Giving to charities is important not only to feel good about helping others but also to help the broader community meet the needs of those who are struggling. There are many ways to give to charities without having to sign a check. Here are three ways you can donate to worthwhile causes and gain something for yourself at the same time.
- Celebrities are often associated with charities as spokespeople or they use their celebrity status to help bring awareness to specific causes. In some cases, celebrities donate proceeds from their own product lines or the sale of items from their own closets. This is the perfect way to get items for yourself while putting your money toward great causes like Kars for Kids.
- The Pink Ribbon campaign for breast cancer awareness or the yellow wristbands for the Livestrong Foundation are both examples of how a brand can be used to generate money for charities, but there are plenty of other causes that sell specific products and give the proceeds directly to charities. They include gift cards to various stores, handbags, pieces of jewelry, shopping bags, cosmetics and more.
- Online and traditional retailers often hold promotional events whereby a percentage of the proceeds are donated toward charities. This is an excellent way to get your shopping done and give to charities at the same time.
Charities certainly do appreciate cash donations, but with people feeling the pinch of the tight economy, it has become difficult for charities to raise money. Purchasing items for charities endorsed by celebrities or buying items from awareness campaigns or promotions lets you snag something cool for yourself while also donating to worthwhile causes.