In my last post I talked about everyday philanthropy and ways to give–donating money, volunteering time, and providing advocacy. Today I am writing about websites you may be interested in visiting with regard to charity and giving back.
Ways to Give for Free
Several years ago I learned of two websites that provide free food when I click on the site each day–the click itself is the donation. The Hunger Site, sponsored by Greater Good, connects readers with numerous charities addressing more than Hunger: Alzheimer’s, Autism, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest. Greater Good also sponsors The Animal Rescue Site, a site devoted to helping animals.
Learning about Social Entrepreneurs
The authors of A Path Appears, the book I quoted in my last post, include an 11-page list of useful organizations that readers can peruse. One of the entries on that list is Global Giving, a site whose tagline reads: “The world is full of problems. Global Giving is full of solutions.” The site lists projects by topic and also by region.
Another site on their list is Donors Choose, a site dedicated to projects within schools throughout the United States.
Looking for a Good Fit
If you want to donate your time to projects, but are not sure where to start, you may want to take a look at the following sites. Volunteer Match can help you find information about projects in your own community. Another site with a section devoted to volunteering is Retired Brains. You will find opportunities listed on this site for ways to volunteer from home and work online. A third site you may find useful is Senior Corps, an organization connecting seniors throughout the U.S. with worthy projects.
Wherever your interests lie, there is most likely a charity or nonprofit you can support to further the cause. And sometimes an opportunity will present itself and you won’t even need to look for it!