offthecourt wrote:I've been thinking about donating money to a Buddhist charity, something I've never done before. I know there are less than desirable groups out there that suck up money without doing much, so I don't want to just choose one at random. Can anyone suggest a worthwhile organization that really helps people?
David N. Snyder wrote:http://www.kiva.org/team/buddhists
Kiva.org is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
It appears to follow the philosophy of "give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life". The borrowers choose their own needs or industry to start or help their business and re-pay when they can, which allows lenders to then make new loans to other people.
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