There really are no excuses any more. Charitable giving has become embedded throughout our everyday lives through shopping, by pursuing our hobbies, at our workplaces, and with our celebrations.
Here are 10 wonderful, and sometimes wacky ways, to give back, support your favorite causes, and simply make things better.
From making sure that the wedding reception leftovers go to a food pantry to asking wedding guests to give a charitable donation, brides and grooms are finding ways to turn their weddings into opportunities for giving back. You can even honeymoon for good.
Turn conspicuous consumption into doing good. There is hardly a product that doesn't somehow benefit charity these days. Cause-related marketing is hot among companies, and there is fierce competition to be the "goodest" one out there. Find gifts for any occasion, from birthdays to holidays to graduations.
Are you a "knit-a-holic?" Maybe you knit so much that you don't know what to do with it all. Sarah White explains how knitting for charity is a great outlet for your talents, and just how to do it.
If you're into some other form of do-it-yourself project, check out these organizations that can use the help of crafters of any type. If photography is your gig, find out how to turn your photographic eye to charitable causes. If you can't get enough of quilting, learn how to do it for charity; and if you handle a crochet hook with finesse, consider this list of charities needing crochet items.
There is a bonanza of opportunities to help out our wet-nosed, four-legged, jumping-for-joy friends of the canine variety. They range from adopting a dog to providing donations to animal aid groups to volunteering to train, scoop the poop, or walk a doggy friend or two.