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Giving: the Spirit of the Season

by Mary Taws Tuesday December 25, 2012

Christmas is a time of giving, and a time to think of those who are less fortunate. On January 3rd, we'll be airing a review of The Agenda's coverage on giving. From our contributions to TVO's Why Poverty series, to panel discussions on how charitable organizations have evolved -- The Agenda has explored helping those in need from a variety of angles. As such, we'll be showcasing highlights from our programs that tackle giving from a political, philosophical and historical perspective.

Dorothy Engelman, Executive Producer of Get Involved, will kick off our January 3rd program on giving. With the ever-expanding world of volunteering in Canada, Engelman will explain the best way to hone in on the best volunteer opportunity for you.

Here are some of the programs we'll feature in the new year that evoke the spirit of the season. 

Being Charitable Today:

A discussion on the faith-based traditions of charitable giving and how we give of our time, money and skills.

(Also: check out this interactive graphic I created with my colleague David Erwin on volunteering) 

Your Brothers' Keeper:

A discussion on the divide between who needs public support and those who ought to be able to help themselves.

Politics Around Poverty & Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario:

Two practical discussions on the need for structural changes to address poverty.

On Gratitude:

Completing the circle of giving is often a sense of gratitude. What does it mean to be grateful and to whom should we be grateful? We asked this question on Thanksgiving in 2011: