Every month when I create my budget, I put the following at the very top of the list: giving.
Sometimes I can only give $20 per month. In other months, I can give more. The point is, I always create room for giving back within the confines of my budget, even if it means sparing another round of IPAs on a Friday night.
Yes, it’s that important.
I’m extremely fortunate to be in the position that I am. My parents raised me well and I received a great education. I worked at an incredible company right out of college and am now carrying out a dream of mine living and working in podcast production in Colorado.
Because of that great fortune, I feel it’s my responsibility to give back to the world that’s already given me so much.
That’s why, on today’s podcast, I began the first installment of a weekly feature I’ve lovingly called The All-Natural Initiative.
Every Thursday, my guest and I will chat on the podcast about the litany of things that we twenty-somethings freak out over every day. But at the end of the conversation, I will ask my guest to name a charity, organization or cause that means something to him/her. The guest will then explain the reasoning behind this selection. After the podcast recording, I will then contribute a certain dollar amount to the cause under that person’s name. I’ll send my receipt to my guest privately, rather than post it publicly.
Furthermore, I’ll encourage you, the listeners, readers and viewers, to join me in making the world a better place. I’ll provide direct links to donate pages in the episode notes of the podcast, which you can also find on this web site. Ditto for the clips from the Thursday podcast on my YouTube channel.
You and me? We’re the future. A chaotic four years and a pandemic flipped our world upside down. It’s time for us to take control of the future that’s rightly ours, and I believe The All-Natural Initiative is the first step in doing that.