If you’re daunted by giving to a large non-profit, consider supporting a smaller organization or even a business through micro-lending. Organizations like Kiva.org and MicroPlace.com allow you to support entrepreneurs (usually in developing countries) get their businesses up and running and help support their families.
The best part is, the money you give is actually a loan. The sites boast repayment rates close to 100 percent. So not only will you be able to help improve the quality of someone’s life, but you’ll be able to reinvest that money in another project afterward.
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We’re donating $1 for every Facebook share, Facebook like, and Tweet (up to $1,000) on the posts tagged charity from November 15th on. The donations will go to Donor’s Choose projects that have been started to help classrooms affected by the storm.
You can find out more about Donor’s Choose here, and we’ll let you know when we’ve reached our $1,000 goal. So, start sharing and help us get these classes back in session.