We don’t give to many non-profits, other than our local church. But when we do, we personally look for organizations that can demonstrate:
- low administrative costs,
- worthy results,
- staff on the ground with the people they are helping,
- and a Christian foundation to their decision-making.
Each year before we make our financial commitment we re-investigate their financials, and take a look at their results. No non-profit is without its flaws, but these two have stood the test of time for us, as we have donated to each for more than five years.
If you are looking for a worthy organization to contribute to, one that get things done and maximizes financial contributions, these 2 are worthy of consideration!
IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. Their global team includes more than 750 lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work through 17 field offices.
NOTE: to date, 40,000 lives have been rescued from slavery of all kinds because of the efforts of IJM’s teams on the ground!
Among the poorest people in urban areas, BigDent‘s goal is to facilitate transformation through microfinance programs. This approach enables the poor to develop and to maintain their own productive economic activities while they receive training, mentoring, and support.
NOTE: BigDent is not just a conduit for funding to other groups. BigDent’s microfinance personnel work on-site in Nairobi, Kenya, and oversee each step of the microfinance process.
Being-Gram (and its owner, Diane Karchner) is not an affiliate of BigDent or IJM, nor does Being-Gram take any personal fiduciary responsibility for the use of donations to either organization.