Do More, Give More In 2010

I alluded to this back at the end of 2009, but I had some things in my mind and on my heart that were pushing me in a new direction in 2010. More than reaching out into new areas of business and learning new skills, I felt like there was something else happening. As though I were supposed to do something.

Now that it is 2010, it seems as though the chances have presented themselves and the idea has begun to fill itself out – Do More, Give More.

Starting this year, I will be donating 5% of each project to charity. Along with my own donations, I’ll be giving my clients an opportunity to learn more about the causes 276 Design will be involved in and giving them an opportunity to donate to them as well. My hope is that by taking this small step of my own that it might help others do the same. After all, each journey has to start with a first step, right?

The first organization I’ll be donating to this year is called Love146 – a group who is dedicated to ending human trafficking. It’s estimated that 27 million people are enslaved today – more than twice the number at the height of the African slave trade – with many of them being women and children. For how to help and what they do, visit www.love146.org. I’d explain more, but I think this video does a better job than I ever could…

From now until the end of this year, I’ll be donating 5% of each project to Love146. It’s my hope that my workload and income will increase enough to add an additional charity by the middle of summer.

Now, the challenge is, what will you do? I’m not saying you have to donate money to charity or hire me because I donate to charity – far from it. What I’m asking is something a bit deeper and more personal. Is there something that you’ve thought about doing, or maybe know that you should be doing, but aren’t doing? I’m challenging you to do whatever that is, whether it’s scratching a check to a charitable organization you believe in or spending some time working at a soup kitchen or volunteering at the local library. Do it now and keep doing it. That’s the challenge.