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Small Donations, Big Returns

Maybe you are interested in contributing to charitable organizations, but you're hesitant about who to trust with your donation. Here, we've listed nine organizations that will handle your funds with care.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

ALI SHUNGU
A community organization in rural Ecuador for five indigenous Andean tribes, providing scholarships for girls, and building a cooperative of embroiderers for local women. For $200 you can send a girl to private high school; $100 sends her to public school (school is not free in Ecuador).

To make a donation, visit alishungufoundation.com.

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY
The only no-kill animal shelter in the world, Best Friends covers 33,000 acres in Utah, where up to 2,000 animals are rescued and cared for, in preparation for adoption. Horses, dogs, cats, Michael Vick's badly abused pit bulls, Katrina victims, flood and tornado rescues—all find their way here. Recently featured on National Geographic Channel's Dogtown.

To make a donation, visit bestfriends.org/aboutus.

The CENTRAL ASIA INSTITUTE
CAI provides education, primarily for girls, in remote regions of central Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan $20 sends two girls to school for a year, $40 pays a teacher's salary for a month, and $100 heats a classroom for one winter.

To make a donation, visit ikat.org.

FIRST BOOK
A U.S. organization that provides new books to children in need, to encourage literacy and the fun of reading. For $10 you can buy four new books a year for a family; $100 buys 40 books, and materials for a child and mentor.

To make a donation, visit firstbook.org.

FISTULA FOUNDATION
Provides essential health care and surgeries for women in Ethiopia whose unattended pregnancies and childbirths, often in their early teens, have resulted in incontinence, making them pariahs in their communities.

To make a donation, visit fistulafoundation.org. See PBS special at pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beautiful.

LUBUTO LIBRARY PROJECT
Builds libraries as community centers for street children and their surrounding communities.

To make a donation, visit lubuto.org.

NOTHING BUT NETS
Prevents malaria by providing bed-size mosquito nets in Africa. Simple, effective, and lifesaving.

To make a donation, visit nothingbutnets.net.

SHOE4AFRICA
Does as it says—gathers running shoes for African runners, while promoting AIDS awareness. Money is used for school fees. Shoe4Africa is now asking donors to send shoes themselves, so that money can go directly to education, not shipping.

To make a donation, visit shoe4africa.org/mission.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT PROGRAMS
Consider creating an "alternative gift" program within your family whereby you make donations to organizations like these, instead of giving traditional holiday or birthday gifts.

For more information, visit alternativegifts.org.

 


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