GlobalGiving: $25 for Your Thoughts

Dec 3, 2010 7:00 AM ET

Alice Korngold's Blog

Imagine sitting around your holiday table discussing which project each member of the family chose for their GlobalGiving contribution. Because you gave each of them a gift card for $25, and they went online to choose from a plethora of options. Or, imagine giving gift cards to your employees, and they're sitting around a pizza at lunch discussing the projects they chose.

In a meeting with me yesterday, Dennis Whittle, Co-Founder and CEO, GlobalGiving, noted that it's "amazing how much of an impact you can have in the world with contributions of $10, $25, or $100. We give you the opportunity to choose a project that's personally meaningful; we make it easy."

Just to give you a taste, here are a few options for only $25: protect two children in Uganda from malaria (one child dies every 30 seconds from malaria); educate 15 women in Afghanistan to learn to read; provide one year of primary school education for a Nepali girl who has been rescued from virtual slavery; purchase a public transportation card for a refugee to attend classes and job interviews in Chicago; or buy 147 feet of piping for sustainable irrigation for a Rwandan orphanage. Or, for $30, fund the nursery and planting of 150 trees in the Phillipines to support watershed conservation. Or, for $75, buy a bucket of chlorine tablets to combat Haiti's spreading cholera crisis;.

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