Spirit of America is a new non-profit organization that’s putting microcontributions to work to help the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other troubled countries around the world.
They aggregate requests from “Americans serving abroad in an official capacity” — CPA officials in Iraq, Foreign Service officers, military personnel, USAID and Peace Corps people, etc. — for help with projects that can do some good at the local level. They then use their online infrastructure to collect contributions from people around the world to fund these projects.
Here’s a few of the ones they’re helping with now:
And here’s some stories of successful campaigns they’ve run so far:
Something nice for you to do with your tax refund, if you’re so inclined…Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at April 15, 2004
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