Archive for the ‘Online Charity’ Category

DonorsChoose.org

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Be No. 1... Give to Public Schools in Need! - Go to DonorsChoose.org

As the Summer draws to a close students, teachers, parents and to a certain degree everyone else thinks about going back to school.  If the TV ads haven’t reminded you maybe those school buses blocking your daily commute will.

Have you ever wanted to help a school or classroom in need?  If you’re a teacher who needs help wouldn’t it be great if you could connect directly with the many concerned citizens who would like to help you?  DonorsChoose.org gives you that opportunity.

  1. Teachers post specific classroom project requests
  2. Donors choose a classroom project to donate to
  3. DonorChoose.org delivers the requested materials
  4. Students respond with photos and thank you letters

It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s an opportunity for everyone to make an important difference in the education of a child.  Why not check you DonorsChoose.org today and consider what you could be doing to make a difference this school year.

Librovox.org

Monday, January 17th, 2011

With over 4,000 audio books in it’s inventory, Librovox claims to be the largest online resource for free audio books.  Librovox was started in 2005 by Hugh McGuire with the goal of using volunteer readers to create downloadable MP3 files of books.

More information from the website:  “LibriVox audiobooks are free (*). You may use them for whatever purpose you like. Click here for information about our public domain license. Click here to hear some samples of LibriVox recordings.”

Download from the audio book catalog today at Librovox.  You can also subscribe to their podcasts and, if you are so moved, you can also consider becoming a volunteer reader.

Gapminder.org

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

GapMinderHans Rosling is currently a proferssor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and he has been a speaker at TED multiple times.  He is probably best know worldwide for Gapminder.org, a website where you can view and explore statistical data from all around the world in an easy to use graphic format.  “Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view” is the Mission of Gapminder.

Why do you want to take a moment to explore Gapminder.org?  Because regardless of what previous experience you might have had with statistics, this website is bound to change your opinions of the science of statistics as well as some of your own misconceptions about the world we live in.  Take a look at this 4 minute video about the last 200 years of history to give you a taste of what statistics can tell us about our world.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes -The Joy of Stats – BBC 4


Let’s Say Thanks

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Once again the Xerox Corporation is giving you an opportunity to send a free thank you postcard to a service member who is overseas for the holiday.  LetsSayThanks.com is actually a partnership between Xerox and several other organizations.  All you have to do is click on your favorite design and either select the message that best expresses your sentiment or draft a personal note. The postcards are then printed on the Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by the military support organization Give2Troops.org.

Why not take some time today to remember those who won’t be home this holiday season.  Visit LetsSayThanks.com and send them a note.

Charity Navigator

Friday, January 29th, 2010

cnav1The folks who created CharityNavigator.org know that not all charities are created equal. They launched their website in 2002 to help Americans make more informed decisions when they make donations. CharityNavigator.org is an independent organization that “works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 of America’s largest charities.”   As you are making decisions on how to portion out your next donation you might want to consider spending some time looking at the Top Ten Lists at CharityNavigator.org for some assistance.


Open Course Ware

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


The Open Course Ware (OCW) project is an online resource which allows anyone with an internet connection to experience course work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  That’s right, you can essentially “take courses at MIT” for free.  And they have over 1,800 courses to choose from.  Of course you can’t actually receive credit for taking any of these free online courses, but you can get an amazing understanding of what educators and students do at MIT.  OCW at MIT is also part of a much larger Open Courseware Consortium which has over 50 participating universities world-wide.  You can view a current list of consortium members here and learn more about the consortium on their FAQ Page

Here are some of the most popular video lectures:  http://videolectures.net/site/list/top/

Free Rice

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

im05FreeRice.com was created by John Breen who also created Poverty.com and The Hunger Site. These sites are dedicated to increasing awareness of worldwide hunger and giving people a way to make a difference. At Freerice.com you can practice your English vocabulary through a game and for each question you get right you donate 20 grains of rice to the hungry.  Don’t like vocabulary?  Just click change subject and try artgeography, chemistry, mathematics, or something else.   The web site, and the rice is paid for by the advertisements that appear on the bottom of the screen. So click away!

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