We hear it over and over: The holidays are about giving, not getting.
To help drive this initiative, the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact founded #GivingTuesday in 2012, with the goal of bringing organizations and people together to celebrate philanthropy and encourage giving back.
While many people have the desire to give back, they sometimes stumble in deciding where their dollars should go. Making the decision more complicated are the stories about charities that use 80 to 90% of their proceeds to pay the executives and throw parties and lavish fundraisers.It feels good to give back. Seven charities worth donating to on #GivingTuesday Click To Tweet
We thought we’d help make your #GivingTuesday decision easier by suggesting seven important and reputable charities where a majority of proceeds go directly to their charitable programs.
American Civil Liberties Union:
Though not without controversy, the ACLU has been a tireless defender of the First Amendment and the freedom of speech.
National Resources Defense Council:
This environmental group works on all levels of society, with government, business, local communities, and schools to address crucial issues such as global warming, conservation and sustainability. Check out their website.
National Military Family Association:
If you’re looking to help our veterans, the NMFA has an outstanding record when it comes to serving members of the military and their families. They do this through influencing policy, providing educational opportunities and more.
U.S. Fund for UNICEF:
UNICEF is one of the best known and largest charities in the world; it’s also one of the best. Its mission is simple: to help protect the world’s most vulnerable children.
Institute of International Education:
For almost 100 years, the Institute of International Education has been dedicated to enriching the lives of millions through the power of education. Their global reach continues to produce incredible results.
Catholic Medical Mission Board:
By focusing on the health of mothers and their newborn children, the Catholic Medical Mission Board has helped save the lives of thousands of people in developing countries.
Direct Relief is dedicated to providing material resources — including medicine, building supplies, food and clean water — to areas around the world (including the U.S.) that have been struck by natural disasters.
Didn’t find the charity you want to support on this list? Check out charitywatch.org for a more detailed look at the many worthy charities you can support on #GivingTuesday.
Other ways to give back:
Donating to charity is just one of the many ways you can give back this year. There are plenty of organizations and people in need within your community.
- Donate old clothes to Goodwill or The Salvation Army
- Volunteer and soup kitchen
- Buy books for strangers
- Give a generous tip
- Bring old toys to a children's hospital
- Donate blood
- Bring pet supplies to a local animal shelter
- Hand out free compliments (or hugs)
- Visit and nursing home
- Donate your old cell phone to someone less fortunate
By partaking in any one of these simple acts, you're making a difference in someone else's life, racking up good karma, and participating in #GivingTuesday!