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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2007, 06:10 
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These are a couple of charities I regularly donate to, just thought I would share: Kiva.org

And Heifer.org






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ahhh... you forgot to say why... ;)

Why do you like Heiferand Kiva?

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We donated in my dead Gramma in Law's name part of a wool basket this year. She was a knitter.

Thanks for the reminder.

Wanna do a small sort of activism ourselves? Here? Maybe bring some good intot he wor5ld and get more members?


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I'm trying. I've invited a couple of people (over the 'net) & have the url to this place as my sig on a couple of other messageboards.




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I like Heifer, even though it's a (gasp) Christian site!!! :eek:
Actually I don't find it that Christiany, it may have been started by a Christian but it isn't about proselytizing, as far as I know it doesn't do anything like that.




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Personally, I feel that a religion has every right to ask its members to be good people and work to make the world a better place. I see no better way to 'proselytize' than to be strong and generous and have good character.

I do have problems with certain groups (like the local Baptist mission) that require a hoop to jump though--- like praying or confessing--- before they help you.

I've read that Hindus and Catholics are asked to convert 'through example'--- by being so 'good' your neighbors ask you about your source of strength. I doubt that's an across the board standard though... Although it should be.


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By example is ok, it's the in your face approach that bugs me. The jumping through hoops is kinda a problem too, when they're saying that they're helping someone in need...but @ a price.


On Kiva.org, this is my lender page (shameless plug here :) )
http://www.kiva.org/lender/robyn6078





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Oh, as to why I like these charities, they seem more personal than some other charities, it's not like you're giving to a business but to actual people.




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could you explaint he Kiva thing to me? It looks interesting---

I'm assuming there's no interest? It's sorta a donation you get backa dn can re-donate?


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It's a kind of micro-entrepreneurship thingie where you help small businesses improve themselves. I like agricultural ones but I don't exclusively donate to those. You can actually search for businesses if you have a criteria you want to use.
It's not a tax-deductible charity, these are loans that are repaid. I just looked @ my acct & my current credit is $30. This can be withdrawn or reloaned or donated to Kiva. I think if it's donated to Kiva it's tax-deductible.




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So basically, say I 'give' them $100--- I either get it back or I don't, and if I do, I can just reloan it (so, I'm 'out' the $100 but multiple people can use the same money).

There's no financial benefit to me (tax wise or interest wise) but no real loss either?


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Pretty much. When whoever you've loaned to repays the entire loan the amount you donated goes into your credit account to either be reloaned or withdrawn by you. You can keep reloaning the same $$ over & over as it gets paid back, I've done it a couple of times. You can see from my loaner page some loans have been paid back, some are in the process of paying back, some are waiting for the entire loan. I just checked & I now have $77.50 to my credit from the loans that have been paid back.

Well, I guess you're not really "out" the $ because you can get it back after the loan is paid but yeah, there is no interest on the loan.

The only time it's tax-deductible is if you contribute the $ in your account to Kiva itself, to help with it's operation. I tend to give 10% of a loan to Kiva, so it's $2.50 for every $25 loan.
I tend to search for loans from oldest to newest since there does seem to be a time limit on how long a a loan is um...open to receive funds. That's why one of the ones I loaned to was refunded, it didn't receive all the funds requested in the time allowed. I don't know how long the time period is.

When you search the loans requested you get a list that you can click one the individual person & read a bit about them & why they want the loan. You can also get info about the organization in their area that is helping them (field partner), as well as the people who have already donated.





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Damn! I just checked Kiva, I was gonna donate the $$ I have in credit & the site says that right now, due to recent press every one of the businesses is fully funded!
:eek: Wow.




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