Give a Kiva card as a gift this holiday season!
With even a small loan, you can be the catalyst to change someone's future. Kiva offers a remarkably easy way to get involved with microlending, helping individuals and small business get the funds they need to grow their livelihood.
Last year, I gave the gift of Kiva to my sister for Christmas. In only a few minutes, she was able to impact someone else's life in a meaningful way.
It's as simple as printing out their gift,…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 15, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Vittana, the educational lending platform, has announced a few new features to help you lend to students in need around the world.
From the email: "Just in time for 2013 taxes, you can now choose to donate your outstanding student repayments along with your current credit to Vittana. A receipt will be immediately mailed to you upon donation."
Consider lending through Vittana.
Added by William J. Welte on December 14, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments
The Huffington Post has an article on an observers perception of a Syrian refugee camp.
From the article: "Elsewhere, I discovered that the more established sections of the camp now have electricity and water tanks. In addition to having arrived earlier and found better , some had started small stands to sell produce and…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 14, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments
The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) provides support to children undergoing cancer treatment. Richard Nares is a 2013 CNN Top Ten Hero. He started the organization with his wife, Diane Nares, after losing their son Emilio to cancer.
From the website: "The ENF serves as an information and resource for parents of children who have…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 14, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments
The Christian Science Monitor as an article on an Ohio non-profit working hard to fight homelessness.
The organization, the Licking County Coalition for Housing, provides " ...financial assistance and transitional housing."
From the article: "The coalition now has 45 units available for transitional…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 13, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments
Dale Beatty was severely wounded during his years of service in Iraq. This didn't stop him from co-founding and running a successful non-profit.
Beatty's organization is Purple Heart Homes. From their mission statement: "Purple Heart Homes, Inc. is dedicated to providing personalized housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families that are substantial in function, design and quality—homes that are fit to welcome home, and thank, the fighting men and…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 13, 2013 at 7:31am — No Comments
Reading is Fundamental is a non-profit organization whose mission is to spread child literacy.
From their mission statement: "To motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching undeserved children from birth to age 8."
We all know that reading is an essential tool and life skill, but did you know that literacy can help…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 13, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
The Savannah Morning News has a great article on giving donations as gifts this holiday season. Though the article mostly lists local non-profits, including the Greenbriar Children's Center, the Salvation Army,…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The World Food Programme has announced changes to their donation platform. Now, the WFP makes it easier than ever before to help the hungry.
Consider donating through their new giving platform. Currently, Unilever will match donations made to feed those affected by natural disaster in the Philippines. Consider having your…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 12, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Check out the CNN Heroes page for the top ten finalists. Subaru will be matching donations made (up to $250,000) to any of the top ten heroes' non-profit organization.
Consider donating through Amazon and have your gift matched by Subaru.
Added by William J. Welte on December 12, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments
I would like to draw your attention to the Phoenix Projects, a group of charitable works organized by Fly the Phoenix. FtP has projects in several countries, including Guatemala Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, and Peru.
From a Christian Science Monitor list: "This charity has projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and …Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 11, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments
More reports coming out of the UN about a major lack of necessary funding.
According to a Huntington Post article, far fewer nets have been distributed to fight malaria than last year.
From the article: "For the second year in a row, WHO noted a dramatic decline in the number of bed nets given out to protect people from the mosquitoes that…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 11, 2013 at 4:21pm — No Comments
The Christian Science Monitor has an interview with and story of Sister Lucy Kurien, an Indian nun who founded and runs Maher Ashram, a domestic abuse shelter in Pune, India.
Kurien was witness to a horrific crime, which became the impetus for her charity work: "Then one night, the young nun…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday has come to be known as Giving Tuesday, a chance to donate or reach out and give back during the holidays.
Giving Tuesday is facilitated with the backing of the 92nd Street YMCA and the United Nations Foundation.
Read a message from Bill and Melinda Gates. Join Vitanna's…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 3, 2013 at 2:25pm — No Comments
The Huffington Post has an article on American apathy towards typhoon Haiyan relative to past global disasters.
From the article: "According to Pew, 60 percent of Americans were following the Haiti earthquake aftermath “very closely” and 55 percent of Americans did the same after the Japan Tsunami.
Just 32 percent of Americans…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 3, 2013 at 1:55pm — No Comments
The China Aids Fund is an organization dedicating to halting the spread of AIDS in China.
According to a Christian Science Monitor article, the organization runs a youth pen pal program for children affected by AIDS.
Often, these children have a weak support…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 3, 2013 at 8:55am — No Comments
The International Rescue Committee has a recent news update saying they will match all gifts made until December 31st (up to $1 million).
It can be good idea to take advantage of such opportunities to maximize the effects of your giving efforts. Consider donating to the IRC by December 31st to take advantage…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on December 2, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
"The Akshaya Patra Foundation has quickly become one of the largest and most efficient nonprofits in the world, serving 330 million hot meals to schoolchildren in India each year." according to a Christian Science Monitor article.Continue
Added by William J. Welte on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
The Huffington post has an article on impending cuts to the WFP food aid program.
From the article: "The U.N. agency says its $478 million plan to feed 4.2 million people in Congo through Dec. 2015 is only 25 percent funded, and without more money it won't be able to help 300,000 internally displaced people in North Kivu…Continue
Added by William J. Welte on November 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
I continue to receive WFP news updates, and while some are positive -- detailing the generous contributions made by people like you, there is still dire need of assistance around the world.
The WFP continues to solicit donations to help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Added by William J. Welte on November 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments