Holiday gift giving can be overwhelming but I’ve tried to make it more meaningful by giving each of my kids and husband a gift that gives back. It allows me the opportunity to set aside some of the funds I would have spent on Christmas gifts for them to do good for others. In the past we’ve given malaria nets, water wells, and stoves for impoverished 3rd world countries; but, we’ve also given closer to home for animals and people displaced by natural disasters.
Gifts That Give Back
This year I’ve already “purchased” a goat for my youngest son but I’m still shopping for charitable gifts for my husband, oldest son, and my youngest son’s fiancé. I like to make the donation meaningful for the person and I like to get them a little trinket to denote their donation.
I found just the thing for my future daughter-in-law tonight from GlobalGiving. A small, hand-painted rocks that was made by children who’ll benefit from the funds. The $50 we donated with help child refugees in the Philippines stay in school. I think she’ll love the gift and the hand-painted rocks will be a reminder that she’s doing good a world away. I hope it encourages her to make a habit of giving as well.
But what if you’re not sure what charity is dear to your recipient’s heart? Purchase a GlobalGiving gift card that lets him/her make the donation to the charity that speaks to his/her heart. There are thousands of charitable projects to choose from and the best part is they’re pre-screened charities, in the US and abroad, so your donation is safe.
Purchasing is easy. GlobalGiving accepts credit/debit cards and PayPal and you’ll receive a receipt immediately after purchase via email which shows your charitable spending. It couldn’t be easier to support some well deserving charities this holiday season and it’s a great way to show your kids that there’s a huge world outside and that they can help those who don’t have the privileges they enjoy.
GlobalGiving Covers the World
Choose from their most popular projects or by topic: Animals, Arts and Culture, Children, Climate Change, Democracy and Governance, Disaster Recovery, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, Hunger, Microfinance, Sport, Technology, Women and Girls. You can also donate by region: Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, or South/Central America and the Caribbean.
GlobalGiving Rating on Charity Navigator
I never give money before checking that charity out on Charity Navigator and so I did just that before making my donation. You’ll be glad to know that GlobalGiving gets their top rating for a charitable organization – that makes me feel good about choosing them. You can read the full profile here: GlobalGiving Rating.