Monday, July 26, 2010

Dreams of a million dollars

I have no clue what made me think of this idea, but I thought I would share what I would do if I won a million dollars and could use it on anything, tax free.
I’d give $10,000 to my church; I feel like they are family and show God’s love to others well. I find comfort and joy in attending and purpose; I really think they would put the money to good use.
I’d give $20,000 towards each of my siblings (4) college education. They all deserve a chance to pursue what they want, and this would help. It would be an investment in their futures, college educations would help them get careers.
$10,000 would go to the Autism Society of Tidewater. They help me and many others in the community. Also, they treat everybody with respect, whether you’re on the spectrum, a parent, a professional, or anybody else. I think they could use the money and I’d really like to see them be around for a long time.
I’d set another $100,000 aside for furthering my own education the rest of my life and training.
The rest I’d use to open my own autism center. I’d provide daycare/activities for all ages and levels of functioning at a sliding scale rate. I’d also like to employ as many people on the spectrum as possible, from everything from computer services to building to cleaning. I’d pay people to give lectures in some meeting rooms open to the public in areas of their interest. (not necessarily on an ongoing basis, but I think it would provide pride and show people in the community how people on the spectrum can be talented) I would also hire a staff for people to receive help from, ranging from therapists to OT to educational consultants at prices affordable to community members. I would also try to make a library area where people could go to relax and make it sensory friendly. I’d also hire people to work at a cafĂ© there that served a delicious menu with GFCF options, so people could have jobs and families could have somewhere to eat when they have appointments. I’m not entirely sure *how* to do all this, but I think it would be nice.

(yes, yes, one can dream)


Adelaide Dupont said...

That sounds like a good distribution of the wealth.

I especially love the idea of employment opportunities.

(At minimum wage, or volunteer/part time work).

Share the idea and people will probably give the "how" from their own projects/dreams/missions.

Adelaide Dupont said...

How heavy is the existing millionaire tax in the US?

And what incentives are there to philantrophy?

Brandy said...

I really don't know either of those things... (my math ability is also elementary school level, so maybe I'd have another job to offer- an accountant!)

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Edie Mindell said...

It's free to dream and you can dream anytime you want. I'm a dreamer also. I usually dream that if i win millions of dollars, there's some institutions also that I'm planning to donate part of my winnings.:-) Who knows, we might win someday.:-)

Mylinda said...

I love this post. I would give various amounts of money to family.

Buy a modest apartment building to live in and keep making money to live on from.

The rest I would give to the place I work. Sort of like an endowment. I am so lucky to have a job that works to benefit people with disabilities.

Sarah said...

Hi Brandy, I found your blog on 20-something bloggers and I love it! You're such an inspiration.

I love your ideas in this post. What a great way to spend the money. I especially love the idea of a cafe with GFCF options on the menu. That would be fantastic. And I completely agree with employing as many people on the spectrum as possible.

So I suppose we just have to hope that you win a million dollars! A centre like this would be incredible and well worth the investment.


sam said...

Nice ideas. Thanks for sharing

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chemical peels said...

I know just by reading this how selfless you are. You choose to distribute your wealth by helping other people instead of greedily enjoying it all for yourself. Great ideas and I especially love the library area one.

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