Giving Back with Rubach Wealth

Living Room Giving

This has been an incredibly challenging year for Canadians, and hearing about the hardships faced by so many individuals and families across the country can be overwhelming.

Rather than despair, we’ve decided to take action.

Rubach Wealth Living Room Giving

Living Room Giving is based on a movement called wohnzimmerspende.de, which started in Germany during the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. The idea of this virtual giving circle is to inform friends, family and extended networks of the invitee about the situation of not-for-profits during the COVID-19 crisis and to raise funds for their work on the ground during these difficult times.

The idea is simple.

We partner with leaders of two Canadian charities for an online event.

Each will provide a short introduction to the incredible work they are doing and the people they are helping, followed by questions from participants to gain more insight into how we can help make a difference.

Hopefully, you will come away enlightened about and inspired by the amazing work being done by these charities. If you would like to support them, details will be provided for how you can make a donation.

Event details

When: January 12th, 2021

Time: 12pm to 1pm

Featured Speakers

Ellen Schwartz, Founder Project Give Back

Ellen Schwartz is an elementary teacher, community leader, author, and public speaker. As founder of Project Give Back she links her decades of teaching together with her personal passion for charitable causes. She co-founded Jacob’s Ladder, Canadian Foundation for the Control of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Jacob’s Ladder raised over three million dollars towards research, education, awareness and therapy into neurodegenerative illnesses.

Leanne Matlow, Educator and Cognitive Behavioural Counsellor, Founder Mental Health Empowerment Day

Leanne is a cognitive behavioural therapy counsellor with a private practice specializing in anxiety for children and adolescents.  She is trained as a teacher and guidance counsellor, with a Masters from Toronto’s Institute of Child Study, OISE and certificates in CBT from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. 

Mental Health Empowerment Day is designed to empower all those who live and work with children and youth who are dealing with mental health issues, one of the most pervasive issues in the world today.

The goal of MHED is to provide concrete tools for participants in our schools, community institutions and youth programs who work daily with this population.  Each of these frontline workers can play an active role in making the lives of our young people better. We also speak directly to parents and help them to better understand how best to support their children. Through Mental Health Empowerment Day, we want to reduce stigma, provide a forum for discussion and give tools for action. 

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FAQs

What is Living Room Giving?
Living Room Giving is based on a movement called wohnzimmerspende.de, which started in Germany during the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. The idea of this virtual giving circle is to inform friends, family, and extended networks of the invitee about the situation of not-for-profits during the COVID-19 crisis and to raise funds for their work on the ground during these difficult times.

Living Room Giving was initiated by Michael Alberg-Seberich and Felix Dresewski, two philanthropy nerds and authors, as an easy way to learn and help. There have been more than 10 Living Room Giving events so far in Germany and the UK, which together have raised more than €25,000.

How does it work?
This virtual event will be carried out via a Zoom call. The leaders of the two charities will each give a short presentation about their organization’s mission and work, followed by an open discussion with questions from participants.

Details will be provided for anyone who wishes to make a donation to one or both charities during or after the event. All donations are entirely voluntary and at your discretion.

Do I need to pay to attend?
This event is free of charge. There is no fee to participate.

Am I required to make a donation?

While we hope the presentations and discussions during Living Room Giving will leave you informed about the important work being done by leading Canadian charities and inspire you to support them, the decisions about whether to make a donation and how much to give are entirely up to you.

Who can attend?
Living Room Giving is open to anyone with an interest in helping out and giving back to support people in need across Canada.

Parents could consider participating in Living Room Giving as a family to share their values of good citizenship and philanthropy with their children. As the presentations and discussions may touch on grown-up topics, we suggest that any children taking part should be at least 12 years old.

Guiding Principles

Living Room Giving is guided by these 9 principles:

1. Informal: Living Room Giving is easy to access, brings people together and does not require a large time investment.

2. Joy: Living Room Giving invites people to a conversation shaped by diversity, listening and hope.

3. Voluntary: Participating in a Living Room Giving event allows you to listen and learn. Nobody has to donate; it is a choice.

4. Participatory: Leaving Room Giving allows participants to ask questions.

5. Quality: The charities introduced do good work with a positive impact. Trust, references and the opportunity to ask questions help to set a high bar.

6. Transparent: The framing of the event is transparent, including how donations are made and where they end up.

7. Informative: Living Room Giving informs about the situation of charities during unprecedented times.

8. Respectful: Living Room Giving addresses sometimes challenging societal issues and brings people from different walks of life together. Respect towards all participants is a must.

9. Instructive: Living Room Giving is an opportunity to learn about an issue, about charities, about how to do a Living Room Giving event and about getting to know other people.

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