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Give to Receive

Yin and Yang, baby. Sometimes you have to give to receive. A lot of people say you should give 10% of your income. That’s great to aim for but let’s face it, it’s not always possible. I don’t give 10% of my income. But I try to. Sometimes I’ll go two months where I give 10% every pay day, but often life gets in the way. That’s ok.

Your challenge this week is to give money to a cause close to your heart. I don’t care how much. I really don’t. If it’s 5 cents in spare change, that’s fine. This challenge is to get us used to the idea of giving. The amount is up to each individual.

If you don’t have a favorite charity, here are a few charities that I recommend:

Royal Flying Doctor Service – you can “buy” a patch of sky on one of their routes and print off a certificate that says the patch of sky is named after you. I brought one for my daughter. It’s a cute idea and it saves people’s lives

Room to Read – I love Room to Read because I love reading and hate the thought that some children don’t have access to books. These guys are my go to charity when I don’t have anything else planned for the money.

World Vision – We sponsor two children. One of the things I love about World Vision child sponsorship is the ability to choose the child you sponsor based on month and year of birth. I sponsor a little girl in Africa born the same time as my daughter and a boy in South America born the same time as my son. The children are too small to write their own letters but the kids draw pictures and send them to each other. It’s a great opportunity to teach little people that not everyone had the same basic facilities as we do.

Kiva – I’m all over Kiva which loans money to small business owners who don’t have access to traditional lenders. This allows small business owners to buy stock to sell and support themselves. Once they make a profit, they repay the loan. This allows you to relend the money out to another business owner.

Let’s whip the wallet out and donate to our favorite cause.

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