With the holidays quickly approaching, you may want to consider giving a gift that keeps on giving.
Heifer International: An organization that gives gifts of livestock and animals along with education on how to sustain them to help end poverty and hunger around the world. http://www.heifer.org/
KIVA: "loans that change lives" Kiva lets you LEND to a specific entrepreneur of your choice in a developing country-empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty. http://www.kiva.org/ (for more info on micro-finance you can also go to http://www.grameenfoundation.com/ where the reality all started)
Ten Thousand Villages: Buying gifts Fair Trade (closest shop located on Lake Avenue in Pasadena. Ten Thousand Villages has supported the work of literally tens of thousands of artisans in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, making us one of the largest fair trade organizations in North America. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/.Heavenly Treasures: Buying gifts Fair Trade (located in Glendora). http://www.heavenlytreasures.org/