Ways to Give to a Charity: Nine Easy Ideas to Make an Impact

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Paige Kutilek
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Giving back doesn’t have to be hard work. There are plenty of ways to help those in need, many of which require little time or effort. Whether it’s turning daily tasks into charitable efforts or dedicating a current hobby to the greater good, there are many ways to give to charity and make their mark on the world.

Try a new way to give to charity

1. Frequent flyer

If you’re a high flyer with a surplus of miles, you can always pass them forward. Most airlines feature a miles-for-charity option as part of their frequent flyer programs, where members can donate to a cause of their choice. Examples include the American Airlines AAdvantage program, which provides free transport for children and families in need, or Delta’s SkyMiles program which can donate a minimum of 5,000 miles to selected charities, including the Make-A-Wish foundation.

2. Free rice

Quiz masters can use the website Free Rice in order to feed people in impoverished areas. For every question that you answer correctly, food will be donated through the World Food Programme to those in need. This is a win-win, as you’ll help feed the hungry while sharpening your knowledge.

3. Crafting for good

Are your friends tired of being on the receiving end of your DIY projects? Well, now you can focus your efforts on giving back to charity instead. There are a number of organizations that accept handmade crafts, including toys for infants and children, or clothing for the homeless. Charities like Contagious Hope Ministries provide clothes, blankets, and quilts for children in orphanages around the world, and Crochet for Cancer accepts crocheted, knitted, and sewn items for people being treated with cancer who could use a little cheer.

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4. Open tab

For anyone who finds themselves with a million tabs open, there’s now an easy way to donate to charity. Tab for a Cause is a browser extension that raises money with every tab you open. Donations go to Save the Children, Human Rights Watch,, Conservation International, and more.

5. Charity wedding

If you’re about to get married, then your wedding is a great opportunity to give back. Guests can bring canned goods, coats, shoes, or other essentials to your wedding shower for you to donate to a local charity drive. Other ideas include setting up a charitable registry, using a non-profit as a venue, donating your bridal gown, or even volunteering on your honeymoon.

6. Dog jog

Take walking your dog to the next level. You and your canine friend can participate in one of the many dog runs held across the country, promoting awareness for shelters, animal well-being, or a cause of your choice. Typically ranging from 5-10k, you can either choose a shelter dog or your own dog to accompany you on your trek.

7. Charity miles

Fitness trackers are a great way to motivate people to work out. But now you can donate to charity and get into shape. An app called Charity Miles keeps track of how far you walk, run, or bike, and donates money to the charity of your choice for every mile you complete.

8. Good search

Say goodbye to Google and hello to Goodsearch. Powered by Yahoo!, you’ll raise money anytime you shop online, search the web, or utilize any of their free tools. A penny will be generated every time and will go to charities chosen by you. If your search game is strong, we recommend you bookmark this page and start earning those hard-earned dollars.

9. Crowdfunding

Looking for another way to give to charity? Crowdfunding can also do the trick. Start a free fundraiser for a charity or nonprofit of your choice. Our fundraising platform makes it easy for you to start giving back in a meaningful way. Check out these charity fundraising ideas for inspiration.

Support your favorite charity

For more information on raising money for charity read Eight Great Sources for Charity Funding.  If you haven’t already, start your free fundraiser today.

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Paige Kutilek

About Paige Kutilek

I'm keen on creating meaningful and thoughtful content that will have an impact. I'm a dedicated individual with a creative touch who is always eager to learn more. Lover of cats, avocados, and tea.

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