Giving Unconditionally

Something really interesting happened to me today, and I want to share it with you. I was in Richmond for a couple of meetings, and as I was about to head into the first meeting, I messaged my friend, Andy, who owns a private training facility in the area and asked if he was free for a quick catch up?

He was.

So I mentioned I would pop by after my meetings.

Andy has done (and continues to do) some pretty amazing things.  He is one of the most generous and loyal people I know.  Always thinking of others and always thinking how he can help them.  One thing I really admire about Andy is his ability to go from Zero to One (Read: take an idea from nothing to something) with enthusiasm and drive.  On top of that, he is always the first to call me if he knows someone that might be interested in my services.  Just a top bloke.

At the moment, he is in the process of raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.  This is the second year Andy and the team have organised a fundraiser, with last years donations hitting just over $4,000.  This year they're on track to better that and continue to make a difference.

So as we were sitting there having a chat, I looked up at the wall.  Not only was Andy and his brother, Brian (who is also a fitness/performance coach) conducting a large fitness class, with 100% of proceeds going to the cause, but Andy had also organised around 20 products and vouchers for 'silent auctions' to help raise more for the kids from local businesses around the area.

Bakers Delight are donating a voucher, The largest supermarket chain in Australia, Coles (who only get a set amount they're able to donate) are donating a voucher, and the other 18 or so businesses are 'giving' unconditionally for the cause.  All of this happened due to Andy putting his idea into action and a decided to give, as well as inspire others to give.

During my first meeting, I had collected some money from a friend who owed me a little bit.  I honestly never expected to get that money back, so it was nice when this first friend mentioned he had it.  So it was kind of like 'bonus' money.

So as Andy and I were sitting there, having a chat, something came over me.  I pulled out my wallet, and donated some of the money.  Usually I am pretty selective over the charities I support, but after Andy told me why he likes to support the Royal Children's hospital, and he shared with me his passion, I decided to give.

I didn't want a tax invoice, and I didn't want any recognition on social media for me.  (Yes I understand the nature of this post does explain that I donated, but that is not why I am writing this article).  And the only reason I am only telling you this is for what was going to happen next.

As we were discussing the concept of silent auctions (where sometimes you know the value of the product (ie: gift voucher), and bid what you are willing to pay), I asked surely you won't get anyone paying more than $50 for a $50 Coles gift voucher?

Which was an interesting question....

He stated that last year people were more than happy to pay for things beyond that items 'value', because they were aware all money was going to charity.

But what is really interesting to me, is WHY I (and I'm guessing a lot of other humans) would rather give with no expectation of return, than to trade $51+ for a $50 gift voucher...?

In either case, the money is going to the charity....yet those who want to give with no expectation of return (the definition of 'generosity'), seem to not want to choose the second option.

Something financial? Cognitive? Not sure.  But powerful none the less and something to ponder.

Which would you choose?


Thanks for reading.