Giving to Others – Six Unique Ways to Give Back to the World
The holidays are the season of giving, and at this time, the world needs kindness and support more than ever. Before you write your check or text your donation, keep in mind that there are many fun ways to give money, give back to the world, and provide the most value from your giving dollars.
In a previous article, we talked about how to give locally. Now, we share some ideas on how to give back to the world.
1. Find Causes That Matter
Not all charities are created equal. While most have good intentions, there have been many instances of charities that have been criticized for spending more money on executive salaries, offices, and self-promotion than on the cause they claim to champion.
If you’re looking for ways to give to charity that are having the greatest impact, do some research before you donate. Two great resources are charitywatch.org and charitynavigator.org. Both sites provide a detailed list of organizations based on specific areas of interest. They also provide impartial assessments of each charity based on factors such as the percentage of funds that go to support programs and the amount that each organization spends proportionally on fundraising.
These guides can help you find organizations that you may not have heard of before and help you to select organizations that will do the most good with your money.
2. Don’t Give – Loan
$25 may not seem like a lot of money to us, but in many locations, it can make a huge difference. Microlending is based on the idea that giving people access to credit in small amounts can help them to build a business, educate their children and lift themselves out of poverty.
Organizations like kiva.org are leading the way in these efforts. The best thing about making these loans is that you will receive repayment on your initial loan, which you can use to fund more loans and help others.
3. Become a Rotarian
You know those rotary pins that your grandparents wear? Turns out, they’re not just socializing with friends; they’ve helped to eradicate polio and raised billions of dollars to make the world a better place.
Rotary members believe that they have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Their 35,000+ clubs work together to:
- Promote peace
- Fight disease
- Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Save mothers and children
- Support education
- Grow local economies
Don’t have a rotary club near you? Have a group of friends who are passionate about a cause? Consider creating a donor club. Bring your friends together to set fundraising goals and discuss ways to raise funds and awareness collectively.
4. Re-Think How You Celebrate
Have a birthday coming up? Want to do something different for the holidays? Instead of going out to a bar, throwing a party or buying yourself something you don’t really need, consider volunteering for the day. Want to celebrate the occasion? You can still spend time with friends and family. Just make the party into a fundraiser.
Select a cause you care about and tell your friends and family that they should make donations instead of buying you a gift.
Then have your party and use it to promote the cause online.
5. Become a Cause Evangelist
Have a cause that you’re passionate about? Don’t be shy about it. Use your social media to promote causes that you’re passionate about.
Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Back in 2014, the campaign encouraged people to dump a bucket of ice water over themselves, make a donation, and then challenge a group of friends to do the same.
That campaign started with a viral video and ballooned into a global phenomenon. In the end, the ALS Association was able to raise $115 million in an eight-week period. These funds have helped fund research that has already led to new genetic findings and drug therapies that can help lead to a cure for ALS.
Even if you don’t start a worldwide phenomenon, promoting causes you’re passionate about is a great way to get others interested in them as well.
6. Visit Your Local Credit Union
Going to the bank may seem like an odd way to help the world, but may credit unions are actively involved with supporting causes both at home and abroad.
For example, AMHFCU is a major supporter of The Busia Orphanage in Kenya, which provides a safe haven for children to grow and develop while providing the love and care they deserve. The orphanage is home to 104 orphans and 150 foster children. The children range in age from three to twenty-one years old. Many have lost their parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
AMHFCU provides a food stipend of $12,000 per year to cover the costs of nutritionally balanced meals, they also provide the funds to purchase a bicycle, so volunteers can conduct foster home care visits.
Want to help out? Talk to us today. AMHFCU is actively involved with supporting many local charities and organizations serving the Philadelphia area and around the world. It’s just a small part of our commitment to serving our city as well as our customers.