I have $100.00
1. Medshare is an organization that bridges the gap between medical surplus and need. For $100 they can send 5 Boxes of Hope filled with critically needed items like sterile gloves, syringes, pediatric scales, hospital beds and mattresses, centrifuges, computers, stretchers, incubators, stethoscopes, fetal monitors, nebulizers, and miscellaneous assorted medical supplies, among other items, as identified by the recipient hospitals located in 78 countries in the developing world. Updated 6/25/14: The Boxes of Hope are no longer being done, but the organization is still doing wonderful things. You can donate here.
2. Esparanca is focused on providing health for the world's poorest communities through providing a volunteer surgical program, clean water and sanitation, home building and more. You should read their blog to find out the most recent news and where your $100 would be used.
3. Shoes That Fit, founded in 1992 is an organization that provides shoes to children living in poverty so that they can participate fully in all school activities. Having a good pair of shoes boosts self-esteem and helps kids fit in. An impressive aspect of this program is that 100% of your money will directly benefit a child. And a donation of $100 will provide four children with new shoes. Just click on the Donate Now button on the home page to give your help--from the ground up!
4. 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. Click here to read more and make a donation.
5. Do you like music? Do you like kids? Do you think kids and music go together like P&J? Little Kids Rock is dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country. Your donation of $100 could buy a keyboard and an amp for a classroom. A donation of just $60 could provide a kid with a guitar. Remember, kids just want to [have] strum!
6. When I heard of a charity called Second Helpings I immediately wanted to see what they did. Sure enough it involves food, and feeding the needy, but it is much more than that. First of all, they rescue unused food from wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants. Then they have a program to teach disadvantaged adults to prepare this food, and then finally the food is used to feed people in need. That is what I call a very win-win-win situation. Your donation of $105 buys 100 meals for children in a daycare or afterschool program.