The Joy of Giving Week is a "festival of giving" that aims to bring together Indians all across the country and abroad through different acts of giving- money, time, skills or resources.The goal is to convert it into a fully publicly owned festival, just like Diwali, Holi or Thanksgiving, none of which are owned by anyone. The Week was launched in 2009 and will be held every year starting on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday, containing October 2 within.
The Week is temporarily hosted at GiveIndia till it reaches critical mass, but several organisations and people including Goonj, Riverside School, JAM, ISB, Toofles, the various Media Houses of India, celebrities and individuals have come together to make it possible. The Joy of Giving Week is 100% volunteer driven & co-ordinated. City level volunteers anchor different "verticals"- corporates, schools, colleges, media, celebrities, NGOs and others, engaging with them and helping them plan, execute and participate in "giving events".
The idea of a Week itself emerged from discussions with various people over a period of time. In 2006, CEOs of GiveIndia, CRY and Helpage got together and brainstormed the concept of a National Giving Day. Several others came up with similar thoughts, and inspiration came from such diverse events as the Jerry Lewis Telethon in the USA, and the Comic Relief Red Nose Day in the UK. The final "putting together" was catalysed largely because a bunch of people including Anshu Gupta of Goonj, Kiran Sethi or Riverside School, Rashmi Bansal of JAM Magazine, Venkat Krishnan of GiveIndia and 30 volunteers from across the country got "excited enough" to give it a shot.
The Joy of Giving Week team thanks everyone for their contributions. Check out Joy of Giving Week 2009 Videos; Images and Blog.