18 Amazing Ways to Give Back with $5 or More
Whether you have a few bucks or a hundred-dollar bill, here are effortless ways to spread the wealth this holiday season.
If you have $5...
Help send an anti-bullying DVD produced by the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign Foundation to an elementary school teacher.
Begin a new chapter for children who live in rural Africa by paying the shipping costs for ten gently used children's books collected in U.S. drives.
If you have $6...
Buy a sustainable bamboo-handled toothbrush through Smile Squared, and the organization will give another to a needy child in one of 20 countries around the world.
If you have $8...
Kung fu, schmung fu!
Donate an art supply kit so one of the giant pandas at the National Zoo can, yes, paint pictures—a mentally stimulating activity thought to improve the well-being of animals living in captivity.
If you have $10...
Supply energy bars and bottled water to disabled veterans training for handcycle races.
If you have $15...
Light up the life of an impoverished family: Replace a potentially toxic kerosene lantern in one of 27 countries worldwide with a rechargeable solar lantern.
If you have $20...
Give a reliable source of clean water to one person by contributing to the construction of a new well, pipeline, or purification system in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, or the Caribbean.
If you have $25...
Outfit a child facing chronic illness or disability with a handmade costume he or she can wear during an interactive theatrical performance at one of more than 50 hospitals, schools, and community centers in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Provide a puppy kit for a new service dog (who'll guide a visually impaired owner); kit includes a leash, a collar, food, and bowls.
If you have $30...
Buy a hive for a rural family (in one of more than 40 countries, including the United States) so they can profit from beekeeping, which can double fruit and vegetable production.
If you have $38...
Save half a square mile of ocean from overfishing and pollution by funding Conservation International's educational seminars and efforts to protect threatened ecosystems all over the world.
If you have $50...
Provide silk-screen ink or other art supplies for ten participants in craft workshops held by the Laundromat Project, a nonprofit that brings arts education to one of the busiest locations in low-income communities: the local washeteria.
Pick up the tab for the delivery of one instrument, like a guitar or a saxophone, that will be donated to an underfunded school or music program.
If you have $55...
Cover one year of medical expenses—including vaccines, sanitary napkins, and dental care—for an aspiring female student in a developing country like Nepal, so she can attend school regularly and become the first in her family to graduate secondary school.
If you have $60...
Supply meals to a household in one of the programs at the New York Foundling, a nonprofit helping underserved families and developmentally disabled adults.
Plant 100 trees that can produce staple foods, like avocados and bananas, or provide much-needed shade for other crops in one of the world's rural communities.
If you have $80...
Protect one mile of the Appalachian Trail for 24 days by picking up transportation and equipment costs for volunteers who gather trash and care for flora along the route.
If you have $100...
Help grant a terminally ill adult's wish—whether it's visiting a loved one who lives out of state or taking a child on a long-hoped-for trip to Disneyland.