Last year on a job application I had to describe myself. It was one of those “cool” companies, so I knew that general platitudes about my background and experience wouldn’t cut it here.
So, I rambled on for a bit and then shared that the best job ever (besides X position at X company) would be a professional philanthropist. I wrote that I couldn’t think of anything better than giving away my money to those in need and organizations that are making the world a better place. I thought sharing this made a strong statement about who I am and my values.
I’m far from realizing my dream as a professional philanthropist, but I’ve found another way to give back through my love of running and adventure travel—Small Change.
Small Change is an initiative I started in July 2014 to donate money to nonprofit organizations in the cities we visit for races and adventures. To date, nearly 30 organizations have benefited from the initiative and combined have received a total of over $3,700. I’m extremely proud of what has been raised and am grateful to those who have embraced the initiative. Through you, I’ve learned about organizations that are changing lives, empowering our neighbors, and making our communities stronger.
Since founding Small Change, I realize that I could increase awareness of the initiative and raise more money for organizations by forming strategic partnerships. So, the last several months I’ve been busy doing just that—and I’m excited to share more about each of my unique partnerships when our plans are finalized (if you’re interested in partnering, please reach out to me).
The other day I reflected on my 1997 Dublin, Ireland marathon. I ran the race as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. I had to raise somewhere in the ballpark of $3,000. I was determined, so I sent special appeals to friends and family and threw fundraising parties to raise the required amount, which I raised and then some. Dublin was my first entry into running a race for a worthy cause and in the twenty years since that marathon, my desire to give back to our race communities has not changed—I’ve just put a little more structure around how to do it.
If you have a Fall race or adventure coming up (or perhaps you just crossed the finishline somewhere), I encourage you to add to the growing Small Change Beneficiary list. Here’s how it works:
- Choose an organization meaningful to you in your race or adventure city/state
- Donate directly to the organization (whatever amount you choose)
- Fill out the short form on my website by clicking on the yellow “Share your Small Change story” button
- The organization will be featured here—on Adventures in Thumbholes and highlighted on social media
Together, our Small Change can add up to something good for communities.
If you are a race director or an adventure outfitter and want to partner, let’s talk! I’ll work with you to create a customized plan that meets your needs.