Project 2019

Home. A place familiar to all. In every culture, in every language, it’s our safe place to shelter, nurture and rejuvenate. Even the most adventurous of us is fond of coming back home. After all, it is where the heart is.

However for so many in our world, this basic human dignity has been ripped away from them. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

To not have a home is beyond the limits of thought for most of us. So what to do? At Jollybrowne, these topics are at times in our conversations. However they always end with a shoulder shrug before we return to our daily grind.

Our a-ha moment came when closing last year’s books. We noticed we paid over $5,000 in fees to process credit card payments. That’s a lot for a small B-2-B company! Sure the cost of doing business, but wouldn’t it be awesome to redirect these monies to something more useful. More consequential.

Our big idea — encourage our clients to pay us by check, wire, or cash. For everyone who does, we’ll give them 1% off their invoice and donate another 1% to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. And if our clients wanted to forgo their discount, we’ll add it to our year-end donation. Our goal is to put last year’s $5,000 in credit card fees to a greater purpose. Please join us. #project 2019. #globalcitizen. Come back here to see the progress.

BTW, in 2017 the total dollar volume in credit card transactions in the United States was $3.6 trillion (TRILLION!). That’s a lot in processing fees.