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For as little as $10, you can help with microfinancing, loan programs and educational initiatives around the planet. Opportunity International, a nonprofit organization, sells gift cards in all denominations that can be redeemed online. Cardholders choose a person to help finance then receive updates on what's happening in that person's world.

 

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For every pair of Roma Boots sold, Roozt will give a child in need a matching pair. Every time someone signs up for the free membership, Roozt will provide a meal to a hungry American through Feeding America. $40–$80.

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In some countries, lack of financial means prevents girls (but not boys) from getting a basic school education. But rather than "giving a girl a fish," each $275 donation to this Heifer International program provides a girl's struggling family with livestock and trains the family to make enough money from it to pay for school fees and supplies.

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Eco-Friendly WeWood Watches are one-of-a-kind timepieces. They're made from all-natural, chemical-free scrap materials, and for every watch sold, the American Forestry Association will plant a tree. $119–$139.

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Trade in your smartphone for cash and generate a donation to help support U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. With the SmartPhoneTrade-in.com program, consumers get the cash trade-in value, while Operation Gratitude gets $5 for military care packages. (Another perk of this original program: Phones are properly recycled.)

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