Monday, September 13th, 2010...12:28 am
Help Me Help The World
In March I tried something new by taking $5 from every tournament bracket in the Littyhoops NCAA pool and setting it aside for charity. I figured that by adding a good cause element to an otherwise borderline illegal, productivity-sucking activity it not only would justify my primal need to be the guy who does the brackets (19 years and running) but would also let me be proud of it! Most people really liked this idea and nobody had any issue with 20% of the pool going to the poor people. With just about 100 entries, we were able to raise $500.
I’m just now getting around to figuring out how I should share this pirate’s booty. My original idea was to donate to – an awesome organization that allows people to pick specific projects to help fund school and classroom needs. (I wrote about Donor’s Choose here) I’m still definitely going to hook up a few of there projects and probably focus on literature, sports or math projects in NYC schools. If you spend over $100 to help fund a project all the students in the classroom will write you a thank you card. How sweet is that. I’m already saving some space on my fridge.
But I wanted to open this up to all of you readers. If you have a good cause that you support, I’d be happy to donate $36 to it. Just send me an email about the organization and how I can donate. I’d even like to do it in your name or honor. It would be great to hear why the cause is meaningful to you. Better yet, if you make the request as a comment to this blog post (for all to see) I’ll donate $50.
As I spend some time reflecting over the Jewish holidays and doing my all to get Littyhoops inscribed in the Book of Life, I’m kind of bummed out that I have yet to be more directly involved in philanthropic activities. I jotted down some thoughts about how I wanted to do this in a blog post but that was over three years ago and there’s been very little movement on my part. I even made a secret goal for 2011 to raise at least $2K for charity and right now I’m only a quarter of the way there. Perhaps this is the first stop on my tzedakah train. Perhaps your projects or cause will inspire me. I sure hope so.
Shana Tova Homies.