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Give a gift of hope

girl_with_sheep_heifer.jpgStart a new holiday tradition this year by honoring your family and friends with a gift that spreads hope and provides long-term opportunity to families living in poverty. Heifer International has over 20 gifts to choose from, including heifers, sheep, llamas, goats, chicks, geese, honeybees, trees, and more. You can make a real difference in the life of a struggling family, helping them obtain a sustainable source of food and income and lighting the way along the road to self-reliance.

Heifer’s mission is to work with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. “Passing on the Gift” – a cornerstone of Heifer’s approach – creates a living cycle of sustainability that develops community and enhances self-esteem. As people share the offspring of their animals, along with their knowledge, resources, and skills, an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Take a moment to learn more about Heifer International, and browse the gift catalog.


December 5, 2007 at 1:13 pm 2 comments

Citizen philanthropy funds classrooms

Give to DonorsChoose

from the site:
“ is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.”

A gift certificate would make a wonderful holiday “gift that gives back” for someone special. Your recipient will be able to use the gift certificate to fund their choice of project(s). Alternately, you can fund a project in someone’s honor. Donations are tax-deductible, of course.

In 2007, donors from all walks of life have funded $4,215,709 worth of resources for students in need.

October 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

Change the world

ONE voice.
ONE vote.
ONE chance every four years.
Change the world.

“…end the kind of stupid poverty that means a child dies of hunger
in a world of plenty.”


June 25, 2007 at 7:16 am 4 comments

Heroes Against Hunger

heroeshunger.jpgEvery 3.6 seconds, one person dies of hunger. Most of the time this hunger is not caused by famine, but by disaster, war or the ravages of extreme poverty.

Join the Mercy Corps Heroes Against Hunger program to fight malnourishment and plant seeds of hope in poor communities around the world. Your monthly support goes to programs that not only speed critical food to families in need, but also teach vital agricultural skills and give nutritional advice to help those families ensure their food needs for years to come.

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in 100 nations. Mercy Corps is a Charity Navigator ‘Four Star Charity’.

May 25, 2007 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Fight genocide


Divestment is one of the key tactics that was successfully used to end apartheid in South Africa and it can help end the violence in Darfur, too.

Join me in fighting the genocide by urging Fidelity and other investment institutions to divest their holdings from companies that help fund the genocide. Click the banner above to sign the Divest for Darfur petition now and help cut off financial support for the government-sponsored violence. You can make a difference.

Diplomacy is crucial, but economic pressure may prove an even more powerful way to force Sudan to cooperate with international efforts to end the genocide. Sudan has been very responsive to economic pressure in the past so we have reason to hope that they will pay heed to the divestment efforts.

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region.

May 13, 2007 at 11:20 am 1 comment

Set love free

“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border.”

-Pablo Casals

May 11, 2007 at 6:55 am 3 comments

Support education for all

Worldwide, 77 million children lack access to even basic education. Many children, particularly girls, are kept from school due to uniform or text book expenses or the loss of their contribution to family income. Poor countries also lack the funds to train and retain qualified teachers, provide teaching materials, and build an adequate number of schools.

Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) have stepped up and introduced the Education for All Act to give tens of millions of children the education that will lift them out of poverty.

Education is a tool to transform the world, one student at a time. Education raises incomes, reduces infant mortality, slows the spread of HIV-AIDS, and saves lives. This is an investment that pays rich dividends.

one.jpgWill you write a letter to your member of Congress asking them to support the Education for All Act?

May 3, 2007 at 7:12 am 1 comment

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