As some of you may already know we have been donating our freeimageslive.co.uk advertising revenue to kiva microloans for the past couple of years. In July we welcomed dreamstime as a main advertiser to the site (and we'd like to thank them for their support, without the income they bring the site would not be able to continue running).
There were some big changes to the structure of freeimages and freeimageslive in 2011, as the sites are now more integrated, this year is the last year we can separate the revenue from our community driven site and the main site; we're open to suggestions about how we calculate/distribute next years income from freeimageslive.
This year we have been able to loan a further $250 in assistance to worthy causes via our lending team. I'd like to personally thank all of the photographers who have shared their images on freeimageslive and made this possible.
You can view full details of the freeimageslive kiva micro loan team at http://www.kiva.org/team/free_images_for_credit.
As I wrote previously, "I know that at this time of year most people are not exactly feeling flush with spare money, but if you are a kiva member, or if you have not heard of them or microloans before now then I urge you to take a few moments and at least read about it. Kiva are one of the few organisations were every penny of your loan is used to help someone in need - helping them to help themselves."
You can also help indirectly without spending any money by supporting either kiva or freeimageslive, by linking, tweeting, sharing or some of several other options we have listed on our support freeimages page.
(free stock image used in this post: 4973 fund raising)