I love giving and receiving gifts each Christmas, but I have always been intrigued by the idea of financially supporting a cause or a person in lieu of traditional Christmas gift giving. I have heard of families who take their money that they would normally spend on gifts for each other and use it to adopt another family. You can bet a sacrifice like that would really make it a Christmas to remember.
I recently found a site (that has actually been around a while) called GlobalGiving.org which is basically an online marketplace for charities. The site conveniently allows you to donate to any one of countless causes and charities in your neighborhood or around the world.
So if you want your Christmas giving to go to orphans in India, or if you want to donate to help Mothers with AIDS in Africa, or if you want to just give to the poor in your own area, you can do it all from the website.
A little bit on how it works…
Here’s how the Process Works
- You browse the website, research causes by topic or location, and pick the one that matches your interests and passions.
- You make a tax-deductible donation and we combine your giving with other generous folks doing the same thing.
- We ensure that at least 85% of your donation is on-the-ground within 60 days and has an immediate impact.
- You get regular updates telling you what a difference your gift is making and the results that have been achieved.
- If you’re not satisfied with your donation for any reason, the GlobalGiving Guarantee provides you with your money back in the form of a voucher for the amount of your original donation.
How efficient are they?
GlobalGiving is rated 4 stars (the top rating) by CharityNavigator.org. According to their website…
“All donations go through the GlobalGiving Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization, which receives a nominal 15% fee. This helps cover the cost of operating the marketplace – finding and researching projects, supporting project leaders in the field, attracting donors, and building our website. It also includes the fees assessed by vendors for credit card processing. Donors can choose whether to make an incremental contribution to cover the fee, or to have it deducted from their donation.”
Have you ever tried GlobalGiving or similar websites? Would you ever consider doing something like this as an alternative to Christmas gifts?