet friends.


You give. The nonprofits receive.

The co-founders, Hitha and Samira give you some important reasons why you should #gogiftless not just for this holiday season but all year long, yes for birthdays, baptisms, anniversaries and just to tell someone you care.

Save the planet.

Gifting a donation requires absolutely no wrapping, wasteful packaging, and takes up zero room in your suitcase when you travel home for the holidays. You’re saving the planet AND have more room for shoes.

Holiday shopping sucks. A lot. Think about the hours you spend searching for perfect gifts, braving the crowds and the bad weather, only to discover that your mom bought that book for herself already.

Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the headache of delivery delays, traffic, and stress over finding the only thing your father doesn’t own? Yes, yes it would.

Give Impact.

While you can’t imagine starting the year without the latest Fitbit, chances are it’s going to end up collecting dust in a drawer by March. Now imagine the impact if that money was donated - aid to refugees, soap being distributed to entire villages in Burma, or a girl’s tuition for a year could have been provided. Trust us- nothing will make you feel better than helping out a fellow human!

Be mindful.

A mindfulness practice is much more than sitting still for 5 minutes and focusing on your breath. It’s about being aware of what’s going on in the world, and taking small actions to make it a better place. Jump start your mindfulness resolution early by gifting donations to loved ones for the holidays. It may sound cliché, but one small step can help you be the change you want to see.

Our world is so much bigger than the town, city, and country we live in. All around the world, so many people lack the basic essentials we have. It’s important to be a global citizen - educate yourself on what’s going on, and take small actions to improve the lives of others.

Set an example.

The little ones in your life look up to you - literally and figuratively. Set a strong example by gifting them a donation and deciding what organization to donate to together. Not only will you be teaching them the importance of giving back, you’ll help them find the causes and organizations they’re passionate about.

Gifting a donation is easy. Really easy. You can make donations for your loved ones while catching up on your recorded shows, drinking a glass of wine, with a face mask slapped on. Multitasking FTW.

What is the value of $20? For your mom, it could be a pair of pajamas she doesn’t really need - or it could provide a medical examination for a girl who’s been rescued from sex trafficking. What would make the world a better place?

Because you don’t need any more stuff. You don’t. You really don’t.

NO.GIFTS does the hard work for you - vets the charities transfers 100% of your donation to them in real time and delivers a beautiful card to your loved one informing them of your impact.

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Culture

Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.