I applaud the efforts of Dailygiving.org (“Daily Giving Reaches 8,000 Members” October 28, 2021) and see the establishment of a daily charity as a foundation of a proper character, steeped in empathy and kindness. I wanted to add another resource in this same vein. For a number of years, I have been a member of GoodToday (formerly GoodStreet).
On this tzedaka platform, one subscribes and donates $7.50 per month (at least) or $.25 per day. The system presents members, via email, with a brief write-up of a real-world problem or cause, and then describes two different charities that take aim at the particular problem or cause, each day. The individual can then choose which of the two organizations he or she wishes to direct the donation for that day (and has the option of giving more to either group). If the subscriber doesn’t wish to choose, the money is split between the two groups.
I have given subscriptions to others as gifts; it is a great way to mark a bar or bat mitzvah because it introduces the young person to the idea of doing a mitzvah each and every day, and informs about what is going on in the world. While I know that people set aside a lot of money for tzedaka already, I truly believe that this is a worthwhile way to help others—and it has Teaneck roots. I recommend that anyone interested visit goodtoday.org and join me in donating 25¢ a day to charity!Rabbi Daniel Rosen Teaneck