You don’t necessarily need to donate your own money or time to important causes to show your support for them. Believe it or not, there are many smaller solutions you can take advantage of to support them while also helping yourself out at the same time.
1. Donate one old item for every new item you acquire.
Here’s a great rule of thumb to follow every time you make a new material purchase or are given a material gift: Get rid of one thing you don’t need anymore.
Take it to the Salvation Army or another organization that accepts used items. You’ll help out people in need, keep unnecessary trash out of landfills, and reduce the amount of clutter in your own home.
2. Buy products from charitable organizations.
There are all sorts of organizations, big and small, that donate a portion of their revenues or products to relevant causes. All you have to do is find them and purchase their products (or services).
To save you both the time and energy of finding individual charitable organizations yourself, try using GoodSearch. GoodSearch is a search engine that has coupons and offers at thousands of popular stores. When you shop through GoodSearch, a percentage of your purchases is donated to a cause of your choice.
3. Spread awareness on social media.
One of the best ways you can take advantage of your social networks is by sharing information about important causes you think they should know about. Doing something as simple as sharing a news article, a petition, or a GoFundMe page on Facebook or Twitter (or other social network) could have more of an impact than you might think.
Think back to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014 and how wildly successful that was thanks to social media. Even if what you share inspires just one friend or follower to re-share it on their own social profiles, you’ve helped make a small difference!
4. Save your spare change.
Spare change adds up over time. If you threw all your spare change into a jar over the course of a year, you’d likely have a good amount saved up that you could donate to a cause at Christmas, for your New Year’s resolution, or anytime of year that you want.
Keep a jar or a piggy bank where you store your wallet or purse at home and empty out all the unnecessary spare change into it every time you come home and set your wallet/purse down. Create a reminder on your phone to roll that change up and donate it to a good cause at some point in the future!
5. Raise money for causes while you exercise.
Walking, running, or cycling in support of different causes is great, but those types of fundraisers are often big campaigns that require team fundraising and a bigger time commitment. Those types of events also typically roll around just once a year, making it somewhat inconvenient and inaccessible for people who want a simpler way to support great causes by getting active.
Instead, try using the Charity Miles mobile app. It’s a free app available on both iOS and Android devices that allows you to choose a charity and then earn money for it whenever you decide to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Just choose your type of activity, hit start, and you’ll start earning!
Which idea from the list above are you going to try first? Let us know in the comments below!