One of the issues that repeatedly came up at the DO was the idea of Kiva adding elite levels. The Kiva staff all seemed interested in the idea, but did not know how to do this. I talked with several people on the Kiva staff about how Kiva could implement this. I believe if we, as a group, brainstorm this, we can present a group of refined ideas to Kiva that Kiva could pretty much directly implement. So, let me start off with my thoughts on the matter. Please feel free to add your input and jump in. Unlike most charities, there are two main activities that Kiva can potentially recognize. These are outright donations and loans. These could be recognized separately, in exactly the same way that Kiva is awarding badges to the MFIs. Alternatively, either one of these criteria could be used to reach an elite level, in much the same way that an airline program allows us to gain status by miles or segments. Which way should Kiva go, and why? How much spend or loaning is needed to reach each level? I personally believe the lowest level should be very easy to reach (say $50 in donations or $500 in loans) so as to get people started on the hamster wheel that is status. After that, things get trickier. Should top level be $1000 in donations or $25,000 in donations? I really don't know. What benefits are there to each level? The highest level is easy, something like a VIP dinner invitation each year. Mid-level could allow people to turn the automatic tip jar off. What benefit could the lowest level bring? How many levels should there be? Jbcarioca was quite confident there should be four levels, and I like this idea as well. Something along the lines of silver, gold, platinum, and diamond.