How My Website Is Supporting Reproductive Rights, and Other Fundamental Rights That Are Under Attack
There are so many great organizations fighting tirelessly for reproductive rights (along with other fundamental rights that are under attack). Here’s how my website, AmyEverAfter, is helping some of them.
When the world is turning upside down, it’s easy to feel helpless. Or, at least, that’s how I usually feel.
My first instinct when I’m angry or sad is often to write, and I used to get frustrated by how little traffic the posts on my blog received when they were about more serious topics, and not, say, a review or a recipe.
For a long time I tried to shoehorn those posts in anyway, because when bad things are happening, I feel a responsibility to use my platform.
The problem is, it’s not a good platform. At least not for this.
I’ve been blogging for sixteen years now, and I have a hard time getting an audience for topics outside of the ones that I usually focus on (lifestyle and food), so I mostly stopped writing those other posts.
But that doesn’t mean that my website can’t help the causes that I want to help. Most of the income my site earns comes from advertising, so the lighter, non-life-and-death posts can still directly benefit the causes that I support.
My donation pledge
From now on, my website will be donating the following each month:
- 10% of the advertising income that this site earns will be donated to help support reproductive rights organizations, along with groups that support BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities (because their rights are on the chopping block as well), and gun safety groups (because the Supreme Court’s bastardization of the Second Amendment has made our country a much more dangerous place).
- A fixed-amount donation will be made to World Central Kitchen
- A fixed-amount donation will be made to a local Brooklyn food pantry
Based on past income, the total monthly donation percentage would likely fluctuate between 18% and 40%, depending on the time of year, with an overall average for a year of 30%.
The beauty of tying my donations to my blog’s advertising earnings is that even if not a single person reads my posts about helping those organizations, the posts that do get read will still be helping out those causes (but for the people who are reading this, I hope you feel inspired to donate, too).
So, starting at the beginning of next month, I’ll be making donations based on the previous month’s advertising income from my ad network.
To start off, I donated to sixteen great groups (I’ve listed them all here, along with donation links), based on my site’s total advertising income from the first six months of this year.
Going forward, each month I’ll pick one or two organizations from the list (maybe more in the really good months). And I’ll probably bump each donation up a bit, because I like round numbers.
I hope you’ll donate as well, but if you can’t, check back here soon for a post about ways to help that don’t involve donating.
You can also read about ten things to be aware of when donating online. Many of the items relate directly to some of the charities I’m giving to!