As longtime readers know, I am a firm believer that those who of us fortunate enough to be financially stable should be charitable towards those who struggle. I make regular donations to several D.C. and Montana charities and fund loans for entrepreneurs abroad through Kiva.org.
I know that many young professionals, esp. junior Hill Staffers, would like to be able to give or give more but that they may not be in a place where they can give more than a few dollars. This holiday season, I was thinking that I might try to organize an opportunity for the readers of Capitol Hill Style to make donations to a charity or a couple of charities. (I was thinking about Feeding America, Mercy Corps and Women for Women Int’l.)
I’ve never tackled a project like this before–organizing a donation opportunity for others–so I wanted to know a) would you be interested in contributing a small amount and b) what do you think the best way to do it would be so that we could ensure accountability and transparency?
If we don’t work out the kinks before Christmas, we could easily postpone until Spring. But I just thought that if I could harness the power of this community of women (and some men), we might be able to make a significant donation to a worthwhile cause. After all, five or 10 dollars may not seem like a lot, but if even half of the people who read this blog contributed, it would be a sizable donation.
Leave your thoughts in the comments about whether you would consider contributing a few dollars, what the best way to organize it might be and which charity or charities we might consider. Since not all of the readers of this site are from D.C., I thought we would be better off choosing a national or international charity than a local one (even though there are some great ones here).
Have a great Friday, and I look forward to reading your ideas.