The holidays are a wonderful time of giving and sharing, but sometimes it can be hard to do everything we want within our budgets. The following are seven ways you can support your favorite non-profit or cause just by opening your heart (and not your wallet).
Workday volunteers at Hartland Marsh. Photo by Meghan Wersel.
1. Volunteer your time
Volunteering your time is an often-underrated form of charity. Non-profits and other organizations with small staffs need volunteers to help with the little things that make a big difference: stuffing envelopes, signing letters, working events, just to name a few.
2. Volunteer your skills
Aside from volunteering your time, consider volunteering your specific skill set. If you’re a professional photographer, graphic designer, writer or videographer, consider donating your expertise to a cause you love.
3. Non-monetary donations
You also might have items sitting unused in your house that you can donate without spending a dime. Clothing, eyeglasses, furniture, toys, unused travel-size products, canned goods… the list continues!
4. Social Promotion
Have a favorite cause or organization that you support? Tell your friends about it! Follow their page and share their posts on social media. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth (and a good online review)!
5. Employer Gift Matching
Some companies participate in matching gift programs. If you are considering donating your time or money, check out if your employer will match your gift or time first. Use the site below to look up your company or reach out to HR.
6. Facebook Fundraisers
Consider holding a Facebook fundraiser for a cause you love on your birthday or on #GivingTuesday! When raising money for non-profits, Facebook doesn’t take a fee. Look for fundraising prompts on your timeline or find the “Fundraisers” tab near your “Pages” and “Groups.”
7. AmazonSmile & Other Donation Sites
Facebook isn’t the only site that does fundraising—there are literally hundreds. Some of our favorites include AmazonSmile, which sends a portion of your purchase revenue to a charity of your choice, Charity Miles, which donates 25 cents for every mile you walk, bike or run, and Good Search, which donates for each search made on the site.
We hope these ideas inspire you as you consider how you want to support your favorite cause this giving season!
To read more on how you can help out the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin specifically, please see Ways to Give page linked below.