Grameen Foundation helps the world’s poorest, especially women, improve their lives and escape poverty through access to microfinance and technology. Mr. Yunus won the Nobel Prize for his banking with small loans to groups of five.
Read his book Banker to the Poor, 2003.
Acumen Fund invests patient capital in a variety of institutions, reflecting the diversity of business models that can be effective in reaching the “base of the pyramid” (BoP)—or the billions of poor without access to clean water, reliable health services, or formal housing options. The fund loans or invests in larger projects than Grameen. Read Jacqueline Novogratz. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, 2009. http://www.acumenfund.org/
Education in Pakistan and Afghanistan
I’ve started a small co-ed literacy program in NW Pakistan. http://gaylekimball.wordpress.com/open-doors-literacy-project-in-pakistan/
The Global Fund for Women advocates for and defends women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world. Since 1987, the Global Fund for Women has granted over $71 million to more than 3,800 women’s groups in 167 countries. www.globalfundforwomen.org/
Take your pick from the best. http://www.fundraiserinsight.org/articles/environmentalfundraising.html