November in the U.S. means Thanksgiving. Many other countries celebrate their own Thanksgivings, and it’s still fresh in the mind of Canadians as they celebrated theirs just last month. With the year winding down and the final holidays almost here, it’s the perfect time to reflect on things we are thankful for and what we can do to give back to the communities that support us.


  • Philanthropy

    • Why the Wealthy Give by Francie Ostrower

    • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

    • Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good by Paul Newman & A.E. Hotchner

    • Philanthropy and Police: London Charity in the 18th Century by Donna T. Andrew

    • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson



  • Thanksgiving novels

    • Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich

    • Thanksgiving Night by Richard Bausch

    • An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving and Other Stories by Louisa May Alcott

    • The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

    • The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne



  • Giving

    • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton

    • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – YA

    • The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard

    • Why Good Things Happen to Good People by Stephen Post

    • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown – YA



  • Volunteering

    • Peace Corps – The Great Adventure: Volunteer Stories of Life Overseas by the Peace Corps

    • The Virgin Guide to Volunteering by Rebecca Hardy

    • The Rough Guide to a Better World by Martin Wroe

    • How to Make the World a Better Place by Jeffrey Hollender

    • Crossing the Yard: Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer by Richard Shelton




And for those of you in the U.S., vote for your candidates of choice on Tuesday!

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