There are thousands of charities out there doing great work. Some are local while others are worldwide. No matter what your beliefs, there are plenty of charities that will compliment your views and you would do well to support. If you aren’t sure about a certain charity, you can go to Charity Navigator which evaluates charities to learn more about how the charity is run and where the money it gets ends up going.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need to give money to any of these charities to help them out. As this blog will show, there are plenty of things that you can do that won’t cost you a dime, but can greatly help out the charities that you support, but in order to do that, you need to know which causes you support.
If you haven’t already done so, find three causes that you believe in. While I support a lot more than three, these are the main ones that I use when people ask me:
- Modest Needs: A charity that gives one time financial help to those who would otherwise lose their house or job.
- KIVA: The charity that this blog supports which gives microloans to entrepreneurs in less developed countries that would not qualify for them at local banks.
- Doctors Without Borders: Helps those with medical needs in some of the most desperate places on this planet.
When you have chosen three that you support, please leave a comment with a link to the causes that you have chosen (your comment might not show up right away as the links will cause it to go in the moderation line, but I will approve those that aren’t spam on a daily basis). Not only will it add an extra 10 cents to the microloan fund here, It will be an excellent way for others to learn about other charities and causes (plus I’d really like to know!)
If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn about other ways you can help others without spending a lot of time or money of your own, please consider signing up for free updates which will add another 25 cents toward a microloan. Thank you to all that have told friends or family and I hope that you will continue to do so. It’s greatly appreciated.
In the last 4 minutes and 38 seconds before writing this post I was able to do the following without it costing me a cent:
- I offset 1 pound of carbon emissions or roughly the equivalent amount to taking hot shower.
- I saved 7.4 sq. ft. of American Prairie.
- I helped to fund the airing of a public service announcement protesting Canada’s baby seal hunt.
- I generated a donation to help save our oceans.
- I helped support 11,314.29 sq.ft of Jaguar habitat.
- I donated enough to feed an orange to a hungry primate.
- I donated enough to fund 41 minutes to provide a child with medical care and education for 30 days.
- I helped prevent one litter of unwanted kittens.
- I helped generate 3 letters of support to stop violence against women.
- I helped to eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.
- I gave the value of 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
- I helped fund a free mammogram to help a woman in need.
- I helped fund healthcare for a child in need.
- I helped fund the tools needed to attain literacy for a child in need.
- I helped protect 11.4 square feet of rainforest.
- I gave the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.
- I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a dog in an animal shelter.
- I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a cat in an animal shelter.
- I gave 20 grains of rice to help feed the poor.
- I gave 10 cents to help fund a microloan.
Don’t believe me? Here is how I did it and how you can do it too. Feel free to get out your stop watch because I bet you can probably do it even quicker than I did if you want.
1. Go to the Care2.com free click to donate global warming and click the “reduce 1 pound of carbon” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “rainforest” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: seals, oceans, big cats, primates, children, pets, stop violence and breast cancer.
2. Go to the The Hunger Site and click the “click here to give – it’s free” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “breast cancer” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: child health, literacy, rainforest and animal rescue.
3. Go to Free Kibble and answer the question. When finished, click the “click here to feed cats too!” link and answer that question as well.
4. Go to Free Rice and answer a question (you must get it correct — you can also stay longer and donate a whole lot more rice if you have extra time as well).
5. Come back here and leave a comment as to how long it took you to make all the free donations.
If you can complete those 5 steps, then you will have given similar amounts as I have listed above and the entire process should take somewhere about 5 minutes to complete. Pretty darn good way to spend five minutes when you have the free time.
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