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Still Holding Onto Unwanted Christmas Gifts? Donate Them With This Site

If you have Christmas gifts you never got around to returning—or that you’ve belatedly decided you don’t actually need—don’t let them collect dust in the closet. Instead, see if you can donate them via the website, thegivingeffect.com, an organization that partners with charities across the nation that need material goods—from books and toys to kitchen gadgets to gift cards. (Thanks […]

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Want to Make a Difference? Consider Micro-Lending

If you’re daunted by giving to a large non-profit, consider supporting a smaller organization or even a business through micro-lending. Organizations like Kiva.org and MicroPlace.com allow you to support entrepreneurs (usually in developing countries) get their businesses up and running and help support their families. The best part is, the money you give is actually a loan. The sites boast repayment rates […]

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What Motivates You to Donate?

Now that we’ve had #GivingTuesday, and kicked off the charitable portion of the holiday season, I want to know: What motivates you to donate at the end of the year? Charity Navigator did a survey recently and they asked participants to rank why they donated their hard-earned cash. I found the results rather surprising: 7% of respondents said an appeal […]

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Give Back by Grocery Shopping

‘Tis the season for giving. And ’tis the season for eating, too. So what’s better than to combine the two? Shoparoo is a secure, free mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that allows you to raise money for your child’s school simply while food shopping. All you have to do is buy groceries and take a photo […]

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Forget Cyber Monday, Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday

Now that we’ve survived Black Friday, and have almost made it through Cyber Monday. It’s time to remember one of the most important parts of the holiday season—giving back.  That’s why the 92 Y in New York and The United Nations Foundation have partnered to launch the first ever Giving Tuesday, as a way to kick off the charitable season. […]

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Have a Case of Wanderlust? Go on a Volunteer Vacation!

If holiday travel hasn’t soured you on making it through airport security, and you want to explore a new destination while giving something back, consider going on a volunteer vacation. You can find projects to fit just about every interest, and travel all over the globe. Check out these three sites to find programs that work for you: Cross-Cultural Solutions […]

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Another Way to Support Sandy Victims

Instagram was one of the most widely used social media properties during Hurricane Sandy, both by professional and amateur photographers alike. I was stuck on the West coast during the storm, and Instagram was one of the ways that I stayed up-to-date on what was going on with my friends and in my neighborhood. Now you have the opportunity to […]

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The Easiest Way to Donate—DonateStuff.com

Sometimes the hardest part about donating your clothing, toys, or household goods is getting it out of your home. Thankfully, there’s the site DonateStuff.com. They make it incredibly easy to send your donations in using a prepaid UPS envelope if your neighborhood is not within one of their free pick up areas. Simply head to DonateStuff.com to see which option is […]

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When Should Kids Start Volunteering?

It’s important to get your kids involved in volunteer service and charity early so it becomes part of their lives. But when should you actually start bringing them along to volunteer? Learnvest recommends getting kids involved in projects between the ages of 9 and 12. Before that, teach them about charity and sharing, once they reach nine they can start […]

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Try Giving a Gift That Gives Back

Just because a company is donating a portion of the profits to charity doesn’t mean you should rush out and buy their products. However, if you’re going to be giving gifts this season anyway, it’s an added bonus if the ones you are giving also support a good cause. To help you add a charitable element to your holiday shopping […]

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