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Spend Less, Give More

First, here’s a video I’d love for you to watch (email subscribers, you’ll have to click on the “Spend Less, Give More” title to come and view this on my blog, as videos never come through in email feeds).

I love, love, love this video (and last year’s as well!). While I’m not advocating that we completely give up exchanging gifts at Christmas time (it’s fun to give, after all!), what if we all spent a little less money on stuff this December and instead, gave that saved money to help provide clean drinking water to people who have none? What if we all spent $100 less than usual, and sent it to Living Water, or some other financially responsible charity? Think of the difference just the readers of this blog could make.

Maybe you can’t manage to spare $100, but what if you could spare $10? On average, this blog gets around 2000 hits a day, not counting the 450 of you that receive my posts via email. Estimating low, suppose that there are 1000 of you that come here each day. If each of you gave $10, that would be $10,000, which is an enormous amount.

884 million people in this world do not have access to clean drinking water, but Living Water can bring it to them in the form of wells for about $.98 a person per year. If you cut back on your buying by $100 and sent it to Living Water instead, you could help 100 people have clean drinking water for an entire year! That’s amazing! Even if you just sent $10, that would provide clean drinking water for 10 people for a whole year.

Think about it…you could spend less money, have fewer post-Christmas bills, and save someone’s life by providing them with clean water. It’s a win-win-win.

(ps. I know that there are a fair number of people out there who refuse to donate to charities because they fear their contributions are squandered. While this is true of some charities, Living Water makes their financial records public. Last year, 95% of their money went to programs and development, with only 5% going to administration.)

(p.p.s I have another idea for coming up with money to donate (and this one has nothing to do with Christmas spending!). I’ll share it with you on Saturday.)

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Thursday 31st of December 2009

While I am just reading this in my email on 12/31 (I was out of the country for the first half of December) I love the video and the whole concept. It's ironic that even though I didn't give to this particular organization, I already have lived this concept this year. I spent waaaay less on things and gave waaaay more to the charities to which I donate all year long. More money to Hale House, which takes care of drug addicted babies in NYC. More clothes(new ones, not just my children's hand-me-downs) to the local organization that gives a hand up to families. You get the picture. Thanks for posting the video. I saved this for next year. Happy New Year.


Saturday 5th of December 2009

Thank you for the wonderful message. I too am always concerned with what charities I choose and always check before I give. My favorite charity is World Vision, they also provide their financial statement to the public and operate on a 5% admin margin...which is impressive! Please check them out. =)

Any tiny bit you can give means the world to these families, some times it even means life.


Friday 4th of December 2009

William, as a Navy wife, I just want to say thanks for donating to Navy-Marine Corps Relief. I've had friends who have needed it.


Friday 4th of December 2009

Ahh, you guys all rock! I love that you are giving back.

William, that's exactly what I love about Living many charities waste money on expensive donor luncheons and such, but LW seems to put their money where it counts.

And I agree...getting kicked out of the house because your landlord didn't pay the mortgage seems so unfair.


Friday 4th of December 2009

This year I decided to increase cash donations to my usual recipients. The biggest increase goes to Navy-Marine Corps Relief, which provides funds and educational loans to needy Naval members. The enlisted guy still has a job but the spouse may not have, or the member was wounded and the paperwork for disability hasn't come through yet, or ... The circumstance I hate most is the member has been paying rent but the landlord didn't pay the mortgage. The landlord loses the building so the member - who is blameless - loses the apt. In theory the landlord owes the member but figure the odds of that ever happening.

What I particularly like about Navy-Marine Corps Relief is how well they screen out the free loaders. That and how low their operating expenses are.

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