Global boyWhat are you doing through your business to make a difference in your community?

How can you as an entrepreneur and small business owner contribute in a meaningful way?
Using your gifts to benefit others ultimately benefits you and makes the world a better place to live in. Have you considered how to put your gifts, energy and resources to use?
In today’s VOX Daily, we’ll discuss how you can give back in three wonderfully gratifying ways.

Giving Back in Meaningful Ways

You’ve probably wondered more than once about how you as an individual and businessperson can add value to your community. I hope that what I share below inspires you and also gives you more insight into how we strive to make positive impacts on our community.
At, we’ve developed an initiative where we donate 1% of our time, 1% of our talent and 1% of our revenues to serve our community and industry in meaningful ways.

1. Time

We’ve committed to donating 20 hours of time per team member per year. This could include community cleanups, volunteering in a soup kitchen or any effort where we can help and contribute. Being present, accountable and having a heart for our city is life giving. Giving time might also mean that we attend community events in support of other organizations to acknowledge their efforts to positively affect and contribute to our community.

2. Talent

Giving of our talent is very important to us. We were all gifted with unique abilities and skills and feel that they should be put to use in the service of others. Manifestation of our talent may include mentoring, public speaking, advising, organizing events, and making our talent available to those who need it most. This is one of the most gratifying ways to give back because you are literally giving of yourself and using your gifts as God intended. While we’re using the figure 1%, I find that it is hard to quantify this kind of giving in terms of actual hours, pieces of advice or services rendered… it’s more than that.

3. Treasure

Each quarter we have decided to donate 1% of our revenue to a worthy cause that moves our hearts. This quarter we made a donation to help support those on the ground in Haiti as they do important work and save lives following the devastating earthquake. We realize that giving includes financial resources. By giving to organizations whose mission it is to serve, our goodwill goes even further to tangibly touch people we couldn’t reach otherwise, save for prayer.

Are You Giving Back?

I’d love to hear about how you may already be giving back to your community! Be sure to comment with your stories 🙂
Best wishes,
© Friedman

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. I’m not surprised by what you have written here Stephanie – laying out what has chosen to do. If every company did “something”, it would nurture the whole community in wonderful ways!
    With regard to, I have always had a policy of offering 20% discounts to non-profits etc., right off the bat – for virtually all of them. There are times when I offer a service at no charge as well, for example the current devastation in Haiti. I was asked to voice a portion of a :60 national PSA and the organization was fully prepared to pay the rate, however in good conscience we could not accept any payment – that brings my family great joy.
    To date, the production side of my business has produced 198 half-hour radio programs (approx. 3.5 hrs. work each week) for a local non-profit and it airs on a local radio station as well as on the web around the world. The letters of how the program has impacted people is, as you mention above, gratifying and makes what we do to give back really worth it.
    My daughter’s have and continue to learn the value of giving back as well. They get to hear themselves during most NASCAR races, as they lent their voice to an amazing children’s charity, Victory Junction Gang Camp.
    I will say this, I have run into road blocks in offering services to other worthy charities…’s the most baffling thing!

  2. Stephanie,
    Many thanks and congratulations with the work you and your team do for the greater world. I could not agree with you more as far as the importance of giving back to our communities.
    I currently volunteer as a reader to palliative care patients three days a week. I always make sure that the patients I read to know how much they are giving to me. When the patients hear that I am trying to perfect my reading, the emphasis is taken off of their situation of not being able to read for themselves. They feel as if they are able to be useful teachers for me. It is definitely a win-win situation. I also sing in two local choirs.
    Because I am new to the world of voice-overs, volunteering allows me to gradually enter the business in a safe and appreciative environment. If I never earned a $ on actual voice work it would be ok. I receive the world from the people I volunteer for.
    I wish you and your team all of the best for 2010!
    Karl-Heinz O’Higgins

  3. What a great VOX Daily to read. It is so awesome to hear when other people make the effort to give back in some form or fashion. Yes I too am giving back!
    Paying it forward is one of the most important things I think all of us can do.
    When I started my Voiceover Career over 5 years ago now (Wow seems like yesterday that I was going for my first session of training) , anyway I made a commitment to myself and God that I would donate 10% of all of my Voiceover earnings to worthy causes. To date I have donated money to, The ASPCA, The Leukemia & Lyphoma Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Society, The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), PETA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Make A Wish Foundation, Ability Beyond Disability, The United Way, Boys Town, The Dana Farber institute, The Actors Chapel in NYC, My own personal church (St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church) and Joel Osteen Ministries ( I love to listen to that man speak, very motivational)
    It’s not always easy to give away that 10% for a struggling Voice Actor, but some how it comes back around 10 fold. I hope it makes my Clients feel as good as I do that in some small way every time I’m hired to work contributions are being made to help support health, spirituality and happiness.
    Best to all of you in 2010…Keep giving, keep helping!
    Jasen Anthony Voiceovers
    OTR “On The Rocks” Studios

  4. Hey There! One of the things that I have done, is to donate my time and studio, writing a spot, voicing and producing for anyone bidding on my services at a fundraising dance for the Pink Sensations of Pickering Ontario. They are a top notch group of 27 ladies who are breast cancer survivors and are top notch champs in my book! God Bless Em!


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