December? Already?! This year has absolutely flown by, but what an incredible 12 months it’s been. As 2017 comes to a close and we’re on the cusp of the New Year, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at the life of a non-profit.
Did you know most non-profits get 30% of their income in December? It’s true. It seems to be a universal truth among non-profits that donors are most willing to give around Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I totally get it — the spirit hits you and you act.
But there’s a very real down side to this approach: The suffering we’re trying to eliminate happens 365 days a year, not just when it’s “the season” to give. I worry that if we thought about our finances and our health the way we think about our giving, we would all be poor and out of shape. The definition of philanthropy is embracing the love of humanity and the fact that humans need love all year long and, I would argue that giving is good all year long. Thankfully, there’s an easy, effective way to fix this — monthly giving.
Currently, Miracle Foundation has almost 500 people who donate monthly. This is powerful for 3 reasons:
1. It levels out our year so there’s no huge spike in December.
2. It allows us to budget against it. Knowing we can count on a regular monthly donation lets us know exactly how many children we can support and who we can say yes to.
3. It creates a community of people that are on the journey with us, kind of like an “inner circle” or family.
So, that brings us back to the fact that 2018 is just around the corner. You know what that means — time for New Year’s Resolutions! What’s it going to be this year? Losing weight? Traveling the world? We all know how those end up. Why not choose something that’s easy to start, easy to sustain, and makes a tremendous difference for the poor? Start donating monthly. $100/month underwrites the cost of giving an orphan a healthy childhood. It’s as simple as that.
Be honest — what better things do you have to spend your money on? A candle? Another latte? Without a doubt, this is some of the best money you’ll spend every month. It has every chance to be the most fun, most rewarding, and most impactful thing you’ll do all year. And it’ll easily be your most powerful and successful New Year’s Resolution ever.
For the record, Miracle Foundation is ready to partner with you. We’re coming out with guns blazing in 2018, with more momentum, more donors, and more children than we’ve ever had before. So please choose to make 2018 the year of impact. You can even make it a family deal and choose a percentage. Christians say 10% of income while Muslims say 2.5% of all assets. Whatever metric you choose, just know this: If everybody gave, we could fix these problems in our lifetime.
Think about that. If you were a child alone in the world, wouldn’t you want someone to make a difference for you? Let’s make more monthly miracles happen in 2018.