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When we decided to start selling our own ads on TheOneRing.net we knew, eventually, we would cover expenses and have some extra money.

We spent months trying to calculate how to divide profits fairly. We added up the working hours, talent, skill and knowledge each person contributed to TheOneRing™, and subtracted the fun, excitement, pride, fame and enjoyment each person gained from TheOneRing™, and it resulted that everyone was owed $0.00 above expenses.

So we decided to give the excess profits to charity. Here is a list of charities that we like and whose aims we agree with:

Currently Sponsored Charities

ProLiteracy Foundation

location: International
homepage: http://www.proliteracy.org

ProLiteracy Worldwide (www.proliteracy.org) is the largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to enabling adults and older youth to improve their literacy skills. In the U.S., ProLiteracy supports the efforts of 1,200 affiliates located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ProLiteracy also works in partnership with 82 grassroots organizations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America to enable adults and their families to apply literacy skills to meet basic needs and to transform their communities by addressing such issues as health, income generation, and human rights.

Books in Schools - NZ

Books in Homes

location: New Zealand
homepage: http://www.booksinhomes.org.nz/foundation.htm

Our first charity is the ‘Books in Homes’ programme. Tehanu was amazed to discover that the ‘Books in Homes’ pilot scheme began in the very school where she herself learned to read, thirty years ago. Nothing could be better than to lend wings to the imagination of a child; books do that. Maybe along the way they will love and learn from the same books that we have, and we hope that with their help many children will fly as far and farther than us.

Literacy Chicago

Literacy Chicagolocation: United States
homepage: http://www.literacychicago.org/

Literacy Chicago is dedicated to improving the literacy skills of Chicago area adults and families. Adult learners and their families are helped to achieve greater self-sufficiency and attain personal, family and workplace goals through the improvement of basic educational, employability and life skills, including reading, writing, computation, and English language use. Families benefit from Family Literacy services and the Reach Out and Read program. Success is measured by the ability of clients to live richer and more productive lives through improved literacy skills.

Literacy Chicago

Women In the Director's Chairlocation: United States
homepage: http://http//www.widc.org/about.html

Women in the Director's Chair (WIDC) is a Chicago-based, international media arts /activist center which exhibits, promotes, and educates about media made by women, girls and transgendered people that express a diversity of cultures, experiences, and issues.

It strives to expand and create new audiences for this work and to advance the use of alternative media for social change. It's mission is to raise the visibility of women media makers and to support the production of alternative media that defies demeaning stereotypes perpetuated by mainstream media.

Formerly Sponsored Charities

WWF New Zealand

WWF New Zealand

location: New Zealand
homepage: http://www.wwf.org.nz

For generations, the world’s oceans have been considered limitless. Today we know this is no longer true. The oceans are under enormous pressure: overfishing and destructive fishing practices have pushed populations of fish species to all time lows; many marine species, including whales, seals and turtles are on the brink of extinction.

WWF is working to create a sea change to secure the future of our precious marine environment. In New Zealand, WWF has a long involvement in marine conservation. WWF-NZ has funded substantial conservation work on New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and the endemic Hectors’s dolphin, the world’s smallest marine dolphin. Through its conservation and education programmes, WWF-NZ is working to ensure the survival of our unique marine environment for today and for the future.

To find out more visit WWF-NZ’s website: www.wwf.org.nz.

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