Read a book, donate to a cause

Fellow writing buddy, Katharine Owens (a.k.a. The Insect Collector) has issued a challenge to do good all year.  Since we’re going to read so much, why not donate to charity at the same time?

It’s called the I Dig Reading Challenge.  Katharine says:

Over the month of December I participated in a Read-a-thon where participants were meant to challenge themselves to read as much as possible over a weekend, and then attach some donation (to the charity of their choice) based on the books read.

Some people opted to do a per-page kind of thing (a penny for every page read). Some, like me, made a per-book arrangement ($1.00 a book, etc). I decided to donate $5.00 for every book I read. I managed to read 10 books over the month, and am excited to be donating that $50.00 to my local neighborhood non-profit, the North End Action Team.

I really had fun with this challenge, and to be honest, I don’t want to stop.

Drum roll please…

So I am initiating my own challenge, I want to keep giving throughout the year.

And I, the Soozinator, accept!

I’m going to donate $5 for each book I read in 2011.

Each month, I’ll give my earnings to a different charity/cause!

So far, I’ve read 2 books — that puts me at a $10 donation!  I’ve got a few more books on January’s TBR list, and at the end of the month, I’ll be donating to Running Strong, a charity for American Indian youth.

So a big thanks to Katharine for this GREAT and GENEROUS idea!!

You tell me: Would you be willing to do something like this?  You can always donate less or more per book!  Have you ever done anything like this before?