Today is #GivingTuesday 2018!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a national holiday that comes after Thanksgiving to encourage us to become the philanthropist we all are meant to be! The leftovers have been eaten, and we’re already looking towards the next holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or just enjoy a few days off, we can agree that this is the season of giving. Before you fret over decorations or fill the stockings with care, let’s think about those in our community that needs our help.

What is #GivingTuesday? 

This event was created by Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world… to celebrate and encourage giving.”

#GivingTuesday is in its seventh year and is a social media movement. In this day and age, social media is vital to getting the word out to our communities and beyond. It’s easy now to learn more about causes that you care about, and it’s even easier to donate what you can.

Thanks to giving platforms like DoTopia, giving is now trending across the globe. People want to help by donating money, time, or resources to causes that they care about. The goal is to spread the joy that is giving, not to mention helping those in need. It’s easy to get caught up in your own bubble. #GivingTuesday is a reminder that we can all create the hope and change that bring all of us together. Be a part of the movement and give today!

How Do I Choose the “Right” Cause?DoDollars are a philanthropic digital currency for giving.

This part can be overwhelming. On DoTopia alone, there are over 1.6 million charities to choose from. Luckily we make it easy to narrow down choices so that you can feel good about your giving. Simply enter your zip code, choose the causes you are interested in, and DoTopia will show you non-profits in your community. You can find more about ways to give here. Additionally, if you want to register your non-profit, you can do that here. Now let’s get out there and make this the best #GivingTuesday yet!

Lead With Love Leadership Summit 2018

 

DoTopia is elated to be a sponsor at this years Lead With Love 2018 Summit held in Aspen, Colorado. Lead With Love is a four day event where people all over the world gather to discuss social impact, wellness in the community, and much more.

 

What is the Lead With Love Summit?

We’re glad you asked!  Lead With Love is a once a year summit held in Aspen, Colorado that started in 2016. All proceeds to this event go to Project Wellbeing (formerly known as Aspen City of Wellbeing) which is a non-profit that promotes wellbeing throughout the city of Aspen through programs, retreats, consulting, online resources, and of course their biggest event of the year, the Lead With Love Summit. This summit is a gathering for leaders in well-being, conscious communication, social impact, and the opening of the heart, body, and mind. Feature presenters include John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods, and Lynne Twist, founder of the Soul of Money Institute.

Other activities include yoga classes, sound healing, meditation, music, any many other spiritual experiences to help immerse yourself in the power of healing and wellness.

When is the summit?

Lead With Love is Thursday, October 25- Sunday, October 28

How is DoTopia involved?

Not only is DoTopia a proud sponsor for this years summit, but our founder, Billy Weisman, will be a presenter! He will be on a panel with three other presenters, discussing the Tipping Point Founders Story on Sunday afternoon. If you want to look at the full schedule of presenters, you can click here.

How do I get tickets?

Great question! You can get tickets here. As a bonus for supporting Lead With Love and DoTopia, you can get 100$ off your ticket using the code DOTOPIALOVE at checkout, awesome!

 

 

7 spiritual laws

Make 2018 the Year of Giving – Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws

We loved partnering with Deepak Chopra on this post and now for our #31DaysofGiving. Join our giving movement today and help us make the world a better place.

(originally posted on January 8th, 2018)

There’s nothing like the month of January to encourage us to reflect on what matters in life and the changes we want to make this year.  For those of us in the North, we are in the heart of winter and anxiously awaiting the first sign of spring. This is the time for us to hunker down, set some goals and plot out the next 11 months.

A tangible and relatable resource our team turns to when needing inspiration and reflection is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success written by Deepak Chopra. The seven laws are based on natural laws that govern all of creation. Deepak’s perspective is that once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly.

We would be hard pressed to find anything better than his sentiments. If you haven’t read this book, order it, read it, reflect, and then read it again. This is a book you can turn to time and time again when you find yourself drifting off your path and need to get back on track.

To recap Deepak’s inspiring words, here are the seven laws.

The Law of Pure Potentiality

The Law of Giving

The Law of Karma

The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Intention and Desire

The Law of Detachment

The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life

The Law of Giving

As you can guess, we have a strong admiration for Law #2: The Law of Giving.

We often speak about the benefits of giving, there are so many!

Deepak puts it best:

“Because your body and your mind and the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood. Whenever blood stops flowing, it begins to clot, to coagulate, to stagnate. That is why you must give and receive in order to keep wealth and affluence – or anything you want in life – circulating in your life.”

In fact, the word currency comes from the latin word ‘currere’ which means ‘to run’ or flow. If we as a society stop the circulation of money, we stop the circulation back into our lives as well. Money is a form of life energy and therefore we must circulate (or give) to receive. In other words, to get you must give. It’s that simple.  

The Law of Giving can impact any area of your life and will help you achieve your goals:

  • If you want joy, give joy to others
  • If you want love, learn to give love
  • If you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation
  • If you want material affluence, help others become materially affluent

Here’s a great resource from the Chopra Center to put the law of giving into practice.

Quote on Unseen Energy

Intentions Quote

The More You Give Quote

You’ve got to read the rest for yourself! We don’t want to spoil any of the inspiring moments this book will give you.

Pro Tip

There are seven laws that align with the seven days of the week. Take 20 minutes each morning or night to read one of the chapters and dedicate that day to living out Deepak’s words.

Set Your Giving Goals

DoTopia has made achieving your giving goals even easier with our new options to set up recurring donations to your charities of choice or recurring funds to your Personal Giving Account.

Once you login, click on recurring activity.

Recurring Activity screen shot

Then choose whether you would like to set up a recurring donation to one of your favorite causes or a recurring fund to your Personal Giving Account.

Recurring donations

Make 2018 the year of giving.

Corporate Wellbeing and Why You Need to Care

Over the last few years, individuals have been focusing on their personal wellbeing. Wellbeing now encompasses all aspects of a person’s life including eating well, having an active lifestyle, contributing to the world, mindfulness… the list goes on.

Similar to individuals, organizations are now meeting their employees where they are and have made a pivot from focusing on only corporate social responsibility to total company wellbeing.  

What this Means

The definition of corporate wellness is simple: it is any program designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices for your workplace.

According to a recent study, Corporate wellness programs are nearly an $8 billion industry in the United States alone, and the segment is expected to grow another 7.8 percent by 2021. Globally, it’s a $40 billion industry.

Why You Should Care

According to the Centers for Disease Foundation, worker illness and injuries cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually, or $1,685 per employee. In addition, $1 trillion is lost due to unaddressed employee chronic disease each year, according to the Milken Institute.  

A study by the University of Louisville found that every dollar invested in a wellness program generated $7 in healthcare savings. The study also revealed that changing certain behaviors decreased the average number of health risks among employees from 5 or more health risks to 0 to 3 risks.

Those are some pretty staggering numbers and are a clear indicator that corporate wellbeing programs are an investment organizations need to make.

The 7 Dimensions of Wellness

Organizations shouldn’t be intimidated to establish a corporate wellness program. There is no one-size-fits-all solution as wellness means different things to different people. We found the seven dimensions of wellness, created by the University of California Riverside, that provide a great foundation. Companies should create solutions to help their employees strive towards balance in each.

  • Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
  • Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellness.
  • Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
  • Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.
  • Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.
  • Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
  • Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

How Giving Fits In

The team at DoTopia often turns to the teachings of Deepak Chopra, a long standing expert in the wellness industry, for inspiration and direction.

Deepak’s 7 Spiritual Laws, similar to the 7 dimensions of wellness, were created to help us understand and strive towards achieving a sense of purpose and wellness. The second law is the Law of Giving: The universe operates through dynamic change…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.

Giving is part of wellbeing. As we read through what it means to be socially, emotionally, spiritually, environmentally, occupationally, intellectually and physically well, we see a multitude of ways where giving can be incorporated and utilized to achieve each.

Whether the giving is through the investment of time, energy or means, it is a crucial part of achieving wellness both individually and as an organization.

This is just the beginning

Stay tuned… we’ve got more Corporate Wellbeing insight coming your way!

7 spiritual laws

Make 2018 the Year of Giving – Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws

There’s nothing like the month of January to encourage us to reflect on what matters in life and the changes we want to make this year.  For those of us in the North, we are in the heart of winter and anxiously awaiting the first sign of spring. This is the time for us to hunker down, set some goals and plot out the next 11 months.

A tangible and relatable resource our team turns to when needing inspiration and reflection is The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success written by Deepak Chopra. The seven laws are based on natural laws that govern all of creation. Deepak’s perspective is that once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly.

We would be hard pressed to find anything better than his sentiments. If you haven’t read this book, order it, read it, reflect, and then read it again. This is a book you can turn to time and time again when you find yourself drifting off your path and need to get back on track.

To recap Deepak’s inspiring words, here are the seven laws.

The Law of Pure Potentiality

The Law of Giving

The Law of Karma

The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Intention and Desire

The Law of Detachment

The Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life

The Law of Giving

As you can guess, we have a strong admiration for Law #2: The Law of Giving.

We often speak about the benefits of giving, there are so many!

Deepak puts it best:

“Because your body and your mind and the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange, stopping the circulation of energy is like stopping the flow of blood. Whenever blood stops flowing, it begins to clot, to coagulate, to stagnate. That is why you must give and receive in order to keep wealth and affluence – or anything you want in life – circulating in your life.”

In fact, the word currency comes from the latin word ‘currere’ which means ‘to run’ or flow. If we as a society stop the circulation of money, we stop the circulation back into our lives as well. Money is a form of life energy and therefore we must circulate (or give) to receive. In other words, to get you must give. It’s that simple.  

The Law of Giving can impact any area of your life and will help you achieve your goals:

  • If you want joy, give joy to others
  • If you want love, learn to give love
  • If you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation
  • If you want material affluence, help others become materially affluent

Here’s a great resource from the Chopra Center to put the law of giving into practice.

Quote on Unseen Energy

Intentions Quote

The More You Give Quote

You’ve got to read the rest for yourself! We don’t want to spoil any of the inspiring moments this book will give you.

Pro Tip

There are seven laws that align with the seven days of the week. Take 20 minutes each morning or night to read one of the chapters and dedicate that day to living out Deepak’s words.

Set Your Giving Goals

DoTopia has made achieving your giving goals even easier with our new options to set up recurring donations to your charities of choice or recurring funds to your Personal Giving Account.

Once you login, click on recurring activity.

Recurring Activity screen shot

Then choose whether you would like to set up a recurring donation to one of your favorite causes or a recurring fund to your Personal Giving Account.

Recurring donations

Make 2018 the year of giving.

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