5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

5 Alternative Ways to Give This Winter

We’ve been chatting a lot in the office about giving. It’s kind of been a big theme over the last few chilly months, with the Warm Up Winter campaign taking place and when stepping out of doors could mean being drenched in seconds, or being greeted by an icy wind.

Although we know it’s important to give throughout the year, winter definitely makes us more aware of those without adequate shelter, warm clothing, or food. Life just is that much more tough.

So what do we do?

Donating clothing …

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Why working at an NGO made me less generous

Why working at an NGO made me less generous

I’m sure most of us have had that moment when, through a deadline-infused haze, we’ve thought, “Maybe I should just quit my job and go work for an NGO.”

The thought usually brings with it a few ‘warm and fuzzies’. You ponder on all the good you can do for mankind, and how working for an NGO would surely make you a better person, right?

Part of me is hoping my mother will never read this, because, well, here’s the truth: working for an NGO made me a …

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What Is Urban Gleaning?

What Is Urban Gleaning?

Caroline Powell unpacks how we can use biblical principles to give in a way that dignifies and uplifts those we’re trying to help.

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19: 9-10

Based on God’s generosity …

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4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

4 Common giving mistakes I’ve made

As Warm Up Winter kicks off, Common Good Executive Director, Sarah Binos, shares some of her personal discoveries about giving in ways that won’t erode dignity. 

Something a Common Grounder shared with me over a Sunday lunch has been ringing in my head for the last few weeks.

The thought was this: “We are all equal in Christ, but given our recent history, white people will struggle with the temptation to feel superior to other races, and blacks will feel tempted to feel inferior to whites, eroding our …

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Give Hope with Izandla Zethemba Fun Days

Give Hope with Izandla Zethemba Fun Days

This Christmas, don’t just give another box of chocolates; instead purchase a Give Hope card and enable a child to attend a fun day… Here’s more about Izandla Zethemba and why these days out are the real gift.

It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Cape Town and a group of children are ready for a day at the beach. Flip flops, hats and swimming costumes are on; towels and spare clothes are packed. The anticipation of sunshine and ice cream is visible on almost every single …

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What’s Mine is Not Mine

What’s Mine is Not Mine

What should we do with the treasures with which we’ve been blessed? Sindiso Mnisi Weeks shares how she’s grappling to let go in a culture holding on.

Psychologists describe how a significant milestone in child development is when the child begins to understand herself as a separate entity from her mother and the rest of the world. What follows shortly thereafter is the realisation that she can possess things. “Mine!” she says, “… mine, mine, Mine, MINE!”

Perhaps one of the most radical – counter-cultural … even, …

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How I’ve Learnt to Give

Sometimes, the simplest way to determine how to give is to ask ourselves how we would like to receive. By Tim Hoffman

How do I channel my desire to give so that it doesn’t make the receiver feel awkward, or worse, come across as arrogant and belittling? I’m sure many of us are pondering this and similar questions as we take part in Warm Up Winter. Here are some of my reflections based on what I’ve learnt from being on the receiving end.

The importance of relationship

My …

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

What happens when God nudges us to break our own rules? Journalist Angelique Arde shares what happened when she did just this.

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In their book “When Helping Hurts”, Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett say that poverty is “rooted in broken relationships”. The solution, then, to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again.

This sounds to me like beautiful truth, but what does a solution with the death and …

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How Should Our Response Be Different?

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In this insightful article, Deborah Hancox looks at some key principles we as Christ-followers should all be applying when we respond to the needs of those around us.

Across the world, people from all religions, world views, cultures, economic conditions and political persuasions are living and working to end poverty and injustice. As Christians, we can join hands with these people and see in our common human concern that we are all created in the image of God and thus …

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Thank You For Giving Hope!

During the Christmas season, we launched our second annual Give Hope campaign – and thanks to everyone who supported by purchasing cards, we were able to raise R42 500 for Common Good initiatives!

That means:

–          149 fun-filled day outings for children from Izandla Zethemba’s HIV/Aids programme

–          167 new books for children in our literacy programme

–          79 nutritious food hampers for families

–          27 small business owners to attend the Paradigm Shift Business Training course

–          32 currently unemployed people to attend the NETwork computer course

–          Over R7000’s worth …

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