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Philanthropy and Charity – What This Means to Mediaocean

by Jacqueline Honig
August 07, 2014

One of Mediaocean’s core values is Giving Back, and our company encourages employees to get involved in philanthropic and charitable efforts. But what is philanthropy and what is charity? And why are they important to Mediaocean?

First, I’ll start off with the definition of philanthropy and charity. Most people don’t understand the difference between the two, and the easiest way to explain is by using an old saying

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.” This is a charitable effort. “Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” This is a philanthropic effort.

Charity is about now, and solves an issue that requires immediate attention. Giving the man a fish solves his immediate problem of being hungry. Philanthropy is about the future, and works towards a solution to solve an issue; it is for the public good and focuses on quality of life. Teaching the man to fish solves his inability to provide for himself, and is therefore philanthropic.

Whether it’s a philanthropic or charitable act, volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community and make a difference in people’s lives. It also provides an opportunity to develop new skills and socialize. Regardless of the reasons why you help others, you will be helping yourself as well. Studies have shown that people that volunteer are happier and healthier and lead to more productive lives.

They say any activity is good activity. Volunteering means getting off the couch and out of the house, so it makes us more physically fit. Physically fit people tend to deal with stress better, which can help them live longer lives. Social connections can be good for us too. Volunteering is a great way to meet others, make friends, and network. Helping others gives us a deep sense of happiness, which is also associated with longer and healthier lives. The benefits of giving back are endless!

Mediaocean has been committed to giving back over the years. We give our employee’s a vacation day to give back and throughout the year, we have other charitable events that get employees involved. Annual blood drives, coat drives, and food drives are just some of the events we have held in the past, and there’s always a charitable or philanthropic component to our holiday and summer parties. By getting us all involved, Mediaocean helps benefit the recipients, the volunteers, and the company. It’s a win win for all!

So the next time you see a volunteer opportunity I hope you consider joining in the event. Whether it’s helping organize, recruiting for the cause, or participating – it’s all volunteering and it’s all rewarding!

Be on the lookout for the hashtag #MOGivesBack. We’ll be using it to share our philanthropy and charity work on social media!


Jacqueline Honig is a Product Manager at Mediaocean managing Spectra DS applications. Her areas of expertise are the common code behind the applications, application security, and project management. Jackie has also been leading our philanthropic and charity committee for two years.

Her passions are traveling, having fun, giving back, and trying to make the world a better place to live.  Jackie feels every action is counted – we all have to make small efforts or nothing would ever change.  You will always find Jackie near the ocean with friends and family.