The Internet’s Stupidest Idea So Far This Month

A friend made a good point about that potato salad Kickstarter this morning:

While I find the potato salad kickstarter funny. There are so many better things to do with your cash. Women’s rights. Trans rights. Etc. But go ahead. A joke deserves it more.

I couldn’t agree more.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of a “Charity Club” for a while now. The idea is simple: Each month, a group of similar-minded people pool their charitable donations to make a real difference for one charity. We would have a minimum amount you donate, say $5, and each month you agree to donate your pledged amount to the charity or organization the group selected. You can donate more than $5, of course.

I haven’t fleshed out the details yet, but something like this has been in my mind for a long time. Similar schemes exist in politics and electoral contests, but I’m more interested in the groups doing day-to-day work to make other people’s lives more livable.

I’m also interested in finding small, low-budget charities that could really use the boost. Think about it: together, each month, we could inject enough money into a charity to make a noticeable difference.

Perhaps there will be a nomination process, and members will vote on the month’s charity from a slate of options.

Perhaps we’ll eventually incorporate and do our own payment processing to make our money go further.

Perhaps this will fizzle out after a month. Who knows.

I know one thing: I’m in for at least $5 each month. Who’s with me? Message or email (my first name at jpmiller.com) if you’re interested and I’ll be in touch as this idea develops. If there’s enough interest, I’ll move forward with it.

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