I’m going green this month but not for St. Patrick’s Day.
I spend a lot of time outdoors between my running and photography. I love spending time in nature whether it’s in my own backyard sipping coffee while reading or hiking one of the mountains in Phoenix. When I travel I love to explore the area and see national parks. I have always loved animals, pets and wild. I have always felt a strong pull to do what I can to save the earth and the animals that we share it with.
I do all the little things I can. I recycle. I take public transportation. I limit my trips or combine errands. I try to get the best cars for the environment in my price range (although I have to say I would give my left arm for a Volt and both arms for a Tesla. Wait… then how could I drive? Let me rethink that last one). I’ve participated in earth day/arbor day activities in my high school. I give to charity when I can.
I feel a strong pull to give back and do more for charity.
I want my art to mean something. To be more than just nice to look at. I don’t want it to just be pretty. I’ve decided to make my landscape and wildlife photography more than just art. I’ve decided each quarter I will give back a percentage of each purchase to a different charity. I have selected charities that received a good rating from at least two grading websites. I also looked at administrative costs and CEO salaries to help me decide which ones are in line with my vision. I didn’t just pick random charities. I found ones that support causes I believe in.
Starting in April through June, a percentage of each sale will go to the Arbor Day Foundation. July – September will be the Ocean Conservancy, October – December will be the National Park trust, and January – March will be Wild Aid.
How much from each purchase will go to charity?
Orders up to $49.99 will have 3% of the purchase price donated, while orders of $50 and up will have 6% donated. At the end of each quarter I will do one donation from all the orders placed in that time period.
I want to leave a legacy of nature for future generations. I don’t want the next generation to not have National Parks. To not have elephants. To not be able to swim in the ocean.
If we don’t save it, who will?
What charities do you support? I may change it up after this first year and would love to know who you support.