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 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: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Featured Speakers

Ene Underwood, CEO, Habitat for Humanity GTA
 
Ene joined Habitat GTA in spring 2013 after a career that spanned the private and public sectors. Ene’s early career was as a consultant with McKinsey & Company working with national and global businesses on strategy and organizational transformation. Her private sector career was followed by close to two decades in senior leadership positions in some of Canada’s leading hospitals and then a three-year role as the Chair of an Ontario Government Commission examining child welfare. 
Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Executive Director The BlackNorth Initiative

Ms. Ahmed, has accumulated a wealth of experience and accomplishments in the performance measurement, policy development, HR planning analysis, and employment equity and diversity sectors. Ms. Ahmed has been the recipient of notable awards over the years including the exceptional service within the Federal Public Service, the Canada150 Community Builder Award, The Hope Academy community contribution award, the Ottawa Black History Community Leadership Award, and most recently the top 100 under 40 Most Influential Person of African descent in support of United Nations decade.

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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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