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A new charity site that enables direct donations to families in need has been launched at SmallCanBeBig.com. By partnering with established charities, this group provides a way to make tax-deductible direct donations to families in a situation where a small boost can make a big difference. Categories of aid include: Fending Off Eviction, Facing Unexpected Emergencies, Escaping Domestic Violence, etc. You can read about specific families and select who your donation will be directed to. (At present, this project seems to be limited to the Boston area.)

I don't know much more about this than what I have read on their web site, but it seems like a really good idea. I encourage you all to check it out.

Originally posted to lesliet on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 04:27 PM PST.

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  •  Tip jar (4+ / 0-)
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    nupstateny, lasky57, joyful, winkk

    Direct your actual tips to the people in need on this site, thanks.

    "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth."

    by lesliet on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 04:32:15 PM PST

    •  I'm sure they've checked this out (0+ / 0-)

      And it appears from the site that they are structured to meet the the legal requirements.

      In order to be tax deductible, donations can't be specified to a particular individual/family. (pass-through donations)
      The donation has to be made to a legitimate non-profit organization. The organization reserves the right to use the donation as needed. In this instance, organizations are telling the story of an individual and their unique needs without naming names. Once sufficient funds to meet the need have been raised they had better remove the solicitation on behalf of that individual; and presumably post a new individual's needs.

      •  They claim they will do this (1+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe

        They also say that no individual can appear on the site more than once. They are specifically targeting short-term needs, rather than chronic problems.

        "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth."

        by lesliet on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 06:25:41 PM PST

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  •  This is an excellent idea. (0+ / 0-)

    How do the organizers and web managers recoup their costs?


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 04:52:28 PM PST

    •  They don't (0+ / 0-)

      From the FAQ:

      SmallCanBeBig.org was designed and developed by Boathouse Group, Inc., an independent agency based outside of Boston. All of their time was donated free of charge.

      "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth."

      by lesliet on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 06:27:37 PM PST

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      •  I know I 'm a day late and a dollar short (0+ / 0-)

        here but I sure wish we had something like that in NY.  When I saw that website I thought I could probably do something like that myself, but there's a whole lot more to it than just wanting to have it here.


        The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

        by nupstateny on Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 06:23:13 AM PST

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  •  Thanks a lot....for trying to make me poor... (0+ / 0-)

    I already gave $5000 to Barack...

    I gave some more to a organization supporting kids with HIV/AIDS...

    I'm giving my time by signing up for local charitable services (probably Habitat for Humanity)

    And now this.....

    I am truly giving till it hurts...

    But my final thought is always, "i'm grateful to be in a position to give...."

  •  Awesome. Maybe we can (0+ / 0-)

    post a donations box on NetRoots Nation Island on Second Life.

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