had a deep conversation with a friend who talked bout purpose in life.
i’m talking about things like beyond making loads of money and what’s next…
charity? family? society?
travel….travel….travel… internet lifestyle
For sure, when you give everything in is win-win, in some way or form you will get something in return that betters your life, even if its just a letter of gratefulness, that shit motivates the hell out of me haha
I got goals to start a foundation in the next couple of years, and setting up my family financially is high on my list too
My humble opinion: Don’t wait for tomorrow to give back to society. If you don’t have money, give some time (i.e., volunteer at a food bank, etc.). If you have a little money, donate a little. If you have a lot . . . well . . . you have more options.
I’ve been using Kiva.org for several years. You sponsor small entrepreneurs in developing countries with $25 loans. They typically use it to buy stock for their little store, a coffee machine for their little coffee shop, or whatever. They make the money back with their investment and after several months your loan is paid back. You can then re-use the money to sponsor someone else.
It’s pretty awesome. You support entrepreneurship and self-reliance instead of giving a hand-out.
I only give to females because it’s proven (in development studies) that they are likely to save their profits and invest it wisely in kids education, etc, (vs hookers and blow for males ).
They actually have free trials right now sponsored by a generous donator, you can get a free $25 credit to get started.
(the affiliate marketers among you might have recognized an affiliate link here this is not for me to make money, but for you to access the $25 credit, which is not available on the main page)
+1, couldn’t agree more.
Another thing I do is support struggling artists in my community. I’ll give money for a CD project on Kickstarter, buy a framed picture from a photographer, etc. Lots of broke talent out there, they are grateful for the help, you get some cool art for your flat, everybody wins.
^ You’re an awesome dude Bangers!
The most gratifying part of my work up until now has been creating jobs. I have 13 employees at this point – hearing from them how they love what they do and the workplace is absolutely heartwarming. Some of them have families and small kids and being in a position to offer them family health insurance is a great feeling too..
With unemployment being quite high in my country, I feel this is the best contribution I can make at this point!
I like that man ^
Very respectable, and major props to you man for building such an environment!
kiva is a nice place to make your money worthy
I always try and treat the freelancers I work with with professionalism and respect.
Kiva is a great concept, and some of the most rewarding money you’ll ever invest.
For me, one of my biggest goals is to help out my family and make life easier for them. I come from a strictly working class background, and most of my family has to bust balls to the walls to make a living. I appreciate how fortunate I am to have such an easy job in comparison.
It has to be said though, there are ways to give back to society without throwing money at the problem. Many forums and blogs exist on a non-profit basis to help individuals with whatever challenges they’re facing, and with our skill sets, we have the perfect opportunity to bring people together. It’s a shame our industry tends to focus on igniting fear and driving people apart.
Affiliate marketers often struggle with a lack of purpose. Just by creating a website (or community) on a subject that you’re passionate about helping people with, you can add a lot of purpose to your day – which is often worth a lot more than a few more dollars on your bottom line.
I would love to try Kiva sometime. Not only do you get to help someone else out but you get to pretend you’re a bank at the same time.
I pretended to run charity ads on fb once. does that count?
This Last weekend was the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure here in Detroit. Donated and ran the 5k in 36:46. A ton of people come downtown in support of one goal… Finding the Cure Breast Cancer.
Not only is it awesome to get away with wearing a T-Shirt that says "Tell Your Boobs to stop looking into my Eyes," but It’s a very humbling experience being able to talk to and see the Survivors do the race.
At one of the stalls, You can also fill out greeting cards with some nice thoughtful blessings and then the organization will send it out to the cancer patients in hospitals. I had an awesome time filling out TON of cards to give inspiration to the people who are struggling. Cards that had a simple saying such as:
-"Miracles Do Happen…And YOU are ONE of Them. Be Strong!"
-"Tough Times Do not Last, Tough People DO. You’re Gonna Make it Happen!"
-"I just Finished the 5K race for you in 36:46, but You are the True Warrior. YES YOU CAN!."
Another awesome way giving back here in Detroit is:
some people are not able to have dinner for Thanksgiving…so some Churches set it up where you can donate some food to those Families and they won’t go Hungry that Thanksgiving. Me and my Girlfriend make sure we participate every year. Nothing means more than helping out those unfortunate families out there and hopefully they can make their Thanksgiving a Memorable one.
What I would really like to do is to be able to participate in events where we could cook food for homeless people or people who are less fortunate..I still have yet to find a place around Detroit where I can Volunteer, but I think it would be freaking awesome!!
On the Side Note..
I do REALLY recommend this Book to anyONE interested in Giving Back:
The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All(No Aff Link…It’s The REAL DEAL!)
As they say.. No Donation is Too Small.
I’m basically working with AM as to not worry about making money for myself in the future and just work with fund raising/charity… The satisfaction you get out of changing people’s lives can’t be measured in dollars.
Yeah, I absolutely agree that there is no reason to wait till tomorrow for charity!
I am a frequent donate (regular, monthly) to Kidney Dialysis Foundation in my country, and support for Hair for Hope event too! This year I even participated myself into this event and hope can raise $200 fund for the Children Cancer Foundation. On top of this, occasionally I do donate to Mouth & Foot Painting Artist (where disabled people use their mouth / foot to paint for artworks and sell for fund).
My goal is to make enough to support at least a few kids in WorldVision.org, although I am not christian but I totally support that action!
Another charity I like is Room To Read (giving books to poor people in developing nations). It was founded by a former Microsoft top guy, and he has a very business-like approach to it. Overhead expenses are kept low at around 18%, which means 82% of donations actually go to people in need. That is below industry standards, as many NGOs do not hesitate to spend 30-40% or more on shiny white SUVs (hookers and blow optional).
Also check out a list of good NGOs here, classified by theme, pick your favorite:
very nice thread, im glad ppl really are thinking about things like this, my personal experience is, when you give a 1 step you gain 5 steps so take that with a grain of salt and see what happens when you give. It yields the highest ROI .
I speak at a rehab every other week to share my story of how I struggled out of addiction and into sobriety (sounds cheesy)
At Affiliates Anonymous? It’s good you could get out of your campaign creating addiction
With taxes between 55%-60% I already feeling that I’m giving back and then some……
I’m not from the US, but I have a US friend whose dad didn’t pay taxes for 15 years.
his dad owed $200,000 to the IRS.
and in the end, he only settled for a very small amount, $10,000 I think.
don’t know how he does it. but the possibility is there…
Family Of course. that’s why i am trying to earn tons of $$$. to keep them safe and sound.
I give to several local and national charities and look to make a difference in everything I do! For instance I won 2 tix to the CMT awards and gave them to makeawish foundation figuring a ailing child could use them more than my spoiled one
Not charity-wise but I have some gamer friends in the US who are struggling big time. So I’ll Paypal them some monies so they can actually go out for dinner or take their wife on a date.
Att I am ‘donating’ money to PoF, so Ben can help his gamer friends 😉
With some luck, we’ll be "Donating" to your network, which will "Donate" you some $ back lol
I give about 15% of what I make to charities. I think it’s important to appreciate where I am, and a good way of doing that is to help others out of misery.
I usually divide the donations between organizations that help animals, and organizations that help women and children (anti trafficking, building schools, water supplies etc.)
I did the whole fast cars, hookers and blow thing – and really…nothing good came from it, lol.
I give money to certain charities, I like to give to smaller, local charities rather than big ones. Mostly animal charities (for example I give to one charity that buys back land in the Daintree rainforest in Australia and simply let the Cassowaries use it to live, since the development is eroding their habitat and they’re in danger of extinction) and some people charities (eg. dictionaries for refugees, which buys English/other language dictionaries and gives them to asylum seekers currently in detention in Australia so that they can start to learn English before they get settled in the community).
I give some money to charity every month.
Starting NFPs with the loads of Affiliate money is not only a good thing to do, but it will help with taxes, and get you away from your computer a bit. Check out https://www.facebook.com/walkamillionmiles unfortunately you don’t have unlimited time, so some projects suffer…
I feel like it’s almost necessary to donate some back when the money comes in so fast. I’m actually starting "EWA Kids" soon to give back to needy and underprivileged children.
What is EWA Kids? In more details–like what are the specifics / goals?