With Thanksgiving just around the corner, stories of giving are already making headlines, and those red Salvation Army kettles are starting to appear. There’s even a new campaign to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving “#GivingTuesday” this year.
But with so many people in need around the world — and so many charitable organizations to choose from — it can be daunting to find a nonprofit or cause that’s right for you.
Well, the internet is here to help. Check out these websites that can make giving back a little easier.
• Charitynavigator.org provides an A-Z directory of nonprofits nationwide. It also posts top ten lists like “10 Top Notch Charities,” “10 Charities Expanding in a Hurry,” and “10 Celebrity-related Charities,” as well as a blog with tips for smart giving.
• Similarly, Nonprofitlist.org allows you to search for charities by city, state, or zip code. It also updates its front page with recently added charities and featured organizations.
• If you need a little inspiration, Wish Upon a Hero will give your heartstrings the tug they need. People post wishes on the “social helping network” and family, friends or strangers can choose to lend a hand. The organization behind it, the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, posts wishes that were fulfilled on its site. So far, more than 90,000 wishes have been granted, with recent ones being a New Jersey teen receiving more than $56,000 to help support her family after Hurricane Sandy and a little girl battling neuroblastoma getting a call from her favorite singer, Taylor Swift.
• Give while you surf the web with goodsearch.com, powered by Yahoo! Just choose your charity, search the web or shop online, and the philanthropic search engine will donate a penny per web search to your chosen cause.
•Take a more active role with dosomething.org, a website aimed at getting young people involved in volunteering. Pick a campaign and get involved with a simple donation or by running your own event. Current campaigns target bullying, animals, hunger, cancer and Hurricane Sandy relief.