Donating money feels good. Seriously, science shows that the reward center in the brain is activated when people donate money. If giving a little bit of money feels good, then how good will it feel to donate a lot of money?
You can find out by becoming a member of the Poverty Busters Giving Circle. We pool our donations of $25/month and choose where we’re going to donate that large sum of money. We want our donations to support organizations that are actually making an impact on extreme poverty, and we share the work of researching organizations. No one person needs to spend too much time doing that research, but we make informed and impactful donations by leveraging our group’s experience.
If you’re like us and want people to have the opportunity to live happy, healthy lives, you can join us in giving better by giving with others. We encourage you to check out one of our virtual meetings first to get a feel for how we work. You can contact me to find out our next meeting details.
The Nominees for Our September Donation Are…
Heifer International: They help families become self-sufficient by matching them with animals that provide income and nutrition. For example, a heifer can provide milk to nurture the family and excess milk can be sold for income. In addition, Heifer International educates recipients on caring for their animals and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. One of my favorite parts of the program is the “Pass on the Gift” feature where participants pass on offspring to other people within the community who can then also become self-sufficient.
Kickstart International: They design and sell irrigation pumps so rural African farmers can have reliable water for their crops. As a result, farming is a reliable food source for their families and a means of income. One of the interesting features of their program is that they’ve developed a local infrastructure for manufacturing and selling these pumps. While the pump cost is subsidized, they believe that it is important that the farmers purchase the pumps.
So, where will we donate next?
We’ll discuss and vote at our next meeting. Contact me if you’d like to participate in the discussion.