My former wife Becky and I met in December 1998. We are so in tune with each other that we immediately discussed how to help society by using our personal “tithing” money. Although we occasionally give to churches in need, we enjoy coming up with new and exciting ways to give money away, which will be used immediately and properly.
There are many ways to give money away, one is to trust someone else who has proven that they will properly distribute the funds entrusted to them. Bill Gates is trusted by Warren Buffett to use his donation of tens of billions of dollars properly – Bill has done his research.
Others such as Timothy Ferriss (Author of the Four Hour Work Week) has also done his research and is backing it with his charitable contributions.
I challenge my readers to think more on immediate and local impact. All the various ALKO Companies donate a full 10% or more of corporate income. Those donations along with my own personal donations go to the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse right here in the U.S.A. Drug and alcohol abuse is the most prevalent destructive forces that cause so much distress in society today. It affects each one of us on a daily basis and has been the downfall of so many. Most all crimes, breakup of families, and all types of personal mistreatment, violence, neglect, exploitation and cruelty are directly caused by alcohol and drug abuse. Help me help others by donating your time, efforts, and money to align ourselves in helping addicts escape their harmful addictions.
I have set up separate charitable accounts so that our “donations” of money are anonymous. My friends, associates and business partners come up with great ideas, and then investigate them intensely as to how the money will be used.
In our busy lives, we also squeeze out personal time for charitable work also. For example: I don’t hand over cash to the homeless, they receive food. When witnessing well behaved kids in a restaurant while other kids are wildly running around, they and their parents are rewarded with a free dinner (anonymously through the waitresses). I encourage you to be creative in your giving also.
Belonging to charitable organizations such as the local Lions club, Rotary clubs, church groups, and many others are excellent ways to volunteer your time and efforts to worthy causes. Involvement with these organizations allows you to directly participate in helping others, which in turn brings a whole other benefit to you and your soul.
Although it is a good starting place and I have done it much of my life, I do not believe that you must give (tithe) ten percent (as in the old Biblical Mosaic law), however I follow New Testament Bible teachings to give from your heart. 2 Corinthians 9:7 states “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” Please note that if you follow this biblical quote you don’t even have to give the ten percent, but will you then be a cheerful giver? My interpretation of this as giving a minimum of ten percent although we are not forced to give. How about setting a goal in your future to be able to “reverse tithe” – give 90% and live off only 10%. If you learn from the educational materials my companies provide, you should be able to live abundantly, allowing you to more generously contribute.
Start now with whatever amount that you make. Ten percent – right off the top. As a corporation or business entity, I suggest of net profits (after expenses) and as an individual person I suggest of total gross income (before deductions). Remember this is a minimum. Once you begin, you will experience sensations you never thought of.
Simply by the fact that you are able to be reading this, you are rich enough to start giving – today. The freedom of giving, especially anonymously is invigorating! Join in and enjoy!
-Alan David Kosinski