THE GUATEMALA STOVE PROJECT What we like so much about The Guatemala Stove Project is how elemental its mission is. The problem: air pollution from indoor cooking fires is highly toxic. So this nonprofit was started by carpenter Tom Clarke in 1999 to clear the air for families in the Mayan villages of Guatemala's Western Highlands (who had previously been using unvented cooking fires) by building vented stoves in the home.
So far, they've built over 5000 stoves (each one is $190), which reduce respiratory and other illnesses, and which use 50% less firewood. That's a financial boon for the family and one for the environment as well since deforestation is a major problem in Guatamela.
Ninety-three cents of each dollar donated goes straight to the stove-building. Donate here.
FUNDRAISING FROM THE HEART There's a day-and-a-half workshop, February 12-13 at the Lighthouse International Conference Center, 111 E. 59th [Park/Lex] called Fundraising from the Heart.
The workshop is geared to people who fundraise (particularly for nonprofits) and Ms. Twist shifts the paradigm of fundraising as necessary evil to one that makes the organization's mission possible, and thus should be experienced as a positive, even celebratory process.
It's $475 for the workshop ($375 each for groups of three or more) and you can get details here.