Now you can give
I am excited to announce that I will be working with JustGive.org to manage the fundraising efforts for my upcoming Bike Around America tour. As you know, the goal is to raise more than $11,000 for national and local charities that support the fight against childhood obesity and work to keep our children healthy and fit.
Using JustGive.org's charity registry you will be able to selectively donate money to a charity that best meets your personal objective. I have created a registry with a cross section of local and national charities as well as organizations that focus both on the fight against childhood obesity as well as the pursuit of physical fitness. I did this for several reasons. First, I wanted you, the donor to have a choice in how your money was allocated. With this giving mechanism you can direct money towards a charity that is local and specific or national and broad. Second, I wanted to use a widely respected organization manage these fundraising efforts. All money donated through JustGive.org goes to the charity other than their fees. Just for clarification, none of this money goes to me.
JustGive.org was recently written up in Forbes magazine as one of the top on-line giving organizations. It will allow me the flexibility to raise money for an overall cause, while allowing you to be selective in how your money is used. The gift registry will be updated continually with charities that are specific to the local areas I am passing through. Since the number of charities supported by JustGive.org is quite large, you may also browse through their listings and let me know of a specific charity that you believe should be added to the registry. This is just one more way that you can have some control over the process of giving.
There is a few downside to this process, but as with all things in life, compromise is paramount. 3% of your donation will go to JustGive.org as a transaction fee. They don't tell you this until you are completing your gift, so I wanted to be up front. I believe that this is a small price to pay for the choice that you will receive, so please, don't let this turn you off.
To access the registry and begin donating please follow this link. If you have problems, questions or suggestions, use the contact button on my site and I and/or my support team will help you out. Lastly, I realize that times are tough and money is tight for everyone. However, that makes giving even more important than ever. The epidemic of Childhood Obesity is real and will only go away with a true fight. Please find a way to rationalize a $10 donation and really make a difference. Give up on 2 of your Starbucks Latte's or drink cheaper beer or wine for just one week out of an entire year, and you will have paid for your donation. It really is just that easy, so please take the time to give and spread the word.