10,000 Degrees believes in the potential of all students and supports students to and through college. 89% of the students they help are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color. 85% are the first in their families to go to college. They also work with young students to set a college-going mindset early on. A recurring monthly donation of $100 will help make college dreams come true.
Books for Africa does just what its name suggests. Your $1000 will provide enough books to fully stock two rural African schools. Just think of what that would mean to these children. I also encourage you to read their page listing Special Initiatives. It is sure to excite you to see what they are doing.
STRIVE is a Black-founded nonprofit serving the hardest-to-employ, most at-risk individuals by propelling them into careers that lead to upward mobility. They teach life-changing skills and attitudes that are needed to overcome the challenging circumstances they’ve faced. Your $1000 donation will make it possible for a class to commute to work. There are some other options to check out as well.
If you have $1000 and want to help the women of Africa then Camfed might just be the place for you. I put this site in this category just because your money has so much potential to do good, and the organization has a great track record and spends well and wisely. Educating a girl in Africa has an impact that goes far beyond her own education. You’ll want to read their impact report. After that, click here to find out the different ways you can donate. It doesn’t have to be $1000 but what a great place to spend your money!
If you want to use your $1000 a little closer to home to make a difference, and if you are employed–and happily so—and want to help someone else be happily employed then The Hope Program is the way to go. They operate in New York and their goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty and help participants become economically self-sufficient. Your donation of $1000 will cover 40 hours of green jobs training for a job seeker.
Infrastructure. Unless you are an engineer it sure doesn’t sound very sexy. But think about it. Do you have a friend or relative living in a rural area? Maybe you yourself are in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, you can still get to these places, right? Now imagine last mile communities. These are places all over the globe that are far from urban centers and towns and are without sufficient transportation infrastructure to deliver necessary healthcare. You can have all to supplies in the world, but what happens if you can’t deliver them? VillageReach works on going that last mile and providing access to healthcare for rural communities in developing countries. The latest way to do that might be by drone. And here is the sweet spot. If you donate $1000 it will be matched by Focusing Philanthropy! So… go buy a drone!