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Merry Christmas from Storm Warriors!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Storm Warriors!

What exactly does it mean to be a "Storm Warrior"?

Consider passing on your good fortune to someone in need as we enter the new year.

Added by William J. Welte on December 24, 2014 at 12:38pm — No Comments

St. Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center

St. Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Uganda, run by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, is a place where women fleeing slavery can learn skills such as "... tailoring, catering, making jewelry and purses, and other skills..." which they can use to make a living for themselves--according to a Christian Science Monitor…


Added by William J. Welte on December 24, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Last minute gift idea

Novica is a Kiva (the lending platform) partner working to find and make available crafts from all over the world. 

From the Kiva email: "Novica is a Kiva partner that sources jewelry, clothing and art from fairly-paid craftspeople, including many Kiva borrowers. For a limited time, 25% of …


Added by William J. Welte on December 23, 2014 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Message from the WFP

The WFP sent out an email giving insight into the world of Sarafina and Letmus, two students in Kenya.

From the email: "Sarafina is a 12 year old with a bright smile, and she’s quite the athlete. She plays many different sports, and her favourite subject is science. Letmus, on the other hand, likes to study English… “because it’s easy!” His teacher says he’s one of the brightest students in the school. 

School meals provided by the…


Added by William J. Welte on December 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Be Like Brit

Be Like Brit is a non-profit that operates an orphanage in Haiti.

From the website: "Be Like Brit is a U.S. registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which operates a 19,000 square foot orphanage in Grand Goâve, Haiti. The Orphanage was built in loving memory of Britney Gengel, who perished in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on a service trip through her college, Lynn University."



Added by William J. Welte on December 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Humble Bundle raises $50 million for charities

The Humble Bundle offers digital media, such as video games and books, for a good cause. A recent email told how the organization and its program has been able to help fund several worthwhile charities, including the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.

From the email: "The Humble Bundle community has helped provide funding for more than 50 charitable organizations, including Child's Play Charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Red…


Added by William J. Welte on December 19, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

World Food Programme double your impact

The WFP recently sent out an email profiling Judith, a mother of six who has benefited greatly from a WFP program for farmers.

From the email: 

"As the mother of six boys, a farmer and the leader of her farming group, Judith is the perfect example of a local saying -- Empower a woman, and you empower an entire community."



Added by William J. Welte on December 19, 2014 at 11:15am — No Comments

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a web resource and non-profit organization working to bring education to the world. 

From the email: "In the past two weeks, we’ve seen tremendous support for our work, with people all over the world donating to help us provide access to a free education for anyone, anywhere. The support we’ve gotten will go a long way in helping us reach our goals, but we’re not there yet."

Consider boosting the impact of your support of a free, global…


Added by William J. Welte on December 17, 2014 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Midwest Food Bank

Midwest Food Bank is a four-star food distribution non-profit working to fight against hunger.

From the website: "...ours is a vibrant mission. Deliver relief & hope. Fight Hunger and Feed Hope. Gather and distribute. Bridge the gap. Make a difference in our communities. Create volunteer opportunities. This is our roadmap to “Sharing the Blessings.” Our roadmap to alleviate food insecurity and provide relief in the midst of disaster."



Added by William J. Welte on December 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope is a four-star rated non-profit working to promote peace throughout the world. 

From the website: "Wings of Hope Invites you to enter our world and help to make Peace and Hope a reality. The Task is not easy nor is it a short journey. Like life itself, it will take dedicated effort to achieve. Our focus is strictly Humanitarian . No strings attached and no debilitating "giveaway" programs. We specialize in designing programs where a specific region receives…


Added by William J. Welte on December 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pope has a clear message for this holiday season

In a recent speech, Pope Francis made a point to implore shoppers to avoid buying gifts that may have been produced by exploited peoples, according to an article.

Consider consulting Nicholas Kristof's list of "Gifts That Inspire" for alternative gift ideas…


Added by William J. Welte on December 14, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments


Camfed stands for the campaign for female education and is a non-profit organization working to support female education in Africa. 

Camfed is one of Nicholas Kristof's recommendations for inspired giving this holiday season.

From Kristof's blog: "Supporting Camfed is a way to stand up for girls’ education, especially after the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria earlier this year. Just $10 buys a girl a school-supplies kit for…


Added by William J. Welte on December 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Common Ground named best managed non-profit

Common Ground is a non-profit providing social services to work towards ending homelessness in New York, and was recently named best managed non-profit.

From the website: "Common Ground prioritizes individuals who historically were perceived as unreachable and “unhouseable”: those who have lived on the streets for years, who have the most debilitating…


Added by William J. Welte on December 12, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization that works on behalf of those who those who have been "... snared unfairly by the justice system" including children sentenced to life in prison.

From the website: "Across the United States, thousands of children have been sentenced as adults and sent to adult prisons. Nearly 3000 juveniles…


Added by William J. Welte on December 11, 2014 at 10:52am — No Comments

Chance to double your impact through the World Food Programme

The WFP sent out an email today about an opportunity to increase the impact of your giving. For every meal you share with a child, Knorr will share one too.

From the email: "Here’s your chance to take the next step. Join us in building a world with zero hunger and double your impact. 

The World Food Programme is partnering with Knorr to give more children access to school meals -- because nutritious food should be within everyone's…


Added by William J. Welte on December 10, 2014 at 7:45pm — No Comments

"UN resumes food aid for Syrian refugees"

According to a Huffington Post article, the UN has been able to resume food aid to Syrian refugees following a recent shortfall.

From the article: "About 1.7 million refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers topped up by mid-December, so they can purchase food in local shops.

The announcement came after a campaign by the WFP seeking funds to cover a $64 million shortfall which had forced the agency to…


Added by William J. Welte on December 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Gifts that Inspire via Nicholas Kristof's blog

This holiday season consider giving a gift to inspire.

Nicholas Kristof's list gives great ideas of active, impacting non-profit organizations to donate to on someone's behalf. The list ranges from supporting education on an Indian reservation to supporting future doctors training to work in Sudan. 

From the list: "Or 50 cents will deworm a child, making that child less anemic, more healthy and better able to thrive in school. Millions of children worldwide still carry…


Added by William J. Welte on December 8, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Global Links

Global Links is a 3-star rated non-profit organization working to develop communities in different parts of the world and provide medical relief services where needed.

From the website: "Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our two-fold mission provides hospitals with a socially and environmentally beneficial…


Added by William J. Welte on December 7, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Vicar of Baghdad

The Christian Science Monitor's section on People making a Difference has a profile on Andrew White, the "vicar of Baghdad"

From the article: "As well as spiritual comfort, St. George’s now provides food and other assistance to nearly 5,000 Iraqis of all religions. It has also restored a sense of community that was one of the…


Added by William J. Welte on December 6, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Flying Kites

Flying Kites operates a home, school, and scholarship program for orphaned children in Kenya.

From the website: "At Flying Kites we run a home, primary school and scholarship program for orphaned children in Kenya. In the foothills of Kenya's mountains, we have built a refuge for orphaned children who have nowhere to turn. Here, children who have suffered the effects of abuse and homelessness are given the tools they need to thrive. In the wider community, we provide…


Added by William J. Welte on December 5, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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