Rebecca Rothney has faith in human nature. “People do want to be kind,” she says. “They do want to be generous.” But sometimes they need a little guidance, which is why Rothney founded Pack for a Purpose . The Raleigh, N.C.,-based nonprofit organization identifies supplies that travelers can pack in their suitcases to benefit a community project at their destination.
“On your vacation,” she says, “you don’t have to spend 500 hours doing good.” Five pounds of school or medical supplies, for example, fit easily into the corner of a suitcase and can make a big difference in a developing country chronically short of everyday items.