Beaverton's Kirk Hansen creates giving circle, helps charities
A Beaverton man who once had a brain tumor is trying to give back to the same community who helped him.
Back in September 2015, Kirk Hansen discovered a lemon-sized tumor in his brain, lodged just behind his eyes. After undergoing an invasive surgery to remove it, Hansen remembers receiving an outpouring of support from the community that helped keep him going.
Five years later, he co-founded a giving circle called 100 People-X. The goal is to bring together 100 people who are all willing to donate $100 to charity once per quarter.
"I just wanted to do something to give back for all the good that was given to us," said Hansen. "I realized I can't pay it back, but I can pay it forward. So, this is kind of where this idea came from."
On Feb. 27, Hansen hopes to gather at least 100 people to donate to Voices Set Free, Sunshine Pantry and United by Music. The three charities will share what they do for the community and how a donation would benefit their organization.
"We give each of the charities an opportunity to meet with (a professional public speaker) one-on-one for some coaching," Hansen added, "because I've seen beneficiaries speak before, and it can be like watching paint dry."
After the circle has heard from all three groups, a vote is taken, and money is awarded in an 80-10-10 split, with the 80% going to the charity that earns the most votes. It's kind of like "Shark Tank," but for charities, Hansen explained.
"I try to encourage them to make their presentation as dynamic as possible, because they are competing for a chunk of change here," he said.
He hopes others will show join the giving circle in time for the event.
"Can't somebody else do it?" Hansen asked rhetorically. "I suppose somebody else could do it, but I mean, somebody's got to do it. … The folks I know are people who want to give but often don't know who to give to."
He added that it's important for people to give to local charities that may not have the same resources as national organizations.
"I used to donate to (national charities) until I got further into the nitty-gritty and realized that most of the money that I'm giving in situations like that goes to pay the phone bank," said Hansen. "I don't want to do that. … I want as much of the money to go to the beneficiary as possible."
For more information about the giving circle, visit 100PeopleX.com.
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