January 16, 2017

A year ago, after paying off all my debt I was looking for a way to give back. After all, my blog was just the fuel I needed to pay off debt and helped me launch a new career. To say I’m grateful for my readers and this community is an understatement.

So I started donating $50 per month toward my readers to help them pay off debt. Many of my readers email me desperate, scared, and sometimes suicidal. The weight of debt can be so heavy. I knew that small amount wouldn’t pay off all of their debt, but I knew that this small gesture could mean a lot.

As the project went out, I had people offering to match my donations. Shannon matched one month and for most of 2016 J. Money matched my contributions too.

Throughout 2016, J and I brainstormed how we could do something even bigger and better. We enjoyed helping someone in need once a month, but we kept thinking about making it more impactful.

Based on many conversations, we decided to launch #DebtDrop and get more people involved. Our goal is to amplify what we’ve already been doing in a more official capacity.

You see, J. recently launched the Rockstar Community Fund, a philanthropic initiative aimed at helping others directly with financial contributions.

#DebtDrop is one of its signature projects that I am leading. Our goal is to help people pay off debt and feel less alone. To gather the strength of the community to make real financial change in people’s lives.

To me, the whole goal of the Rockstar Community Fund is to show that a small financial contribution can have a big impact. Through the community fund and #DebtDrop, we can help others directly.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways to get involved in the Rockstar Community Fund. I love the #GivingCards project and think the Just-In-Time giving initiative is SO needed in the community. For #DebtDrop, we’re looking to harness the power of community and pay off some debt!

Being in debt can take a major toll on your life and we want to help people who may be on their last thread of hope.

If you want to get involved, you can:

Match $50. You can give directly to the Rockstar Community Fund and ask to earmark your gift for #DebtDrop. If you’re a blogger, you can also give directly to one of your readers – it doesn’t have to go through the RCF. But please let us know about your contribution so we can keep track. We’d love to share your story and know how this is making an impact.

Nominate someone who needs us. If you know someone who could use a little help, specifically to pay off debt, let us know. You can email me and we will take it into consideration. (Bloggers – keep an eye out on the comments/emails you get from readers. You may have someone who reads your blog who could benefit from this!)

Once a month, we will be helping someone pay off debt — and hope to do it bigger and better than before. The best part is that the recipients aren’t expecting help at all. They don’t ask for it. We surprise them and many of them are shocked, moved and inspired to keep going. The feedback I’ve gotten in the past year has inspired me so much to give back. You really never know how a small amount of money can help someone who feels hopeless about their debt. I know that we can make a difference.

There are other ways to get involved with the Rockstar Community Fund as a whole, too.

Share the project and spread the love! 🙂

Melanie

Melanie is a freelance writer currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about education, financial literacy, and empowering people to take control of their finances. She writes about breaking up with debt, freelancing, and side hustle adventures at DearDebt.com.

Currently she puts more than 50% of her income towards debt, while living a frugal, fun life. In addition to her love of personal finance, art and music, she is also a karaoke master. Follow the adventure @DearDebtBlog.

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8 responses to “Say Hello to #DebtDrop”

  1. J. Money says:

    So excited to be amplifying this with you, friend. This debt is no joke!

  2. What a great idea! This is so awesome Melanie!
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  3. Melanie,

    This is awesome and inspiring! My wife and I recently paid off our house! we will be 100% debt free come march we only have a little more to go on the 0% credit cards…I know 0% isn’t an excuse to be in debt, but hey we’re only human. I recently started a blog to talk about debt freedom and would love to help in this project!

  4. Love this! WoW Definitely getitng involved

  5. Melanie of course you’re doing this. You are such a caring, giving, and wonderful person. The second thing I do when I get out of debt (first will be dinner in cash with the wife) will be find out how this fund is doing and contribute to it.

  6. Love this! Random acts of kindness are such great things. Helping someone in need can brighten their day, but you’ll be surprised how well it will make you fell too.
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  7. Lisa says:

    Melanie! I freaking love this!!!
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