BENEFITING: BORGEN PROJECT
ABOUT: The Borgen Project is a nonprofit that works to get U.S. foreign policy to focus on global poverty. They operate at the political level, meeting with Congress and advocating foreign aid, which has been an effective approach since its start in 2003 (helping those in our own country is needed as well, but domestic and foreign policy are separate issues.)
WHERE DOES IT GO: Donations to The Borgen Project are used toward technology, travel expenses, web hosting and operational expenses needed to convince Congress to make changes (that's when water wells are supplied, and farmers are taught how to grow efficiently, and children are being sent to school, among various other things).
WHY DONATE: Assisting the world's poor is an investment in our own country. Ninety-five percent of potential consumers exist outside U.S. borders, so those who have resources are likely to thrive and buy American goods. Assisting impoverished nations also decreases terrorist activity, reduces overpopulation and is simply the right thing to do. The U.S. has tremendous capability when it comes to helping poverty-stricken countries, but less than 1% of our GNI is used to help those in need. Every dollar counts, and your donation is appreciated by me, the 200 others working for The Borgen Project, and of course, those who receive assistance due to your generosity. Please visit borgenproject.org for more information.