What We Do With Our 10%

What I have chosen to do with our 10% for peace donations:

 

While the concept seemed like a good idea I quickly discovered that it is not so easy to pinpoint a charitable organization that one could say is creating world peace. In some ways many are creating a more peaceful life for someone out there. Below is an account of some of the non-profits that I have donated to in the past. While my yearly donations do not seem like much I realized when we got to year 10 that they really do add up over time. At the end of 2015 and our 10 year anniversary we had donated a total of $7,604.00. Not a bad contribution for a small dogsled tour business!

Peace Pups was founded in the fall of 2005. Our first winter of 2005-2006 left us showing no profit. A small number of guests and start up costs took their toll but we did make enough to pay for the next years dog food and to keep things running for another year which was all that I really had hoped for in our first season.

We have had a great year in 2006-2007 with good snow and many happy customers. Our dry land activities are growing and we ran twice as many cart tours in the fall of 2007 as we had the previous year and our sled tours have seen similar increases. Being our third year in business I like to think that I can attribute this to positive word of mouth advertising from satisfied guests. Although we barely made it out of the red this year I have decided to make a $500.00 out of pocket donation to Democracy Now. The reason I settled on Democracy Now for this donation is because I feel it is important to have some form of independent media left in this wonderful country of ours. So often the main stream media has very little in depth coverage of world events. I believe having well informed citizens is a valuable asset and helps us all to make good decisions which will make for a better world in the future. I will consider whether to donate to Democracy Now again this fall or possibly another cause. I welcome your suggestions.

2007-2008 I have found that we showed a $5,000.00 profit; that gives me the same amount as last year to donate only this time it is not an out of pocket donation but actually my first 10% of profit. Hopefully this will continue to grow as the initial start up costs of getting the business off of the ground begin to decrease. This year I have again decided to donate $500.00 to Democracy Now with the hope that they will be able to continue to bring us their un-embedded news reports from around the world. With most of our media being controlled by roughly five large media companies (at last count) it is more important than ever to help support small news organizations. As always I am happy to discuss other options for next year if you have thoughts on this subject.

2008-2009 I have found that we showed a $6,733.00 profit which is a slight increase from 2007-2008 and shows that we are moving in forward direction rather than backwards. Given the state of the economy these days I am very happy with this. Since I have no intention of growing the business any larger we may be getting close to our maximum income potential. With two teams and and a limited number of days in the winter there are only so many tours we can do. The biggest potential for growth seems to be with our fall cart and scooter outings. For donations this year I am continuing with my contributions to Democracy Now and the other organizations listed below. 10% of our profit comes to $673.00 this year so I will once again contribute $500.00 to Democracy Now and $50.00 donations to the groups listed below for a total of $850.00 donated this year.

Other charitable donations made:
Breast Cancer Relief Fund
Special Olympics Vermont
Native American Aid
Council Of Indian Nations
Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont
March of Dimes
WGDR, our local independent radio station

 

2009-2010 This year 10% of our profit comes to $965.00 so I will once again contribute $500.00 to Democracy Now with miscellaneous donations to the groups listed below. In the interest of spreading things about next year I will only donate to one group from each field. For example the Native American Relief fund and the Council of Indian Nations. I will only donate to one of them so that I can donate to another worthy cause as well.

Other charitable donations made:
Special Olympics - 25.00
Breast Cancer Relief - 15.00
Native Am. Relief - 20.00
Council of Indian Nations. - 50.00
Special Olympics - 25.00
WGDR - 50.00
Professional Fire VT - 50.00
Special Olympics - 50.00
Special Olympics - 35.00
Breast Cancer Foundation - 35.00
WGDR - 50.00
Professional Fire VT - 25.00
Breast Cancer Relief - 35.00

Total: $967.00

2010-2011 This year 10% of our profit only came to $650.00. Our season was a bit shorter this year due to snow conditions.My main contribution was still to Democracy Now but I only donated $300.00 this year.

Other charitable donations made:
Special Olympics - 50.00
Council of Indian Nations. - 50.00
Professional Fire VT - 50.00
Breast Cancer Foundation - 35.00
WGDR (our local community radio station)- 100.00
Breast Cancer Relief - 50.00
Stephen Huneck Gallery - 25.00

Total: $660.00

2011-2012 This year 10% of our profit only came to $742.00. Our season was a solid 4 weeks shorter than average this year. We had a late start and then it warmed to 75 degrees in mid-March brining sledding season to a grinding halt. This year I have made a decision to cut back on small donations and focus on some larger causes. Two of those that I chose this year are the Against Malaria Foundation and Earth Rights International. Both have high ratings and seem to be very good causes.

Donations made:
Special Olympics - 75.00
Professional Fire VT - 50.00
Woman to woman breast cancer foundation - 50.00
WGDR (our local community radio station) - 50.00
Vermont Department of Recreation - 50.00
Democracy Now - 150.00 
Against Malaria Foundation - 167.00
Earth Rights International - 150.00

Total: $742.00

2012-2013 We did slightly better this year with a little longer season and we were able to run three of our own teams some days. Again I am trying to focus on a few larger donations but still have a hard time saying "no" to some of our local causes. 

Donations made:
Vermont Special Olympics - 50.00
Professional Fire VT - 25.00
Woman to woman breast cancer foundation - 50.00
WGDR (our local community radio station) - 100.00
Vermont Bicycle Pedestian Coalition- 60.00
Democracy Now - 250.00 
Bikes Not Bombs- 250.00
Earth Rights International - 250.00

Total: $1035.00

 

2013-2014 We seem to be leveling off at around the $1000.00 mark. Winters seem to be less and less predictable which makes our income more unstable but we didn't get into this to make a fortune. It's really a lifestyle choice and when it comes to that I have no complaints!

Donations made:

Woman to woman breast cancer foundation - 50.00

Vermont Special Olympics - 50.00

WGDR (our local community radio station) - 100.00

VPRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group) - 100.00

Archimedes Project - 250.00

Democracy Now - 250.00 

Bikes Not Bombs- 250.00

Earth Rights International - 250.00

Total: $1300,00

 

2014-2015 Looking back at my past years donations I see a pattern shift. I started out donating to many organizations that would call me at home. This year I came to the realization that even though some of those non-profits are for a good cause, they use MPI (Midwest Publishing Inc.). I have read horrible reviews about this organization including how little of the donated money they take in actually goes to charity they are promoting. That said I have decided not to support or donate through MPI any more. Instead I will make larger donations to non-profits that I can donate directly to.

Donations made:

Breast Cancer Relief Foundation - 50.00

Vermont Special Olympics - 50.00

WGDR (our local community radio station) - 100.00

VPRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group) - 100.00

Democracy Now - 250.00 

Bikes Not Bombs- 500.00

Total: $1,050.00

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