I've just added Friends of the Orphans under the $500 link, because this amount ($30-$50 a month) allows you to sponsor a child. It's September. School is starting. Wouldn't this be a good project for this year? I've read through this organization's website and see no religious affiliation. It's highly rated by Charity Navigator, so if you are looking for an opportunity to sponsor a child in South Africa or the Caribbeans, please check out this site.
Just added Child Aid in the $500 category. They are working in South America to to give children of the rural indigenous poor a fair chance in life. They have been doing this for twenty years and they partner with local organizations to be as effective as they can. Your money will go far there. Their website is colorful and informative. If you're a librarian you will be tempted to want to go there and help! (Says the librarian....)
Librarian-Educator living in Amherst, Mass.