It seems impossible that I’ve been at this this long, but here we are: the FIFTH annual Pseudostoops Giving My Money Away celebration!
For newcomers, here is a brief lowdown on this holiday tradition of mine. Each day this week I will feature a different charitable organization. I commit to giving each organization a minimum $25 donation, and then there’s an audience participation component: I invite everyone to read about the charity, and to leave a comment on the post. For every comment that I receive on the post, I’ll donate an additional 50 cents. Comments will remain open until the next day’s post goes up. You get to give money to charity, without having to spend any! Fun, right?
I like to use this space to feature smaller and local charities that do important work in my community. It’s not that I don’t also appreciate and support the work of much larger charities – I certainly do – but in every community there are smaller organizations filling real need, and I love being able to shine a small light on some of those great organizations.
Your comment need not say anything in particular (many people just say “comment!” every year, and that’s fine!) But if you are so inclined, I encourage you to go take a look at DonorsChoose.org, a great organization that allows teachers to seek donations for classroom projects and supplies, and allows donors to donate directly to an individual project they choose. Let me know in the comments about a DonorsChoose project that you think is particularly cool and deserving, and on Friday I’ll chose one of the projects nominated in the comments to receive a $50 donation from me.
So! Let’s do this. Tell your friends, tell Twitter, tell whoever- the more, the merrier (and the mightier the donation!) This weird little thing I do is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season- thanks in advance for participating.
Day 1: Hurricane Sandy Relief via the Robin Hood Foundation
I know I just said up there that I feature mostly local organizations, (and the rest of the week that’s exactly what I’ll be doing,) but I wanted to start with something a little different. The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy was truly staggering, and the relief efforts are far from over. This period, after the initial flurry of action has died down, is also exactly the time that serious resources are needed to invest in the hard and expensive work of rebuilding both buildings and lives. I donated in the immediate aftermath of the Hurricane, but I need to do more.
The organization I’ve chosen to donate through is the Robin Hood Foundation.
They’re hardly small (they were, after all, the ones who put together the 12/12/12 concert for Sandy relief,) but I think their model is cool, and powerful. Robin Hood uses a model that they built to evaluate the impact and efficacy of anti-poverty non-profits in the New York City area, identifying 200 highly effective organizations from over 27,000 in the city. In addition to money, Robin Hood provides support to grant organizations through pro bono partners, like management training and real estate assistance. And they’ve launched a large-scale Sandy relief effort using that model.
I love the idea of a big organization that doesn’t barrel in and try to do all the work in various neighborhoods, but rather works to identify who is already there, doing the work well, and help to make them better. That’s a cool approach, right?
So hit it! Leave me a comment (identifying a deserving donorschoose.org project to nominate for Friday’s donation, if you’re so inclined,) and we’ll get this thing started! Thank you.