At the beginning of last year I wrote on here about my goal of charitable giving for the year. It would be the first time I’d ever donated to any organization. I started by selecting a different organization each month to donate to with the intention of donating $1000 for the calendar year. I failed to reach my goal, but I’m extremely proud to have supported several organizations throughout 2018.
In total I gave $424.13 to 4 different organizations. Donorschoose.org, which is basically the Kickstarter for teachers. Houston Museum of Natural Science. Holocaust Museum Houston. Houston Pets Alive!.
The plan and the goal will be the same in 2019 because Houston is full of organizations doing exceptional work.
I encourage everyone to travel as much as they possibly can. But I now also encourage everyone to donate their money or time to causes and organizations they find worthy because there are few things that can bring greater satisfaction. An example is a teacher in Houston whose project I recently supported. She wrote me a personal letter thanking me for helping her better serve her students. It made me so happy to help her.
I won’t tell you which organizations are best. I won’t tell you what type of causes to focus on. And I won’t even tell you to set a goal. But I will tell you that giving your time or money or both to non profit organizations that seem to stretch every dollar to its maximum extent has brought me a great amount of pride. And maybe, just maybe doing so would do the same for you.
Back to books next time.
I read something in the NYT recently that I found rather interesting. The writer vowed not to buy any materialistic items for a calendar year.
It sounds overdramatic when you just read that sentence, but I found her reasoning to be rational. I found the article compelling.
In an effort to improve myself, in association with being a more giving person in 2018, I’m going to challenge myself to do the same thing. What’s excluded from my personal challenge will be any kind of food, hygiene items, and souvenirs from when I travel since those items support museums and parks I visit.
I’m also making a one time exception for clothing this month because I’m headed to Chicago and I just don’t have the wardrobe needed for the trip. That’s it.
I already spend so little of my money that I don’t foresee this adding thousands of dollars to my various accounts, but at the end of 2018 I’ll decipher my savings throughout the year and make an additional charitable contribution on top of my monthly donations.
Everything on here isn’t going to be negative, I promise you that. Today is the first example.
Every year people say they want this or that to change in their life and so often nothing really changes. I say screw that. This year I have one goal. Not to read more. Not to post more on here. Not to travel more. And not even to find happiness. It’s to be more giving.
I know I’ve told y’all I’m lonely and unhappy, and I am, but I have a great job I love more than you can imagine. I have a home. I can go to the grocery store across the street whenever I need to. I don’t live paycheck to paycheck. And most importantly, I’m healthy.
Last year I gave $205 (I think) to different causes. That’s not enough. My plan is to at least triple that and perhaps get it up to $1000 for the calendar year. I know it’s a small drop in the bucket, but as time moves forward I’ll increase as I can.
Each month I will select one nonprofit organization in or around the city of Houston to donate to. Tomorrow I’ll write about the first organization I’ve selected.