If actual physical gifts are not your cup of tea this year, you always have the option of charitable donations in honor of someone, anyone, or everyone. Charities are feeling the pinch as much as anyone in a tight economy, so every tiny bit helps.
So while I’ve been doing goofy, silly, and ridiculously bizarre gift ideas, I also wanted to feature a few charitable organizations that I like, and ask which ones you direct donations toward. As Newark Mayor Cory Booker said on the Rachel Maddow show last April, too often we allow our inability to do everything undermine our ability to do something. Every little bit helps, even if it’s a tiny little bit!
I’ve given gifts of animal donations to Heifer International – which allows you to print out a greeting card to go with your gift to let the recipient know of the donation. I’ve also given to the American Jewish World Service (worth visiting the site just to see their video by Judd Apatow) and Feeding America this year.
Plus, you can always look up the score of a charitable organization that you like on Charity Navigator to see how their money is spent, or find a new organization with high scores to give to.
So what organizations reach you? Which do you donate to? I’m always looking for more good folks doing good work so when I can donate, even a little bit, I have lots of options.