So I'm trying this new thing.
For a while now, I've wanted to find a way to donate a percentage of my income as an artist to a non-profit organization. It is a small philanthropic gesture, but one that I feel I am capable of making. Furthermore, it is a reflection of my belief that God has given me the opportunity to work in this capacity, and thus I want to use it in a way that is redemptive + honoring to Him.
I realized I had some fears holding me back (always), but I am long ready to move past those + get to giving.
So here's the plan: every month, I will choose one organization to give to*. I will then sell one piece and give 100% of the proceeds to the chosen organization of the month! In other words, that is twelve one-time gifts to twelve different organizations.
This month, I have chosen Beats the Streets Atlanta, which is an amazing organization I found out about through a work connection of John's. I strongly encourage you to visit their site, whether you are interested in donating through me or not.
So, without further ado...
Incase you didn't know this already, I am somewhat of a dreamer, and so I already have so many ideas for how I'd love to see this grow. I want to share a few of them with you now in the event that you have skills I don't have that could make this bigger + better over time.
- I'd love to do an auction-style sale so that I don't have to cap the amount if someone wants to give more to a particular cause. I am sure there is a pretty simple way to do that but I sort of wanted to make sure there weren't any legal concerns around that...which may be a bit extreme, but either way, if you have any experience with this, I'd love to hear from you.
- I'd love to have a wider reach -- so if you are reading this, you can help with that! You are invited to share this with someone you think would like it, or with all of your 1,800 best friends on Facebook. Whatever floats your boat, either way, I'd be so grateful! :)
- I would also be interested in doing a collaborative bundle sale of some kind. If you are a maker or artist + think you would like to donate some of your work to be sold, I'd definitely be open to having a conversation with you.
*The inspiration to donate this way came about through my discovery of the organization Dollar a Day. I was really struggling with which organization to give to, and so I was really inspired by their model of giving to 356 different organizations a year - one for each day! If you click the link to their site, you'll find that while that have discontinued their project, they invite anyone to use + replicate their concept for other causes.
Thanks for reading!!