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Boobs. Now that I have your attention, please read.

Do you like music? Do you like booze? Do you like helping others? I have just the thing for you! My friends started an organization with the tongue-in-cheek name, Boobs4Food, which aims to bridge passion for food and passion to fight hunger. They’ve organized many volunteer events at local food banks to help those less fortunate, and this time they’re hosting a benefit concert. There will be drinks, good people, and prizes.

Full details can be found here. Check out some of those prizes! Brunch at Fraiche! Snowboard! And although it’s not listed, a signed chef’s jacket from Chef Ludo! Even if you can’t cook you can be like me and use it for some role playing.

I will be out at this event, and you should definitely try to make it out as well. It’s a great cause, but if it makes your decision easier, it’s a bar with live music. Come on!

For those of you that aren’t able to make it out, please take a look at their website. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check back to see when their next charity events are and try to make it out. I hope to see you all there.

Billionaires make it rain from clouds of charity.

It’s a well known fact that Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are two of the world’s richest men. Some people also know that they are not giving the majority of their fortunes as an inheritance to their children. They are donating most of it to charity both now and after they leave this earth. Now they are encouraging other wealthy Americans to do the same with The Giving Pledge. They’re specifically targeting billionaires, probably because it’s probably too tough to get rappers to commit to the pledge because they need icy hot chains. Cash Money Millionaires, you’re safe. But they’re coming for you Oprah, Walmart family, and Google executives!

I have to say it’s refreshing to know that there are people that understand the limits of wealth. When you have so much wealth that there’s no way you can possibly spend it all, giving it away is a sight I welcome. Good for anyone that commits to this pledge. I hope one day to be able to commit to such a noble cause, because that also means I will be so filthy, stinking rich that I won’t know what to do with my money. Right now just being filthy and stinking doesn’t cut it.

Down With Government Spending

I wrote a pokst a little while back about outlets for donations. I was a little disappointed that no one had any comments on the post, but I hope people took a look at the links I provided as a viable means to share their own fortunes. Along the lines of giving, I found this video that intrigues me.

This is where I base my conservative voting streak. I still need to do more in the arena of giving, but if America’s economic system allows people to take risks and make something big of themselves, it should also allow these same people to give where they see fit. The government should do as little as possible in social matters. People will get it right.

Give a Damn

My brother works for a company that writes Internet-based software for non profit organizations. The company is a for profit company, but I am always fascinated by the fact that their market consists of solely non profit organizations that want to be online.

A lot of people make excuses for not giving, and I’ve used the same excuses at times. Giving is nice, but when you have to go out of your way to give, it gets pushed to the back burner. The Internet is a great tool to raise awareness for causes that need funding and to help facilitate that funding.

I was reading an issue of Fortunate magazine, and there is a new type of fund raising that has been popping up on the Internet. They work off the concept of micro loans, which is nothing new, but the twist is that these loans don’t get paid back with any interest, and sometimes the original dollar amount is never returned. These companies are betting that people are more interesting in helping out and knowing how their giving helps, than in making more money.

Kiva.org has the goal of eradicating poverty in the world by helping out businesses in developing countries. They do this by connecting people that want to give with people that need money to develop their businesses. Donations are used to finance business plans with 0% interest loans, which are paid off like any other loan. In exchange for the loan, Kiva gives updates on the business plan as it progresses. Once the loan is paid off, the original donation can be collected, donated to another cause, or donated to the Kiva team. Most people keep their donations in circulation.

DonorsChoose.org is geared specifically towards education projects. Funds given to this organization, however, do not come back. They are true donations. Donors Choose tries to pick up where the public school system leaves off. A list of school needs are listed on their website so you can choose which projects to fund. You will receive updates on the project to see how the donations ended up helping. I think I’d be more inclined to donate to unusual projects like a salmon conservation project for a biology class. Although probably not as fundamentally important as teaching kids to read, the updates you would receive would be much more interesting.

So there are two options with many more existing I’m sure. You now have easy options to make this world a better place. Get to it.

Need to Hide Money From Government…

That sounds like I’m smuggling drugs into the country and laundering money. Not quite. I just hate taxes. Due to my inability to invest properly, and the fact that I live at home with my parents with very little personal costs, I need to get rid of some money. I want to donate some money to a charity. It helps out for a greater cause, and it keeps the money out the government’s hands. The only dilemma for myself is that there are so many great charities out there. I don’t know where to begin.

I started digging around the client directory of my brother’s company. He works for a company that develops web tools for non profit organizations. Some of them have more altruistic goals. Dean For America Campaign is one that will not be getting any money from me. American Red Cross seems to be the default donation spot for a lot of people.

I’ve talked about this before. You can now buy a laptop for a child in a developing country, and you will get one yourself as well as one year of T-Mobile HotSpot access. That sounds cool, but it doesn’t count as a donation if you get the freebies. You can get the donation if you don’t take any of the goodies, but not taking the freebies and donating $400 for a single laptop doesn’t seem like it the best way to use funds.  If you’re looking for a toy for yourself and helping develop third world countries with technology, it’s not a bad idea though.

If anyone has any ideas or recommendations for a good use for a donation, please let me know.