Choosing a Charity ~ Suggestions Welcome!

Paying it Forward

Hello! I'm writing today to ask for your help on choosing a charity to support with the proceeds from my online course.  I will be donating a portion of the revenue from the April launch of my Teaching Your Passion™ course. I am excited about helping others and paying it forward!

Help Me Choose a Charity

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I'd love to hear your suggestions on places/people to support. I've done a lot of research and am leaning heavily toward Kiva.  Kiva is a 501(c)3 U.S. nonprofit that manages small loans in the amount of $25 and up.  The entire amount of the loan goes to the intended recipient. They cover operating costs through optional donations, separate from the loans.  After the loans are repaid (they have a nearly 97% repayment rate!) the hope is that you will loan the amount again, to another individual or group. 

Past Performance Inspires Confidence

My family and I have been loaning through Kiva since 2016.  We've been very glad to see all but one of our loans repaid, and we keep re-loaning. 

Kiva's Filters Make Searching Easy

I like the way their site is set up with many filters.  I've been looking at the Education listings:

Kiva loan options - Education

Showing how close someone is to his/her goal is a neat touch, isn't it?  It makes me want to help out the people who are close!  Here's a look at the Arts listings:

Kiva loan options - Arts


What Charity Do You Recommend?

Won't you help me choose a charity? Even though I am obviously excited about Kiva, I'd love to hear what charities you recommend.  I'll be sharing revenue from all of my future courses, and I am happy to build up a list of worthy causes! Please leave your suggestions in the Comments below. Thanks!

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  1. Shannon Hooks on March 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I’d never heard of Kiva, seems like such a great idea. I can see why it touches you and think it’s a great choice. Personally, I always choose Girl Scouts USA or the local Girl Scouts office because I was in it and so was my daughter. They’ve closed so many camps since I was that age that it’s sad. I feel like Girl Scouts doesn’t get the notariety of Boy Scouts, except at cookie time. Older boys stay in and get eagle scout awards, but many don’t know that Girl Scouts have the gold award which is the same. Girls tend to drop out before getting old enough to get it.

    • Marjie Kemper on March 26, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for telling me, Shannon. I didn’t know about the gold award so you are definitely spreading the word. I will add this to my growing list!

  2. Cori Hart on March 22, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I think Kiva is an excellent choice. I’ve personally loaned money through them and had it repaid by the recipient. I absolutely recommend Kiva!

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      I’m with you, Cori! So far there are four of us on the Kiva bandwagon, and I’m loving learning about so many other reputable organizations as well.

  3. Chris Cirucci on March 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    International Justice Mission. They work to combat and rescue people from human trafficking worldwide. Thye are a great organization.

  4. Diane Segal on March 22, 2018 at 7:04 am

    The charity that I would love for you to support would be the MS Society. It is close to my heartBecause I’ve seen firsthand the debilitating effects it can have on an individual. Husband was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago in most recently had his first major episode and is partially disabled. His condition is getting worse and there’s no sign of that here at the moment. So many of our friends and family members seem to be recently diagnosed it appears that the disease seems to be spreading throughout the world. I’d be so grateful if you would support this course thank you so much for your contribution to whichever shower you decide to donate thank you

  5. Susan on March 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    I like It has funded many of my fellow teachers’ innovative projects that their districts don’t have money for. I’m also partial to Project Purple, for Tonia.

  6. Jean Moore on March 21, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I have been a chapter leader for Dining for Women, a most deserving grassroots charity, serving women and children around the world. DFW helps female entrepreneurs ensure a future for them and their children. Some of the funding has gone to teaching Midwives to keep infant death controlled. One woman was funded to open a “beauty shop” in the outlands of Africa, providing personal care items for women. Another group was funded to create wells in their villages. Several groups were taught and funded to fight sex trafficking. There are so many worthy charities but I find this is one where the red tape is nonexistent and funds go directly to aid those in dire need. Another extremely accomplished group is FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN. Nutritious and often life-saving food is donated all over the world with great success. The following links should help provide insight. Thanks for asking! and

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Jean, thanks so much for the descriptions and the links on these two very important organizations. Much appreciated!

  7. Terry on March 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Kiva sounds like an excellent choice, helping people globally always a good thing. I also support World Wildlife Fund and my local humane society and emergency support shelter.

  8. Heidi Berthiaume on March 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve also supported through Kiva for many years, re-loading my initial donation several times. My personal choice is Kids Need to Read (, a children’s literacy non-profit. I’ve know the executive director, Denise Gary, for several years, and they are a registered 501(c)(3). They do a lot of outreach in Arizona where they are based, as well as across the US, bringing books to schools and shelters and libraries who otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide fiction and non-fiction stories for the kids.

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      What a great organization. Thanks for sharing and for including the link, Heidi!

  9. Carolyn Nelson on March 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Compassion International. Through sponsorships, it brings help and hope to impoverished children around the world.

  10. Sylvia J Kasparie on March 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Charity: Making a donation to a charity is a very nice thing. Thank you for considering my opinion. I like several charities, but my two favorite are St. Jude’s Hospital that treats for free children with cancer. I know of several who have received treatment there at no charge. Another is the Shriner’s Hospital in Texas. I also know of several children that have received free treatment there. Not only do they provide medical services, they apparently help them with art programs among other things, that help them adjust to their life situations. Thank you for doing this, whoever you choose!

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Sylvia. Those are both wonderful and highly respected charities. I appreciate your sharing them.

  11. Ellen on March 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I love giving to! It funds teacher-requested projects in US schools. There is strong oversight and you choose the area and the project you wish to donate to.

  12. Carole on March 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Wow that Kiva does sound interesting. I have not heard of them. If you want to impact some local children I highly suggest you look at Kids in Crisis in Ct. They do so many wonderful things for families in our area.

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks, Carole. I didn’t know about KIC. I’m so glad you shared the link.

  13. Donna Reeves on March 21, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I am a supporter of Women For Women. They are similar to Kiva. They help women in war torn countries learn skills to support their families. Many women are left in poverty and no way to earn money because so many of the men have been killed.

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for sharing this, Donna. Sounds like a great organization.

  14. Jane T Owel on March 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I like Kiva, but also support Doctors Without Borders, as they provide essential services in areas least likely to have available doctors.

    • Marjie Kemper on March 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      I’m a big fan of Doctors Without Borders. Thanks, Jane.