Your Charity Money In Action
People give when they know it will buy something tangible. We asked directors at five organizations to tell us what donations from $50 to $50K would accomplish.
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Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong
Executive Vice President of Mission Andy Miller
Mission: Cancer Research and Support
$50: Would purchase one tank of gas for Ride with Emilio, a program that provides free transportation for low-income pediatric oncology patients to and from the hospital.
$100: Can provide 60 cancer survivors with educational and online resources and support for a year.
$500: Can buy a month of the LiveStrong Cancer Clinical Trial Matching Service, matching 45 cancer survivors to clinical trials that work to find safer, more effective treatments.
$50,000: Can provide physical-activity programs for a year to 49 YMCA locations participating in LiveStrong. That covers 2,400 cancer survivors unable to pay.
Where to Give: livestrong.org
Executive Director Veronica Brandon Miller
Mission: International Disaster Relief
$50: Would almost buy the cookware and tools that go into a ShelterBox, which ultimately can provide basic survival essentials for ten people after a natural disaster.
$100: Would just about cover the blankets, water-purification tablets, and water containers for one box.
$500: Would cover the empty container, a family tent, and the cost of transporting the box, depending on the location of the disaster.
$50,000: Would allow us to supply about 50 complete boxes, the difference between life and death to 500 people in a disaster like Southeast Asia’s 2004 tsunami.
Where to Give: shelterbox.org
Director of Major Gifts Priscilla Bayley
Mission: Environmental Advocacy
$50: Would allow us to plant five trees in Costa Rica on the donor’s behalf, supporting the restoration of the rainforest.
$100: Could print and distribute 100 of our fact sheets, which are packed with science and one of our best ways of disseminating truthful information.
$500: Could help activists in Patagonian Chile put together a media event to battle the proposed construction of a massive hydroelectric dam that threatens to displace communities.
$50,000: Would purchase and deploy solar-powered lanterns in India for seven rural villages without electricity, to provide a clean alternative to kerosene.
Where to Give: nrdc.org
Executive Director Brady Robinson
Mission: Climbing Conservation
$50: Allows us to print and mail 57 issues of the Vertical Times, our free publication that alerts members and nonmembers to action-alerts policy and climbing-area reports.
$100: Buys one day of the policy director visiting and lobbying politicians and agency bureaucrats to educate them on issues important to climbers, like land access.
$500: Could fund a startup grant to get a new local climbing organization up and running, including 501(c)(3) filing.
$50,000: Could fund the purchase of a climbing area in the Southeast or pay the annual salary (including taxes and benefits) of a staff person.
Where to Give: accessfund.org
Doctors Without Borders
USA Board President Matthew Spitzer, M.D.
Malaria treatment in Sierra LeoneMalaria treatment in Sierra Leone
Mission: Disaster Medical Care
$50: Can treat 50 adults or 100 children under age five with artemisinin combination therapy (ACT), a safe and effective treatment for malaria.
$100: Can purchase seven rapid meningitis tests to help teams detect an epidemic, such as in Nigeria, Niger, and Chad, where we vaccinated 7.5 million people this year.
$500: Purchases a sustainable shelter for two refugee families forced to flee their homes due to war or violence, like those in Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
$50,000: Funded our response to a 2007 cholera outbreak in Uganda. In ten weeks we treated 850 patients and supplied clean drinking water to 3,000 people at risk.
Where to Give: doctorswithoutborders.org