I was inspired by my Dad's "do-good money". For 50yrs he repeatedly lent a sum that he'd set aside for hard-working people who needed help, not handouts. Money that's loaned over and over again as it is repaid does more good than a one-time donation.
My Web site, http://www.judywebster.com.au, has free advice about sources and problem-solving techniques for family history research, and 70,000 names from my indexes to records in Archives.
I am the founder and coordinator of the 'Genealogists for Families' project and its Kiva team, http://kiva.org/invitedto/genealogists/by/judy3877.