Each Christmas the Janus Center, home of the Hero Workshop, will be donating to a charity. This year’s has just gone out. I’ve chosen to donate to the Central Asia Institute because there’s a hero at its core. I wrote about Greg Mortenson last week.

It was not an easy task finding one charity so I decided each year it will be a cause led by a hero. I’ve just read about Scott Harrison at charity: who dedicated his life to providing drinking water in Africa. If I hadn’t read Three Cups of Tea my money may have gone there instead. A good resource for deciding if a charity is going to use your money properly is to research it on Charity Navigator. Trent Stamp is the president and he writes a blog, which is where I found out about Scott Harrison. There’s nothing more frustrating than sending your money somewhere that spends a large percentage of it on staff salaries or other expenses.

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2 Responses to Charities

  1. Whitney Johnson December 19, 2007 at 5:14 am #

    I just checked out Charity Navigator. Thanks for the heads up! What a wonderful idea to donate to a charity each Christmas. Kudos!

  2. Matt Langdon December 19, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks Whitney. I really believe strongly that a hero leading a charity is going to use my money more effectively than a bulky bureaucracy.