$76.18 Giveaway – Community and Charity 10% Monthly Blog Income Give Back # 8 – May 2012 Edition

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The 10% give back giveaway fun rolls on for the month of May! 

In case you missed the first seven editions of the 10% Blog Income Give Back, after doing some thinking at the beginning of October 2011 about what direction I want this blog to grow and evolve towards in the future, I decided that any income made from this blog would have more significance to me at a personal life values level if I knew that a portion were being given back to the following places:

  • 1) The readers – Obviously, without you here to read my articles and interact with my ideas, there would be no blog in the first place (let alone blog income). As such, it is only fitting that you receive a portion of any blog income.
  • 2) Charitable organizations – If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I’m a big believer in donating a portion of my money to charity. Each year, I donate between 5-10% of my income to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as part of the Bike for MS fundraiser that I do. Beyond the good that is done by donating your money, getting used to contributing to charity is also a good practice to emulate the actions of affluent individuals (T. Harv Eker discusses this in his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, which I would definitely recommend reading if you have a few hours).

Because of these considerations, I’ve decided that each month going forward, I’m going to give away 10% of my net (after-tax) blogging income/profit to My Personal Finance Journey readers (5%) and to charity (5%). Listed below is how the process will work:

  • After each calendar month passes, I’ll tally up my net blog income and determine what Dollar value correlates to 10%.
  • I’ll post the giveaway (similar to this post you’re reading now), and you’ll have approximately 2-3 weeks to enter.
  • Once the giveaway is over, a grand prize winner will be announced, and then I’ll donate another 5% of my blog income to a charity. Once the giveaway entry window ends, I’ll send out the money to the blog reader winner(s) and personally drop off the charity donation.  
  • So far, I’ve been very happy with the success of the first 6 editions of the 10% income give back. Read on below for some of the details:
    • In October, $205 total was given away, with $100 being donated to the charity, GreenPeace.
    • In November, $201.40 total was given away, with $100 being donated to the charity, The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. If you’re interested, you can view the details of me going to drop off the check at the Food Bank by clicking here.
    • In December, $74.52 total was given away, with $38 given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Blue Ridge. You can view the details of the donation drop by clicking here.
    • In January, $196 total was given away, with $96 given to the Sexual Assault Resource Agency. You can view the details of the donation drop by clicking here.
    • In February, $141.20 total was given away, with $70 given to the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    • In March, $64.51 total was given away, with $30 given to the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    • In April, $46.95 total was given away, with $25 given to the Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

So, that’s the overall flow of things and a brief recap of what’s happened so far with the give back initiative. Now, let’s get in to the specific details for this month’s (May 2012) giveaway.

Details of May 2012 10% Blog Income Giveaway
  • $76.18 total blog income to give away – $38.18 to a My Personal Finance Journey reader and $38 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Blue Ridge Chapter.
    • $38.18 in the form of one prize available to one reader as follows – 
      • 1) Grand Prize = $38.18 Amazon Gift Card or $38.18 cash via PayPal.
    • It’s been very fulfilling developing a relationship with the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through the MS150 fundraising bike ride I do each year. Click here to see the details for the 2012 edition of the ride I’ll be doing! I look forward to continuing to raise money for their efforts. 

How to Enter the Giveaway – Deadline to Enter is Midnight, May 31st, 2012

Like last month, I’ve decided to use the RaffleCopter giveaway management tool to handle sign-up facilitation for the April giveaway, so simply go through the steps listed in the widget below to enter the running for the prize and accumulate entry points.

There is no limit to the amount of points you can earn. If you refer 10 subscribers – your name will have accumulated 170 entry points! Or, if you link to the giveaway more than once, you can accumulate those 7 entry points multiple times. You can also retweet the giveaway and/or share other My Personal Finance Journey articles via social media sites once per day. In the event of a tie, I will be using a random number generator to select the winner.

Important instructions: After you complete an entry method, make sure to click and fill out the “I Did This” or “Enter” button in the widget so that I have a record of your points. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember, the deadline for entries will end at midnight on May 31st, 2012 (about 2 weeks from today – the start of the give back). Good luck to you all! Please contact me if you have any questions. After the deadline for entries passes, the winner (one with the most points accumulated) will be contacted via email to receive their prize.


  1. Erwin@MWJ says:

    Hi, I really like your cause. You’re an inspiration.

  2. evencheap says:

    This is such a great idea! I will consider doing something similar when I start making money on my blog.

  3. What a great idea! I think giving is something we can all do more of. Way to set a good example.

  4. Ann Fantom says:

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  5. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    GOOGLE+ ENTRY! SHARED WITH CIRCLES! https://plus.google.com/u/0/110911638127499709907

  6. Thanks to everyone for entering. The giveaway is now over. I just tallied the entries, and Peter D. is our winner! Please join us again next month for the next edition of the 10% monthly blog income give back! 🙂
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