January 2020: Re-committing our five per cent

With the launch of Write the World notebooks in September last year, all our family’s monthly donations since then have been directed towards the production of notebooks. Our vision is to ensure that our customers know that every single dollar they spend on notebooks is donated to effective charities tackling global poverty, as recommended by The Life You Can Save. Not just the profit, the full purchase price.

But you know what? I really miss our own family conversations around where our monthly donation will go. For me, it is a massively rewarding part of the process and I think it’s a really important step in keeping us on track as a family in remembering just how incredibly lucky we are and how grateful we should be for the life we lead.

So, in 2020 we will be continuing to run Write the World notebooks as well as re-committing to our five per cent monthly donations on top of that.

Having said that, in January we are donating more than five per cent, and not to a necessarily ‘effective charity’.

As everyone is all too aware, Australia has been faced with a terrible bushfire season and back at the start of January we pledged as a family to donate an extra $10 for every Write the World notebook sold to the bushfire appeals.

We sold 89 notebooks in January. So that’s $890 to effective charities tackling global poverty (the full purchase price of the notebooks), plus a bonus $890 to the bushfire appeals from our family. Happily my employer is also matching employee donations to the bushfire appeals, meaning we will be donating $1,780 to the bushfire appeals.

Making a total of $2,670 to charity for the month. We are not quite in Celeste Barber’s league, but every little bit helps.

January 2018: Money for mates

I’ve always loved sponsoring any of my friends or colleagues when they’re fundraising for causes that mean a lot to them. It is in fact my favourite type of giving because multiple people gain from it – the person raising the money, the person giving the money and the person receiving the money. The triple threat of fundraising, if you like.

So I was delighted to receive two requests for support this month from friends who are doing crazy long walks and runs to raise money for… Fred Hollows and Oxfam.

My triple threat suddenly became a quadruple threat, with the added bonus that their chosen causes are officially approved effective altruism charities.

So this month – which was a ‘poor’ month because I took the whole month off work to hang out with the kids so we are donating only out of one salary – we’ve split our donation between our friends’ worthy causes.

Through our amazing ex-neighbour who is walking the Oxfam Trail, our money will provide a farmer in Malawi with fertilizer, seeds and tools to market and sell produce.

Through our equally amazing current neighbours who are both doing the Fred Hollows Coastrek, our money will provide screening for 250 children in Laos.

Happy trails to you all.