At the beginning of 2017 I committed myself to increasing my charitable giving. 2017 was a landmark year and I’d be naive to think that I got here by myself. No matter how much hard work you put in, there’s always someone who helped you along the way, and I feel it’s my responsibility to pay it forward.
I’m also an avid runner and in 2017 I made it my goal to donate $1 for every mile I ran. That motivates me to get out and run on days when I don’t feel like it, because I’m not just doing it for myself. It’s no secret I’m a data nerd, so I use GPS and Strava to map out all my runs, and the mileage is recorded.
In 2017 I ran 580 miles, primarily in and around Philadelphia. This heat map shows where I ran the most, often with the Fishtown Beer Runners, my running club, which I’m proud to say also does a lot of fundraising and charity work.
Giving was split between several different organizations, all of which I support in their mission and morals. The breakdown is as follows:
Most are straightforward. The two top organizations are local to Philadelphia.
- Ella’s Retreat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides lodging for families with children receiving proton therapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
- Covenant House Philadelphia offers housing and support services to young people in need, especially the homeless, runaway and trafficked.
While my 2017 running mileage was lower than 2016 (803 miles) I look forward to 2018 and making a run (pun intended) at the 1,000 mile/$1,000 mark.