Giving donations as presents for the holiday season

Presents for the holidays | TCD Trust
With the festive season in full force NGO’s gear up to encourage shoppers to give the gift of giving back.   Non-profits and charities alike must get creative to pull in unlikely or first time donors.

Donating to a grassroots organisation can be tricky.  Who do you choose to give to, how much, and are they trustworthy?  Below are some great options that are working magic with their well-crafted campaigns.

KIVA CARDS

Kiva Cards is a micro-loan organisation in the United States.

kiva | TCD Trust

They make gifting simple with a one stop shop that sends a confirmation e-mail directly to the buyer and a Kiva card with simple to choose from options for the person receiving the gift.

There have been over R10 million lenders since 2005 financing over R5 billion in projects across the globe.

Kiva is trust worthy and is ideal for someone who wants to track what their gift is up to.

 

JUST GIVE.ORG

Justgive.org is a search engine that provides information on over 1 million charities across the world.

The person you give this to can choose any type of organisation they would like to support from animal rights to non-profits that education young people.   There’s certainly something for everyone and the options give a personalised touch to a gift that may not be as tangible as comparable holiday presents.

CHARITY WATER

Charity: water believes that the fundamentals of growth start with clean water.

Charity Water | Tourism Community Development Trust

Their homepage is dedicated to the holiday season with a 1 click donation and links to their mission – ‘how water changes everything’ – for immediate information.

STREET SMART 

Street Smart – if you eat out at participating restaurants you raise funds for South African organisations.

Choose one of the restaurants listed in Street Smart and a part of your bill will be donated to shelters that house at risk children.  If you are thinking of buying restaurant gift certificates for some friends and colleagues offer them a gift that also benefits our local youth.