WAYS TO SUPPORT MIRA

Support from our generous donors keeps our students thriving.  We guarantee that your gifts go to the area of greatest need – anywhere from NGO outreach to simply keeping Mira's lights on.

  • Financial Donations: online (credit card), check, or wire to our Featured Projects or Mira's general fund
  • In-kind Donations: services or supplies (click HERE for our gift in-kind form)
  • Matching Gifts Programs: click HERE for a list of 650 local, national, and international employers with matching gifts programs
  • Social Media Updates: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Volunteering: See more details below.
  • Corporate Sponsorships: Please send an email to contact@mirascholars.org.
  • Shop for Mira! – when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products.

VOLUNTEER

Mira is always on the look out for volunteers with an open heart, open mind, and open calendar. Whether you're a student, professional, or retiree, we welcome you on board. Email us at contact@mirascholars.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We value your time and energy, as you are a vital member of our team. The information below should help you to become familiar with Mira, so please take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We want to build a mutually beneficial relationship in which you, our valued volunteer, use your strengths, passions and dedication to not only benefit Mira, but to positively enhance your own life.

Learn more by visiting reading our volunteer facts below:

I love what Mira is doing. Can you help me with some volunteering ideas and steps on how to help?

  • Email/Facebook friends and family
    Sample email

  • Contact local press:
    Reporters need help in finding credible and appealing stories. Sending an email to say, “My name is ______, and I'd like to tell you about an organization called Mira…" goes a long way.
  • Help with professional skills: marketing, & web, writing, etc.
    Your talents and professional training may match perfectly with a project we're working on.
  • Speak with your community:
    Are you connected to scouting, a religious group, small business association, women's circle, book club, or other local leadership role? Speaking among these groups is an authentic way to let others know about your volunteering good deeds and what Mira is all about.
  • Rally businesses and corporations:
    Small businesses and corporations often enjoy donating to great causes. Who wouldn't? – feel good about giving – Share the joint publicity – Enjoy tax benefits
  • Start a campus chapter:
    Most campuses require 3 students and a moderator to start a campus club. Simple as that… you and two great friends could take the lead in developing a culture of giving, leadership, and international awareness.
  • Volunteer at events:
    We can always use your help setting up for events, checking in guests, assisting with auctions and dinners, providing guests with help, and cleaning up after everyone has gone home happy.

I'd like to Host a party for Mira - Do you have any tips?

Mini fundraisers can take shape in so many forms. Taking a lead in any of these makes a huge impact for Mira. Ideas for party options include:

Picnic, happy hour, brunch, communtiy walk, religious group gathering, trivia night, dinner/potluck, music performance, sporting event, children's face painting party, pool party, or anything you know your friends will enjoy

Remember, Before the Event:

  • Let Mira know you're going to be hosting a fundraiser.
  • Email your friends/family 4-8 weeks before your planned party.
  • Let them know why you think a Mira fundraiser is important. List how they can help, and let them know the day/time/location of the event. Suggest a minimum donation of your choosing, $10-$50 tends not to scare people away.
  • A few days before the event, follow-up with everyone.
  • Prepare some talking points so you’re not at a loss for ideas. Mira can help you with this.
  • Ask 1 or 2 friends to arrive early to help welcome your guests.

During the Event:

  • Set a basket or box out for donations.
  • Have a sign-in sheet for names and email addresses.
  • Offer some food and beverages. Donors are happier on a full stomach
  • Lead a roundtable of introductions if your guests don't know each other.
  • Show Mira's promotional video.
  • Let your guests know how you’ve been working with Mira, how every donation of time or money counts, and how you’d like them to join you in any way they’re comfortable with.

After the Event:

  • Send your sign-in sheet and collected donations to Mira. If possible, let us know who is responsible for what amount so we can send them confirmation that their gift was received. Or, if you’re not sure, just rubberband everything and label it (First Name, Last Name, House Party, Date).
  • Send a thank you email or note to everyone who came.

What's a non-profit?

A non-profit organization is like a typical business corporation, except that it re-invests all revenue back into self-preservation and expansion. A non-profit is designed for charity or service purposes. To obtain non-profit recognition, an organization must go through a government approved process called Incorporation. It’s not enough that people with a common purpose simply agree to act as a corporation. Mira was incorporated in 2009!

What are Mira's mission and vision?

Mission – Mira's mission is to provide educational opportunities to underserved and exploited children around the world by funding education-related projects.

Vision – Mira's vision is to empower children to reach their academic potential while inspiring the online community to reach its philanthropic potential.

How do we carry out our mission and vision?

We put our mission and vision into practice through our main tool: www.mirascholars.org. We use our website to connect organizations and donors to work together to enhance educational opportunities in developing countries. Bear in mind, Mira is not just a website; we are a dedicated organization working with other like-minded individuals and corporations to better the world.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone who is interested in international development can volunteer. Minors must show guardian's consent to Mira's Executive Director to volunteer.

Are there any requirements?

– All volunteers need to be tolerant, flexible and possess solid interpersonal skills.

– All volunteers must have an ability and willingness to interact with people of different cultures.

Is a volunteer an employee?

In a nutshell, a volunteer is not an employee. A volunteer is free to arrange his/her own schedule and does not report to a regular manager like in a normal office setting. A volunteer does not join an organization with the expectation of financial gain, but to better serve the global community.

What are my responsibilities?

When you sign up to volunteer, we'll talk about your everyday interests and professional background. From here, we will find a good fit on projects to work on and map out your specific responsibilities together. If you ever feel like a request is out of place, please let us know.

Sounds great! How do I register with Mira?

Very easy. Print out our Volunteer Registration Form by clicking HERE.  Send a scanned copy with your information to contact@mirascholars.org or mail in the original.

Companies with Matching Gifts Programs

Matching Gift (n.) – a donation made by a company on behalf of an employee, that matches that employee’s contribution to a nonprofit organization. This can double, triple, or even quadruple your contribution. A partial list of local, national, and international companies with matching gift programs is below. Contact your Human Resources department for information about your company's program.

Don't see your company listed? Contact us to let us know you would like to participate… or that you are no longer involved in these programs (we'll forgive you).

Expand for a partial list of matching gift campanies.

3Com Corporation

3M Foundation

21st Century Insurance

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AAL

ABB Simon, Inc.

Abbott Laboratories Fund

Accenture

Acuson

Adaptec, Inc.

Addison Wesley Longman

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Advanced Fibre Communications

Advanced Micro Devices

AES Corporation

Aetna Foundation

Agilent Technologies

Air Liquide America Corp.

Air Products & Chemical

Akzo Chemicals, Inc.

Albemarle Corp.

Albertson’s

Alco Standard Corporation

Alex Brown & Sons, Inc.

Alexander & Baldwin

Allendale Mutual Insurance Company

Allied-Signal Inc.

Allstate Insurance Company

ALZA Corporation

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)

American Can Company

American Express

American General

American Hoechst Corporation

American International Group, Inc.

American Medical International

American Petrofina Foundation

American Ref-Fuel Company

American Thermoplastics Co.

American United Life Ins. Co.

Ameritech

AMF Incorporated

Amgen Corporation

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Anchor Brewing Company

AOL/Time Warner

AON Foundation

Apache

APL Limited

Apple Computer, Inc.

Applied Biosystems

Applied Materials, Inc.

Applied Signal technology, Inc.

Aramark Corp.

ARCO Foundation

Argonaut Group, Inc.

Arkwright-Boston Mfg.

Armco Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation

Aspect Telecommunications

AT&T

Atochem North America

Atonfina Foundation

Autodesk, Inc.

Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

Avaya Communication

Avon Products, Inc.

Axa Corporation

-B-

B. F. Goodrich Co.

Bakar Foundation, Gerson

Bank of America

Bank of California, N.A.

Bank One, Texas

Bankers Trust Foundation

Barber-Colman Co.

Barclays Global Investors

Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.

BASF Corp.

Battle Mountain Gold Co.

Baxter Allegiance Foundation

Baxter International

Bay Networks

BEA Systems

Beatrice Companies, Inc.

Bechtel Group

Becton Dickinson & Company

Bell Atlantic Foundation

Bell-Carter Olive Company

Berkeley Systems, Inc.

Best Foods

Birkenstock Footprint Sandals

Black and Decker

Blauvelt Demarest Foundation, Inc.

Blount, Inc.

Blue Shield of California

BMC Industries, Inc.

Boeing Company

Boling

Boole & Babbage, Inc.

Borden Inc.

BP America

British Gas

Brobeck Charitable Foundation

Broderbund Foundation

Brunswick Corporation

BT Commercial/Deutsche Bank

BTW Consultants, Inc.

Budget Car Rental

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

Burlington Resources Foundation

Burr, Pilger & Mayer

Business Wire

Butler Manufacturing Co.

-C-

C.M. Capital Foundation

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.

Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Cadillease, Inc.

California Endowment

California HealthCare

California Wellness

Calpine Corp.

Cameron Iron Works, Inc.

Capital Group Companies

Cardinal Health Foundation

Carnegie Foundation

Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Inc.

Cashin Company

Catalyst Resources, Inc.

Caterpillar Corporation

CBI Industries, Inc.

CBS Inc.

Cegni Seis Dev.

Celanese Corporation

CertainTeed Corp.

Champion International Corporation

Charles Schwab

Charter Company

Chase Manhattan Foundation

ChevronTexaco

Chubb & Son, Inc.

Chubb Corp.

Chubb Life Insurance Co.

Ciena Corporation

CIGNA

Cingular Wireless

Cisco Systems

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Citicorp/CITIBank N.A.

Cities Services Co.

Citigroup

Clorox Company

CMP Media, Inc.

Coca-Cola Foundation

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Comerica

Community Health Systems, Inc.

Compaq Computer

Compton Foundation, Inc.

Computer Associates

Conoco, Inc.

Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation

Container Corp. of America

Continental Bank

Continental Can Co., Inc.

Continental Corporation

Continental Trailways

Cooper Industries, Inc.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

Corning Glass Works

Cowell Foundation

Cray Research, Inc.

Crump Insurance Services, Inc.

Cultural Homestay International

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Danforth Foundation

Datascope Corp.

David & Lucille Packard Foundation

DeKalb Corp.

Del Monte Foods

Deloite & Touche

Deluxe Check Printers, Inc.

Demag Delaval Turbomachinery Corp.

Denka Chemical Corporation

Destic

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Diageo North America

Digital Equipment Corporation

Dolby Laboratories Inc.

Donnelley & Sons Company

Dotson, Babcock & Scofield

Dow AgroSciences LLC

Dow Corning Corporation

DST Systems, Inc.

Duke Energy Corporation

DuPont Powder Coatings USA, Inc.

Duty Free Shoppers Group LLP

Dynegy, Inc.

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Eaton Corporation

eBay

Ecolab, Inc.

E-Funds

El Paso Energy Foundation

Electronic Arts, Inc.

Elf Aquitaine Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company Foundation

ELuxury – LVMH – SDG

Emerson Electric Company

Ensign-Bickford Foundation

Entergy Power Group

EOG Resources

EOTT Energy Corp.

Equistar Chemicals

Equitable Life Assurance

Equiva Services LLC.

Ericsson

Ernst & Whinney

Ernst & Young

Ethyl Corp.

Evelyn and Walter Haas Fund

Everen Foundation

Extended Systems

ExxonMobil

-F-

Fair, Isaac & Co.

Fannie Mae

Federated Department Stores, Inc.

Femont Group

Fidelity Investments

Firemen's Fund Corp.

Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.

First Data Corporation

First Interstate Bank of Texas

Fleet

Fleet Boston

Flora Family Foundation

FM Global Foundation

FMC Foundation

Ford Motor Company Foundation

Fort James Foundation

Fortis Benefits Insurance Co.

Frankel Allen

Freddie Mac Foundation

Freedom Forum

Freemont Group

Freeport-McMoRan

-G-

Gannett Foundation

Gap

Gartner, Inc.

Genentech, Inc.

General Cinema Corp.

General Electric

General Mills

General Re Corporation

Genetech, Inc.

Genosys Biotechnologies

Georgia Pacific

Gillette Company

GlaxoSmithKline

Globe Union

GMAC Commercial Mortage Corporation

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Google

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation

Grainger

Graybar Electric Company, Inc.

Greater Bay Bancorp

Grinnell Corporation

GTAX Corporation

GTE Corporation

Guidant, Inc.

Gulf States Utilities Co.

Gulf Western Foundation

-H-

Haas, Jr. Fund, Evelyn and Walter

Hambrecht & Quist Group

Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

Harcourt, Inc.

Harder & Company

Harold Simmons Foundation

Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund

Harris Bank

Harris Corp.

Hartford Steam Boiler Inspect.

HCA Foundation

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Hess

Heublein Foundation, Inc.

Hewlett, William and Flora Foundation

Hewlett-Packard

Hoechst Celanese

Hoffman-LaRoche

Home Depot

Honeywell Inc.

Honeywill

Houghton Mifflin Corp.

Household International

Hyperion Solutions Corporation

-I-

IBJ Foundation, Inc.

IBM

IDS Financial Services Inc.

IKON Office Solutions

Illinois Tool Works Foundation

IMO Industries Inc.

Instron Corp.

Integrated Circuit Systems

Intel

International Data Group, Inc.

InterPacific Group, Inc.

Int'l Minerals & Chemical

Intuit

Irvine Foundation

Irwin Home Equity

Itochu International

-J-

J. P. Morgan Chase

J. Walter Thompson Co.

James Irvine Foundation

Janus

Jefferies & Co. Inc.

John & Catherine MacArthur Fndtn.

John Hancock Mutual Life Ins.

John Wiley & Sons

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls Inc.

Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.

JSR Micro Inc.

Juniper Networks

-K-

K/P Corporation

Kaiser Permanente

Kansas City Southern Industries

Kaplan, Inc. Matching Gifts Program

Kellogg Foundation, W. K.

Kemper Group Corporation

Kemper National Insurance Co.

Kendall Company

Kennametal Inc.

Keystone International Inc.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

KMart Corp.

KN Energy Foundation

Knight Foundation, John S. & James L.

Kochis Fitz

Kolda Corp.

Komag, Inc.

Koppers Co., Inc.

KPMG, LLP

Kraft, Inc.

KT Foundation

-L-

Lam Research Corporation

Legacy Marketing Group

Lehman Brothers

Lend Lease Real Estate Investments

Lever Brothers Company

Levi Strauss

Lexis-Nexis

Lithotype Company

Little, Brown & Company, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Logistix

Lotus Development Corporation

Louisiana Land & Exploration

Lubrizol Corporation

Lucent Technologies

LVMH

Lyondell Chemical Co.

-M-

Macromedia

Macworld Communications, Inc.

Maguire Oil Co.

Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc.

Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.

Map Royalty Inc.

Marathon Oil Co.

Marine Corp.

Maritz, Inc.

Marsh & McLennan

Mass Mutual Financial Group

Massachusetts Financial Services Company

MasterCard International, Inc.

May Department Stores Co.

Mayer, Brown & Platt

Mbank Houston N.A.

McAfee

McDonald's Corporation

McDonnell Douglas Corp.

McGraw Hill Inc.

Medtronic

Mellon Bank Corporation

Merck Company

Merrill Lynch

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

MFS Investment Management

Mgmt. Comp Grp./Dulworth Inc.

Micron Technology

Microsoft

Midcon Corp.

Millipore

Minn. Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Mitsui USA Foundation

MMC

MMI Companies, Inc.

Mobil Foundation Inc.

Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc.

MONY Financial Services

Moody’s Corporation

Morgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Morrison & Forester

Morton International, Inc.

Morton Thiokel, Inc.

Motorola Foundation

Motorola Foundation

Motorola, Inc.

MRW & Associates, Inc.

MTS Systems Corp.

Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

Mutual Benefit Life Insurance

-N-

Nalco Chemical Company

National Medical Enterprises

National Semiconductor

National Starch & Chemical Foundation, Inc.

NCR Corporation

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

Network Associates

New Energy, Inc.

Newhall Land & Farming Company

Newmont Mining Corporation

Newsweek

NL Industries, Inc.

Nokia

Norcal Mutual Insurance

Nordstrom Corporation

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Northern Trust Bank of Texas

Northern Trust Company

Northrop Grumman Foundation

Northwest Industries, Inc.

Norton Co.

Norvellus Systems

Novartis US Foundation

nVidia

-O-

NYNEX Corp.

O’Donnell Associates North, Inc.

Occidental Petroleum

Ocean Energy

Office Depot

Olin Corp.

Omidyar Network

Oracle Corporation

OTA Limited Partnership

Outboard Marine Corp.

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

OXY USA Charitable Foundation

-P-

Pacific Enterprises

Pacific Mutual Life Insurance

PACTIV Corp.

Palm, Inc.

Pan Energy Corp.

Panhandle Eastern Corp.

Pardoe Development Company

PBG Matching Gifts

PCW Communications, Inc.

Pel-Tex Oil Company, Inc.

Penn Unions Matching Gift Program

Pennwalt Corp.

Peoples Energy

PepsiCo

Pequot Capital Management

Pfizer

PG&E

Philip Morris, Inc.

Philips Electronics

Phillips Petroleum Co.

Pioneer Group, Inc.

Piper Jaffray

Pitney Bowes, Inc.

PNC Financial Services

Pogo Producing Co.

Polaroid Corp.

PPG Industries, Inc.

PPPG Industries Prudential

PQ Corporation

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Primerica

Prince Foundation

Provident Companies, Inc.

Providian Financial

Prudential Foundation

PSEG

-Q-

Quadra, Inc.

Quaker Chemical Corp.

Quaker Oats

Qualcomm Inc.

Quanex

Quantum Corporation

Queset Diagnostics

-R-

R. C. Baker Foundation

R. H. Macy & Co., Inc.

R. J. Nabisco

Radian Corp.

Ralston Purina Company

Rambus

Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc.

Raychem

RBC Dain Rauscher

RCA Corporation

Reader's Digest Association

Rexnord, Inc.

Robert Campeau Family Fund

Roche Diagnostics

Rockefeller Foundation

Rockefeller Group

Rockwell Collins

Rolm Company

Rosendin Electric

Royal & SunAlliance DPIC

Royal Bank of Scotland

Rustic Canyon Group

-S-

S.H. Cowell Foundation

Safeco Insurance Co.

Sallie Mae

Salomon

San Jose Mercury News

Santa Fe Southern Pacific

SAP Matching Gift Program

Sara Lee Corporation

Sasol North America Inc.

SBC Communications

Schwab Corporation

Scitor Corp.

Scott Paper Co.

Scudder Kemper Investments Inc.

Sealed Power Corp.

Security Pacific Corporation

Security-Connecticut Life Ins.

Sedgwick James Inc.

Sentry Insurance Foundation

Sephora

Shaklee Corporation

Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc.

Shell Oil Companies

Shoretel

Siemens Corp.

Sierra Pacific Resources

Silicon Graphics

Smart Modular Technologies

SmithKline Beecham Foundation

Sonat Foundation

Southern Pacific Co.

Southland Corporation

SPX Corporation

Square D Co.

Square D Foundation

St. Paul Companies, Inc.

Standard Oil Co.

State Farm Companies Fdtn.

State Mutual Life Assurance Co.

State Street Bank & Trust Company

Stovall & Somyak, P.C.

Stream International

Stride Rite Corp.

Stuart Foundation

Sun Life of Canada

Sun Microsystems

Susquehanna Partners

Symantec Corporation

Synopsys

SYSCO Corp.

-T-

T. Rowe Price Group

Tandy Corporation

Technimetrics, Inc.

Tejas Power Corporation

Tektronix, Inc.

Temple-Inland Transmeta

Tenet Healthcare

Tennant Company

Tescorp Seismic Products, Inc.

Tex/Con Oil & Gas Company

Texas Instruments

Texas Olefins Company

Texasgulf

Textron, Inc.

Tg Soda Ash, Inc.

The ACE USA Foundation

The AES Corporation

The AIG Matching Grants Program

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi

The Candle Foundation

The Emerson Electric Co.

The Geon Company

The Mitsubishi Bank, Ltd.

The Prudential Foundation

The Reliable Life Ins. Co.

The Williams Companies, Inc.

Thomas J. Lipton, Inc.

Thomson Reuters

TIBCO Software Inc.

Tiffany & Co.

Time Inc.

Times Mirror

Total/ELF/FINA

Toyota Motor Sales & Manufacturing

Transamerica Corp.

Transco Energy Co.

TRW Foundation U. S. Bancorp Foundation

TRW Inc.

TurboCare, Inc.

Tyco

-U-

U. S. West Foundation

U.S. Bancorp

U.S. Fidelity & Guarantee Co.

U.S. West Foundation

UBS

UBS Realty Investors LLC

Unilever United States, Inc.

Union Bank of California

Union Pacific Corp.

Union Pacific Railroad

Union Texas Petroleum

Uniphase Corporation

Unisource Foundation

United Defense

United Parcel Service

United Space Alliance

United Technologies Corporation

United Texas Petroleum

Unocal Foundation

UNUM Life Insurance Co.

US Fidelity & Guaranty Corp

-V-

VALIC

Vanguard Group

Varian

Vastar Resources, Inc.

Velero Energy Corporation

Veritas Software Corporation

Verizon

VISA International

Vista Chemical Company

Vitek, Inc.

-W-

W. P. Carey Company, Inc.

W. W. Grainger, Inc.

Wachovia

Washington Mutual

Washington Post

Waters Corp.

Waters Corporation

Wellpoint Foundation

Wells Fargo

West Group

Western Payments Alliance

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Wiley & Sons, Inc.

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

William Community Relations

Williams Corporation

Willis Lease Finance Corp.

WMX Technologies, Inc.

Working Assets Funding Service

Working Assets Funding Service

World Reach, Inc.

WR Grace & Co.

Wright Mktg. Communications

-X-

Xcel Energy

Xerox Corp.

Xilinx, Inc

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Yahoo!

Yarway Corp.

Young & Rubicam Inc

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About this Project:
Seametrey Children’s Village has been running for 15 years. During this time we have educated over a thousand...

Raised Percent :
20.98%

$3,765.00
Funding Goal

55
Kids Impacted

$790.00
Fund Raised