I Will Give $100 to Your Favorite Charity

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I Will Give $100 to Your Favorite Charity Challenge

Ever hear the saying, “Kill two birds with one stone?”  It’s a challenge, but great fun when it works (figuratively speaking of course)!  Well, that’s the reason I will give $100 to your favorite charity.  I am attempting to maximize $100 in more than one way.

Here’s why:

Out of Time

Today I’m headed to my first Tony Robbins UPW (Unleash The Power Within) Event with a couple of friends.  I have a feeling it’s going to be epic!  We’ll be spending Thursday-Sunday in Los Angeles working to blast away personal limitations and set new goals.  I’m so excited!

The only problem, is that I’m running out of time.  I still need to pack, prepare, and ensure my family is completely taken care of in my absence (thanks Grandma!).  But on the flip side, I recently joined the Yakezie Challenge and made a promise to produce content at least twice per week.

Once I’m at the UPW seminar, I’m pretty sure I won’t have anymore time to write the remainder of this week.  So, I need to get something down now, but NOT just fluff… I hate that.

Luckily, I have an IDEA…

Asking For Help!

Okay, so I’m going to need YOUR HELP to pull this off!  Don’t worry tho, it’ll be FUN, and for a GREAT CAUSE. 🙂

If there is one thing that I’ve started learning about my audience and generally those who come to PF (personal finance) sites, is that we are people of passion.  We are not willing to settle for the status quo, and we are driven to make positive change!  Did I get that right?

Good!  Well, I’m also willing to bet that you are a person of compassion and have certain charitable causes you believe DEEPLY in.

How You Can Help

I love supportingWhat I need you do is to simply SHARE a cause you are super passionate about!

Leave a comment below and tell me about a charitable organization you would like me to send $100 to.

What is your cause and the non-profit organization that supports it?  Why is it important to you?  How does it impact others?

(Please limit your comment to 250 words or less, and have FUN!)

Selecting a Winner

I will gladly accept comments up through October 31st, 2015.  On November 1st, I will announce the winner of my favorite comment (I suspect this will be the hard part) and I will donate $100 directly to your charitable organization in honor of YOU!  I will also update this post to feature your cause here.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.  And, being that I’m a newer blog with a smaller audience, you’ve definitely got a decent chance of winning by virtue of the odds alone!

Hopefully this is a win-win for everyone!  You’ll be helping me to create awesome content in the comments, we’ll get to share about our individual causes/organizations, and I’ll have another $100 tax deduction for 2015.  🙂  Go for it!

Update 11-02-15

Congratulations to my winner for the $100 donation, Sarah!  Her shared charity is the Prison Book Program.

Here’s why…

I think everyone needs a second chance sometimes. To make poor choices is human. And, most prisoners have probably made their fair share. But, all too often our society is happy to simply lock offenders away and throw away the key.

That’s why I love this program. It shows prisoners that people on the outside still care about them and are sharing knowledge that can enrich their minds while they do their time. It gives them a chance to become educated and learn about new choices they can make in life. That’s inspiring to me.

http://prisonbookprogram.org/featured-pages/why-send-books-to-prisoners/


I wasn’t kidding when I said it was REALLY difficult to choose.

– Hannah’s organization World Vision is a huge leader in ending suffering around the world!
– HW’s New Horizon’s Ranch & Center is so awesome to help children that need that extra love and support during dark times.
– Albert’s Jus Sayin’ organization provides nurturing and supplies for the homeless in my home city of SD.

So, I had to cheat a little.  As a small thank you for those who participated, I’ve donated an additional $50 each to their organizations.

Thanks for all who participated!

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15 Comments on “I Will Give $100 to Your Favorite Charity”

  1. Need an example?  I’ll go first. And no, I’m not eligible to win my own donation 😉

    A passion project of mine is helping to build my local San Diego Public Library system.  I’ve been actively donating for more than a decade now. My reason is simple.  There was a day that I didn’t have the resources to buy any book I wanted to. So, I turned to my local library for knowledge and mental nourishment.

    Libraries literally share a wealth of knowledge.  And as a public resource, it’s readily available to anyone who wants it – no matter what your socioeconomic circumstances are (I love that!).  

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” -Chinese Proverb

  2. My favorite charity is World Vision. They focus on systemic poverty relief through child sponsorship, community development, and economic vitalization. My husband and I currently sponsor kids through this organization, but they are often seeking one time donations for cool projects like well-digging, water clean up, and starting “savings” clubs for adults. They are also one of the best non-profits for disaster relief because they have local connections all over the globe.

  3. One of my favorite charities is the Prison Book Program. They collect donated books and send them to prisoners all over the U.S., at no cost. It’s pretty cool because prisoners write letters and mail them to this organization, asking for specific books or specific types of books, and the organization tries to fulfill requests whenever possible. These books mean a great deal to many of the recipients, who often don’t have another way to get reading material. The organization gets requests for all sorts of books — philosophy, literature, religion, art, history, science, Spanish language learning books, English dictionaries, etc — from prisoners who want to further their education. They have more requests than they can handle, and so there’s about a 6 month waiting list typically. Donations help more prisoners get more books, faster.

  4. Came across your blog through Rockstar Finance, I believe. Loving it so far! I actually work for a nonprofit organization. New Horizons Ranch & Center – we help kids and families through residential treatment homes, foster care and adoption, and youth/family counseling. We are based in Texas and help kids who come from abusive homes. We help them work through their terrible experiences and emotional trauma caused by the abuse or neglect. I actually see what a difference having a relationship with someone who loves you and wants the best for you can do in changing a child’s life. Many of our kids have not had the loving support of immediate family and we become a family to them. (and yes, I donate back to my organization because it such a great cause!)

  5. I believe you should donate to “Jus Sayin.” They are a local non profit in San Diego. Jus Sayin focuses on providing for the homeless every month, for almost a decade. The best part about them, is that the are small and informal. The president is named Andy Aguilar, who gets about 30-40 people every month to help, and we all pitch in supplies, put them together, and pass them out the same day. What I love about them, is that aside from the heart of the founder, he has given a lot of his personal income to keep the organization alive. There is no office that they have or employees, so your $100 goes directly to providing supplies for the ones in need. Hope this helps. 🙂

  6. Boy this was tough to choose!! There were so many great opportunities. But, the winner of the $100 donation is:

    The Prison Book Program – shared by theYachtless (aka Sarah)

    Here’s why…

    I think everyone needs a second chance sometimes. To make poor choices is human. And, most prisoners have probably made their fair share. But, all too often our society is happy to simply lock offenders away and throw away the key.

    That’s why I love this program. It shows prisoners that people on the outside still care about them and are sharing knowledge that can enrich their minds while they do their time. It gives them a chance to become educated and learn about new choices they can make in life. That’s inspiring to me.

    http://prisonbookprogram.org/featured-pages/why-send-books-to-prisoners/

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    I wasn’t kidding when I said it was REALLY difficult to choose.

    – Hannah’s organization World Vision is a huge leader in ending suffering around the world!
    – HW’s New Horizon’s Ranch & Center is so awesome to help children that need that extra love and support during dark times.
    – Albert’s Jus Sayin’ organization provides nurturing and supplies for the homeless in my home city of SD.

    So, as a small thank you for participating, I’m going to donate an additional $50 each to your organizations. 🙂

    1. Wow. That’s great! There are so many organizations out there who are worthy of our donations. Thank you for the gift to all and to New Horizons!

  7. That’s wonderful!!! I’m so excited for the Prison Book Program — it really is a fantastic organization. I’ve volunteered there before, and got to read some of the letters from prisoners, and it was so amazing to see how a lot of them were working to educate themselves, learn new skills, and generally try to change their lives. Prisoners will definitely benefit directly from this gift. Thanks so much for doing the giveaway!!

  8. Wow man, very generous of you here! 🙂 A person of my own heart, giving is awesome on so many levels
    There’s a lot of organisations that I could have mentioned although it would have been tough to choose one

    Out of interest how did the UPW conference go? I do like Tony Robbins content although it’s really about taking action, which Tony’s helping inspire people to take

    1. The UPW conference was awesome! Although I do fully admit it’s starting to blend in with Date with Destiny now. Since you asked tho, I opened up my journal to see what I had written about it back then…

      “I feel ALIVE! Life is about living, making connections, sharing and contributing with others.”

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