The best way to honor the true meaning of Christmas is to give, lovingly and generously, to those most in need. It's easy to get swept up in the commercialization of the holidays. But the greatest gift you can give someone is the chance to better their lives, fulfill their dreams and provide for their loved ones. When you donate your time or money, you’re helping to bless families, advance developing communities and assist the unfairly marginalized.
And while glittering baubles and high tech gadgets are fun to receive and gift, nothing feels better than helping someone who is one good deed away from living their best life. Further, supporting organizations that are making a difference is a necessary function of a thriving community. Everyone deserves a seat at the table. So, from assisting entrepreneurs in poor countries to helping to reduce the recidivism rate in our penal system, I’ve built a catalog of charities that are working tirelessly to bring the unfairly marginalized back into the world's collective fold.
KIVA helps to finance entrepreneurs and farmers in conflict zones and developing countries.
THE THIRST PROJECT
For $25 you can provide a lifetime of clean water to a person in a developing community. Twelve thousand dollars will buy your own well, providing a village with a lifetime of clean water.
DIRECT RELIEF https://www.directrelief.org/gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi6Oy_vv1wIVErbACh393QpYEAAYASAAEgL8DPD_BwE
Aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those impacted by poverty and emergencies by providing medical resources.
UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING
Supports organ transplants recipients while promoting equitable organ allocation, maximized organ donations and access to transplantation.
THE CARTER CENTER
Aims to build hope, wage peace and fight disease on a global scale. Former U.S. President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter has been working on behalf of the disadvantaged for decades.
ONE BY 1
Washington D.C.'s Eddie Ellis is committed to providing successful re-entry to formerly incarcerated individuals, while keeping communities safe. Ellis has devoted his life to a worthy cause that deserves the immense recognition it receives.
ROOM TO READ
Seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Builds schools and libraries in South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Works in more than 80 countries to end violence against women and girls. Puts on The Vagina Monologues, in an effort to raise funds for local anti-violence groups.
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
For $58 you can send a young girl, in a developing country, to school for an entire year.
Because charitable giving needn’t be exclusive to the holidays or in the aftermath of large-scale disasters, consider gifts with a philanthropic bent for birthdays, anniversaries, and even Valentine's Day! If you know of an organization that deserves attention, put their info in the comments section.