Recently, I had a pair of experiences that opened my eyes to a whole new set of opportunities for philanthropy as it relates to emerging markets. The first of these experiences took place a month ago when I was trying to clear out our garage after we renovated our home.
I called the President of our town baseball program and offered to donate a box of baseball equipment my younger son had outgrown, including metal bats, small-sized baseball gloves, and some other odds and ends. At the bottom of the box were two torn baseball gloves, one of which was what I used when I was growing up. To my surprise, he wanted everything, including the torn gloves. When I asked about the torn gloves, he informed me that the program shipped torn gloves to Polish micro-businesses that repaired and resold them.