Rather outside of the scope of this blog, but I just had to share: I have the privilege of being friends with some really neat people doing some really neat things, and many of those things require the contents of your wallet!

One friend is running a fundraiser for the Against Malaria Foundation, which buys nets to help people protect themselves from disease-spreading mosquitoes. The Foundation operates with zero administrative costs (due to grants and partnerships), so you get a whole lot of bang for buck when you donate, and they are ranked #1 by Givewell. Better yet, my friend is matching donations up to $20,000, so every $1 you give, through the magic of matching, turns into $2! Click here to give.

Another friend has recently started an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to write, publish, and promote about her experiences with Crohn’s and her attempts at receiving treatment from some less-than-reliable sources. The book will be called Young, Sick and Invisible: A Skeptic’s Journey with Chronic Illness. If she writes anything like she speaks, this book is going to be really fantastic! You can help support her work here.

I hope that you will consider giving to these worthy causes! But even if you can’t spare a few dollars, there’s still a lot that you can do! Awareness is a huge part of fundraising, and both of these very worthy efforts could use some promotion. So please let your friends know!

Thanks for bearing with me, and I promise that we’ll be back in the Bible on Monday!