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    If you are considering donating something to a worthwhile cause and don’t know where the websites are …. here are a few.

    I personally won’t donate to anyone who calls me, but I choose to donate when I can to something worthwhile after consideration, as well as provide regular support for three overseas children.

    Often June is a month that businesses will donate a little to some charities of their choice to worthwhile causes. Although you can choose to donate at any time of course. Donations are tax deductible for registered charities.

    One was mentioned in another post by someone else ..

    Operation Smile http://www.operationsmile.org.au/

    Here are some others to consider …

    Small Loans to seed start businesses in poor communities

    As a business person have you wondered how to help communities through small loans?

    World Vision has a corporate giving area where donations from $100 help with small loans to fund self sufficiency small business in areas that need it most. Women in particular have shown to be excellent at using these opportunities.

    See more at World Vision, http://www.worldvision.com.au/OurWork/Solutions/CorporateGiving.aspx

    Another organisation, KIVA http://www.kiva.org/ – gives loans which change lives.

    And of course, there are the regulars who help so much within the Australian community and abroad.

    Australian Red Cross http://redcross.org.au/

    The Salvation Army http://www.salvos.org.au/

    Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org.au/

    There are many more charities that are also worthy, and you may find one in your area that you feel you can give a little to. Just check it’s bonafide.

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    I loan through Kiva.

    I had some concerns at the interest rates charged by the on-the-ground partners (often as high as 35%) but looking at alternatives and the fact that such a majority of loans are repaid, I feel confident (and if you know me you will know that means a lot from a cynical bugger like me) in increasing and rolling over loans.

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