To celebrate the launch of this blog, with your help, we hope to give away $50,000 to five charities – The Hunger Project, The Grameen Foundation, Safe Passage, Catholic Charities USA and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Beginning today through December 24, we will match contributions of up to $100 from new donors to these charities, and each charity can receive up to $10,000 from us. (We will match up to $100 of new donations to each of the five charities such that a person who has not given to any of these charities in the past could be matched up to $500.) So together, with your contributions, we can give $20,000 to each of these charities, or $100,000 to all five of them. If you would like to participate, just email us stating the amount that you will donate and make the donation directly to the charity. The charity will confirm that you are a new donor and the amount of your donation, and then we will match your contribution. Thanks for considering a contribution. Email us [email protected].
This blog is being launched to motivate ourselves and others to give away more money to charitable causes. We were in South Africa a few years ago, and we regularly saw people, including children, who just wanted food and clean water – nothing else. The pic is of a woman and a child in the community where we were. There are literally millions of people throughout the world who do not have these basic necessities of life, and lots of people face other problems, including not being able to find a job or shelter. With this blog, we are writing about how we can, on a daily basis, live our lives in such a way to enable us to give more. In living this way thus far, we have felt much more fulfilled from giving than we did from consuming.
Each week on the blog, we will feature stories about our lives and others, and media relevant to the blog. In Our Conscious Living on Tuesdays, we will share stories on how we try to live consciously to be able to give away more money. In On the Ground on Wednesdays, we will feature a story about a person who has been helped by a charity. On Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays, we will feature news articles or other media relevant to giving.