Many people feel charitable around the holidays and enjoy donating to those in need. Now that the holidays are over, there are still ways to continue giving back. Donating to charity shouldn’t have to be a tradition only for the holidays. There are tons of great charities out there for all different sorts of causes. If you are an animal lover, there are organizations that protect and care for animals. There are charities that work to preserve the environment, research diseases, support education, provide food for the hungry, etc. With so many great causes out there to choose from, we present some of our top favorites:
Charity: water has made it their mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world. 100% of their donations go directly to the field to fund water projects. You can get involved by donating directly to the charity or by starting your own fundraising campaign to bring clean drinking water to those in need. Your campaign can be pretty much anything so you can have fun by getting creative.
Toms is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Founder Blake Mycoskie realized that this movement could serve other basic needs and launched a new initiative to help give sigh to a person in need with each purchase of a pair of Toms eyewear. The company has given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need in over 60 countries and 150,000 people have had their sight restored since 2011.
WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Their numerous programs partner with emergency food providers, food banks, and national anti-hunger organizations. You can help by donating, volunteering, and spreading the word on social media.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. They are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community. You can get involved through tax-deductible donations, volunteer opportunities, and life-changing events such as Relay For Life®.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. They offer children a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They provide ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals and life-enhancing programs for children.
Written by Elaine Helmig, Co-Founder of Jinja Jewelry
Elaine has traveled far from her beginnings in the aviation industry with a background in engineering. Her eye for beauty and natural symmetry led her to partner with artist Australian Joy Daniels. The two of them have joined forces to build a Jinja Team with a creative flair for beautiful fashion jewelry. The results have been truly extraordinary as the handmade jewelry has found a following with an international clientele as diverse as the jewelry itself. Jinja Jewelry is slowly becoming a fashion statement and is treasured for its simply beautiful coral and elegant silver designs.
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