December 14, 2016

Give generously…please

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Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, this is a time of year many people look at the year and evaluate both their personal and work life. Whether you make actual formal resolutions for next year or not, one of the things that most of us are thinking about is how to make next year even better than last.

I have been impacted by an article I found online at “100 People, A World Portrait – A Global Education Toolbox”. I try and read it as often as I can to remind myself that as tough as my personal and/or work life is going, how fortunate I am. Whether I give financially and/or with my time over the course of the year, the main thing is to give as generously as possible. Please have a read through these statistics below, as a reminder of what most the world faces each day.

“The world population has now reached 7.5 billion people. This milestone inspired us to conduct research to update our statistics in 2016, and the changes over the past 10 years are remarkable. In 2006, only 1 person out of 100 would have had a college education– today that number has jumped to 7. The detailed research and source information and the statistics are provided by Donella Meadows in 1990 that originally inspired our project.

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:
50 would be female
50 would be male

25 would be children
There would be 75 adults,
9 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
60 Asians
16 Africans
14 people from the Americas
10 Europeans

31 Christians
23 Muslims
15 Hindus
7 Buddhists
8 people who practice other religions
16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

12 would speak Chinese
6 would speak Spanish
5 would speak English
4 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 would speak Japanese
60 would speak other languages

86 would be able to read and write; 14 would not

7 would have a college degree
40 would have an Internet connection

78 people would have a place to shelter them
from the wind and the rain, but 22 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
11 would be undernourished
22 would be overweight

91 would have access to safe drinking water
9 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

I hope you enjoy my postings and find this information useful. Please follow the link at: http://raveresults.ca/blog/ as I welcome your comments on my Blog.

If you would like to learn more about how my experience and skills may be able to help benefit your nonprofit, or a nonprofit you may be associated with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me as I would be pleased to meet and discuss the opportunity of working together.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

 
Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9
403-607-3242
www.raveresults.ca

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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