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Published on December 22nd, 2012 | by AZHG

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Last Minute Gift Suggestions

How do you buy a meaningful gift at the last minute?
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to find out how you can brighten the holidays for families who are still struggling after the hurricane Sandy storm. Give your donation in the name of your family member or friend in lieu of a gift.

An increasingly popular gift idea is to give a donation on behalf of the receiver to their favorite charity or organization. Donors can even encourage their social networks to donate, by sharing the news of their charitable gift on Facebook or Twitter from a number of websites.

Heifer International provides livestock and Earth-friendly agricultural training to poor families around the world. Your $20 contribution could provide products like wool, eggs, milk and meat to a family — to feed a family and to help them earn a sustainable income. Heifer projects are long-term investments in the future of people and the planet.

Premiering this 2012 season, Heifer International is offering new gifts like biogas stoves, clean water, and the gift of education for a young girl in need. Also new, you can provide a family with a package of bees, the box and hive plus training in beekeeping. As bees search for nectar, they pollinate plants. Placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable production. Not only do bees supply honey for consumption and added income for participants, they pollinate a wide area around their hives, improving the environment.

You can print out the gift card yourself and present it to your recipient. Your gift in their name is bound to bring a smile. Just knowing that the gift in their honor is helping sustain a family gives lasting contentment.

Outreach International is another organization that provides sustainable contributions for such things as clean drinking water, girls’ education, childhood survival, and food security. Outreach International is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity, and has been highly rated by Charity Navigator, which is one of the most trusted rating systems in the country.

Make a donation to Outreach International in the name of a friend or loved one. Outreach International will send a card of acknowledgment and the honoree’s name will appear in an upcoming issue of Outreach Developments newsletter. Click here for our tribute donation forms or call Outreach International at 888 833 1235 or +1 816 833 0883.

The America’s Charities’ Family of Federations (America’s Charities) are membership-based federations offering charities participation in workplace giving campaigns such as the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), as well as many State and Local Government campaigns and campaigns within private sector corporations, such as Hewlett Packard, Dell Computers, and Exxon Mobil. . America’s Charities reports that thanks to a one-of-a-kind partnership between Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and nonprofit PetSmart Charities, Inc. as many as 1,300 dogs and cats in Scottsdale, Arizona will be saved every year.

Five new apps have been developed for individuals who wish to make charitable contritutions. Charity Miles lets you earn money for running, walking or biking for its $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. Select which charity you’d like to run for and press “start.” The app tracks your distance and earns money for the organization you selected. Bikers earn 10¢ per mile; walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile. As more users join the app, Charity Miles will be able to attract more sponsors and increase its funding pool. The app is available on iPhone and Android.

Instead is a nonprofit app that encourages users to live below their means and donate the extra money. Rather than buy a cup of coffee, make your own at home and donate that money you would have spent to one of the charities listed in the app. The app will keep track of the organizations you’ve made donations to as well as the total amount you’ve donated to all charities through the app. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

For more ideas, readGiving to Charities as Holiday Gifts.

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