In today’s blog, Julian Omidi discusses organizations that are frequently overlooked for holiday donations and why they are deserving of attention.
The holidays are the time of year when most people choose to give to charity and help the less fortunate.
When you think of holiday charities, you no doubt immediately hear the ringing bells of Salvation Army volunteers or the many collection bins for UNICEF and Goodwill. While these groups do massive amounts of good for the less fortunate, there are a wealth of other charities and organizations that tend to be overlooked around the holidays.
This holiday season, I encourage my philanthropic readers to consider some of these groups and do what you can to help.
Habitat for Humanity
Many people donate food and clothing to the needy during the holidays, but what about housing? Working with more than 1,500 local affiliates, Habitat for Humanity tirelessly works to provide homes to those in need. To date, they have built and repaired more than 800,000 homes. Donations to Habitat for Humanity provide vital financial support to help build and repair homes.
As the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States, the ASPCA has been working year-round to find effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals since 1866. The group has been instrumental in providing animal health services, initiating animal rights laws, and finding homes for lost and neglected animals. If you’re an animal lover, there are few organizations more deserving of your support than the ASPCA.
While not the most conventional choice for holiday donations, NPR provides a wealth of culture, music and news to the public, without the backing of major corporate sponsors. Supporting NPR ensures that their stations are able to continue providing public radio in communities across the country.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a wonderful organization that provides after school programs for young people. Their efforts in education, fitness and arts have provided countless children with safe and fun activities and fostered the importance of the communities they work in. Giving to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is the gift that will give back the whole year long.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation
There is nothing quite like a child’s smile. For children with terminal or life-threatening diseases, those smiles are few and far between. The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps these children by fulfilling their wishes, from meeting their favorite celebrities to visiting locations to which they’ve always wanted to go. The Make-A-Wish Foundation provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences to children who need it most, and your donations help make that possible.
All of these organizations provide wonderful services to the community and are deserving of attention and support during the holidays. Their efforts help to improve the quality of life for many.
This holiday season, consider showing your support by making a donation or at the very least by spreading the word about their endeavors. Organizations like these and countless others help make the world a better place all year long.
May we all continue to help each other,