Meet Three Start-Ups that are Making Giving Easy

Now that the giving season is officially over it is also important to set your wheels in motion to give not just at the end of the year when the appeals are loudest, but throughout the year. Giving throughout the year helps space your giving and organize it. It also allows you to easily give to several different charities (for example, a different charity per month) as opposed to hastily finding charities to support in November and December.

There are three start-ups that caught my eye that are making giving easier in this fast-paced environment. One allows you to be a true Slactivist, but also donate real dollars (not your own) to charities. Another allows you to schedule your giving and watch its impact. And the other provides a daily list of charities to support for those who have trouble finding the exact charities that speak to them.

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Photo Essay: Standing in Line for Voluntary Male Circumcision

Over the past decade there has been growing research that purports the long-held belief that Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) can drastically decrease the rates of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and urinary tract infections in low-and middle-income countries.

In Tanzania, for example, where these photos were taken at an IntraHealth International mobile clinic, HIV can be reduced by sixty percent leading to a AIDS-free generation. In December 2015, Africa celebrated 10 million VMMC procedures mostly concentrated in east and southern Africa.

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Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision mobile clinic in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region.
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Young boy waiting to be tested for HIV and to undergo VMMC, a 15 – 20 minute procedure.
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Men and boys over the age of 10 are eligible for VMMC. Information about the procedure and phamplets are provided for educational awareness.
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Two health workers trained by IntraHealth International discuss their work circumcizing men and boys at the mobile clinic.

Read more on the Huffington Post, Looking at Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in the Field.

Photos: Jennifer James

West Africa Declared Ebola Free, Despite Recent Outbreak

For two years Ebola has drastically ravaged three West African countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – and has taken the lives of 11,300 people according to the Guardian UK. Over 28,000 people were diagnosed with Ebola and still live with the pain and stigma of the disease. Since Liberia has not reported a single Ebola case in 42 days, the World Health Organization officially declared an end to the Ebola epidemic. Sierra Leone and Guinea have already been declared Ebola-free with 90 days of no new reported cases. However, just last week another Ebola case was discovered in Sierra Leone in the death of a 22-year-old woman, causing an outbreak of at least 100 people. Twenty-eight people have been quaratined.

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Toyota Gives Back Through Innovative Ideas  

ACE Metal Works Employees

When I began Social Good Moms over three years ago, one of my primary goals for the community was to continually find unique and innovative ways for online moms to engage with nonprofits and NGOs about big global and domestic issues. Social Good Moms has changed a lot over the years. It’s grown considerably and I am constantly working on finding new ways for members to connect with nonprofits. Now, we have click campaigns via social media to educate people about issues like maternal health and nutrition. We collectively blog as a community about global and domestic issues and we work as a community to bring awareness to some of the best nonprofits and NGOs out there. With a community of over three thousand mothers I am perpetually seeking ways to more efficiently work with Social Good Moms. It’s a continual process.

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