A variety of circumstances led me to take a trip down memory lane this Saturday morning. I read through many of our blog posts, and am overwhelmed with fond recollections of this giving project and all that it meant to us and our followers. With 8 weeks to go until the beginning of a new year, I’m wondering if it might not be time to rekindle our efforts. Is anyone still out there reading? Somehow, I doubt it. Is it possible that it’s been two years since we’ve posted here?
Hard to believe we’ve got just over two weeks until 2012 comes to a close. It’s been an interesting year in terms of our giving. We ended up taking on a larger giving project that basically claimed the $52 times 52 weeks for the entirety of the year. We’ve given larger amounts in smaller intervals and have found that devoting so much of our resources to one organization brings with it its own challenges; for example, we’ve noticed ourselves becoming more critical of that one particular organization, and have paid much closer attention in a much more painstaking manner to the way they spend their money. We’ve had some uncomfortable conversations about the way we want our donation allocated. And perhaps that’s not a bad thing. Yes, things seemed simpler last year–we put our trust in the Charity Navigator ratings and fired of those fifty-twos with a nice, warm feeling–but what goes on day in and day out in each of those organizations was and is undoubtedly much more complex than a simple four-star rating can indicate.
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