It's that time of the year when we do most of our giving, and with all of the opportunities to help others, there is one tiny little organization that stands out from the rest - The Ten Dollar Club.
Adam Roberts runs this little organization out of his home in Washington, DC, and set up the mechanism whereby individuals contribute $10 a month to help fund a very specific project that he's researched. As his website says:
THE $10 CLUB is a group of compassionate individuals who donate $10 every month to be pooled together and used to fund a poverty alleviation project.
Individually, each of us may be unable to afford to make a dramatic impact on the quality of life for people across the globe. When we join forces, however, we can make a substantive, tangible, and remarkably positive difference. That is our commitment. That is our goal. To save the world, $10 at a time.
100% of each $10 membership contribution goes toward our field projects in developing countries - not a penny is withheld for overhead.
You can send in $10 each month or have it taken out of a PayPal account automatically. Each month Adam sends you an email detailing how the money was spent along with pictures of the less fortunate folks who benefit from our measly $10 pocket change. It's pretty amazing how much $3700 can buy (last month's contribution by its 370 members). From Adam's November emailing:
This month, 370 of us joined together to donate $3,700 to War Child Canada to distribute textbooks and pens to the children in the camps in Darfur in an effort to help fulfill their literacy training programs.
In partnership with a partner organization, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, our donation will enable the distribution of 1,620 textbooks and 900 pens to kids in need. The textbooks will cover basic literacy and math (depending on availability, hopefully in both Arabic and English). We will be helping children as young as 9 or 10 years old. The aim of this informal education is to provide kids who have missed out on education to "catch-up" and rejoin regular school. Over the life of this initial project, some 2,000 young people will benefit from the textbooks. However these textbooks will remain in the centers and will be used in future projects (thus, they will reach thousands more beneficiaries). Thank you.
The $10 Club is a nonprofit corporation registered in the District of Columbia. Read his letter how it all began over five years ago, and sign up to give $10 a month to help alleviate poverty throughout the world.
Summaries of 2007 projects (with photos) can be found here...
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