Partner Charity Donation

“Man, I wish this check was bigger!”

That was my first thought as I wrote out “$7.43” on the contribution check to our 2012 partner charity.

Then I thought, “Joel. Remember the conversation with Scott Dinsmore about partner charities and how big of a check you can write when you get some momentum?” That got my head in a better place.

Note: Read this article about Second Harvest Heartland and why they are the Value of Simple partner charity if you don't know what I'm talking about.

In a nut shell, I donate 5% of all pretax income that Value of Simple generates to help our hungry neighbors eat today and for everyone to be fed tomorrow. Since Personal Renaissance LLC (the legal name of my business) generated $148.65 in revenue last year, this check is humbling in every sense of the word. It's humbling because:

  • It's so small in dollars, yet so rich in intention
  • I made 11,658% more in two months of my corporate job than I did in ten months of being an entrepreneur during 2012
  • It's the physical expression of work I'm tremendously proud of
  • It shows how much additional effort I need to put into developing the financial side of my business
  • This is hard-earned money that some of you passed along via an affiliate purchase or picking up Start Investing with $100

Lindsi, I'm going to work my butt off for Second Harvest Heartland this year! Kaia, this Value of Simple community is going non-stop until the 2013 or 2014 check can be 11,658% higher than 2012 (or more).

Start and Build

Ya gotta start somewhere. That's what everybody tells you.

I started somewhere in 2012. Financially, I ended the year cash flow negative for the first time ever. But there is purpose behind this. This thing we're building here – with an intentional and diverse group who want to lead a simple, organized, and money wise existence – can't be quantified in traditional ways.

However, we still have to remember that every once in a while, our collective contributions – to each other, to our partner charities, and to everything under the great blue sky – have a number attached to them.

I won't let you guys down in 2013 and beyond! Let's make 2013 a banner year and chuckle at how far we've come by this time in 2014.