Giving back update: here’s why I’ve decided to change the beneficiary


I’ve talked before about my Giving Back scheme

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you’ll remember when I first set up my  “Giving Back” scheme last year.

It started after I read “The Soul of Money”, and culminated in a decision to give 5% of everything my business earns to Kiva.

I’ve really loved contributing to the businesses and educations of fellow entrepreneurs around the world this past year.  In fact, if I’ve got the math right, it looks like between us, my clients and I will have donated almost $1,500 to them.

But – for the next three months at least – I’ve decided to change the recipient of that 5% to Oxfam.

I’m not making the change because my feelings about Kiva have changed

I want to be clear that I still support what Kiva is doing 100%, and after March this year, I might redirect my Giving Back scheme to them again.

But as I explain in some detail in this post on my introvert blog, I’ve always support what Oxfam does – both by donating and fundraising in my personal life.

In late March, I’ll be walking 100km (60 miles) in under 36 hours (we’re aiming for 26, incidentally) for them – and being part of raising $2,000 in exchange for the chance to do so.  So, for the next three months, I’m going to have both my personal and my business “giving back” efforts aligned with each other.

Here’s where you can find out more if you’re interested


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