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Movement aims to 'reclaim' Valentine's Day as Generosity Day
Jersey Journal ^

Posted on 02/09/2013 3:46:44 AM PST by SMGFan

iving can be addictive.

At least that's the hope of the organizers of a movement that's looking to "reclaim" Valentine's Day.

For 24 hours, the group is asking people to mark Generosity Day -- and to be generous to everyone "to see how it feels and to practice saying 'yes.'"

Generosity Day has its roots in a 2011 30-day Generosity Experiment done by Sasha Dichter of New York. During that time, Dichter said "yes" to everyone who asked for help, according to the "movement's" website, www.spreadgenerosityday.com.

In a video of Dichter's presentation at the 2011 NextGEN Charity Conference, Dichter tells the story of a particular day when he felt wrong for refusing to give money to a beggar on the subway. The next day, he launched the month-long experiment.

"I would say yes to every beggar on the street, every musician and every non-profit," he says in the video.

Dichter is currently the chief innovation officer, or chief fundraiser, for Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that aims to solve the problems of poverty.

"Let's make the day about love, action and human connection," he says.

Generosity Day 2013 is simple, Chase Ault of New Mexico, the media spokeswoman for the movement, said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


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1 posted on 02/09/2013 3:46:50 AM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Sasha did what? Dichter? No!


2 posted on 02/09/2013 4:17:31 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SMGFan

“Reclaim” or “hijack”?


3 posted on 02/09/2013 4:21:02 AM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: SMGFan

Acumen Fund was incorporated on April 1, 2001, with seed capital from the *Rockefeller Foundation*, *Cisco Systems Foundation* and three (unnamed) individual philanthropists.

Acumen Fund’s investors and advisors include also the *Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*, *Google.org* and the *Skoll Foundation*.

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund. She also serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and as a member of a World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


4 posted on 02/09/2013 7:08:09 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SMGFan

Don’t worry Barry will come out and declare Valentine’s Day a day of service.


5 posted on 02/09/2013 8:08:02 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SMGFan

What should be reclaimed is calling it “St.” Valentine’s Day.


6 posted on 02/09/2013 1:24:02 PM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: SMGFan
For 24 hours, the group is asking people to mark Generosity Day -- and to be generous to everyone "to see how it feels and to practice saying 'yes.'"

To that, I say, "Hell, no."

7 posted on 02/09/2013 1:26:36 PM PST by dfwgator
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