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Charitable Giving: 35 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

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Charitable Giving: 35 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

With Black Friday on the horizon, a lot of folks have shopping on the brain, and this seemed like the perfect time to talk about an alternative to all of that consumption: charitable giving.

I don’t know about you guys, but we have so much…stuff. I mean, seriously. We’ve got so much stuff that we don’t always have a good place for it. It’s displayed on shelves, stashed in drawers, stuffed into closets, and shoved under beds. Do we really need more stuff this holiday season? I’m all for giving someone that perfect holiday gift – that thing you know they’ve been wanting all year but won’t treat themselves to – but so often, making a holiday gift list feels more like coming up with something to give for the sake of giving.

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Back when my husband and I first got married, my mother-in-law started giving me a charitable gift in my stocking every year: she donates a bee colony through Heifer International. I look forward to that bee colony every year – it feels good knowing that instead of another tea towel or cookbook, part of my holiday haul is going to help people who really need it.

You can do this as a person’s sole gift or just as part of their holiday presents, but donating to a charity in someone’s name feels like it’s much more in the spirit of the holidays than hitting the mall for mass-produced products that clutter our homes and eventually fill our landfills.

When I started working on the list that’s on the next page, it was going to be 15 ways to give back. Then it became 22 ways. Wait, no…30 ways. There are so many organizations that need our support so they can help make this world a better place that all told I came up with a list of 35, and really it could have gone on and on. If there’s an organization you care about that you don’t see listed, feel free to leave it as a comment!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:22AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013


4:28AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Great causes! You can give a lot closer to home also! Thanks!

9:30PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

There are many good causes but you need to make sure you are giving to a worthy organization.

I find that is an excellent resource to learn which charities are most effective in applying my donations to the causes they serve.

2:02PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

I plan on sponsoring rescued animals in my nieces names for their Christmas presents.

6:54AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

good one

3:17PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Don't go into debt to give gifts to friends and family. Make a donation to a charity you believe in and make it in their name. How many "things" do we need??????????

1:15PM PST on Nov 25, 2012


6:48AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Thank you :-)

7:40PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Donating blood always helps too.

5:18PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Duchenne Now ( and Action Duchenne ( are incredible charities, but awareness for their cause is incredibly low and so they don't get many donations! :(

For more information please see:
or view my profile (which also has links to various petitions for research into DMD!) :)

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is 100% fatal. There is no cure. Children are losing the ability to walk, eat, draw, play, hug and breathe every day. DMD is not well known and so charities for research into DMD don't get many donations. The disease is utterly and completely heartbreaking and devastating.

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