The 5 Best Ways to Donate to Charity
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The 5 Best Ways to Donate to Charity

With Christmas just around the corner, you might be looking forward to a festive season of parties and presents. Not everyone’s so lucky though. Switch on the news and you’ll hear stories of suffering from around the world, or take a walk through your local town and see people without homes to call their own. If you want to do your bit to help, why not give to a good cause? There are a range of charities out there, and it’s never been easier to make donations. Here are five of the best ways to make your contribution.

1. Set up payments online

One of the simplest ways to donate is to set up payments online. Simply go to the website of your chosen charity and follow the instructions provided. Many charities give you the option of making one-off or regular payments. For example, the website enables you to set up single or monthly contributions, and it allows you to choose from specified sums or set your own amount. This process takes a matter of moments and it’s a great way to give money.

As well as donating directly to charities, you can make payments online through special donation websites, such as JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving and BT MyDonate.

2. Make one-off donations by mobile text

Another quick and convenient way to make donations is to set up one-off payments on your phone. Lots of charities launch special appeals that allow you to text a code to a number in order to make a single payment. All you need is your mobile phone and the relevant code. It’s always worth checking the terms and conditions, but in most cases you should find that mobile providers offer this service for free, meaning that 100 per cent of the money you give goes to the charity you’re donating to.

3. Arrange transfers through your bank

Prefer a more traditional approach? Why not set up a transfer through your bank? To do this, you’ll need to know the bank your charity uses, the account name and number, and the sort code. Then you can simply decide how much you’d like to give and whether you want to set the payment up as a one-off or make it a regular contribution in the form of a standing order.

The 5 Best Ways to Donate to Charity

4. Donate by post

You can also keep things traditional by donating by post. It’s still possible to send cheques or drafts to most charities. Just make sure you make your cheque or draft payable to the relevant organisation and send it to the correct address. This can be a simple way to make a single payment if you want to avoid going online or using your mobile.

5. Give your time and become a volunteer

Bear in mind that charities don’t only encourage financial contributions. Many are also looking for enthusiastic helpers for their campaigns. So, if you’ve got a little spare time and you’d like to put it to good use, why not consider volunteering? There are lots of different roles available. For example, you might be able to put your marketing skills to use or help your chosen charity to stage events. As well as benefiting charities, volunteering can be rewarding and it can help you to enhance your CV – so it really is a win win.

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  1. Cai Cansino

    I always volunteer with certain charities I am keen on, but the other suggestions on how to donate is very helpful! Thanks for this. = )

  2. Jen

    I’m often put off when someone comes to the door, and gives the usual talk, which usually ends with “don’t suppose you’ve won the lottery recently”. So I’ve never considered setting up a regular payment through my bank, I rely on charity boxes and events. However, seems like a good way to do it, and worth looking in to.

  3. Alli Smith

    I love giving online. It’s so convenient. I also help out locally by giving to food banks, etc. and our church adopted an orphanage in Haiti that we give to on a regular basis. We recently purchased their back-to-school uniforms and all their school supplies.

  4. Tatanisha Worthey

    I like to volunteer a lot. We don’t have a ton of extra money to donate so I know that a helping hand is sometimes just as good as gold. Great list!

  5. Imogen Richards

    Such a refreshing post to read something real and interesting! Helpful suggestions!

  6. Doria

    Volunteering has always been a big part of my life and my husbands since we were young. I’m actually going to be making some gift donations to an amazing organization nearby that helps victims of domestic violence. Love this post!

  7. candy

    We pay tithing to our church which sends out money all over the world to help out. We spend much of our time giving of service. Time and energy spent helping someone else always feels good.

  8. Chloe

    My favourite way is number five. There is something special about being involved in the grits of things and seeing first hand how different other peoples lives are.

  9. Annette Yedlin

    These are all great ways to give back to the community! I also donate to local food and clothing banks as well as give 2 extra backpacks full of school supplies for the grade my son is in! One for a girl and one for a boy. So many great ways to give!

  10. Pam

    These are great ways to donate to charity. I like to volunteer for causes that I support!

  11. CHEI

    Volunteering is a great way to be thankful in life! And it really a helpful to the needed ones. 🙂

  12. mary barham

    I love giving back! These are great ways…. no excuses!

  13. Teresa

    We are a family of donating time and effort to those in need. I make this a huge priority for my children as well they do not have a option and must put aside “service” hours every month to help others.

  14. Angelic Sinova

    I love donating and giving back to charities, especially around the holidays. I volunteer at my local animal shelter each week and it feels so good knowing I’m helping so many animals.

  15. Grant Leishman

    Good, simple advice. So often we think, “Oh yeah! I’ll give something, without following through. Giving, with no expectation of reward is still the most satisfying way to be thankful for our blessings……….and we do have so many.

  16. Nancy L.

    I always like to volunteer for a charity before donating. It gives me a good behind the scenes look at how they spend their money and time promoting their charity. Great tips!

  17. Ave

    Instead of financial contributions, I prefer to volunteer. I’m not sure if all the donated money goes to a right place but I know that I can help out my community by giving them my time.

  18. Cynthia Williamston

    donating is always big for me. I like to give what I know is needed. There are places that have people that have need of something right in your house. I clear out my cupboards at the end of each year to donate cans or boxes of food I have too many of.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      That is such a good idea, we end up with a lot of stuff in the dogs cupboard someone locally was doing a run to a local dogs home with some bits so we took all the extras over to her.

  19. Echo

    I love that you shared this. I don’t think people realize how easy it is to donate now-a-days! There are also so many different things worth donating to!

  20. Bill S

    So important this time of year to find ways to give!!! These are all amazing ways to give this time of year!!

  21. Christina Aliperti

    My mom still writes a check for all of her donations. I am more likely to go online or do an automatic withdraw.

  22. Sheri

    These are great suggestions. I think we should all at some point do something for charity. Donations are always a good thing to do.

  23. ricci

    These are all great ways to give to charity. I like donating my time to a cause that I believe in, like the American Cancer Society!

  24. Heather

    We do online payments with St. Jude. Right now there are so many fun gifting opportunities for Christmas <3

  25. ana

    I like to donate to charity and I have done everything from fundraising to putting money in a box. Online payments is a good idea.

  26. Amber Myers

    I love this list! I tend to like to donate via a text message. So easy!

  27. Elizabeth O.

    These are all amazing! There’s nothing like donating to charity especially during this time. It would be nice to give back after receiving all those blessings.

  28. Colette S

    This is very good information. My moms group could use this list. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Katy {ashadeofteal}

    These are all great methods to donating to a church. I personally love donating my time and efforts.

  30. CourtneyLynne

    Great suggestions!!! I’m all about anything online these days so I will have to look to see how I can donate online

  31. Collectively Bee

    These are great ways to donate to charity! I love giving to charity.

    VA | Collectively Bee

  32. Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great ways to donate to charities. I love the idea of giving your time to them. Volunteering a great way to give back. It is awesome to show our children too to give back to other in need. Thanks for sharing the ways to donate to charities.

  33. Enricoh Alfonzo

    Se manifique! Madrespect to you for promoting this campaign and raising awareness for charity. I love donating and do it every chance i get.

  34. Jenny

    Best way is to take stuff down to homeless shelters or a leave a toy=holiday/care package on someones step whos having hard times or could use the help. I wont donate to charities because it goes to the big CO’s.

  35. Anosa

    Though I have not done any volunteering in a while I try to give back any way I can if not my time. These are some awesome ways

  36. LaShawn

    I love this. thanks for the ideas. I really want to donate more next year.

  37. Misty Dawn Nelson

    What a wonderful way to donate with the charity! Such an awesome post

  38. Amy Jones

    This is really important!! Thank you so much for sharing this and spreading this info

  39. Leigh Anne Miller Borders

    I am teaching my kids the value of volunteering. We frequently do things as a family.

  40. TColeman

    These are all such great ways to give back. I never really thought of setting payments up online. That’s interesting.

  41. dana vento

    It’s really important to us! I think we all need to try volunteering to help the other people who needs help. This is good to hear!

  42. Jes

    Donating money is one thing, but there is so much more we can donate. My favourite has to be donating food to the food bank – I always take my kids shopping and then we drop it off together. That way they learn to be charitable too :). And I find that time is even more precious thing you can donate. It’s hard to find it, but it can benefit so many. Great list to. remind us about giving, especially this time if the year…

  43. katrina gehman

    great options. i donate a few times a year. i always encourage my kids to donate as well. It’s so improtant to us to share what we are blessed with.

  44. Carmen

    Awesome post. These are all great ways to give back.

  45. GiGi Eats

    I am in the process of packing up my things to move into a new place – and I am finding LOTS of stuff I need and want to donate!!

  46. mary

    I’m always looking to give back especially to local and nation charities. I like the idea of setting up online payments and giving my time as a volunteer. I plan on doing a lot more volunteering in the summer, it feeds my soul.

  47. April Kusewicz

    These are all great ideas. We donate to charity once and awhile and we usually do it online.

  48. Pastillas de Leche by Ed Joven

    Donating to Charities are always a good thing to do, I usually donate online via Paypal. I also tried to volunteer to charity events.

  49. Emma Walton

    I regularly donate to charities but I hate the amount of money they waste on unecessary advertising and paperwork etc.

  50. Tina Gleisner

    Good suggestions & I think we can all donate both time & money. I like Singleton Moms for single parents with cancer … in Phoenix ( I appreciate that there are a wide range of ways to help. You can cook, you can deliver meals, you can clean & you can adopt a family at Christmas. It’s so easy and you know you’re making a difference.

  51. GiGi Eats

    I would love to give my time but I don’t really know where to start out here in LA because the city is just so big and I don’t want to take part in anything shady – and sadly, a lot of “charity” in LA is shady! 🙁

  52. Jasmine Eclipse

    I’ve found that donating by giving your time is the best way because you get to meet people with similar interests as you, and you also get to be mentally and spiritually moved by making a difference. I love volunteering, and now that I’ve moved to a new place I’ve been volunteering at the church, and it makes me feel so great!

  53. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I volunteered my time quite a lot during High School… but I was raised to give the clothes that I no longer need to charity. My family and I have been doing that for as long as I can remember.

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