Anybody who hasn’t yet gotten the buzz about Bloggers Without Borders better jump in and drink the Kool-Aid. When I first heard about it, I assumed it was either another generic charity or another generic blogger group, but I never took the time to actually go to the site and see what was happening. Then, as I was sitting aimlessly in one of my favorite IRC channels, I saw a link flash by from Jonas Luster that led me to an article in the L.A. Voice mentioning it… and that Jonas Luster himself was involved.
I think I can honestly say I am pretty loose with my money, but I have always felt a little hesitant about giving to charities. It is almost the same as my aversion to using some closed source software: I don’t know what is happening behind the scenes. The amount of time it would take me to research the charity and feel like my donation would be meaningful has always been a large barrier to break through, and even in this time of massive need resulting from the tsunami, it was difficult to feel comfortable with where my money might be going.
But, Jonas Luster is a special kind of guy. The short interaction I have had with him has shown me time and time again that he is both trustworthy and competent (and a bit of a softy, although he’ll never show it ;). I feel strongly that giving my money to an organization in which Jonas has a say is putting my money in a place that will truly do good; I know the charities will be well researched, and all the bullshit will be swept aside in the name of good.
So there you have it folks, if you felt unsure of where to put your money, take my word for it and place it with Bloggers Without Borders, it’s the least you can do.