We all want to make the world a better place, and charitable giving is a pretty straightforward way to do it. But if you’re on a budget or unable to make monetary donations, you might be at a loss as to how you can help.
Never fear! There are plenty of alternatives to monetary donations. Check out the following cash-free ways to support good causes.
If you are physically healthy, donating blood is a zero-cost way to help others. And blood isn’t the only life-saving substance you can contribute. Plasma is another vital fluid, used for everything from heart surgery to treatments for cancer patients. Or, if you are breastfeeding, you might also consider donating your breast milk to a local hospital, where it is often given to premature newborns whose mothers are unable to nurse.
Do you know graphic design? Are you a handyman wiz? Do know accounting or gardening? No matter your training or background, we’re willing to bet you have special skills to offer. And it turns out, charities and nonprofits can use them as much as money. Check in with local organizations to see if you might be of help. Perhaps a nearby women’s shelter could use a yoga instructor to teach classes. Or maybe the animal shelter needs a new logo. You can also head to Catchafire, which matches professional skills to charities in need.
Click on a website and donate to charity? It sounds too good to be true. But it’s true! The internet has a number of charitable sites and apps that make giving easy and instantaneous. The Hunger Site, for example, donates a cup of food every time you click a button. Or head to Free Rice, where answering trivia questions earns rice for the World Food Programme. And finally, there’s Tab for a Cause, a simple browsing app that donates to charity every time you open a new tab.