Give Back Resolutions for 2017

Dmitriy Ioselevich  Follow

The standard of living in the U.S. and in most parts of the world has never been higher.

These statistics only tell part of the story. We now live in a world where the phone in our pockets is millions of times more powerful than all the computers used by NASA to put a man on the moon. The dual forces of robotics and automation are making labor-intensive tasks easier and more efficient. Modern technology now allows us to communicate in real-time with someone hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Of course, not everyone is so lucky. There are billions of people out there who still need help – people with limited access to food, shelter, medicine or education, and people who lack basic human rights.

So this past holiday season, I wanted to do something to give back.

Instead of buying random gifts that I knew my friends and family didn’t really need (who really needs a second 40" TV or some new kitchen gadget that will only get used once a year?) I decided to do something even better with my money.

I donated $500 to 10 different charities or organizations that support causes that are important to me and to the people I care about.

These 10 organizations are:

This is by no means an exhaustive list of noble and worthy causes. But it’s a start. And since people will continue to need help next year, and the year after that, I hope to turn this into an annual tradition--donating to 10 different organizations each year and helping the people that need it the most.

Suggestions are welcome. Thank you. 

CATEGORIES: Give & Take
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