Many people have a strong desire to give back to their community. However, not many of those people have billions of dollars to put toward the causes they are passionate about.
Not to worry though, IFM has you covered. We have compiled a list of free and easy ways you can start making a difference today by supporting nonprofit organizations and their causes.
Goodsearch, powered by Yahoo! is an easy way to raise money for your favorite cause. Use Goodsearch as your search engine and they'll donate about a penny to your favorite cause every time you do a search. In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, Goodshop, where you can shop at more than 2,600 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to the charity of your choice. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause! You can also enroll in the Gooddining program. Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nationwide and you can earn up to 6% of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation for your charity. For more information, click on the link below (and perhaps start earning money for IFM).
Looking to sell that purse you’ve had for years, or that ugly Christmas sweater your grandmother made you? Ebay allows you to do just that, and give back at the same time through GivingWorks. Just select your preferred nonprofit and the percent of your sale you want to give back, and when the transaction is complete you’ll not only feel great about finally being rid of that hideous sweater, but about giving back as well. For more information visit: http://givingworks.ebay.com/.
Free Rice is a nonprofit website that is owned and supported by the United Nations World Food Programme. Free Rice is centered on the two goals of providing education to everyone for free and helping end world hunger by giving rice to the hungry for free. In order to do this, Free Rice sponsors a trivia game with various categories that you can play. For every answer you get correct, 10 grains of rice is donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger. To start playing, click the link below.
Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger is committed to donating millions to local nonprofit organizations. If you have a Kroger Plus Card, you can help a nonprofit of your choice, simply by making your normal weekly purchases. Just visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com and sign in to your account (or create an account). Then, find and select the organization of your choice and click “save.” You’ll then start earning rewards for your nonprofit organization on qualifying purchases made using your Kroger Plus Card. (If you would like Interfaith to be your organization of choice, our organization number is 81850).
Looking to get rid of that clunker that’s starting to rust in your driveway? Interfaith’s Charity Cars program would be happy to take it off your hands. Proceeds earned from Interfaith selling your car can help less fortunate members of the community. Running and non-running vehicles are accepted, with free towing available. Additionally, you can claim a tax deduction of the value of your car up to $500, or the amount we sell it for over $500. Just make sure you have the title for the car. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/charitycars.
One of the easiest ways to help nonprofits is through the free advertising of social media. Liking, following, sharing, posting, tweeting, etc. about, and for your favorite nonprofit on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts can do so much in terms of earning the organization visibility and exposure. In fact… you can get started now by posting this blog post to all of your social media accounts.
The final, and perhaps most important way you can give back for free is to volunteer. Nonprofit organizations are always looking for people to give of their time and skills. Do you have a background in marketing? See if your organization needs help in designing materials for its next fundraiser. Are you handy with tools? Ask if there are any repairs around the organization’s office that need to be taken care of. Volunteers are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations. In fact, all nonprofits are run by a completely voluntary board of directors (another great way to serve your organization). To help in finding organizations that fit your interests visit: www.dosomething.org or sign up with RSVP here in Denton and United Way of Denton County, both of which house volunteer databases.
As you can see, there are many ways you can serve your community and benefit the causes you care about. Sometimes all it takes is just a swipe of a card or a click of a button.
“Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give.” –Barbara Bush.