Gifts for the Philanthropist: 10 Scrappy Alternative Charities We Admire

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Whether you need a last minute gift, want to give something in line with your eco-ethics, or just think your giftee has more than enough stuff, a charitable donation lets you and your recipient support favorite causes -- no matter how much you are able to spend.

From a surfer delivering water-filtering membrains to a solar bottle bulb campaign, these unexpected charities don't get as much press as the usual suspects -- but they are just as worthy.