If you are thinking about giving a charitable donation in lieu of a gift to someone this year, consider kiva.org.
The organization focuses on micro-credit for entrepeneurs in developing nations. Many female success stories are among the small business owners represented, offering hope that economic independence can give these women power to address issues of inequality in other arenas as well.
You can choose which project you wish to support and donations start at $25.00. Thousands of projects have been completed – with loans paid back in full.