A good friend and photographer colleague of mine does a great thing every year with her business. She gives back. Obviously this is something I think we'd all like to do in one fashion or another throughout the year. Yes, I give heaps of clothing and underutilized household goods to The Epilepsy Foundation every few months, but this works more as a convenience for me that just so happens to help others. Nicki does a great job of putting a concerted effort putting a portion of her company's proceeds towards those who need it. In the past I've given to various charities, usually as a gift to others who appreciate a donation versus the traditional material gifts, but never have I made a continuous effort to do this on a schedule, or for myself.
Deciding this was a good practice to get in the habit of, I racked my brain to figure out what would best co-align with my business and clients. The Human Rights Campaign was the first idea I came up with, but I wanted to do something that would affect people more locally. After a bit of digging I finally came to find Minnesotans United for All Families. As 15% of my clients are same-sex couples, obviously the issue of gay marriage is near and dear to my heart.
As you may or may not know, next November Minnesota voters will given the opportuniity to vote in favor of or against a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. Minnesotans United for All Families has formed a coalition of businesses to defeat this amendment next year. Kate Sommers Photography is now a member of this coalition and financial contributor to this campaign which will help make the celebrations of love of so many of my clients legal in the eyes of the state. To join the campaign, visit MNUnited.org, and consider doing so by December 31st to help them meet their goal of $300,000 by years end.