I stumbled upon Global Giving through a series of links (the wonders of the internet!) – I watched a (seriously moving & sobering) TED talk by Sunitha Krishnan, a rape survivor & champion against sex slavery in India. And this led me to her bio page, in which is mentioned – Prajwala, her organization against trafficking of women & children. International donors are requested to give to Prajwala via Global Giving.
Started by two ex-World Bank executives, Global Giving is an online marketplace that connects donors to various causes around the world, across a wide range of interest areas.
To quote from the website :
Global Giving is changing the way people give, offering donors a transparent, high-impact giving experience. You choose where you want your money to go, and we get it there, quickly and efficiently. Locally-run projects with creative ideas that would never be funded through traditional structures also have access to new sources of funds. And finally, we make sure donors get feedback about how their contributions have been put to work and the results achieved – with satisfaction guaranteed through the GlobalGiving Guarantee.
The cool thing about Global Giving (to be fair, I don’t have a lot of experience with global donation sites, so perhaps Global Giving is more of a norm than an exception) is they suggest amounts which you can give, accompanied with a description of the impact your donation would make.
$25 provides school fees, books, and uniform for 1 AIDS orphan for a year, while $50 offers free HIV testing for 25 individuals.
You pick what’s comfortable for you, or what resonates with you best.
If you’re stuck on the Christmas-present front, consider the Global Giving US$25 Gift card – meaningful, and the card designs are super cute to boot.