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Giving back — charities snoety users recommend

See some of the charitable giving ideas that snoety users sent in as a response to this post last week …

From Sharon Lewis … ebay’s Giving Works at www.givingworks.ebay.com lets you donate a portion of your sales on ebay to an extensive list of charities. Nice way to give online. Treats for Troops at www.treatsfortroops.com is another good one.

From Pam Miller… If you want to feel like a venture capitalist for a great cause consider a donation to Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) www.pincc.org. Basically, a volunteer team of docs, nurses, med students, and regular folks — all volunteers — take a mobile unit into parts of Africa and Central America and supply education, diagnosis and treatment to women in a single visit. Cost: $15 per person. Heading the team is Kay Taylor, a recently retired OB/GYN who is making it work. In two years, with no office and no grants, they’ve seen thousands of women and prevented tons of cervical cancer which needlessly kills 300,000 women a year. They could also use office help, more volunteers who want to Uganda, Nicaragua etc. — a totally different way to travel.

From Arline … This doesn’t cost you a thing, just a click, and women who could not otherwise afford it get free mammograms. Here’s how it works: Corporate sponsors and advertisers use the number of daily visits to the site to donate mammograms in exchange for advertising. All you have to do is go to The Breast Cancer site at www.thebreastcancersite.com and click on ‘donating a mammogram’ for free (pink window in the middle). That’s it! Pass this along to at least 10 people you know.

From a friendthe Small Planet Fund at www.smallplanetfund.org supports courageous movements bringing to life citizen-led solutions to hunger, poverty, and environmental devastation around the world. They fund eight core grantees and make emergency grants to additional groups throughout the world for whom a relatively small infusion of resources can make a world of difference.

Advice from Jim Klauder
… Many people should consider making a charitable contribution prior to year end because of the tax advantages of giving to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. There are many good causes … look behind the empathy-provoking photos to find out how much of your contribution dollar will fund real work versus going to cover the administrative, overhead and fund raising costs of the organization. NOTE from Snoety: What Jim didn’t mention is that he’s with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, www.fte.org, which is an amazing organization that teaches selected high school kids about leadership, business and economics in ways that literally change their lives.

If you have an organization you’d like to spread the world about, let us know by telling us in the comment box below.

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6 Comments
Sarah says: December 12th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

I am giving my adult friends who don’t need practical presents, and aren’t among the unlucky few for whom I have knitted hats, gift certificates to Kiva.com. These gift certificates will allow them to make microloans to individuals in developing nations; loans that pay for seed so farmers can produce new crops, refridgeration for small groceries, sewing machines, looms, all kinds of necessary and life-changing things. And, best of all, when the loan is repaid (usually in under two years), the person can reinvest. It’s a great way to get involved in significant change and to gain greater understanding of life outside the First World.

Sarah says: December 12th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

Sorry, small correction to post above.

That’s http://www.kiva.org
NOT http://www.kiva.com

Sorry!
S

Jeff says: December 12th, 2007 at 11:14 pm

I would like to second Sarah’s recommendation for:
http://www.kiva.org/

It’s a great program that allows you (yes you) to choose and grant microloans to people in developing countries. For the most part these are small businesspeople and entrepreneurs looking for loans to establish a business or expand an existing business.

You can learn more from these interviews:

A brief (5 minute) segment from NPR’s “All Things Considered”
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6668527

A longer interview with Kiva founders from “Here on Earth”
http://www.wpr.org/hereonearth/archive_070619k.cfm

Another interesting organization is Donors Choose:
http://www.donorschoose.org

Donors Choose allows you to search through listings of educational projects posted by teachers in the Unites States. Like Kiva, you can choose to fund all or a part of the request. Unlike Kiva, these contributions are donations not loans.

Harriett says: December 18th, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Robert Tomach of changingthepresent.org want you to know …

In the next few weeks, we’ll all be spending $100 BILLION on gifts. Unfortunately, some of that money will be wasted on things like unwanted fruit cakes and slippers. ChangingThePresent.org is an alternative. You can give donation gifts which help make the world a better place. It’s amazing what your gifts can accomplish: preserve an acre of the wilderness; fund an hour of life-saving cancer research; or even provide a child with her first book, so she can learn how to read. With over 1,000 gifts, from $2 to $5,000, from hundreds of leading nonprofits, it’s easy to find the “right” gift for everyone on your list. You can even send a personalized greeting card, with a picture and description of your gift, right from the site. Imagine the impact as this new kind of giving catches on!

Anna says: December 18th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

I really like Heifer International at http://www.heifer.org. You can donate a farm animal to a family that will continue to sustain the family, and itself, for a long time. Every year, I buy a goat or sheep, etc. in honor of my grandmother, who introduced me to this wonderful charity.

Sarah says: December 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am

Anna,

I agree with you that Heifer is a very worthy organization; I think they not only do wonderful work, but really spearheaded the move from charitable giving that empowers people instead of simply taking care of their immediate needs. It’s so exciting to see this shift in the way most people think of giving!

Peace,
Sarah

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