5 ways to donate to a hyper-local cause
Want to find a local charity, project, or school to donate to? These resources will help you direct dollars to your own community's causes.
Your inboxes and social media feeds are likely inundated right now with requests to participate in the annual global giving event known as Giving Tuesday. Since 2012, donors have contributed over $1 billion to charities around the world. That’s an extraordinary and inspiring statistic! But as grand as that figure is, nonprofits will tell you that the need is still great—especially locally.
Below, we’ve compiled a few resources to help you direct your donation dollars to local organizations. Most of the links below have a zip code search function so you can support your own city, own neighborhood, or even a classroom in your kid’s own school.
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Find a community project that needs funding. The nonprofit ioby, which stands for “in our backyards,” helps local leaders build, promote, and fund projects that help make their neighborhoods more sustainable, healthier, greener, more livable, and more fun. You can find a project near you using their interactive map, or even create a project yourself!
Find a neighborhood school that needs supplies. Donorschoose.org gives teachers the power to fundraise for their classrooms. Type in your zip code to see what supplies teachers in your town need for their students.
Find a local food bank that needs replenishing. FeedingAmerica.org is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries and meal programs across the country. According to the USDA, more than 37 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger, so there is always a need.
Find a local nonprofit that needs volunteers. There are many resources for finding a nonprofit in your community. Check out GreatNonprofits, Giving Tuesday, Charity Navigator, and Guidestar to find registered nonprofits in your community.
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Find a homeless shelter that needs seasonal items. With nearly half a million people in the U.S. experiencing homelessness, local shelters are stretched to their limits. As we’ve reported, it’s best to ask first what homeless shelters in your area need, because not all of them can handle an influx of donated goods. Go to Homelessshelterdirectory.org to find a shelter in your town.