The other day I wrote about how to choose a charitable cause to support. If you’re looking for inspiration, or a new cause, I'd like to share some of my favourites, understanding that poverty and health are what I feel most passionately about. And though I’ve written about some of these organizations here before, it seems a good time for a round up of options you can consider.
For $134, you can grant access to basic transportation to someone in Africa. World Bicycle Relief has made a difference to more than 600,000 people through the gift of bicycles.
Help set others on a positive path to permanent change. A donation of $75 will buy a goat through Plan Canada. This provides the possibility of a livelihood, an income and the ability for recipients to make long term choices.
Dignitas International works to educate and engage citizens for a greater international response to HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. With branches in both Canada and the US, you can make a donation in memory or honour of anyone you choose.
Aga Khan Foundation Canada is a non-profit international development agency, facilitating the creation of new social and economic opportunities for women and men living in vulnerable communities throughout Asia and Africa. If you'd like to support programs that tap the initiative, entrepreneurship and resources of poor people in the developing world donate here.
Doctors without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. Read about their impact through stories from the field. Honour someone with your gift, knowing that your donation is helping to deliver independent emergency medical care to victims of armed conflict, bring relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, and fight deadly epidemics.
A $25 investment in Kiva will empower an entrepreneur in a developing country to change their life. Read about how this microloan system works and if you’re so inclined, you can buy a gift card at the click of your mouse. Another option is to browse the Kiva store.
And, for those readers residing in Toronto and looking to keep it local, you can donate food, funds or time to Second Harvest; an organization dedicated to feeding hungry people by picking up and preparing excess fresh food and delivering it daily to social service agencies in the city.
Finally if all that sounds well and good but you don’t necessarily want to give money, why not volunteer your time with your loved ones at a soup kitchen? There is certainly something out there for everyone.
Let me know what you choose!