Local 'Bachelorette' star concentrating on philanthropy

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SEATTLE -- It was a cringe worthy moment.

On season eight of "The Bachelorette," Seattle's Doug Clerget went in for a kiss just as Emily Maynard dumped him.

"A lot of people know me as Awkward Kiss Doug now," he said with a laugh.

It's the type of scene just made for reality TV. And, in this case, it really was made for TV.

Show producers nudged Doug to go for that kiss.

"So I kind of got set up a little. The producers knew I was going home," he said.

It's just one of Doug's stories from behind the scenes. When he was driving away from Emily, viewers saw him crying and emotional.

"I don't think I've cried since '83," Doug insisted. "I'm not a crier. I was probably five the last time I cried."

So what got the waterworks flowing? Right before the show taping began, one of the most important people in Doug's life passed away. He lost his grandfather to leukemia, and the emotion was still raw.

"They're like, 'We didn't get enough about your grandpa so let's talk about your grandpa.' I'm like, 'I'm not going to talk about him.' They say 'We really need this before you go. We don't have enough footage on this.'"

Doug cried about his grandfather, then producers threw in a question about Emily.

"When I saw it I texted some of the producers and said, 'Really guys?'" he said.

Those producer tactics behind him, the single dad who wore his heart on his sleeve is back in Seattle, still single and still drawing plenty of attention.

His son, 12-year old Austin, described the constant flow of women approaching his dad with a roll of his eyes and a here-we-go-again attitude.

"It gets annoying sometimes because it's people going crazy," Austin said. "It's like, oh my God! It's Doug Clerget!"

Doug and son Austin take the fame in stride, and Doug doesn't regret his time on the show. It was an around-the-world adventure and a platform to share his philosophy of giving back.

"When I look back at my life, I want it to be worth something," Doug said. "I want to say I didn't just spend my life making money. I spent my life doing something that mattered and making the world a better place."

But how? Should he fight the cancer that took his grandfather? Support the science that helped his son Austin who was born premature? Maybe the organizations helping foster children like Doug and his sister? Or was there a way to help even more?

DollarPerMonth.org was born. The concept is simple but unique. Users commit a donation of a dollar or more per month then vote for their favorite of three featured charities.

At the end of the month, all three charities benefit. The top ranked charity earns 50 percent of the donations. The second voter getter wins 30% and the remaining 20% goes to the third vote getter.

DPM researches all charities before including them on the site, and they don't charge the charities a fee or percentage for participating.

In its first year, DPM distributed more than $35,000 to 36 charities. But Doug has a much higher goal of raising and handing out $10 million a month. That type of success relies on more donors signing up and inviting their friends through social media.

Non profits and donors alike flood Dollar Per Month with praise, almost as often as women take to Twitter asking Doug for a date.

"I'm really looking forward to the day when I fade to black and Dollar Per Month is that really cool organization that everyone knows about," he said.

As for his single status, Doug says he has little time to date. He is raising Austin, working 50 hours or more per week on Dollar Per Month and still works part time in commercial real estate.

He has watched a few episodes of this season of the Bachelor, but he said he and Bachelor Sean Lowe are still good friends.

He already knows who Sean chooses and says they're happy. Would he give us a hint? Of course not.

The Bachelor airs on ABC Monday nights at 9 p.m.