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Charitable Organizations

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As you may or may not know (or know and don't care =) I am a Software QA Analyst. I am also a customer of my own Work and I'd like to get more real world experience using the system that my team is working on.


Our system sends funds globally and I am looking for worthwhile, reputable charitable organizations to randomly wire donations to.

I don't guarantee a donation. I'm gathering a list that I can randomly pick from. This is my own initiative; I'm spending my own money. Work is not funding any of this.

Please comment and recommend some.

Let me know what their mission is and where they are in the world. Preferably, they'd have a website with information and complete bank account information available for me to just copy whenever I need it.

I'm a black belt at googling so I could find them myself, but I thought I'd ask here to see if there are any near and dear to you, particularly any that are smaller, lesser known but worthwhile causes that don't get the attention that they maybe deserve.

It would also be interesting to me to donate to charitable organizations in different countries around the world. I can send any currency as long as they have a bank account that will take it. If it has an ISO-4217 Currency Code, I can send it. =)

Thanks! =)

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diannadinoble
Feb. 8th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
My favorite is www.kiva.org

You can loan money to independent small business, then once they pay it back, you can lend that money to another business.
bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Ooo, that sounds interesting, thanks =)
easter
Feb. 8th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
This charity means a lot to me.

Here's some blurb from the web site:

Tariro provides hope for orphaned girls whose families have been affected by poverty, neglect, and HIV/AIDS. Tariro provides educational support and advocacy by paying the fees necessary for school enrollment, organizing HIV awareness training, and providing educational counseling. By enabling girls to continue with their education and receive a high school degree, Tariro’s work in Zimbabwe allows girls to envision a positive future and fulfill their ambitions.

Tariro began working with young women orphaned by AIDS in Zimbabwe in 2003, was formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization on August 13th, 2004, and has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our board is based in Eugene, Oregon, and includes members who have a significant background of involvement with Zimbabwean culture, and previous experience working with nonprofit organizations.


Contact Tariro:

Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe’s Orphans
3480 Kincaid Street
Eugene, Oregon 97405
USA
1 541-342-8189

This organization was founded by a personal friend of mine. I can vouch for her integrity and dedication to this cause.

Thank you.


bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll keep them in my list =)
fazia
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Let's see. I kinda like KIVA.org because the help can be so personal.

Some bigger organizations I support include Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW), Doctors without Borders, Heifer Project International, Amnesty Internationals and various Breast Cancer organizations.

I'm also particular to any organization that trains seeing eye or rescue dogs. I'd really love to train my own some day. Locks of Love and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation are also personal favorites since I've known women who have lost their hair and suffered for it.

Those should be a good start to find something you like.
bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Faz =)
instinctive
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
http://www.orbis.org/Default.aspx?cid=4824-4829

ORBIS is an international organization devoted to treating preventable blindness, particularly in third world countries. My boss works for this organization as a volunteer. He's a doctor and has been on countless missions (for example, in December he was in Cambodia and I believe this April he will be in Vietnam) and what they do is they work on a flying eye hospital (a DC-10 aircraft outfitted with an operating room, recovery area, and a theatre where local doctors can watch the procedure and ask questions and thereby learn to perform them) to treat patients and to teach local doctors how to perform the procedures themselves.

i'm biased because this man is my boss, but he's one of the kindest people I've ever met and extremely selfless and I actually hope to one day maybe be employed by this organization or be able to contribute in some way. Eyesight is particularly important to people in less fortunate countries and giving these people their sight back is like giving them their lives and ability to make a livelihood back to them. I think there are tons of wonderful charities and organizations out there. This particular one is close to my heart. :)
bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks =) I'll keep them in mind =)
pne
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
ICCF
I like the vim text editor, and the author helps out with ICCF Holland, helping children in Kibaale, Uganda.

http://iccf-holland.org/index.html

I don't have any experience with it myself and can't guarantee that it's reputable, though; it's mostly "trust by proxy" based on the impression I got of the author of vim.
bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: ICCF
Thanks, I'm sure I'll be able to verify that it is legit =)
razorw
Feb. 8th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'll bite.

I work at the Calgary Distress Center (http://www.distresscentre.ab.ca). We're a non-profit organization that operates three main programs. The largest is our 24hr/7days a week crisis-line staffed by volunteers. We have a public education program where we go into the schools on an invitation basis, and talk to the kids about addictions and drugs. We choose to give the kids the information, so if/when they make a decision, they can make an informed one. The third program, is a counselling program. We, are probably the only agency in Alberta that offers free counselling services.

We can make an immediate difference in the lives of those who choose to reach out, or are individuals, looking to help those who are in need.

I've taken a substantial pay cut to work here, but everyday is such a rewarding challenge. To work with people who are as passionate about their work and making a difference in the lives of others, I feel blessed and fortunate. I encourage you to check out our website, and feel free to ask me any/all questions that you may have.

Happy (belated) Chinese New Year. --Ray
bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll definitely keep them in mind =)

And happy new year to you too =)
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bride
Feb. 9th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
I've heard of Heifer International, I'll go check them out. Thanks =)
burma
Feb. 11th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I personally support http://uscampaignforburma.org/ which promotes democracy and human rights in Burma aka Myanmar. My parents and several friends are from the country, and the situation there is very sad.
bride
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll definitely keep them in mind.
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