Now that Athleon has some money in the bank...meaning I can afford to buy lunch every now and then...the 'you're blessed and you can afford to help others' voice in the back of my head has started speaking again.
Some small number of people give to a non-church charity every year (5 some odd % I believe), and, outside of my church givings I can actually REMEMBER every single time I've been charitable with anything but change.
That fact, combined with my increasing love of entrepreneurship, has lead me to seek out amazing charitable organizations to give a small amount of money (very small really) out of every paycheck to. Most of us who are building a business are doing it for some combination of fame or wealth...yet a lot of really, really cool entrepreneurs are starting something with no real option for wealth involved.
So, over the next however long, every paycheck (our payroll is done bi-monthly) I'll let you know which really cool charity is getting the small piece of my hard earned cash. It's the same amount every month and as of now I'm not planning on doubling down....I realize that giving a bigger sum to one charity may be more beneficial, but I'm seeking out cool charities in quantity.
If you have a group I simply MUST donate to let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, go change the world however you see fit.
There are absolutely no rules to this simply organizations that do something good for somebody else (and hopefully tell me exactly where my money is going...transparency is a very good idea). They may help starving children in Africa, or people 2 feet way in Seattle. No rules. I want to find orgs who are as passionate about what they do as I am about what I do....and maybe help a fellow human being or two in the process.
(P.S. While it doesn't really count, my first bit o cash went to the candidate I supported in the November election. It AMAZES me how much money Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama spent on advertising against each other...perhaps giving to the guy outside my local starbucks today would have been a better use of my money).