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Love PCs? Love Helping? Donate Just One Dollar

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"A little helps a lot."

Anyone who's able to read this article should consider themselves very fortunate. Having access to the Internet, and even having a computer, is a pipe dream to many people around the world. But there are things many of us take for granted every day, and net access is just at the cusp of more dire needs.

Give a little! Help a lot!Give a little! Help a lot!A new site called Philanthroper.com aims to change all this with an incredibly fresh, and smart way to drive awareness and encourage people to do a little good. Based on the fact that too many in the non-profit realm take huge chunks of people's donations before the money actually gets to the needy, the founders of Philanthroper decided the best way to handle this is to limit themselves to $1 donations. Partnering with mPayy, the only thing taken from a $1 donation is just a single penny to cover unavoidable transaction fees.

The rest of the money? Straight into the hands of non-profits that have a reputable track record for doing good. Check out this snippet from Philanthroper's FAQ:

Why Can I Only Donate $1?
So you can donate another $1 tomorrow. And another the next day. Use Philanthroper daily, and we guarantee, you'll donate more over time than you would have otherwise plus it won't sting your bank account so badly. Use Philanthroper every day and you'll be on the right track to give more, more easily. If you're compelled to make a larger donation, fantastic. We always link their site. So go for it.

Why Do You Have Ads?
Every business-minded person advises us to do the same thing: Take a tiny piece of every donation our community makes. No one will ever notice! After all, nonprofits are already paying 3-30% to receive donations online. If we just added a percentage point to mPayy's transaction fee...

Well, the thing is, WE noticed. So that left the simple, probably less profitable but far more honest solution. Ads. And if you'd like to advertise with us, or maybe do something insanely cool like match donations for a day, contact us.

As of right now, the featured non-profit on Philanthroper is Computer Aid International, but Philanthroper updates with a new deal every day. So check back daily to see what your $1 can go towards -- which is the root idea of what makes this work so great.

If you're thinking of making a right now, good for you! But just keep in mind that Philanthroper does not payments or payments by PayPal. Known to take huge chunks of your transaction, PayPal and most are bad for this kind of cause -- especially when you're only giving $1, you want every bit of it to count!

Sign up now, make a tiny contribution, and truly make lives better.

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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2011 9:08 PM
    meh i'll keep my dollar. I pay enough tax. some days i go without dinner so i can pay rent up here in NYC. let some other rick black guy donate.
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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2011 9:10 PM
    rich*
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    burnley14 , January 24, 2011 9:12 PM
    Nice to see things like this happening, I know that I certainly take for granted the fact that I can pop open my laptop and instantly access anything I'd like.

    On another note, I'm sure that the collective sympathy of the general public can do wonders in raising money, but this also seems like the type of thing Intel, Microsoft, and the like should be donating to. In a much less empathetic light, what better way to gain future buyers than to put the technology in their hands for the first time? In the end, everybody wins since these people gain the accommodations they're seeking, big companies gain good publicity, and the computer industry as a whole gains a lot more potential income to drive further progress.
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    bustapr , January 24, 2011 9:14 PM
    kcorp2003meh i'll keep my dollar. I pay enough tax. some days i go without dinner so i can pay rent up here in NYC. let some other rick black guy donate.


    Your first 2 sentences were OK and very common, but the third just made you look like an ass. Forums arent very enjoyable when theres a racist spreading his hate.

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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2011 9:20 PM
    @bustapr

    Implying that i'm a below middle class black man. -_-
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    stm1185 , January 24, 2011 9:22 PM
    Shouldn't we help them get clean water, food, working sewage systems, shelter, anti malaria help, anti aids help, the removal of the dictators... over getting them computers.

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    kcorp2003 , January 24, 2011 9:27 PM
    stm1185Shouldn't we help them get clean water, food, working sewage systems, shelter, anti malaria help, anti aids help, the removal of the dictators... over getting them computers.


    See i would much rather volunteer to that(If I had the time) than donating. I need my my money to live here.
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    tuannguyen , January 24, 2011 9:27 PM
    stm1185Shouldn't we help them get clean water, food, working sewage systems, shelter, anti malaria help, anti aids help, the removal of the dictators... over getting them computers.


    That's just today's deal. Tomorrow, Philanthropist has something else up. So any of the causes you mentioned will get featured. It changes everyday. I wrote that in the article.

    / Tuan
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    ALANMAN , January 24, 2011 10:40 PM
    kcorp2003@bustapr Implying that i'm a below middle class black man. -_-


    Why does there need to be an emphasis on what race you are? Why can't you just be a middle class man?
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    slothy89 , January 24, 2011 11:11 PM
    Tuan, you might like to re-read your article.. there's a few grammatical errors.. eg:
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    If you're thinking of making a right now, good for you!
    A what?
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    But just keep in mind that Philanthroper does not payments or payments by PayPal
    Huh?

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    Cyex , January 24, 2011 11:50 PM
    So, this company is doing this out of the goodness of their heart? I think what's really happening is they've stumbled upon something to drive traffic to their website for advertising purposes. Ultimately for profit.
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    daship , January 24, 2011 11:57 PM
    How about we help our own before we worry about others.
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    blackjellognomes , January 25, 2011 12:31 AM
    ALANMANWhy does there need to be an emphasis on what race you are? Why can't you just be a middle class man?
    I get that eliminating racial distinctions more or less eliminates racial discrimination, but this guy obviously isn't being racist against himself. LOL.
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    f-14 , January 25, 2011 1:47 AM
    i donate to enough already. volunteered donation courtsey of obama 2 billion for white house exec and nazi collaborator terrorist george soros's hedgefund in brazilian oil petrobras. as well as the bank bail out and auto bail out. (i wished duesenberg had been bailed out in the 1930's!)
    currently my donations are going to the chinese at a 203 billion dollar rate in interest on the american national debt which is 14.064 trillion.
    only thing i cough up extra cash for is cancer charities and childrens charities that go directly to each victim on a case by case basis.
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    secolliyn , January 25, 2011 2:14 AM
    Has no one ever told any of you that if you don't have anything nice to say to not say it at all i mean seriously it's a dollar there are plenty of people in the US,UK,Germany ect that once a week can go with out their coffee from starbux and donate a buck to a good cause now I'm not saying this is the cause that everyone should donate to but there are plenty of organizations that could use help and stop complaining it makes you look petty and your make yourself look like a douche
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    dalauder , January 25, 2011 4:54 AM
    Dag nab it! This was my idea for starting a charity. I could've started it and looked impressive. Now they do. Well, I guess there goes a dollar from my pocket.
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    hardcore_gamer , January 25, 2011 7:10 AM
    kcorp2003meh i'll keep my dollar. I pay enough tax. some days i go without dinner so i can pay rent up here in NYC. let some other rick black guy donate.


    Racism at its best
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    caeden , January 25, 2011 3:02 PM
    Or, for those in the Cincinnati Area you can donate you computers to cincinnaticomputercooperative.org! woot!
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    applegetsmelaid , January 25, 2011 7:20 PM
    I don't see what the problem is with just a dollar. We all pay more for the ATM fee to get the money that we have already earned.
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    eddieroolz , January 26, 2011 5:40 PM
    This sounds like a reasonable way to (hopefully) make some difference in the world. If you donate already, that's great, but others here should quit the nonsense and open up just a dollar.