Filed under: General Charity Musings | Tags: better the world, charity mother's day, global giving, huffpost, mother's day, war child
Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday and as usual I don’t have anything planned yet! But part of my procrastination this year is because I’m off the hook for buying a gift. My mom has behaved quite out of character and purchased a handbag for herself 2 weeks ago that she’d like me to pitch in for, instead of buying her something new.
But still, I’d like to do something meaningful for mom, and having signed up to newsletters from a host of nonprofits, all I had to do was look at my inbox for ideas. Unfortunately there are too many ideas to write them all here, but here are some:
- Treat mom to a nice meal. War Child Canada is running a high tea at the King Eddy. It’s $65, and there will be speakers and an auction, with proceeds going towards War Child’s programs.
- Give the gift of helping women around the world by choosing from GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Menu. For $10 you can give learning materials for an adolescent girl, or for $65, give delivery kits for safe home births in Tibet.
- Recognize your mom by writing about how great she is! During May, HuffPost Impact will be featuring remarkable stories focused on motherhood. Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and make the subject line “My Inspiring Story.”
- Buy something for mom online while having a portion of the purchase go towards charity using BetterTheWorld’s new shopping application. For more details and gift ideas, see their Mother’s Day blog post.
For all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!
We’ve been talking to the founders of WellofChange.org about possible collaboration with Charity CHAMPS, and recently they just launched their new Beta site, so check it out! They have a great model for volunteer work. If you have a particular skill and want to use it towards doing good, just offer your services up on their site. People who are looking to hire your skills will come and pay you for your services, and the money goes to a charity of your choosing.
So here’s an example. Say you love baking and want to use your baking skills to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Well the society probably doesn’t have any volunteer positions for resident baker, but there probably is somebody out there looking for some baking, like for a wedding perhaps. So you post up your baking services, designate that the proceeds will go towards the Canadian Cancer Society, and a couple planning to get married gets to have a wedding cake that gives back. It’s a win-win situation!
Best of all, skills don’t have to professional ones, so think outside the box! Instead of offering accounting or graphic services, you can offer to do gardening, painting, or anything else that you find fun! My co-worker offered to be a designated driver, and will be partying with a group of new friends for an evening, while generating a nice donation for a charity. Ingenious.