10 Tips for Donating to Charity
Call the organization and ask about volunteering opportunities. Certain charities need more volunteers than normal during the holidays—for instance, to help cook and serve the holiday meal, or to gather goods collected from holiday food drives.
Try out a mini-volunteering opportunity like Sparked.com, a microvolunteering site that allows you to give your time online. On Sparked, non-profits post jobs that they need done on a computer, and if you have ten minutes or a full hour, you can log in and help them with their work. It helps non-profit organizations save the money they would spend on hiring someone to do the job, and helps you give even if you don’t have cash to spare right now.