This post is all about my plan to donate more freely and with maximum intention in the new year (2017). Ultimately, I hope to get a few readers to join me in the cause. That is why I below I am offering the chance to more or less match your donation when you join me. I am hoping this focused charity will inspire you to give more freely in other aspects of your life, not only monetarily, but other benefits to your community. So if you are feeling extra generous today, keep reading and please leave a comment on your way out. 🙂
For the past year a majority of my financial situation has been dictated by commitments (debts, living expenses) and goals, primarily achieving FIRE. But now a # of those commitments are fulfilled, a number of the goals are rolling along (new car, lots of saving power) and I am in the fortunate point of my life to begin giving beyond what I previously was able.
Looking back at 2016, the donations made were small, focused and internally triggered. With some of the external realities in this new year, I apparently got the kick in the rear to give more purposefully. So this is my plan to take action THIS YEAR and move the world forward in the way that I see most positive.
We already covered the what to a certain extent. Monetary donations. While I am free at this time to be giving freely of money, I am not in the fortunate point of life to be giving freely of my time. A normal office job means normal office hours, commuting hours and the remaining goes towards family or personal relaxation (sound selfish as I type it). So, while I feel good about giving monetarily, I would rather be giving of my time, and that will definitely be worked in when possible.
Why should be fairly obvious to most. I can safely say I am in the majority of my country who was/is disappointed in the coming changes, especially those unforeseen. I’ve been spoiled over my entire working career to have a regime in place I mostly agreed with. Things looked positive for the most part, and I took it for granted. This is no longer the case. We’ll leave it at that.
So this year, I will be giving more and giving with more purpose! I’d like to crush last year’s total donations, and at the same time ensure that money is headed to great causes. I could go the route of something like GiveWell.org, but I’d like to still keep it semi-personal. Below is my current “giving schedule,” peppered with blank months besides a few special locks and my current donation amount. *Scores (if available) from Charity Navigator.
|Mar||Direct Relief||$25||100 (!)|
- January is history (as of this writing) and you can read more about my organization of choice, Barn Sanctuary, at the end of this post.
- February is going to the ACLU Foundation, despite their recent surge of received donations, I think it is an organization needing more help!
- March is going towards Direct Relief, by recommendation of Matt @ The Resume Gap. Amazing rating on Charity Navigator! (Literally a perfect score when I just checked!)
- April is Financial Literacy month, and I penciled in CommonWealth,
but not sure they take donations. Will need to review.Yes, they do! Hidden in the top right of the page, a little gift box!
- June/July for Sierra Club and 350.org; Go environmental!
- August for Farm Sanctuary for animals again, but I will have special update for that month. 🙂
- October donations will head towards the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who “defends civil liberties in the digital world.” Privacy protectors!
- November is WMBR, a great college radio station with all their shows posted (and streaming) online! (Partial to the program Radio Ninja!)
BUT, there are many blank months and still need selection! I will continue to edit the end of this post, highlighting my selections and a little info on each. Here is where I WANT YOUR HELP!!!
I would absolutely like to make this effort as BIG AS POSSIBLE. As you can see, I have penciled in $25 per selection.
- For every person who donates to the same charity (and lets me know with a comment below) during the month I will add $5 to my donation, up to $100 total. (Sorry, January – may revisit you in December… )
- My donation is submitted the last day of each month.
- If you have a suggested organization, please message me on Twitter or comment below. I might not end up adding them to the schedule, but I will consider each suggestion thoroughly.
As the months roll along I will update this graph so we can see OUR progress. Even with a little help, we could easily push $2,000 into this organizations fighting for great causes and world betterment.
So, that’s it. Let’s make 2017 a year to remember, for positive reasons and moving the world forward. Changes are coming, but we can absolutely make those changes welcome, right, and beneficial to the world community.
The 2017 Organizations of Choice
January - Barn Sanctuary in Dearborn, Michigan Help Out! - Barn Sanctuary Donation Page
A relatively new organization, Dan and
company are getting funded and built up as a farm animal sanctuary! The concept is not new, but the need is huge. As a friend of the environment I absolutely admire those on 100% plant-based diets. Even those who are not 100% are making a big difference when choosing an animal-product alternative. And as a human, with amazing pets and personal freedoms, those rights should extend to all animals: human, domestic pet and farm animals. Dan, Tom and Kelly thank you for your commitment to animal rights!
February - ACLU Foundation Help Out! - ACLU Foundation Donation Page
Despite the flood of donations since middle-January, I am pitching in more as this organization is vital to help keep human rights moving forward, NOT BACKWARDS. Because they will say it better than me: “We’re there for you. Rich or poor, straight or gay, black or white or brown, urban or rural, pious or atheist, American-born or foreign-born, able-bodied or living with a disability. Every person in this country should have the same basic rights.” Thank you, thank you, thank you!
March - Direct Relief Help Out! - Direct Relief Donation Page
It is with pleasure that I include my first reader recommended organization. This is an organization I have never heard of, maybe because of the generic name, but provides efficient medical support for those in need. With the potential for reduced humanitarian aid under the current United States regime, the time to support causes such as DR (great acronym!) is possibly now more than ever.
April - Build Commonwealth Help Out! - Build Commonwealth (Donate top right)
April is Financial Literacy Month! So clearly for this month our focus will be to join in on that near-and-dear cause! Build Commonwealth, formerly D2D Fund, “strengthens the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable people by discovering ideas, piloting solutions, and driving innovations to scale.” I would love to support other organizations during this month as well. Please inform me with a comment if you have a favorite financial literacy organization!
Since I can’t squeeze it into the comments, but want to call it out!
@zen_cents We’re in for another match this month!
— Matt @The Resume Gap (@TheResumeGap) March 30, 2017