MaryJane Butters in the SLTrib (29 Dec 2010) recommends the following for the New Year:

Nuture a need – These days, donating money to big organizations with grand goals can leave you feeling disconnected.  You mail the check, but where does it go?  How does it help real individuals?  To scale down and donate to a more immediate need, consider a Modest Needs’ grant to help an individual, family, or shelter facing an unexpected financial crisis.  Go to www.modestneeds.org.  The goal:  stop the cycle of poverty before it starts.  Just a few dollars can make a difference.

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