Last week, “Giving Tuesday,” a global movement designed to be the charitable answer to holiday retail spending (and Black Friday), caused me to pause and reflect on the last few months.
In July, I started this blog and launched Small Change, an initiative to donate money to an organization in each of the cities I race—and I’ve been encouraging other runners to do the same. The idea is slowly catching on and many wonderful organizations are benefiting from the goodness of runners and travelers:
- St Vincent Lied Dining Facility
- Comfort Zone Camp
- The Mackinac Island Community Foundation
- The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell
- Piedmont Wildlife Center
- Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association
- Panda Paws Rescue
- Push to the Finish
In all, $245 has been donated to organizations across the United States as part of the Small Change initiative. You can find out more about these organizations and why they were selected here. While $245 may not seem significant—small change can add up to BIG impact.
SMALL CHANGE, BIG IMPACT
The above organizations represent a city where someone or I participated in a race (except for one, which was an individual’s solo adventure). If everyone who participated in these races donated to an organization of his or her choice, think of the impact we’d have for these communities. For simplicity, let’s say that on average each of these races had 1,000 participants (many of them had more) who donated $20 each—that’s $160,000! Up the donation to $30 and an astonishing $240,000 would have been generated for these communities—I hope it’s clear what we can accomplish when we join forces. [Continue Reading]