Over the last week I have been researching heavily in which charity I would like to donate my money to. Up until now I have donated a very small amount of $20 to the Canadian Cancer Society by sponsoring a co-worker in an annual run they participate in.
I want to make a larger donation and I am hoping this will be sometime in early August 2009. I will be aiming for $100 to a charity I really feel good about.
I have been increasingly paying off my debt and am only a month or two away from being debt free. Sure, I can use the $100 for debt repayment. Most people would think this is the smart thing to do. Personally, I find making an impact to the world is just as important as personal gain. I feel empowered and happy when others benefit from my little input.
Since I am such an animal lover, I am leaning toward an animal cruelty charity for my first donation. Other posibilities include, children in need or environmental protection organizations.
As I mentioned in one of my first posts, once I have decided and donated to my selected charity, I am going to make a blog post with a brief description of the organization and why it was chosen by me. I want to help create awareness to the things in my life that are important to me. Since I am acting out as an individual, it is the least I can do.
I am hoping that people reading this article will be somewhat inspired to also contribute to what is important to them. When it comes to myself, key points I reflect on when I feel the need to make an impact in this world are:
- Never Feel Helpless – You as an individual can make an impact in this world. Charities are a great way to gain confidence in yourself knowing you have done something to help others. Sure, the dollar amount might be small but most organizations will really appreciate the extra help that you can provide.
- Become Passionate – Passion breeds motivation and you will likely feel that way when obstacles stand in your way. Let passion be your guide to your goals.
- Ignore Negativity – Everyone from friends, family members and co-workers will try to persuade you in the other direction. People that fall into this category tend to not be impact makers themselves. Follow your own road that is right for you as an individual.
Once I finally become financially independent, which I am planning on doing much sooner than later (I am still trying to figure out how to make this a reality). I want to help out the world even more. My goal is to have much more free time for myself and my future wife to do what we feel is important to not only us but the world as a whole. If anything, this alone is what I am passionate about.