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    Ten ways to make a difference with $100


    The smallest good deed is worth a thousand grand intentions.


    International news has not been overwhelmingly pleasant the last few weeks. Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky killing almost 300 passengers and crew members instantly. Not long after the Malaysian tragedy, two additional planes--one Taiwanese and one Algerian--crashed in separate incidents. Israel launched a wide scale offensive in Gaza that has resulted in a large number of civilian causalities. Radicals from the ISIS have continued on a rampage in Iraq and Syria, killing both soldiers and civilians. A deadly Ebola outbreak persists in East Africa, with doctors and medical workers struggling to contain the virus.


    In addition to the wide array of high profile crises currently making headlines, various ongoing domestic and international battles continue to persist. Hunger, poverty, disease, access to education, human rights, animal welfare, environmental protection, and a wide range of other pressing issues exist in the background of our day-to-day lives. Every now and then an article, book, or documentary might pull one of these issues to the forefront of our mind, but often it is quickly replaced with the rigors of day-to-day life.


    But within the complexities of the human suffering is a very simple truth: Every day worldwide there are struggles, and those of us who are lucky enough not to be caught in the midst of these struggles want to find ways to help. Simple, condensed, vetted opportunities to make a sincere difference.


    That's where the The Value of 100 comes in. The purpose of this blog is to connect prospective donors with the specific impact of their donation, along with the reputable organizations that will put their donated money to effective use. Each post looks closely at what a gift--generally a $100 gift--will translate to in terms of positive impact with a given cause.


    In other words, I want to help you find a way to help.


    So, if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the challenges facing our world today, here are a few easy opportunities for you to make a quantitative difference in an area that matters to you:


    A $100 gift...


    ...to Nothing But Nets (a grassroots campaign from the United Nations Foundation) covers the cost of shipping and installing 10 mosquito nets, protecting against Malaria and other mosquito-born diseases.


    ...to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is enough to get a homeless dog or cat out of a shelter and into a forever home. Best Friends prides itself in its ability to re-home animals, matching prospective pet owners with the right animal and therefore halting the often cyclical nature of pet homelessness.


    ...to charity: water provides clean water for five people. "The simple math: $20 is the average cost per person to build a charity: water project. That includes funds for sanitation, hygiene training and our partners’ existing maintenance models."


    ...to Baby Buggy provides families with a safe sleeping place for their babies. This could translate to one high quality crib for a family in need, or two pack and play portable sleepers.


    ...to Doctors Without Borders can purchase vaccinations for 100 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics.


    ...to Artspace allows the organization to promote visual art in a community by placing a professional artist into an outreach project that reaches children where they live and learn.


    ...to a college or university could help a scholarship reach its endowment level and begin to pay out to students in need of financial support, or could be used to fund student awards or to introduce new technology to a classroom.


    ...to The Nature Conservancy can protect 10 square feet of oyster reefs. A single oyster can filter up to 30 gallons of water every day, but 85 percent of the world’s oyster reefs have been lost. Oyster reef restoration is a primary conservation tool around the Gulf of Mexico, not only protecting nature but also helping build local fishing economies.


    ...to Reading Is Fundamental can buy 40 brand-new high quality books for children in need. The benefits of reading and being read to at an early age are tremendous, and RIF has seen substantial success when it comes to empowering and motivating children to enter the world of books.


    ...to Partners In Health helps provide social and economic support for one multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis patient in Peru...OR...provides Oral Rehydration Salts sachets for ten Haitian children with mild cases of cholera for one month...OR...covers ten cancer patient home visits in Rwanda...OR...helps provide a meal to 150 hospital in-patients in Malawi...the list goes on.


    Each of the organizations listed above ranks highly in terms of financial performance metrics, along with overall accountability and transparency. Those organizations large enough to be nationally ranked all receive stellar ratings from +Charity Navigator and other charity rating websites.


    A donation of $100 means different things to different people. To some it would be their largest ever charitable gift and to others a tiny drop in the bucket. However, irrespective of what $100 means to the donor, there is no doubt that at the above organizations--or any of the charities spotlighted in this blog--$100 can mean a great deal.



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