Posted June 11, 2014 by Benjamin Williams 

What are You Willing to Give Up to Give Back?

I have always had a predisposition to giving whenever possible because my grandfather always told me that I had a responsibility to do so: “It doesn’t matter how much you have or the zeros on a bank account if you don’t use it to make the world a little better than you found it."

As a member of the Education and Research Fund, I have tried to bring that to life through supporting the $1,000 for 100th Anniversary Campaign and other giving opportunities. It has made me realize that sometimes small changes make a big difference. DonateMoney

When was the last time you thought about how you could change your life to be in a better position to give? Let’s take a cup of coffee or soda and use it as an example. A medium beverage ranges from $1.50 to $5 per cup. If you drink one a day for the work week, in a year you are spending $300–1,000. If you cut back to three days a week, then that is $120–600 in a year that you could be saving and potentially donating to organizations. If 85 members who drink a coffee or soda once a day at the $1.50 price gave it up and gave the whole savings amount for a year to the Education and Research Fund, it would be $10,200 going toward scholarships and support of programs like I-LEAD® or scholarships.

I never realized that the impact getting rid of cable, cutting out soft drinks, or taking alternative transportation to work could have on my budget's bottom line. I have been able to support the Education and Research Fund and other causes close to my heart because I chose to give up to give back. So what can you give up to give back?

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams is the Associate Program Director, Student Center at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ben manages a facility inside the Student Center; advises the Homecoming, Ramblin Nights, and Music committees for the Student Center Programs Council; and supervises six student staff in Under the Couch, a music listening space where students can perform, record music, or just study. He holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Georgia State University and a master’s from Miami University. His ACUI involvement includes serving on Regional Leadership Teams, the Education and Research Fund Program Team, and currently as one of the program leads for I-LEAD®.

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