Whether you are making a donation in your name or someone else’s, here are three charities worth considering.
Support innovative humanitarian programs by sending a Mercy Kit to someone in need. That could be a school supplies kit, a women’s small business kit, or a family garden kit. There are 20 kits to chose from with prices from $18 to $500, though most are well below $100. MercyCorps spends less than 10 percent of its funds on administration, according to JustGive.org. Give now.
One of my favorite ways to help my community is to support my local food pantry. Everyone needs to eat. Nuff said. Feeding America has a database of local food pantries so you can find one near you.
The World Vision Catalog is similar to Heifer International in that you don’t just write a check. You get to pick out animals to give to poor people abroad to help them improve their lives in the long run. A goat and two chickens that will produce eggs and milk that a family can eat and sell costs $100. Five ducks and two chickens costs $55, a dairy cow costs $500. World Vision spends just 5 percent of its funds on administration, according to the charity evaluator JustGive.org. Give now.
If you want to go lower: donate your time to a charity in need.