This week I was asked what I would do if I had a million dollars. That’s a tough question. After paying off my house and taking my extended family on a memorable vacation, I’d try to make a difference.
There are so many charities and other organizations that are focused on encouraging and inspiring people. Since that’s what I’m passionate about, I would begin here:
- Contribute to The Giving Lens, an organization supporting international non-profits and impacting children through photography: I’m hoping to join them on a trip later this year or in early 2015.
- Create a program similar to The Giving Lens, but in my own community: As I travel, I’m very aware that the majority of young people will never have the same opportunity. I’d love to give students the chance to see the world in a new way through photography and trips to places where they have never been.
- Support the Wounded Warrior Project and similar charities: There is not much I can do for members of our military and their families that would make up for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of me and my family. WWP is an organization I have contributed to in the past and plan to support in the future.
What I found interesting about this thought process was the recognition that I don’t have to wait for a cash windfall to contribute to incredible causes. It may not be a million dollars, but even a small amount of money or my time can make a difference.
Now, back at ‘cha! What would you do?