This is the time of year we are especially concerned with giving back but often don’t have the extra cash to do so. Luckily, there are simple things we are doing in our everyday lives that allow us to give back without spending a dime. Many times you will also save money yourself in the process!
Made By Survivors
You’re going to need to buy some gifts in the coming months, so why not buy gifts that give back. If you buy jewelry from Relevee, each piece is handcrafted by women worldwide who are a part of Made By Survivors, a nonprofit organization that rescues and shelters women, providing them with education, jobs and long-term solutions. All of the proceeds support human rights and women’s rights charities.
Looking for some gifts online? Then shop Amazon Smile and designate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice. Choose from almost a million nonprofits. This works for both Prime and Non-Prime members.
Ebay’s Giving Works
It’s time to think about giving back by cleaning out your closet. Sell items on eBay through their Giving Works program and designate 10 to 100% of the sale to the charity of your choice.
Need a new pair of running shoes? Well here’s how to save on those and make sure your old ones go to good use. KindRunner will ship your new shoes for free and send you a mailing label and box for your old shoes. Ship those back and KindRunner will send them to someone in need. As an added bonus, you get $10 in “Kindness Cash Rewards” to use on a future purchase.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
This is the time of year many of us have a new cell phone on our wish list, so we might as well let that old phone go to good use. Donate it to Cell Phones for Soldiers and the money received from recycling your old phone will be used to purchase international calling cards for active-duty military deployed overseas.
St. Jude’s Ranch
There’s an even better place than the recycling bin for old greeting and holiday cards. Donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch, a Nevada residential facility for abused, abandoned and neglected children. They will turn them into new cards and sell them to support their program.
Warby Parker & Lions Eye Foundation
Next time you need to buy a pair of glasses you may be able to give back twice! The first way is by making a purchase with Warby Parker. Every month, Warby Parker adds up the number of glasses sold and makes a donation to their nonprofit partners (primarily VisionSpring). The nonprofit also works to train men and women in developing countries to preform basic eye exams and sell glasses in their communities at affordable prices. The second way to give back is by donating your old glasses to the Lions Eye Foundation. They will get your old glasses into the hands of someone in great need.