Lots of big-hearted Americans are out there in the blogosphere discussing how they plan to give their $300 refund to a favorite charitable organization. I think it's a wonderful idea -- even if people just manage to donate a fraction of that money.
I was particularly thrilled to read a posting by Adrienne, a Modest Needs supporter who urged others on the "Feministe" blog to donate at least a portion of their Economic Stimulus Checks to Modest Needs. (She's just as convincing as I ever could be!) Here's a snippet from her post:
"I am a huge advocate for Modest Needs.
Their mission is really cool: they try to help people who... well, people who are like a lot of my friends. People who are more or less okay, living paycheck to paycheck, or on some small fixed income - until some unexpected or large necessary expense comes up. The kind of thing where your car breaks down so you can't get to work, so they fire you, so then you don't have a job, so then you can't get your car fixed... They're a really neat organization.
I have a $20/month pledge to them, which is matched by a foundation grant and turns into $40. Which isn't much at all. But they really are devoted to the idea that every little bit helps. One particularly neat thing about them - and they publicize it, because it ís so neat - is how many of their grant recipients go on to become donors. Itís some ridiculous number - over half... It really says something about the difference Modest Needs is making. They really change people's lives.
Also, they keep all their books online. Not just the yearly statements that the law requires nonprofits to make - real-time donation/expense/grant info."
Thanks for the kind words, Adrienne, and in case anyone wants to contribute, we'd welcome absolutely any amount!