Distributing your donation to 1000's of charities..
Recently I came across a charity box devoted to funding a childrens hospital, I gave a donation and went along with my day.
Later on I then came across an additional box devoted to providing education for infants in (I believe it was..) the D.R of Congo. I then donated more money and carried on with my day.
Later that evening I came across a commercial for the british red cross, and by then it occured to me that my knowledge of the existence of a charity (and by extension, a donation) was largely dependent on my visual encounters and little else.
Based on this, I couldn't help but wonder why a distribution service for donations couldn't be formed to allow a percentage of my donation to reach more charities and therefore provide a small amount of help to more people for more reasons.
-A person provides a donation to the distribution centre
-Then either the person has the ability to:
(1) Choose a category of charities that the money is divided up and distributed to (such as 'africa poverty' containing charities for water, malaria, food, education, vaccination, condoms etc etc)
(2) The money is simply placed into an account along with all other donations until enough is built up to distribute payments to 1000's of charities world wide.
I believe this method (not to replace the largest charities, ofcourse) would provide significant help to charities which have a substantial reason for collecting, but lack the funds to present their cause to a wider audience.