It is nearly inevitable to get caught up in the merry and bright must-dos of the holiday season. Parties, gifts, and endless shopping seem to rule the last few weeks of each year. If you are wanting to change your way of giving this season, we rounded up some incredible charities that you may want to consider giving to. It’s the perfect way to take the stress off holiday shopping, get your family and friends involved, and give back.
Dress for Success is a worldwide organization that helps women to achieve economic independence. A major part of the way they do this is by providing women with professional clothes that help ace interviews, as well as equip women with confidence and knowledge for the workplace. Dress for Success accepts monetary donations and professional apparel at their multiple clothes drive locations.
American Humane provides rescue and care for all animals throughout the country. Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, the thought of animals in pain and needing a proper home is definitely heartbreaking. You can donate to American Humane in many ways. They accept one-time donations, monthly donations, you can even donate in memory of a loved one.
Girls Who Code is striving to end the gender gap in tech fields. Not only can you donate directly on their website, you also can fundraise in your town or help a local school start an after-school Girls Who Code club.
Safe, clean water can definitely be taken for granted in our day-to-day life. Water.org is working towards providing safe and cost-effective water and sanitation to the entire globe. They accept all forms of monetary donations online. You can also get your corporate business involved! They have even partnered with some goods and services that give back directly to the clean water organization. Hello, stocking stuffers that have extra meaning!
5. Time’s Up
We all want to feel safe and empowered in the workplace, and Time’s Up is working to offer just that. Donating to this cause will help provide more support and awareness for safety and inclusion at work. While you are on the site, sign up to receive emails regarding urgent issues affecting women in the workplace.
The fight to end cancer once and for all is still happening. For over 25 years, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has been working towards prevention and the ultimate cure for breast cancer. You can get involved with this non-profit year round, but this holiday season, consider donating or taking the steps to get involved with one of their many fundraising events throughout the country.
We all know that higher education isn’t cheap. This holiday season, consider helping out a future or current student achieve educational success. Even the smallest amount donated could help another student graduate debt-free.
The Trevor Project is an incredible organization that is providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQIA under-25 community. They are always looking for volunteers to work their 24/7 hotlines. You can even do this from home! This could be an amazing option for getting more involved in this new year. The Trevor Project also accepts monetary donations and has occasional major city events that you can get involved with.
As winter approaches, it is especially unsettling to remember how many Americans don’t have a home to go to at night. Homelessness in America is not a resolved issue; there is still work to be done. The National Alliance to End Homelessness also has a list of ways to be an advocate for change here.
Mental Health America works to promote overall mental health in the United States. They are addressing the needs of those living with mental illness while also promoting mental health as a critical part of overall health. Take a look at their shop for some great MHA merchandise that gives back, or find other ways to get involved with this great cause.
Ronald McDonald House provides care and housing for families whose children are fighting illnesses. Not only are they assisting families to receive medical care for their children, they also provide housing for those that are staying far from home. You can find your local chapter here, or volunteer by serving meals at a Ronald McDonald House or donating at a Ronald McDonald House Donation Box.
Wanting to get more involved in protecting our planet? Earthworks is providing solutions to fight against harmful actions we are doing to the environment. They offer so many ways to get involved — learn about what is happening and then take action!
13. Girls Inc
This amazing organization is all about inspiring girls to be strong and equipped for this world. Girls Inc is fighting for rights for girls in every season of life. You can get involved in your own neighborhood, donate online, or even be a Social Media Ambassador. We all know girls of every age need support; this organization is providing just that.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own elaborate holiday feasts and forget that malnutrition and hunger are still global issues. Action Against Hunger is working hard to eliminate hunger across the globe. Help end world hunger by donating to this organization that is providing food, safe drinking water, and hygiene to over 50 countries.
Global Fund for Women has been and is continuing to fight for equal rights for all women and girls worldwide. They are standing up for justice in small communities, facing major human rights issues, and striving towards safety and protection for all females. There are some powerful campaigns you can join and fight alongside this impactful organization!