Thank you all for stopping by and commenting to help raise money as part of the Mother’s Day Benevolent Bloggers Event.
There was some confusion about when to post comments between the time I wrote the ‘advance warning’ post and the actual Mother’s day post. Plus, some people couldn’t make it here on Sunday so I’ve decided to use a cumulative total from the day of my first warning post to the end of the Mother’s Day post. That’s 132 comments.
In my Thursday post I said I’d split my donation between the two charities Katie had picked for us, and match it with a donation to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). So that’s $61 to each of FINCA* and the Orphan Foundation of America** and $132 to AKFC.***
Thank you all for participating and playing along.
*FINCA International. FINCA provides loans to low-income microentrepreneurs, focusing especially on women. From FINCA’s website – ” Of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty worldwide, women account for 70 percent. In the developing world, and even in the United States, a woman’s chances of receiving credit are markedly lower than a man’s, and yet, in an increasing number of families, the woman provides a substantial portionâ€”or allâ€”of the family’s income.” FINCA operates on a global level, with active programs in Latin America, Eurasia, Central Asia, and Africa. This organization receives CharityNavigator.org’s highest rating of four stars, which you can view by clicking here.
**Orphan Foundation of America, which “has served thousands of foster teens all across the United States. From teaching youth how to balance a checkbook, write a resume, and apply for that first big job, to testifying before Congress and State Legislatures, OFA has long been a vocal champion of foster teens… Each year OFA and its scholarship partners award more funding and provide a stronger safety net for those pursuing post-secondary education.” OFA also received a four star rating from CharityNavigator, which can be viewed by clicking here. In addition to financial donations, OFA also has opportunities for knitters to donate the products of their artistry. There is additionally the option for women to join the Pink Panel, run by The Benchmarking Company, who will donate $5.00 to a scholarship fund run by the OFA each time a woman joins or fills out a beauty survey.
His Highness the Aga Khan, C.C.
Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada
Personifying cherished Canadian values, His Highness the Aga Khan has devoted his life to protecting the environment and alleviating human suffering due to poverty. Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims since 1957, he has guided the spiritual growth of his followers, teaching compassion and tolerance by example. In 1967, he launched his foundation, the Aga Khan Development Network, with branches in countries around the world, including Canada. Recognizing our nationâ€™s caring spirit, he cites Canada as a role model for the world and has selected Ottawa as the home of a new global centre for pluralism.
I first came into contact with his foundation through my doctor. He is a devout Muslim from Northern Africa originally and has sponsored a lot of fundraising through the yearly â€˜World Partnership Walkâ€™.