My immediate thought was an image of me holding a hand-drawn cardboard sign asking for a handout. I'm generally not the type of person to showcase my personal life then say oh, by the way, how about you also give me some money? Also, I tend to be more likely to give a stranger some cash when there is a bit of cleverness involved in their ask. One of my favorite homeless person signs:
Family Kidnapped by Ninjas
Need $4 for Kung Fu Lessons
What I'm Doing: I now have a donate button on my blog. It is an easy way for readers to donate to my debt free $60K Project if they feel compelled or ignore it if they want. I'm completely fine with either decision and won't be hounding my readers for money. Also, in order to pay it forward, 50% of donations will be given to a deserving nonprofit organization. I would like to target lesser known organizations and would love to hear your suggestions. I have decided to start this push by choosing the Denver Dumb Friends League as this month's organization. The Dumb Friends League provides humane care to lost and abandoned animals. No animals are turned away.
Why I'm Doing It: Mike and I are trying to get our life in order but the amount of debt Mike we owe is staggering - about $100,000 in total (and that is AFTER paying off $36,000 already!). ALL of the remaining debt is related to student loans - we both have Master's degrees and decent jobs. We have been together for seven years and we would like to eventually get married, buy a house and have kids. But it is difficult for us to justify these expensive life goals - let alone afford them - when we have so much debt remaining to pay off. So the $60K Project is our attempt at making sense of our debt, figuring out how to get rid of it as quickly as possible and giving readers a way to learn along with us (as well as get some laughs).
What You Can Do: I realize that you can donate directly to any non-profit without going through my site. My goal is to give lesser known - but worthy - organizations a chance to get some additional exposure through my site. Hopefully sponsoring these organizations on my website will introduce some readers to the benefit provided. So what can you do? Provide suggestions for nonprofits that are important to you. I will review all suggestions and periodically change the organization I am featuring (monthly? quarterly? i'll see how it goes and make a decision).
Give me some feedback - I would like to hear what you think.