Because we normally have our hands full here, at FTI we try to stay away from any meaningful social policy that would be of note. NO, we are not trying to be lazy, but again, herding the Misfits on a daily basis is enough. A man has his limits. I did become involved with one organization recently, though, that is kind of fun and different.
Kfred Jr. 2 and his wife, Golidlocks gave me a present for Christmas that I activated yesterday and I am glad they did. I received a donation/giftcard in my name to an organization known as Kiva. Simply, from their own website, Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Currently, I am a lending partner to a man in Uganda who is running a small market to sell fruits and vegetables in his village. His total request was for $900. 16 other lenders read his story and decided to help him in his enterprise and loaned him various amounts totaling the $900 to get him started. He has approximately 18 months to pay back the loan at which time I can then turn around and loan it to someone else. The beauty of the project is that the small donation I make is basically nothing to me, but, is a ransom to someone in a poor country trying to survive. I feel good about helping someone else while knowing that somewhere on the other side of the world, someone, regardless of race, color, or religion is being assisted to get out of poverty. I think it's great.
Now, I have go work on my business plan that I am about to submit to Kiva. I would think that the FTI story would generate a ton of donations; if for nothing else, simply out of a sense of pity.