Giving back, whether to the local community or the global community, is an important and personal gesture that is central to many of us. So you feel bad when you aren’t able to donate. So, what can you do when you can’t spare extra money for donations?
Here’s Some Ways to Give Back When Money is Tight
Charities can put “things” to use in different ways.
Often, they need items they regularly use as part of their work – a shelter may need bedding sheets or coats, for example. Or an animal group may need used towels.
Other times they may resell the items to raise money for other projects. Many non-profits run thrift shops for this purpose.
Make sure to contact the charity about what items they will accept.
If there’s something you’d like to donate that they do not accept, they may be able to direct you to a different organization that could better use your donation.
Donate your time and volunteer
Donating your time can be incredibly satisfying. Plus, when money is tight and you’re unable to donate money, volunteering is a great way to be involved and help out a charity.
By donating your time, you’ll get to meet new people and get to experience a slice of the day to day work that the nonprofit does.
As a bonus, you can also add your volunteer experience to your LinkedIn profile. And who knows what that may lead to!
Hold a fundraiser yard sale or rummage sale
Get others to help raise money for a charity by holding a fundraising yard sale or rummage sale.
For a yard sale, or rummage sale, you can sell items you no longer need or want to raise money. You can also ask others to join you in doing the same.
And don’t forget to have signs that let others know what charity the money raised will be going to.
Here are more tips to help you have a successful yard sale.
Dedicate a party to fundraising
Consider asking for charitable donations in place of gifts for your next birthday, holiday party or other event.
You can ask guests to donate to a cause you’re passionate about or ask them to choose their own charity.
Give your guests options too – let them choose if they want to make money and/or item donations.
Help raise awareness for a cause or charity
By helping to raise awareness for a charity, you let others know about that charity.
The more people that know about it, and hopefully be moved by it, the more good that charity can do.
Raising awareness can take many forms – from telling friends and family about it, writing about it on social media, wearing the colors for the charity, to something as small as a bumper sticker.
For example, wearing blue for colon cancer awareness in March or pink for breast cancer awareness in October are super easy ways to help raise awareness for these causes.
Whenever I walk my dogs I carry their things in a tote bag that reads “Make Adoption Your First Choice.”
Participate in activities that generate more donations
A lot of times large donors will help charities whenever someone takes part in an activity. These are usually simple things to do. And sometimes they’re things you may be planning to do anyways.
For example, each October Macy’s donates a coat whenever someone buys a coat from them.
Other times, all you have to do is share a hashtag. Easy peasy!