Giving Better Watch List: Fun Charitable Giving Websites
Nancy Lublin may bill herself as the Chief Old Person, but there’s nothing old about the way she’s led Do Something.org to activate almost 2 million young people as volunteers. Their website is designed to inspire the 25-and-under crowd to become a generation of doers, who think community service is really cool and as normal as watching TV.
The site’s “What’s your thing” is the place to shop for causes you care about. Do you care about animal welfare? You’ll learn that, “There are over 7 million homeless pets in the U.S.” Poverty? “Over one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day.” Lots of causes. Lots of information.
Do Something.org is a great resource to inspire younger family members to get involved in charitable giving and volunteering, by using the power of online to get them to “do good stuff offline.”
Crowdrise.com is another hot charitable giving site and was named a 25 Best Giver by Barron’s. Started by actor Edward Norton and three partners two years ago, the Crowdrise slogan is, “If You Don’t Give Back No One Will Like You.” The site marries charitable giving with technology and offers a platform to create viral fundraising campaigns using your own social networks.
“Crowdrise is about giving back, raising tons of money for charity and having the most fun in the world while doing it.”
Looking for other fun and easy ways to learn about charitable giving and volunteering? The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation’s “What’s Important to You?” giving guide helps you explore your own charitable interests and values.
Want to find a nonprofit that’s a good fit for your interests in charitable giving? If you’re in Kansas City, check out the Community Foundation’s nonprofit search.
It’s a better way to give: your way!
Authored by: Debbie Starke, Vice President