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Success F inan ce DONATION DATA Personal wealth is not a requirement for philanthropy. You don’t need a family foundation. In fact, 75% of giving is from individuals starting with amounts a low as $10. TEXT BY SANDY LINDSEY $10 For every $10 donated, Feeding South Florida can provide an astounding 62 meals to children and families deemed food insecure and hungry in our local community. To maximize this amount, or any amount donated, they advise making a credit card donation, stating that it is the most effective way of donating because it significantly reduces the postal mail they send to the donor and reduces administrative costs, putting more of each contribution directly toward ending hunger; FeedingSouthFlorida.com. 22 $100 With a crisp Benjamin Franklin, Habitat For Humanity can buy 1 toilet, 2 hard hats and 3 hammers for hardworking volunteers. Since its humble beginnings in 1976, over 1.6 million people have been helped through home construction projects, rehabilitation efforts and repairs, with another 3 million touched by their advocacy work. In addition to accepting cash donations, the Miami Habitat ReStore sells donated new and gently used home accessories and building materials at significantly discounted prices; Habitat.org. $1,000 Private donations enable Doctors Without Borders to deliver independent emergency assistance to people in nearly 80 countries. A $250 gift can provide a sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns. Double it to $500 for a medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for 3 months. A generous $1,000 can provide emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month; DoctorsWithoutBorders.org. $10,000 The Adopt A Bench Miami Beach Program allows donors to honor a loved one or memorialize a wedding or other special event and help fund the sprucing up of city playgrounds and athletic fields, as well as adding new drinking fountains and parks. For $10,000, a donor can chose a bench in one of the city’s 38 parks. Although you can’t design your own bench or personalized plaque, you can help pick the color design and inscription. The plaque will be on the bench for 10 years with the option to re-adopt; AdoptABenchMiamiBeach.com.