The most common donation charities ask for is money, but a lot of people don’t have extra cash to spare. This doesn’t mean that you can’t support a cause or organization that is important to you. There are plenty of other ways that you can donate to your favorite nonprofit.
First, you can offer up your time. This is a great way to get involved in your community and there are volunteer opportunities for all ages and skill levels. You don’t have to be a professional to have skills and talents nonprofits can use. Food banks, animal shelters and all manner of organizations need a certain amount of manpower to make things run. Even fun runs and 5k walk/run fundraisers need people to volunteer during the races, which only requires a minimal time commitment.
If you have the abilities, you can also make something to donate. There are plenty of organizations that accept donations of clothes or other homemade items ranging from blankets for homeless shelters to hats for babies in the hospital. Locks of Love accepts donations of cut hair to make wigs for patients losing hair due to cancer.
Another option is to use a charity card or donate your cash back. Some credit cards can have automatic donations, or you can simply donate your points or cash back yourself after the billing cycle. You’re going to be using a card for these expenses anyways. You can also donate your computer’s idle time to organizations that need massive computing power and can’t afford it. Finally, you can donate blood or plasma on a regular basis. There is always a need for this, especially if you have a rare blood type.
No matter what you choose, volunteering or donating in some way will have benefits for you as well as your community.