I have been fortunate to grow up with access to as much education as I desired. Elementary and high school - free. College and grad school - ok,even though I could not afford all of it, I could get government loans to help me pay for it! Not everyone is that lucky though, and it is disproportionately worse for girls in many places around the world. I recently saw a documentary that highlights these issues called GirlRising (http://10x10act.org/girl-rising/) and the main message from the film - educate girls and you will change the world - is what has inspired me to setup a this fundraiser.
Did you know that if every Ethiopian girl completed secondary school half a billion dollars would be added to the country's GDP? Girls are more likely than boys to be taken out of school, married young, give birth young, die young, and the cycle continues. http://www.girleffect.org/
I have setup this fundraiser following my completion of my Ph.D. to try to give something back to the world, and I know that I can count on many many friends, colleagues and family members to help me with this goal! As the organization through which I am setting up the fundraiser (crowdrise) says - "if you don't give back no one will like you".
So, ANYTHING at all that you can give - $5 or $200, whatever it is, please take the time to donate.