One of the best gifts you can give at Christmastime is…
To your favorite charity or non-profit
Having worked for several non-profit organizations, I can tell you that they sorely need your support, especially as we dip further and further into recession. If you support the cause of a particular charity or non-profit, I would encourage you to give whatever you can this season to them.
If you don’t know of any, can I recommend two?
- LDS Humanitarian Services
This is a humanitarian services / disaster relief organization run by my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When they say ‘the Mormons were the first ones here’ after a natural disaster, they aren’t kidding. We have stockpiles of food and supplies located around the world which are mobilized sometimes days before an actual disaster hits.
- The Perpetual Education Fund
This fund’s earnings are made into loans to students in developing countries. They use the money to get a trade education and break the poverty cycle. I was a missionary in Brazil when this program was announced, and saw firsthand the incredible power of this program.
The reason why I recommend these charities to you is because 100% of your donations go to the actual program. 0% go to the church or administrative costs. These programs are run by competent volunteers.
If you have a favorite charity, feel free to post a link to it so we can all help out!