Giving Thanks and Making the World Better
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” -Maya Angelou
I like to live in the now, because now usually passes faster than you can imagine it will and I don’t want to miss any of the beautiful details of a moment. That’s one of the reasons why I’m good at what I do.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think of the future, or of others. In fact, I believe very strongly in the importance of helping others. That’s why our company is invested in working with certain charity organizations. And when I say our company, I mean me and you. Because you’re an essential part of this.
Currently, there are two organizations that we have decided to work with. Here’s who they are:
- Heifer International is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability. By donating a few dollars, we can provide a family with a cow, a sheep, rabbits, bees, chicks or other sustainable livestock which will help provide them with the food and resources they need to improve their lives. This means the animals are not for consumption themselves, but to generate income and self reliance through the products they create. The kids love giving this gift to their teachers, and the teachers are usually pretty happy to not get one more Christmas ornament or coffee cup.
- KIVA Loans That Change Lives. A while ago, I read The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change The World, by Chris Guillebeau, an awesome book about being a non-conformist business owner. In the book, an international micro-lending organization called KIVA was featured. In many places in the world, the people who need loans the most are least able to get them. And they don’t need much. In developing countries where people have average annual incomes of less than a few thousand American dollars, a loan of a few hundred dollars can make a tremendous difference. When we contribute to a KIVA micro-loan, we can help business owners get the materials and supplies they need to become self sufficient and successful. And it all starts with $25. For you and me, that’s not going to the movies one weekend. For them, it’s a chance to build a better life. When we all get together and each do just a little, collectively we can make a huge difference.
And just so you know we’re serious about changing the world, we donate 10% of our profits to KIVA or Heifer International.
That means the whole time you are being photographed, you are helping someone you will never meet have a better life.
Together, we can change lives. As hokey as that sounds, it really is true. And we get to have fun while we do it. Make pretty pictures. Change the world. How cool is that? Now that you know a little bit about KIVA and Heifer International, go learn more. Join. Donate. You don’t need a camera to change a life.
Life can be really sweet when you live in the moment.