Welcome to the 100 Friends Project!


I am Marc Gold and I started this small project over 25 years ago, in 1989. The idea is really very simple. Every year many people contribute to the project and I take the money to developing countries and look for the neediest people I can find. I then put the money to work in the most compassionate, appropriate, culturally compatible, constructive and practical manner possible. You put the donation into my hands and I put the funds directly into the hands of the needy individual or family, or a small trusted grassroots organization helping them.

“Shoestring Philanthropist” Marc Gold speaks at Beth Judah
Shoestring Philanthropist Marc Gold speaks at Beth Judah 2014

Marc Gold, the “Shoestring Philanthropist” returned home to speak of his adventures.

Marc Gold has spent the past 25 years traveling around Asia, saving and improving countless lives, sometimes spending only a dollar or two per person.
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100 Friends selections – a video compilation of Marc Gold’s visits around the world