• So I have been searching through the internet trying to find some quotes related to charity. These were the best I could find, at least in my own opinion. Hope you enjoy as much as me. Here we go.

    Quotes About Charity

    Beautiful quote by Charles Dickens. Source: https://www.azquotes.com/

    Quotes About Charity

    Just sit back and think about this for some time.. Source: http://www.picturequotes.com/

    Quotes About Charity

    Yes, this is just so true! Quote from Homer, but source unknown for image.

    Quotes About Charity

    And last, but not least. Source unknown.

  • Hope you guys are doing good today! Just wanted to share some awesome videos I came across while surfing through YouTube.

    Are you like me? Do you sometimes end up spending hours and hours watching YouTube? I really need to get better at using my time more efficiently... Anyways, here they are:

    1. "Dopapir-dugnad" in Norway

    2. Volunteering as a DJ

    3. Fundraising ideas for charity and nonprofit

  • So, what exactly is dugnad?

     "Dugnad" is ancient Norwegian tradition dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The word dugnad literally means "help or support" in Norwegian. In modern day Norway members of local communities get together and work for a cause that is greater than themselves. This could involve volunteering your time for local causes or it could be national, or even international causes. Parents volunteer their time generously for things like school events and sporting events. And you might think, "well we do that where I live." which is probably true but the level of volunteerism in Norway is among the highest in the world. According to Statistics Norway  (2014), 61% of of Norwegians volunteered their time for some cause or event, and, this number is growing. It is a high level of volunteerism that is woven into the fabric of Norwegian society.

    When did it start?

    Hundreds of years ago, Norwegians would help each other with big tasks like installing a new roof, haymaking and building homes and public structures. This was then normally accompanied by a big feast where everyone celebrated their collective achievements. In modern day Norway this kind of Dugnad, as seen on https://norgesbriketten.no/dugnad/, involves neighbors helping each other with things like installing a new garage door, renovating a basement or simply helping with junk removal.

    "Dugnad," Norway's Unique way of Contributing to Society

    What is dugnadsarbeid today?

    At the community level, and particularly in urban areas, Dugnad is more comonly known for things like gardening or other types of work in housing co-operatives or spring cleaning in public spaces and after national holiday festivities. It also manifests itself in sport where at a minimum 1 parent and often 2 parents take part in helping their teams with things like transportation to and from games or bringing food and coffee to games, something that would otherwise cost money. In fact, the biggest youth football (or soccer depending on where you live) tournament in the world is held in Norway and relies heavily on the community coming out in the spirit of Dugnad And if that isn't enough for a country of only 5.3 million people, Norway also holds the record for largest telethon in the world!

    Did you know that...?

    Every year in the month of October, approximately 100,000 Norwegians head out and knock on over 2 million doors to collect money for charity. The collective effort serves as a way for people to connect with each other and alleviate stress and loneliness at all levels of society. Dugnad, according to https://norgesbriketten.no/tennbriketter-dugnad/, is a way for people to feel proud of their contribution to society, to make them feel good about themselves, to bring the community together and help those with limited resources. Like many Western Countries, Norway has had its challenges with integration of new immigrants and refugees and Dugnad goes a long way to help bridge gaps in language and culture and bring people together as part of one community. And in a way, Dugnad is a form of insurance, or social support which is not provided by insurance companies or governments.

    Norway - the land of equality

    What is particularly fascinating, and often difficult for foreigners to wrap their heads around, is that when you see any form of Dugnad, it can be almost impossible to tell who is a bus driver and who is a corporate CEO. There is a spirit of equality in Norway which permeates society making it particularly hard to label someone just from appearance and/or a quick informal conversation. Unlike most other Western Countries, Norwegians have less of a tendency for people from different parts of society to look down on each other or judge each other. When volunteering for different causes or sporting events, people wear the same type of clothing so you can't accurately tell "who is who" in society.

    When it comes to Dugnad, it is often the highest income earners and the well educated adults in society who contribute the most. It is the youth who contribute the least. You could say that participating in Dugnad is almost a right of passage as one goes from being a youth or young adult to becoming an adult. Dugnad is part of the DNA of Norwegian society. It is inter-woven with a broad sense of equality, fairness, opportunity and compassion. It brings people together and forges stronger social networks which greatly improves society and breeds happiness.

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