US online service Giifa might offer a way forward. The site, still in development, aims to list charities and prospective employees, and invite individuals to donate towards that employee's salary and costs of employment. In a way, it is like project funding, which attracts many donors with its transparency and its ability to demonstrate impact. In Giifa's case though, the project is the staff member.
The site is being developed by Pratyush Agarwal, who was inspired by peer-to-peer microfinancing site Kiva.org. He explained: "Giifa’s mission is to make donations more transparent, while empowering every individual to create jobs, and help the US economy recover."