Monday, June 22, 2009

5 Fun Ways to Give to Charity on a Budget

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With all the messages of scarcity and economic gloom that dominate the media these days, its hard to feel secure enough to be able to give money to charity. But at times like this, your contibution is needed more than ever!

If you are finding it hard to fit charitable giving into your budget, check out these fun ways to give that don't cost the earth!!

1. Form a Giving Circle with Friends
Even if you only have a couple of dollars spare a week for charitable giving, by getting together a group of friends and pooling your donations every month you can really make a difference.

Nothing is more fun than hanging out with your friends - why not make a night of it each month to decide who will get your combined donations and to toast your own generosity!!

2. Grow a Vege Garden
Gardening is fun! And good for you - and it saves money which means you have more to give away. How about also planting more than you need and giving it to your local foodbank.

3. Hunt out Free Ways to Give Online
There are plenty of them! Try Better the World, NeoAid, Everywun or We Care. For more ideas check out 'Help From Home', an initiative that provides information on easy, no commitment volunteering opportunities that can all be performed from the comfort of home.

4. Volunteer
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most non-profit organisations. Even if you only have a few hours a month, there is bound to be something you can do! You get to learn new skills - or use ones you already have for a good cause. You'll meet new people and discover new things.

5. Host a Garage Sale
Organise a Garage Sale in your community and donate the profits to a local charity. Most of us have at least a few things lying around that we don't use - a garage sale is a great way to declutter, recycle and raise money for charity!

Share your ideas for philanthropy on a budget in the comments below!

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