No Vacation Required is our platform for sharing our path and boosting our mission to increase the number of fulfilled people in the world. It's all about pushing ourselves forward, ensuring that we live fully now, and modeling this lifestyle choice to others.
In honor of all the people who live in corners of the world that are devoid of the opportunity we have in the developed world – choice, freedom, democracy – we really can't look at our fortunate existence any other way. We owe it to others who don't have the same opportunities to live as fully as we can and to fight to make the planet a bit more hospitable for everyone. That's what the NVR Project is all about – expanding opportunity.
Below, you can learn about what we're up to with the NVR Project in 2016. We hope you'll jump on board to help us out.
2016 Charity of Choice
We're thrilled to announce what we have cookin' here in 2016. This year, we're leaning fully into Effective Altruism. Giving the shortest explanation possible, Effective Altruism is all about evaluating altruistic options and acting in a way that positively supports the greatest possible impact. A few entities rigorously evaluate potential Effective Altruism charities and throw their support and voice behind an ultra-select few that are able to meet the lofty bar of delivering the highest impact.
Oxfam is one of those charities, and we'll be supporting them in a way that aligns very well with who we are and what we believe in. This year (and beyond) we're doing something really cool. We'll be donating $1 for every single mile we move – walk, run, hike, you name it. Fun, huh! We love exercise and Oxfam is an organization that we have deep respect for. Double win!
Here's a sample of one of their campaigns that we've gotten behind.
C'mon help us out!
We'd love to have you move a mile with us. Join us on a walk, hike, or run to support what we're doing. We average about 10 miles a day. Surely you can meet up with us for one (or more!). Alternatively, we've set up a fundraising page with Oxfam. You can sponsor us for a mile, or 10, or 100 by donating your tax deductible gift directly to Oxfam.
August 2016 miles: 310.97
September 2016 miles: 296.14
October 2016 miles: 299.48
For several years, we encouraged NVR readers to share their "best advice" rather than leave comments on the site. For each nugget of wisdom received, we donated a $1. That, in addition to several other advocacy blitzes during the years, has led to several thousand dollars of donations to our Charities of Choice over the years.
This campaign is over, but we encourage you to use the form to the right to share your best advice. It's that simple. Your contribution can be sweeping or small; poignant or humorous – whatever you want it to be. Not sure what to say? Don't sweat it! Feel free to submit a thought, or maybe your favorite advice from another person. We want the variety of ideas shared to serve as inspiration for others to examine different viewpoints and to, perhaps, provide just the needed spark.
2016 NOTE: Due to a huge response, we are finding the best way to display all of the shared advice (the one page was getting very, v e r y long).
In addition to our personal advocacy and giving commitment, we routinely route a portion of our core business's earnings to our yearly pick(s) for Charity of Choice and similar organizations.
A look at the past couple of years...
2015 Charity of Choice
The ACLU exists because freedom can't protect itself, and we love that. As they say on their website... For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. We've been big fans of the ACLU for many years because the organization's goals align well with our mission to increase the number of fulfilled people in the world. We especially love that the ACLU strives to give all people equal footing and, in 2015, that they were at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality.
2014 Charities of Choice
Share Our Strength (also known as No Kid Hungry) is on a mission to end childhood hunger in America. They're all about connecting kids to effective hunger programs and educating families about proper nutrition. Kids with parents who care about food grow up to be adults who care about food.
Share our Strength is new to the portfolio of our top picks. We got to know them during 2013 via our work with the New York City Wine and Food Festival. We're impressed. Check 'em out!
CARE, under the the incredible leadership of Helene Gayle, provides those people most vulnerable to hunger, violence and disease the tools for sustainable change. With programs around the world, they place a majority of their attention on empowering women and girls. Smart strategy.
We now have what you could call a long-standing relationship with CARE. We have advocated alongside them in Washington DC, and we've been engaged in their Seattle-area advocacy.
Also check out: What we've been up to in previous years.