As part of the giving carnival, I was asked by Holden what are my favorite charities. As I made a list of a few of them, the common denominator is, I know the people running the organizations or I’ve seen proof of the effectiveness of their work firsthand:1. PSI and YouthAIDS, for doing an amazing job marketing their way to social change (they sell safe sex better than anyone). I’ve lived in two developing countries where they work – Madagascar and Cambodia – and seen their success in halting the AIDS epidemic firsthand. I actually wrote about it in my book. 2. Sharing Foundation, which helps Cambodian kids through school and amazing people involved (including their founder and board). I covered Cambodia for Reuters back in the late 1990s and am highly supportive of focusing on education in Cambodia as a means to improve people’s lives. 3. Chernobyl Children’s Project International, which helps victims of the nuclear disaster in Belarus. The director, who I’ve had the privilege to know, is an incredible advocate, and having lived in Ukraine just a few dozen miles from Chernobyl, I want to give back to this cause.4. The National MS Society, because I have a family member with MS, and I admire the support they give people with MS. Plus I’ve met many of their staff and think the world of them. 5. Network for Good, and not just because I work here. I believe passionately in our mission of helping the little guys – small and medium nonprofits – to get more money for their vital programs through the efficiencies of online fundraising. I’m very proud of the fact that for every dollar invested by funders in our organization, we generate over $10 in new donations for other nonprofits around the country and across the world. I’m also very proud of the fact that our staff’s compensation is based in part on our performance as an organization. I get paid less if I raise less money for nonprofits, and I think that is how it should be.