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.

July 2019: Launching our love project – Write the World

Earlier this year I had an idea. In the shower. Which is often where the best ideas happen, I reckon.

It was a little niggly idea at first. But it grew and grew, until before I knew it the idea was a project. Which is now happening. The idea in a nutshell: Write the World notebooks, unique notebooks designed to make the world a better place. Our point of difference: 100% of the $10 purchase price of every single Write the World notebook sold goes to The Life You Can Save to direct towards effective charities. That’s right, 100%.

I jokingly call it the love project. It’s such an apt name for it. I love so much about it…

Selfishly, I love that it allows me to use my skills – working with specialists like designers and printers, creating, writing, implementing, organising. Oh yes, I’m an organiser!

I love that it’s increasing my horizons, allowing me to talk to and meet interesting people I wouldn’t have otherwise come across. It’s broadening my own world.

I love that the whole family is engaged in the project, offering ideas and suggestions and ever so patiently listening to my constant updates and latest Write the World thoughts.

I love that the idea has been so positively embraced by every single person I’ve told about it. It’s a project that seems to bring out the best in people.

And I love that The Life You Can Save has agreed to be our project’s donor charity. It means the project is totally aligned to where our family has been putting our effective altruism efforts for the past 24 months.

Our family will be directing our monthly effective altruism donations to Write the World for the next few months. We are funding the design and printing of the first six hundred notebooks ourselves. For an initial outlay of $3,500 – which we would have donated to effective charities anyway over the course of the coming months – we will eventually be able to direct $6,000 in notebook sales to The Life You Can Save. Almost twice what we would have otherwise being able to donate.

Because that is another thing I love about the love project. It has this magical multiplier thing going on. The more we print, the less the notebooks cost. The more we sell, the more we donate. Say, for example, we increase our print quantities in the future – with economies of scale, the notebook production price goes down and for a $5,000 initial investment, we’d see $30,000 donated to The Life You Can Save in notebook sales.

How magic is that?

We will be looking for generous effective altruists to sponsor future design and print runs. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in having your donation magically multiplied through the Write the World notebook love project – drop us a line at savinglives@writetheworldnotebooks.org to start a conversation about how we can work together.

The Write the World website will be launching in September 2019. In the meantime, you can follow our journey to launch on Facebook (http://fb.me/writetheworldnotebooks) or Instagram (@write_the_world_notebooks)