Don't just give your money to corporations

Working Assets

Back in the 90's I had a cell phone. One of those analog phones with the flip-out part with a microphone in it. I never paid a dime for it for several years as I had worked out a sweetheart deal to make web sites in exchange for cellular phone service. Hey, it was college. I was a poor techie.

Rather than taking over the service myself, I ended it and didn't touch a cell phone until January 2005. What I got was a little Nokia phone that runs on the Sprint PCS network. What I didn't get was a Sprint service plan. Instead, I pay my bills to "Working Assets", a group that re-sells cellular, long distance, and credit card services. But there's a nice twist.

When I pay my bill, 1% of my charges go to non-profit groups. The monthly statements are printed on 100% recycled paper. It might not seem like a lot, but it's better than nothing and I'm not sacraficing any service in the process.

At the end of the year, members of Working Assets are invited to "vote" on a list of 100 non-profit groups. Working Assets then tallies the results from all the members. If group A got 20 percent of the vote totals, then 20 percent the money Working Assets raised goes to that group.

Below is a link to one of their offers. If you use your cell phones to chat during your daily commute, this plan might not be right for you. But if you are like me and don't make a lot of calls and want to see your money go someplace better than a CEO's bonus plan, it might be worth a look.


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