Disgusted by the rampant consumerism of the holiday season? Don’t buy into the story that Jesus lavished PS3s and iPods on his disciples? Want to, maybe, do something good for humanity in general? Well, hey, me too!
This year, in lieu of the traditional Christmas presents, I’m taking what little money I make from my work-study jobs, and making donations to various charities in the names of family members and friends. And you can, too!
To help you find a charity that’s both reputable and responsible with your money, I recommend you do some research first. A great place to start is Charity Navigator:
Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.
Oh, and for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, word on the street is that charitable donations make excellent gifts for Chanukah, Ramadan (though I think it was in September this year), Kwanzaa, and maybe even your more esoteric holidays!