Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pulling in my littlest sister

When my littlest sister (both in terms of height and age...she's 29) visited back around Thanksgiving, I played ATM and gave her cash in return for a check made out to one of the charities I donate to. She looked at it longingly and said she wished she had money to give away. Well, she probably won't for a few years yet, but I think I've come up with a solution to get her in the habit without costing her anything.

You know how most rebates are only one per household? Well, what if, when I buy multiple items like that, I submit one of them with her details...and once there's $20 or so accumulated, she can make a donation? I mean, the original money spent will have come from my ThaiForGood sessions, and it's essentially being "recycled" - first I get to buy something for one charity with it, then the cash gets donated to another.

The first thing I want her to try is applying $25 to a Kiva loan because it's interactive, personal, and comes with a lot of feedback. I think she'd really like that. After that, I could get her to think about what kinds of causes she'd like to support, then research a few and make suggestions. Hopefully she'll find it interesting enough to start reading up on such things on her own, but if not, she'll at least have the basics.


Keeping it Seriously Simple said...

I just Kiva'd recently and blogged about it. This simple transaction left a smile on my face for days. I went a little over my monthly budget to find the $25 but it was so worth it. I can't wait to begin getting feedback from the partner NGO who will re-distribute the funds to my single mom in Peru.

Katie said...

I've been doing Kiva loans for the last 15 months, and have about $200 circulating in the system. I love being able to choose businesses, people, countries that really appeal to me.