It’s the Most Charity Time of the Year

English: child enjoying clean and safe drinkin...
child enjoying clean and safe drinking water from a newly built well, funded by charity: water

It’s that time of the year again. Just like last year, I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite charities. Here’s a link to last year’s, What Color Are Your Towels?

I hope that this has been a good year for you and that you are able to give. If not, then take care of yourself and your own. There’s nothing wrong with that. In the lean years, that’s how we do things. But in those other times, when we’ve planted our garden and have tomatoes “growing out our ears” we make big batches of salsa and give it away. I’ve donated so far this year to Charity:Water and, which is really a loan that is repaid, but I redistribute the funds.

I was fortunate to get involved with TheThinkingAtheists event which looks like it might still be open. I would love to see this fully funded.

Keurig has offered to match donations to Charity Water for the building of freshwater wells in third-world nations.  In the past, The Thinking Atheist community has funded two wells in Ethiopia, and we consider this a worthy endeavor.  Click here for info and to help reach the $20,000 goal.

If you’d like to get someone a gift that also works as a charity donation, check out some of the stores for your favorite charities. Some of the items are so cute. I want these pins,




Below is a short piece by Seth Godin and he lists a few of his favorite charities at the bottom. Please feel free to add some of your own in the comments.

Babies and bathwater – Seth Godin

I got a call yesterday from a charity.

Actually, I got an unsolicited spam pitch from one of the worst charities in America. They give less than 1% of what they raise to the cause in question.

Therefore, some might say, it makes no sense to give to anyone, ever.

Which would be a shame, because it’s a mistake to fail to do the hard work of discerning the good from the deceptive.

The thing is, everything worth doing is done to excess, poorly, immorally, inefficiently, by someone. But that doesn’t change the fact that the very same thing done right is worth doing…….The right charity changes the world, just as it changes us when we engage with it.

[Charities I’m donating to today: Acumen, Room to Read, charity: water, DoSomething, Possible Health, Afya, Build On and Pencils of Promise.]



  1. Thanks again for your comments on my most recent December posts (to which I replied between trips to the bathroom!)

    With freshly washed hair in a towel, wrapped in my ankle-length terrycloth birthday robe – which I finally located this year at a price that didn’t approach the cost of a car (as my ancient one became increasingly threadbare while I hunted) – I came back to the computer ready to come see what YOU are up to.

    Neat post, Janet!

    Although I must admit I haven’t vetted their claims thoroughly, I like the work of Heifer International. ( for how donation works or for more detail). They ARE a winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, however.

    I encourage anyone reading to go take a look at what they do and how much they have already accomplished. They offer a nifty way to extend life-changing help as a special present to someone special to you.

    From their “Most Important Gift Catalog in the World” —
    “[our charity] works in the areas of livestock and agriculture to develop programs that alleviate hunger and poverty. Our field staff is comprised of livestock specialists and our programs are considered among the most successful in the world.”

    The goal is to put families in some of the most sickly and impoverished areas of the world on the road to health and economic self-reliance through a gift of livestock “once the family has completed training & has prepared appropriate facilities . . .”

    Animal products (like wool, milk, eggs, etc.) can be used by the family or sold to pay for medicine, schooling, etc. “A good dairy cow can produce up to four gallons of [health enhancing, protein-rich] milk a day — enough for [the family itself and to] share with neighbors, [or turn to cheese or yogurt] and still have enough left over to sell.”

    They have donation program “shares” for as little as $10 – gift notices they call Honor Cards included – or for larger donations (especially with their employee matching gift program which they’ll help you set up), you can provide one of their “Gift Baskets” that include multiple animals.

    Goats, heifers, oxen, llamas, sheep, pigs, rabbits, hives and honeybees, donkeys, chickens and ducks, even water buffalo (or schools of fish) are included in their relief efforts – depending on the needs and requirements of the area of the world they are sent.

    When a gifted animal reproduces, the family gifts one or more of its offspring to another family in need as part of the “Passing on the Gift” tradition they agree to as they partner with Heifer International. So one gift passes on many times – forever.

    In addition to livestock, Heifer often provides families with trees, stoves that run off of methane gas captured from animal waste (which reduces deforestation) — and irrigation pumps so that the children who spend a large portion of each day are freed to have time to go to school.

    Each year around this time they send a small catalog (printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with eco-friendly vegetable inks – 100% recylable) with pictures of some of their families and their livestock, along with some of most heart-warming success stories you’ll read.

    I apologize for turning this comment into a blog article of its own, but you did say, “Please feel free to add some of your own [charities] in the comments,” and brevity has never been among my virtues. 🙂

    Merry/Happy EVERYTHING
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”


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