Picking a Holiday Charity

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I’ve already begun thinking about holiday giving. We give to the same charities every year: St. Jude’s, ASPCA, and Raleigh Rescue Mission. I stumbled across this great article the other day in the November 2014 issue of Health magazine and I started thinking about what other charities are out there that I could give back to. The article talked about how millennials give more during the holidays than older generations, and just how popular crowdfunding has become.

“Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.”

GOFUNDME.COM is great way to help out individuals in need. You can search by common categories (Medical, Volunteer, Education, Animals) or you can enter your zip code if you want to help someone local in need.

RAZOO.COM focuses on donations to nonprofits, with an emphasis on raising money for animals via no kill shelters and rescue sanctuaries.

STARTSOMEGOOD.COM is very similar to Razoo and GoFundMe, but features top charities. One of the first charities on the site is for the Walt Disney Birthplace Restoration. Neat!

It should go without saying, but there are obvious risks to crowdfunding since anyone can start a fund. Obviously, if it is someone you know you have a higher trust in the charity, but if not, do your research. The idea of giving to someone truly in need is very exciting to me, but I’m going to be sure to research a charity and give to those truly in need. If you want to be really safe (and live in Raleigh) don’t forget about Activate Raleigh where you can search a database of volunteer opportunities.

Do you have your go-to holiday charities that you like to donate to? Have you used crowdfunding to raise or donate money? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal

 

 

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