Christmas is a celebration. Thankfully, it is also a state of mind. When Yuletide comes around every year, we put love into our actions. We put thoughts into our gifts. We also place charity in our hearts. The Web makes it so much easier.
Charity organizations have taken readily to the Web, and with a few innovations they make giving as easy as a click. Last year, we took a look at some tech savvy charities and the year before that we took Angela’s advice on how to be charitable throughout the year and not simply wait for a special season. Now, when the online world has made it so easy to contribute to the happiness of others, what’s holding us back? If you need a trigger, take a look at these six charitable means which don’t take you too much out of your way while asking you to donate something for a better world.
If I had a dime for everyone who will at least browse through Amazon for a selecting the perfect gift, I would be a rich man. Then, I could gift a large slice of it to charity. Oh wait – AmazonSmile is already doing that. AmazonSmile is an altruistic initiative on the part of the world’s largest online retailer to “crowdsource” charity through the products you buy here. You can use AmazonSmile to support your favorite charity. Every time you shop at Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. You have to select a charitable organization where the money will go to, and there are nearly one million 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations to choose from.
You don’t have to pay anything extra out of your pocket and you get the same products, the same prices, and the same service as usual. Here’s the FAQ which answers your other questions.
Gamers unite. Okay, non-gamers are welcome too because this is a really unique charity which uses the healing power of video games. The concept is simple – the charity supports a network of 70 hospitals in the U.S. Each hospital curates a wish-list of age appropriate toys and games for kids who get treated here. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift. You can also make a direct cash donation that goes into placing consoles, peripherals, games, and more in the hands of kids who come to the hospitals for a cure or therapy.
The effort seems significant to go along with the success rate as the target goal for 2013 has been met with a few days to spare.
Just a few days back we told you about the Humble Jumbo Bundle which launched with six cool games. Humble Bundle are “collections” of multi-platform games sold together at an average price that’s lower than what you would have paid for them actually. Some of the profits is passed on to non-profits the world over for charitable deeds. The unique concept has really caught on and Humble Bundles are anticipated by gamers the world over.
If you want to see where the money you spend for your pleasure goes, look no farther than the Humble Bundle blog which lists stories that tells us that the world is alright.
The best things in life should be simple. Tab for a Cause fits that like a “T”. Download the browser extension for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, surf the Web as you normally do, and the browser extension raises funds from the online banner advertisements it displays on a tab webpage. You can set the frequency for the display of this special tab page. The accumulated funds from the advertising partners go to any one of the charities you pick from the eight that Tab for a Cause currently supports. The browser extension has been well-profiled in media.
The site does say that it is still not registered under 501(c)(3) non-profit status, but has applied for the same.
We have earlier talked about Free Rice, the well-known edutainment web game that helps you reap grains of rice by answering questions. Pocket Rice follows a similar course, except you can take it around in your pocket as it is a free iPhone app. The trivia questions are fun – from science to geography and everything in between, like – What’s Garfield’s favorite food?
Pocket Rice has teamed up with World Vision to distribute the grains of rice you manage to accumulate by answering the trivia questions.
Do we take the gift of education for granted? Donors Choose may help you express your gratitude by giving something back to the education system. You can lend a hand to public school teachers who need resources for their classroom. It could be test tubes, colored pencils, or even iPads. The site neatly lists out the materials that are needed against the subjects covered. Search for a project near you with your ZIP code. You can donate any amount and help the teachers meet the project goals. In return, you receive photos of the project in action, and thank you letters, also showing how the money was used.
What could be better than the gift of learning for a child!
Philanthropy catches on during the holidays. Blame it on the feel good spirit. But what should it be seasonal? Hopefully, these six charity websites can show you the value of good deeds. Have you factored in some charitable gift-giving this Christmas? Which are your favorite charities? Do you know any unusual ones that are doing some great work and could do with some limelight? Spread the word and turn charity into a happiness key.
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