You know the saying, “What goes around, comes around”. Mostly I hear it in reference to karma, that mysterious force which we sometimes feel is at work in the universe, and sometimes has us scratching our heads. Well, in preparing for this post, I stumbled across a unique giving site called “Boomerang Giving” (www.boomeranggiving.org). Boomerang Giving is an easy, unique way for our senior citizens to donate some or all of their senior discount savings to their favorite charities. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 2013 by seven seniors in the Seattle area. Their mission is to offer older Americans ways to contribute and strengthen their communities. With more Baby Boomers reaching age 65 each year, the opportunity to enrich our society grows exponentially in direct proportion to this aging of America. Why redirect senior discounts?
- Senior discounts are available only to older Americans. The potential for using these savings for charity has never been tapped.
- Donating enables many senior citizens to experience the satisfaction that comes with helping others.
- It is not dependent on having seniors having access to large sums of money.
- Seniors, regardless of their physical abilities are able to contribute to a cause that matters to them.
- For those seniors who are able to spare their discounts, it is like sharing the loose change you find in your couch cushions.
- Boomerang Giving gives seniors a chance to work together to improve the world. Everyone’s small donation is added together to make a real difference.
With Boomerang Giving’s mobile app, you can track and redirect your discounts from your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, just directly contribute your savings to one of the charities partnering with Boomerang, or donate directly to the charity of your choice.
To be perfectly honest, Boomerang doesn’t have a very extensive list of charities. I tried linking up to a few of them and was unsuccessful, but I think that the basic idea behind this is sound. Just decide what portion of any discounts or savings you want to contribute. Add up these savings, then just donate directly to your charity. I throw my spare change in a coffee can and donate that when I get a decent amount. It’s like the old saying, “Every little bit helps.”
“In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.”
Henry Ward Beecher