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ORGANIZATION: Invisible Children
PERFECT FOR: Gifts of apparel; stocking stuffers of pins or bracelets
COST: $3 – $115
WHAT YOU GET: Hipster shirts, DVDs with bracelets, bags, necklaces
WHAT YOU GIVE: Raised awareness for the state of unrest in Uganda, programming for affected children and their families, including provision of educational scholarships, mentorship, and rebuilding of secondary academic institutions
BOASTS: Invisible Children has many different facets. The Legacy Scholarship Program provides scholarships and mentoring to 590 secondary and 195 university students from Gulu, Amuru, and Pader districts. The Schools for Schools campaign raised $1,144,174.87 for 1,162 schools. The Frontline campaign has raised $1,346,810 so far for humanitarian assistance in the LRA-affected regions of DR Congo. And those are just a few of the results from Invisible Children’s many different campaigns.
LEGITIMACY: Invisible Children is a registered 501c3. It is listed on the BBB website but not is not officially accredited. All of their financials are listed online here.
MORE DETAILS: I first heard about Invisible Children when my friend bought me an Invisible Children shirt for a birthday gift. She knew I’d love a gift that also supported a great cause, and she was right. Now I’m passing the torch on to all of you, to buy Invisible Children products for your friends and continue spreading the word. The Bracelet Campaign is one of my favorite campaigns they’ve done. The people who made the bracelets were taught classes in investment and savings. The money they make from the bracelets they’ve been able to invest and later open their own small businesses to see a much greater return. And as for gifts, each bracelet/DVD combo comes with two bracelets–one to the recipient and one to pass on to a friend to spread the word. So let’s keep it going.