American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is “…the nation’s premier emergency response organization.” The Red Cross collects blood donations, responds to disasters and emergencies, and offers a variety of humanitarian services. The American Red Cross is a four-star rated charity.
A single pint of blood can save three lives. The American Red Cross is the primary processor and supplier of blood to hospitals in the United States.
*It should be noted that Catchafire appears to be a for-profit business. Non-profits and social institutions that are listed with Catchafire pay a fee based on a sliding scale*
Catchafire provides a matchmaking service to facilitate collaboration between talented professionals and non-profits or social institutions seeking quality pro bono services.
Catchafire may be one promising way to contribute your talents where they are needed most. The Catchafire company is also currently hiring. The company is looking for professionals who are “…hungry to change the world” (catchafire.org). By looking through projects and non-profits listed with Catchafire, you might find an area of interest in which to contribute your services. Projects can be filtered by professional field; simply make sure to check off each of your areas of expertise. Upload a resume to their database in order to be considered by non-profits and other organizations. If you represent a non-profit or socially oriented organization, you can search for qualified professionals from a range of fields through Catchafire for a sliding scale-based fee.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the number of professionals volunteering their services through Catchafire is about 10,000, while there are around 2,500 organizations seeking professional volunteers (csmonitor.com). According to the Catchafire website, “Catchafire pro bono professionals have donated thousands of hours to provide over 3 million dollars in services to NYC social good organizations” (catchafire.org).
Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde
“Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to vulnerable populations affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, or exclusion” (doctorsoftheworld.org). The organization’s backbone consists of an army of volunteer doctors and medical professionals who work to bring medical relief where it is needed.
Donate now in support of Doctors of the World. Their website also encourages interested parties to apply for an international job or volunteer role with Doctors of the World. The site also lists a few other ways to get involved.
On their “At a Glance” informational page, Doctors of the World provides the following impact statistic: “In 2010, Doctors of the World’s global network used $152 million to run 365 programs that provided medical care for more than 1.6 million individuals in 78 countries.” The organization has an international presence, growing from its original base in France to its current 15 operational locations throughout the world. The organization focuses its work and resources in four major areas: Conflict & Crisis, conducting emergency medical response, and often staying after the immediate danger has dissipated; Affected Populations, supporting refugees abroad and in their country of origin;HIV/AIDS & Infectious Diseases, fighting deadly diseases around the world; and Women & Children’s Health, providing pre-natal and pediatric care among other related services.
eBay Giving Works
While eBay itself is not a non-profit organization, it does offer a few phenomenal easy ways to benefit non-profits through their Giving Works program. Since 2003, eBay Giving Works has been used as a way for the eBay market and community to donate to non-profit causes.
The Giving Works program offers a few different ways to contribute. For starters, you can purchase from a wide variety of eBay sellers and shops, all of which are donating a percentage of their profit to a non-profit organization. If you have items you would like tosell on eBay, you can donate up to a hundred percent of what you make to a non-profit through Giving Works. Additionally, eBay allows you to simply donate directly to a non-profit of your choice through their website. Non-profits who are not listed with eBay may register with MissionFish in order to raise money through Giving Works.
So far, over 267 million dollars have been donated to non-profits through the Giving Works platform. Read about the success stories and impact that Giving Works has had on specific organizations and individuals.
GOAL is an Ireland-based non-governmental agency. From the website: “GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor” (goal.ie). Their international scope and variety of successful programs makes GOAL a powerful player when it comes to significant development poor and disenfranchised communities.
Read about how you can get involved with GOAL. Explore more about the GOAL Brick Kilns Programme, recently featured in a CSM article. GOAL is currently seeking to hire professionals from a wide variety of fields. Consider working with GOAL. Donate to support the development work GOAL is implementing around the world.
GOAL operates a wide variety of development programs in thirteen countries across the globe. GOAL responds to natural disasters, as it did with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; facilitates healthcare and nutrition programs; brings clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities through its WASH programs, as it has in many of the countries where it operates; runs HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs; and also operates specialized programs, such as the Brick Kilns Programme in India, which was recently mentioned in a Chrisitian Science Monitor article.
International Rescue Committee
The IRC is a four-star rated 501(c)(3) non-profit that responds to humanitarian crises and refugee needs. The organization responds to emergencies all over the world and works to create deep solutions to a multitude of problems.
In times of emergency, the IRC is committed to arriving within 72 hours, bringing necessary support and supplies. The IRC follows through on its work, by providing post-crisis support, helping refugees adapt to their new lives. 92% of IRC’s funding goes directly to program expenses. The IRC has provided 1.7 million people with access to clean drinking water and vaccinated over 500,000 children. Read more statistics about the impact that the IRC is making.
International Rescue Committee: natural disaster
Read about IRC’s emergency response work.
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Islamic Relief Worldwide is a “relief and development charity” focusing on poor communities all over the world. Islamic Relief USA is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profitorganization, while other local partners are registered in their respective countries. Islamic Relief USA is rated four stars on charity navigator. IRW operates development, disaster response, environmental impact, health, education, and child welfare programs.
Consider donating to Islamic Relief Worldwide or one of its local partners. If you wish to get involved with an international NGO at a more in depth level, consider applying for one of the many open job positions at Islamic Relief Worldwide. The IR USA donation page allows you to select where you would like to direct your donated funds. Options include “where it is needed most,” orphan support, emergencies, food for Ramadan, or humanitarian assistance. Also, consider looking through IRW’s plethora of research and analysisresources.
Islamic Relief Worldwide’s comprehensive work includes programs focusing on sustainable livelihoods, including micro credit programs, vocational and agricultural training, among other opportunities; education, including early childhood education, literacy training, technology exposure, and other services; Health and Nutrition, including eyesight, food security, clinics, and other health services programs; orphans and child welfare, including orphan sponsorship, education opportunities for orphans, and other programs; water and sanitation, including well digging initiatives and other water security-related programs; andemergency relief & disaster preparedness programs. Currently, Islamic Relief USA isfocusing on the East and West African food crises, as well as humanitarian relief for those affected by conflict in Syria.
Mercy Corps is a four-star 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping children The mission of Mercy Corps as described on their website: “… to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities” (mercycorps.org).
According to their website, Mercy Corp beneficiaries are a diverse cross section of people including: “Courageous mothers. Determined entrepreneurs. Hardscrabble farmers. Survivors of disaster or war. They live in tiny remote villages and in the slums of the world’s biggest cities” (mercycorps.org). Mercy Corps work takes many forms. Read about their wide variety of work, including disaster response, economic and agricultural development, food and water security, and more, and where they do it.
Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation
MiCRO is a microinsurance organization formed by both Mercy Corps and Fonkoze, the largest microfinance organization in Haiti. The group is a for-profit business with beneficial social implications. Marketed towards the “organized poor” who own or run their own “micro” businesses, the program is an affordable way for Haitian entrepreneurs to protect their businesses from the ravages of natural disaster. In the event of certain weather or disaster “triggers,” MiCRO clients receive a sum of money in payout to ensure they are able to keep their businesses and homes up and running.
Please remember that MiCRO is a for-profit venture. To get involved, consider donating toMercy Corps, MiCRO’s non-profit backer, or to Fonkoze, “Haiti’s Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.” For a summary of ways to get involved with Fonkoze, visit their SWI profile.
According to a Christian Science Monitor article, MiCRO disbursed $1.64 million to almost 6,800 customers in its first year. The Wall Street Journal has also run an article on the MiCRO organization and its policies, calling it an “… innovative insurance program.” Read more about MiCRO and the impact it has had in Haiti in a Mercy Corps press release. MiCRO and its backing organizations offer another example of for-profit ventures with strong social benefits, reminding us that not all moneymaking enterprises need to thrive on greed alone.
If you choose to use Socialvest, please be aware that it is a for-profit organization. Socialvest is one of a few new programs out there seeking to integrate the online consumer experience with social awareness and charitable giving.
Using Socialvest is simple: after signing up through the website, shop online through the site. For every purchase you make, a percentage is rebated into your Socialvest account to go towards a charity of your choice.
The fun of Socialvest is that the impact is both 1) passively accruing and 2) can be directed to any organization you want. You earn money without doing anything, except the shopping you were already planning on. The money that is saved in your Socialvest account can be given to any 501(c)(3), meaning your purchases make an impact wherever you choose.
Voolla is a new, non-profit web service working with a threefold goal: to simultaneously provide money to charities in need, services of many kinds to those who need them, and an outlet for people looking to volunteer their skills and time.
Are you a talented professional or skilled amateur looking to donate your time? Post aprofile on Voolla and search for a way to volunteer your talents – whatever they may be (any type of work or service can be donated). Individuals or organizations looking for volunteered work can search profiles listed on Voolla for volunteered work. They then pay the fee to a charitable cause rather than the volunteer providing the service. Voolla is also one of the non-profit services listed with Catchafire, a very similar, albeit slightly different (and for profit), program matching up volunteer professionals with organizations in need. Consider putting your talents to use for work on Voolla itself.
Through the Voolla giving process, a charity is helped, the person looking for a service finds the help they need at a price that benefits a good cause, and the person providing the service knows that their volunteer work has made a difference to two groups.
SHELTER BOX – SHELTER FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM DISASTER
Tom Henderson saw that aid to most disasters was in the form of food and medicine but little or none was given in terms of proper shelter.
In 1999, Tom started researching the idea, sourcing equipment and twisting arms to get the project off the ground. His persistence paid off in April 2000 when ShelterBox was launched and his local Rotary Club adopted it as its millennium project. It became the largest Rotary club project in the world, with an ever-growing number of international affiliates.
Over its first few years, the project matured and by the end of 2004 nearly 2,600 boxes had been dispatched, following 16 major disasters. On 26 December 2004, news came of the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami and ShelterBox faced its most significant challenge, one that would change its course forever. Donations and volunteers poured in.
In 2005 ShelterBox sent out more than 22,000 boxes, almost 10 times the number sent out in the previous years. Not only was such aid sent to victims of the Tsunami, but also to those who had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina and the massive earthquake that hit the Kashmir region of Pakistan.
ShelterBox now works on every continent, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, typhoons, hurricane, volcanoes and conflict.
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