How to Help Your Favorite Charity Without Donating Money

Charitable giving is a great way to support a cause you trust, but you don't always need to donate money to give back. This holiday season, as millions of families and children around the world have been plunged into poverty, your help is needed more than ever - and every little bit counts. 

As a Save the Children supporter, you can help make change for children. Join us. 

Here are 8 ways to give to charity without donating money:

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1. Use your social network to speak out!

Sharing a charity's posts to your social channels is a great way to amplify the organizations message. You can follow Save the Children on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2. Donate your birthday

Asking friends and family to make donations on your behalf for your birthday instead of giving you gifts is a simple and easy way to give back. If your birthday falls during the holiday season, birthday donations may be matched by many non-profits, so your gifts can go 2, 3 or even 10x as far! 

3. Stay informed

Many non-profits provide the opportunity to sign up for news and alerts via email. Those emails can provide additional ways to get involved like volunteer opportunities, supply drives or social posts to share. To stay up to date on Save the Children's news and stories, sign up here

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4. Donate supplies or gently used items

Local organizations often need supplies like food and clothing to continue their good work.

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5. Volunteer your time

Volunteering is a great way to support your favorite charity. Volunteering opportunities can range anywhere from cleaning up the neighborhood to planting a community garden. Save the Children offers volunteer opportunities, learn about volunteering with us!

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6. Write to your elected official

Writing to your elected official is a great way to make your voice heard and make change for your local community. Save the Children's advocacy arm, Save the Children Action Network offers many opportunities to help raise your voice for children in need. 

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7. Leave a donation in your will

Including a charity contribution in your will is an easy way to give back and can be done for free. At Save the Children, we have many resources to help you leave a lasting legacy

8. Shop online with charitable platforms

Many websites and apps offer users opportunities to raise money for charities by using their platform. For example, AmazonSmile will donate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice. Learn more about other shopping rewards programs here.


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