Do you or someone you know have a birthday coming up? Christmas or other holiday giving thinning your checkbook? Can’t afford to give as much to charity as much as you’d like? Why not plant two seeds in the same pot, and make your purchases through an online charity?
It can work two ways.
If you have a birthday or something coming up where people will be shopping for you, why not ask for a charitable contribution to be made in your name? Just tell them your favorite charity, give them the website or other relevant info, and enjoy a gift that keeps on giving – not just to you but to the world at large. If your prospective giver really wants to give you something to unwrap, many charities have online stores where they sell activism materials, clothing, etc. You can increase your impact by asking for activism apparel to wear or materials for distribution (pamphlets, literature to donate to libraries, etc.).
If you are familiar with Free Charity donation sites, you already know that they are funded by sponsors. By clicking to donate this way (at no cost to yourself), you are taken to a “Thank you” page displaying ads from the charity’s sponsors. Why not increase the impact by making purchases from those same sponsors? Many items can be purchased online this way. Save yourself a trip to the mall when buying a piece of jewelry for your favorite Aunt Berty – you’ll save gas and help a worthy cause in the bargain.
Free Donation sites
Care2.com – A hub of online charitable giving for multiple environmental, animal, and humanitarian causes. Their sponsors’ ads are displayed on their “Thank you” pages.
The Literacy Site – The name says it all. After clicking to donate books, the “Thank you” page displays ads and links from their sponsors. You can also shop directly from their online store and purchase from startling collection of books, jewelry, artisan items, toys and even birdhouses.
Online charitable stores:
Free the Slaves: Abolitionist organization that works to raise awareness about Modern Day Slavery (aka Human Trafficking). Their online store features products made by freed slaves such as jewelry, rosaries, handmade paper products, bags, purses, and even a Fair Trade Soccer ball. Books and films about slavery are also available.
Farm Sanctuary – Their online store features apparel, pamphlets, books, videos, totebags, and even some stuffed animals.
These are just a few of many online options for making your charitable giving go farther. When you get more bang for your charitable buck, you aren’t the only one getting a better deal.