I want to start to create accountability around one of my big goals for 2019 — doing more to give back.
This week, I was particularly inspired to donate after being exposed to a handful of worthy causes.
Here are the organizations I contributed a charitable donation to over the past week that I urge you to consider giving to:
Kiva: Kiva is a nonprofit that facilities microlending for people around the world. I’ve been using it for awhile and whenever I receive a loan repayment (as I did this week), I use it as an excuse to loan money to a new cause. You can help someone achieve their dreams with a loan as low as $25, with the security of a repayment rate of 96.8%! — Total donated: ~$10 (since I had some credits from repayments)
Chabad of Poway: News of mass shootings proliferate our newsfeeds on a near daily basis. Frankly, I always feel like sh*t when reading these stories — they never lose their shock value for me. Though I don’t practice Judaism, I was very moved by Lori Gilbert Kaye’s efforts to protect her community, ultimately leading to the end of her life. By donating to this cause, I’m hoping to do my part to show the world that we wont let these tragedies stop us from being a part of the communities that make us feel whole. — Total donated: $25
Code for America: In a recent newsletter, David Hayes of WPShout mentioned that he was doing some fundraising for Code for Fort Collins (a division of Code for America) and I’m all about supporting my fellow WordPress community members! Total donated: $50
International Rescue Committee: IRC is running a special Mother’s Day campaign that absolutely tugged on my heartstrings. The recipients of the donation I made are refugees who are new moms, providing them with much needed supplies for after new babies are born. I’m thinking this could be an excellent Mother’s Day gift if you’re looking for something meaningful! Total donated: $63
All in all, I spent a little less than $150 spread across many worthy causes and I felt amazing every time I used my money to do something good for the world around me.
Of course, my final contribution for giving back this week will be when I pick a winner of The Blogsmith Freelance Success Grant
, which has over 20 awesome entrants that I’ll have to decide between!
Is there a charitable cause that’s near and dear to your heart that you’d like me to consider for future donations?
Please don’t hesitate to respond to this email to let me know about your favorite cause and why I should donate.
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith