November 30, 2016
Supporting a charity is more than just making monetary donations. Giving time, talents, and encouragement creates a solid foundation for any organization to grow upon. When funds are low, try these five ways to give instead!
1. Spread the Word
The only way an organization can expand and receive more funding is if people know about them. So press the "Share" button on Facebook, Retweet Twitter tweets and Repost Instagram posts about causes and non-profits. The organization and recipients will appreciate the increase in visibility--especially since these simple acts can turn into a larger volunteer and donor base for the organization.
2. Give Supplies
Contact your local nonprofit to see what supplies they may need. You can often donate canned goods, school supplies, books, clothing or office supplies to support families in need.
3. Be a Volunteer
Learn what activities and services the charity provides. Then, ask how to volunteer time. Many organizations have evening and weekend functions that fit around traditional daytime work schedules. Newly retired? Fill the days with volunteer work. The rewards benefit both the charity and the volunteers.
4. Attend Fundraing Events
There is power in numbers. Attend auctions, fundraisers, and community events to show your support. After all, donors are more willing to dig deep in their pockets when they're in a room full of happy, socializing people--not a half-empty reception room with no activity.
5. Donate Specialized Skills
Sharing an expertise is just as valuable as financial donations for some organizations. For example, photographers can offer services, while building their portfolio and reducing the strain on the organization's budget. Tasks both big and small are appreciated.