Pay it Forward this Holiday with Global Giving

Christmas is less than a month away!  Where has the time gone?  Every year I try to buy gifts for my family and friends ahead of the November / December timeline in order to help with the balancing of funds.  Another main reason that I like to buy early is because it seems as if it takes my family 2 months to provide me with a Christmas list!

What if….What if I could buy them gifts that pay forward rather than simply exchanging gifts of monetary value.  I have to admit that I am one that likes “things,” but the thought of buying and receiving something that serves a purpose higher than my own personal need for “stuff” piques my interest.

Over the past 10 years, GlobalGiving has helped change the way people give, offering donors a transparent, high-impact donation experience. You choose where you want your money to go, and we get it there, quickly and efficiently.

GlobalGiving, a virtual marketplace for philanthropy, allows anyone with an internet connection to support more than 1,000 pre-screened charities in the U.S. and around the world. These are groups providing real-world solutions to help educate children, feed the hungry, build houses and infrastructure, protect our environment and empower women (and men) – just to name a few. The best part? You can access and support this extensive network of impactful charities with a simple gift card that your friends and family will love this holiday season. This means that, for as little as $10, you can make things easy on yourself and purchase a gift card that everyone on your gift list will enjoy – from your kids to Uncle Paul to the mailman – and give them the complete freedom to choose a cause they wish to support. Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays with regular updates from those on the ground on how your donation is making a difference.

 

GlobalGiving gift cards are 100% biodegradable, tax-deductible and they’re guaranteed. They come in the form of print-at-home cards, e-cards or beautiful biodegradable physical cards (with free shipping! Just order by Dec 12 for Dec 24 delivery). The purchaser makes the tax-deductible donation, and the recipient chooses the charity project that receives the funds. If, for any reason, the recipient is unhappy with their donation, it’s covered by the GlobalGiving Guarantee.

GlobalGiving enables you to fund the underdog. They help nonprofits access to new sources of funds for creative ideas and projects that might never be funded through traditional structures and development and philanthropy approaches. But just because you can fund the underdog, doesn’t mean you’re taking undue risk. They have a tested due diligence process, and make sure donors get feedback about how their contributions have been put to work and the results achieved – with satisfaction guaranteed.

I was blessed to receive a $25 gift card from Global Giving to give to the charity of my choice.  I am a sucker for charity ~ for helping the underdog, so this was right up my alley!  So how do you choose from so many wonderful charities?  The Global Giving website offers a multitude of different ways to filter through the thousands of pre-screened charities that are vieing for financial assistance.  Search by keyword or browse for a project by country, cause, % funded, theme and more!  It took me quite a while to pilfer through the wonderful causes that are listed, but in the end I decided to share the $25 gift card amongst two different charities. The first charity that I chose to assist was “Canines with a Cause

1 in 4 war veterans will come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over four million healthy, adoptable animals will be euthanized in shelters this year. Dogs provide healing and comfort to vets. A Pentagon study found that one in four veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD, depression or anxiety. Veterans are coming home with feelings of abandonment and having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. This includes depression, substance abuse and in the worst cases, violence and suicide. Working with the dogs and training them to help others has proven to be very beneficial to veterans and shelter dogs. The dogs eventually are paired with people in need.Canines With a Cause brings shelter dogs and returned veterans together. Spending time with a dog can lessen stress. Vets benefit from the healing companionship of the dog and shelter dogs’ lives are saved by finding loving homes.

And because I had the ability to split my gift card into two, I chose to provide the remaining balance of the card to “Embrace GlobalThis charity broke my heart as a mother and I couldn’t NOT help the cause, as I was blessed to have a very healthy premature baby, unlike many.

Embrace’s mission is to advance maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world’s most vulnerable populations. They do this by catalyzing the creation of new products with strong potential to improve health outcomes in developing countries, and then working to get those products directly to the people who need them most. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every woman and child has an equal chance for a healthy life. NOW  YOU PAY IT FORWARD!  With thousands of charities and causes in need, why don’t you take a step and help!

I’ve listed a few charities that inspired me…a few more that I found on the Global Giving website that might inspire you to give are:

* The Meet Kate Foundation ~ The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and rights. Among them are education, housing, food and fun.

* Arts for All ~ Arts for All is an arts outreach organization serving in-need children ages 4-19. Their mission is to provide artistic opportunities to in-need youth communities in the greater New York City area. Through Arts for All, professional artists work with children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge.

* Bonobo Conservation Initiative ~  BCI’s mission is to promote conservation of the bonobo (Pan paniscus), the most endangered of the six great ape species, and its tropical forest habitat in the Congo River Basin. Their goals are to create a unified international conservation effort for bonobos and their habitat, build capacity of Congolese partner organizations, support education, health and sustainable livelihood development in indigenous communities, and promote individual actions to protect the planet’s resources.

What an amazingly philanthropic company Global Giving is!  Make sure that your heart is in the right place and support them and the thousands of causes that they are encouraging fundraising for!

 

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WIN! Win and give more this holiday season. ·    The blogger that helps drive the largest number of readers to purchase GlobalGiving gift cards  through their unique link by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 24 will win: $1000 donated toward the GlobalGiving project of their choice OR $500 donated toward the GlobalGiving project of their choice and $500 in GlobalGiving gift cards for use in future giving or to give to their readers.
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