Sunday, June 1, 2008

Charity Piggy Bank Update

I created Daily Mitzvah’s Charity Piggy Bank to save toward year-end contributions. Yet in May the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China sent me to the piggy bank without hesitation. Falling so close together, in the past even these small contributions would have been budget busters — the budget is tricky at Chez Daily Mitzvah since teachers are typically only paid September – May. But it was easy to make two contributions and still stay on budget, since charitable contributions now are budgeted. And I really haven't noticed the small diversions into this account — I didn’t even hesitate (much!) about diverting a credit card rebate straight into the piggy bank.

In keeping with the blog’s theme, this is a small way to make a difference in a big world (even on a budget). Here are the May 1 – 31 totals:
  • Proportional giving: $42.80
  • Savings account interest: $3.25
  • Found money: $.75
  • Rebates for BYO grocery bags: $2.40
  • Change jar: $22.20 (pennies, dimes, and nickels!)
  • Credit card rebate: $50.00
  • Balance forward: $125.55
  • World Vision: Myanmar Cyclone: <25.00>
  • Mercy Corps: China Earthquake: <$25.00>
  • NEW TOTAL: $196.95

Today’s mitzvah: Consider creating a “charity piggy bank” to collect small sums for a year-end — or as-needed — charitable contributions.

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