The best gift is the one that is given to someone who is really in need. This year, consider making a donation in the recipient’s name to one of the suggested charitable causes below.
Nothing But Nets Campaign – “Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.” For just $10, you can purchase a net that will be given to a family and instructed on how to properly use it.
Heifer International – Through Heifer International you can give the gift of livestock to a family (and if you can’t afford the whole water buffalo, you have the option to donate a share). This truly is the gift that keeps on giving, because “recipients agree to share the offspring of gift animals with others in need, making them equal partners with Heifer in the fight to end world hunger.”
Kiva : Loans That Change Lives – Kiva puts you in touch with an entrepreneur in a developing country, to help get their business off the ground and help lift them out of poverty. Eventually your loan will be re-paid, and you will have the opportunity to provide another loan to a different business owner with that same money.
Changing The Present – This site has a very wide variety of causes that you can donate to. From as little as $2 to gifts as large as $500, there is certainly a cause on this site that would make a fitting gift for the recipients on your list.
Sustainable Harvest International – As their mission statement states: Sustainable Harvest International is “building a global network of local partner working toward environmental, economic and social sustainability.” Their donation/gift options vary from providing a Community Grain Silo ($60) to Saving 200 Acres of Tropical Forest ($600). For just $25, you can provide families with the seeds, nursery materials and training to plant 100 trees.
World Wildlife Fund – A cute and cuddly animal adoption available through the WWF Gift Center is a good donation for the younger family members. For some animals that aren’t so cute and cuddly (and thus receive less attention) check out the EDGE of Existence web site.