Each year as a solopreneur, I’ve been committed in my work in the community to not only volunteering hands-on and attending fundraising events, but also donating a percentage of my company’s gross profits to a worthy nonprofit. In 2015, I got seriously local, donating 100% to Portland-area organizations serving the community, a number of whom I’ve supported in the past.
As we kick off 2016, I want to learn more about who’s out there, and therefore I’m branching out a bit in my philanthropy and related involvement. With our upcoming adoption, and if we’re lucky, successful IVF in February, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to commit in the next school year to being a SMART volunteer, so now I plan to learn about a bunch of new groups and see how I can also get involved as a volunteer, as a contributor, and more.
Because my profits have varied greatly from month-to month, I’ve realized that my donations don’t get equally dispersed to the nonprofits I’ve elected to support. So as we begin the year, I’ve decided to donate at the end of each quarter, using a monthly average. (TMI for some, but I’m always curious in learning how others determine their charitable donations, so feel free to jump in and share your own experience!). And with our international family, I’m making Q4 all about global reach.
- PAW Team (veterinary care to the pets of the homeless)
- Hacienda CDC (LatinX community development)
- Village Gardens/Janus (growing/sharing/educating re: healthy food)
- Children’s Book Bank (collecting/preparing books for distribution)
- Shadow Project (partners with special ed teachers)
- Groundwork Project (enviro justice & community empowerment)
- Tooth Taxi (free dental care to uninsured & underserved children)
- On the Move Community Integration (provides access for the disabled to both urban & natural areas)
- Project Lemonade (free clothes for foster kids via a pop-up shop)
- Breast Cancer Action Network (a non-pinkwashing group all about
health justice for ALL women at risk of & living with breast cancer.)
- The Malala Fund (enabling girls globally to complete 12 years of safe, quality education)
- Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (ultimate goal: to reach population parity of Indigenous doctors, and to inform & support a culturally safe health care system).