As a mom who is ardently teaching my daughters the power of giving, one of the things I believe in wholeheartedly is giving to charities all year long instead of clustering giving during the last months of the year. Giving should be creative instead of frustrating; joyful rather than a chore.There are many charities that can use our help especially during this time when the year is just beginning, new budgets are ramping up, and new programs are being implemented. Giving also doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to donate. This digital age means giving has become accessible to everyone, and it is now extremely easy and affordable for everyone. Here are five simple ways to give to charities without spending a fortune.
Malaria No More: I have talked about Malaria No More before here. Their Power of One campaign is an excellent way to save a child with a mere $1. It may seem hard to believe, but $1 will literally save a child in Zambia from dying from malaria, one of the most life-threatening diseases for children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. I have seen it myself and know the numbers. A $1 donation to the Power of One campaign allows a child to be tested for malaria and treated with Coartem. Over $300,000 has already been donated to this great effort. Here’s how you can save a child with one dollar: www.po1.org.
ONE Campaign: One of the primary reasons I love ONE is because you don’t have to donate any money to donate your voice. ONE doesn’t want your money, they only want your voice because they realize how very important voices are to moving the needle for poverty eradication. If you are not yet a member of ONE, join! It’s completely free and your voice does a world of good to help those in need around the world. Donate your voice here: www.ONE.org.
Do Good Buy Us: The New York City based e-commerce site for social goods is hosting a fantastic giveaway with a giving element: Supper Bowl Sunday. Right now they are giving away a $50 gift certificate to use on their site. Here’s the great part: For every giveaway entry Do Good Buy Us will donate a meal to the Food Bank of New York. Even though there are a lot of high priced festivities going on right now for the Big Game, I love that Do Good Buy Us hasn’t forgotten about those who are often in the shadows of the lights and action and glamour of New York. Enter the Supper Bowl Sunday giveaway here, and your entry will feed one person in need: DoGoodBuy.Us.
Stand Up for African Mothers: Did you know that 800 women will die today from complications during childbirth? The vast majority of those mothers will live in sub-Saharan Africa. That is a lot of mothers whose lives can be saved through the aid and expertise of skilled birth attendants. You can donate as little as $5 to AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation), the organization that has developed Stand Up for African Mother, to train a midwife. Through their innovative Stand Up for African Mothers initiative, AMREF aimes to train 15,000 midwives by 2015. Currently AMREF has trained a little over 5,000 midwives. That means they need our help to train more. Donate to help train a midwife at standupforafricanmothers.org.
Catapult: If you believe in donating to programs that are solely developed to help women and girls, you should definitely sign up with and donate to Catapult. I have given to Catapult several times, and I love the site’s ease of use as well as the sheer amount of programs for women and girls that you can choose from. Catapult has proven that they are an effective conduit for organizations that need the help of private citizens to help fund programs. Give Catapult a look, and then give to a program that you believe in from HIV/ AIDS programs for women here in the United States to maternal health programs in sub-Saharan Africa: www.catapult.org. Also, right now if you give to one of these nine causes your donation will automatically be matched.
Cheers to a year of giving!