Where to Give
to support the MDGs
Here are some worthwhile organizations to consider giving to in order to support the Millennium Development Goals:
- Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is our national church’s development organization. Through the Millennium Inspiration Fund and other means, ERD addresses the complete range of MDGs. Specify your gift to support MDGs in general, or shop their online “Gifts for Life” catalog to target individual Goals. Contributions can be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a friend or family member for a special occasion. Tax deductible.
mail: Episcopal Relief and Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield VA 22116-7058
telephone: 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129
- CARE USA enables the world's poorest communities to create sustainable solutions to their most threatening problems, with special emphasis on working with women to effect permanent social change. Tax deductible.
mail: CARE, Gift Center, PO Box 1871, Merrifield VA 22116-9753
telephone: 800-521-CARE, ext. 999
- FreshMinistries is an interfaith nonprofit whose international programs include Siyafundisa, a HIV/AIDS educational program and support service for AIDS orphans in southern Africa as well as fundraising for school and medical supplies for the Alliance for The Lost Boys of Sudan. Tax deductible.
mail: FreshMinistries, 1131 North Laura Street, Jacksonville FL 32206
- Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) provides support to poor countries to improve routine immunization services, provide safe injections, introduce new vaccines and strengthen healthcare systems. Tax deductible.
mail: Carol Horne, Donations Programme Associate, The GAVI Fund, 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1130, Washington DC 20036
- The Global Fund for Children supports small grassroots organizations around the world that improve educational opportunities for children who would otherwise be left behind.
mail: The Global Fund for Children, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 420, Washington DC 20005
- Heifer International fights poverty and hunger through donations of livestock, training, community involvement and environmental education. Offspring of donated animals are passed on to others in the community, so the gift continues. Imagine letting your kids give a trio of rabbits for Easter! Heifer serves millions of families in 115 countries. Tax deductible.
mail: Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock AR 72203
- Oxfam America is dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering. They work “on the ground” and also advocate internationally, through Oxfam International. Oxfam targets a number of issues including trade, education, debt and aid, health, HIV/AIDS and gender equality. Not religiously affiliated; tax deductible.
Become a Microcreditor!
- Five Talents International’s mission is to fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives by empowering the poor in developing countries using innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development. Christian; tax deductible.
mail: Five Talents International, PO Box 331, Vienna, VA 22183
telephone: (800) 670-6355
- GlobalGiving’s website allows you to find and fund unique projects. Whether it's education for Afghan women or clean water for Nigerian villages, GlobalGiving opens up the world to donors that want to make an impact at the grassroots level. Select the theme or region you want, and GlobalGiving will list giving opportunities.
- Kiva.org helps ordinary folks become microcreditors. You select a micro business on Kiva’s website and make a loan. Kiva connects your money to the recipient through established micro credit partners. Once the loan is repaid to the partner, you can decide whether to leave it in the system or withdraw it.
- ONE Episcopalian is the Episcopal Church’s partnership with the ONE Campaign (the organization to which Bono and other big celebrities lend their voices) in order to end poverty and achieve the MDGs.
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian movement that lobbies in Washington D.C. on hunger and related issues. Contributions are not deductible. However, contributions to the Bread for the World Institute — their research and education arm — are deductible.
mail: 50 F Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001
- Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church places 20-to 30-year-olds in one year volunteer assignments teaching, setting up computers, working alongside refugees and a variety of other jobs.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?
Charity Navigator http://www.charitynavigator.org provides profiles of over 2,900 charities, including pie charts to show how much of your donation goes to program. However, many organizations, including Episcopal Relief and Development, are not listed.
Guidestar http://www.guidestar.org provides detailed information, including IRS Form 990s. Guidestar seems to have a broader database than Charity Navigator, but some information is available only for a fee.
Both Guidestar and Charity Navigator are, themselves, 501(C)3 organizations.