We all want to make a difference in the world, but it can be hard knowing where to start. Luckily for everyone else, two Spokanites, Doug and Jason Clerget, made making a difference ridiculously easy with their foundation, Dollar Per Month (DPM).
Each month, DPM selects three reputable charities. After reading through information about each charity, members can vote for their favorite. The charity with the most votes at the end of the month wins 50 percent of the community donations. The second-place charity receives 30 percent, and the third charity receives 20 percent. As the Clergets say on the DPM website, "No charity loses!"
Becoming a member is simple — just set the amount you are comfortable donating and answer a few questions (things like your name and email address) and you're good to go.
As a member, you can see what DPM calls your "Social Impact Score." This score is based on the number of friends you have referred to DPM, the amount of money you have donated, the number of times you have voted, and the size of your network. In a way, DPM is part social networking site, as it allows you to see the Social Impact Score of your friends and family.
DPM will hold their first monthly launch party tonight, Fri, Jan. 20, at the Marquee Lounge, located at 522 W. Riverside Ave. The launch party will feature drink specials and DJs Sir Pearce and Kyle Meldrum. There is no cover for members and a portion of drink sales will go towards charity.
For more information on DPM or to become a member, visit dollarpermonth.org.