I wish money didn't matter. Yet, it does.
This month alone I have received no less than 7 requests for donations. The worthy causes include medical equipment for a baby, recording of an indie artist's album, and a gala for an art school. Some are requests from people I know; others from strangers. All are from people who, like me, believe we are all in this together.
How many requests have crossed your path, either in email, snail mail, or via social media? To how many have you contributed? Do you have a philanthropy budget of some set amount per year, per month? With so many causes to read and understand, how do you prioritize? Which are deserving of your hard earned dollars? When does it matter? Why does it matter?
Truth be told if I could I would give to every one that proved valid and credibly aligned with my own values. We all know I can't, so my strategy goes something like this:
Supporting my public radio station matters. Sponsoring my sister's run for Autism Awareness matters. Sponsoring students from East Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to participate in what I know first hand to be a life change, world changing experience matters. Everything matters, so how can I choose? I can't. I don't. So, I allocate. If I can give $100 to each, I do. If I can give $10 to each, I do. If I have time, I volunteer. If I have no money or time to give, I share to help raise awareness. In the spirit of "we're all in this together", what matters is that I am giving something, whether it be money, time, or attention. What matters is that I give something to show that I know we are all in this together..
In addition to sharing random musings, Beansprouts Blog will offer ideas, tips, strategies, and reflections on multimedia production, social media, and other insights.