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.

2 comments:

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.