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11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

November 5, 2012

November 27, 2012 is the first ever #GivingTuesday. Launched to inspire charitable giving and conscious consumerism throughout the giving season, the 11 nonprofit gift programs listed below are ideal holiday gifts for family members, friends and work colleagues who are committed to social good and would rather you donate and invest in a nonprofit than spend money on another candle, sweater, or bath gift set. 🙂

That said, if you prefer to wrap and present gifts this holiday season, please see a previous post entitled 22 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits. However you choose to spend your money on holiday gifts, there are plenty of ways do it to benefit good causes and create change in communities that need it.

1. Defenders of Wildlife Adoptions
Wild animal adoptions are the perfect gift for holidays… for a friend or yourself. Your animal adoption helps save endangered species!

2. Heifer International :: Gifts of Hope
Gifts of Hope help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.

3. Kiva Cards
Kiva Cards let your recipient choose an entrepreneur to support. You can send your Kiva Card by email, snail mail, post it to your Facebook friend’s wall or print and deliver it yourself.

4. Mercy Corps Gifts
Your gift will be used where it’s most needed to help families turn crises of poverty, conflict or disaster into opportunity to build better lives.

5. Natural Resources Defense Council :: Green Gifts
Holiday gifts that protect the environment, NRDC Green Gifts are guaranteed to bring joy to your loved ones while protecting Mother Earth.

6. Nonviolent Peace Force :: Peace Bonds
Peace Bonds are striking works of art that will enable unarmed peacekeepers to go into conflict zones and protect vulnerable families.

7. Oceana Marine Adoptions
Your gift will help support Oceana’s work on Capitol Hill to find clean, safe energy solutions and protect our coasts from oil pollution.

8. Plan International :: Gifts of Hope
Gifts of Hope are actual items needed by the communities where they work. Your donation will be matched to a project that includes the item that you selected.

9. Save the Children :: Gifts of Joy
When you choose a Gift of Joy you’ll create lasting change for a child in a need and put a smile on someone you care about.

10. UNICEF :: Inspired Gifts
Inspired Gifts is an innovative program that gives you the opportunity to purchase actual lifesaving items that will be shipped to one of over 190 countries where UNICEF serves.

11. Women for Women International :: Gifts That Give Back
This year, give your loved ones meaningful holiday gifts that help women survivors of war rebuild their lives.

Related Link:
22 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2012 8:19 am

    Great post, Heather!

    I’d also like to add another holiday gift program that benefits a wide-variety of top NGOs.

    UniversalGiving ( offers holiday gift packages that benefit a wide range of NGOs, social causes and areas of the world. UniversalGiving is a web-based marketplace that helps people give and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause.

    Find perfect gift ideas for a loved one or enthusiast of any cause! For example: Provide a backpack and school supplies for a child in Guatemala or give a toy to a refugee child. The site is also featuring projects for NGOs providing Hurricane Sandy relief.

    Visit for more information and to find the perfect gifts for loved ones!

  2. Sarah Taylor permalink
    November 10, 2012 4:32 am

    These are all great. Many of them I did not know about.One more organization that my family and I have been using for gifts in past years. gives medicine and farm animals to projects abroad as well as some programs for food, clothing and school supplies for children here in the US.

  3. November 20, 2012 6:06 am

    Thanks so much for including Plan International’s Gifts of Hope catalog in your list, Heather. We’re thrilled to kick off the gift giving season on #GivingTuesday with the launch of our Give Differently campaign which features all those great gifts! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  4. November 20, 2012 7:26 am

    Non-profits can also enter to win a free, custom website at Follow the contest at #ProBonoPromo

  5. November 20, 2012 7:57 pm

    I also have another great idea for a non-profit Christmas present! Good Return is an Australian charity that provides microfinance loans to women in the Asia Pacific, so they can grow their incomes and lift themselves out of poverty. We combine microfinance with education so they can better manage their small businesses and create lasting change.

    Our gift certificates let you give a loan to a friend, so they can give it to a woman in poverty. It’s a great way to get someone involved with giving because it doesn’t cost them anything, AND they get to choose who they want to help.

    Find out more at! Great for Christmas or any time of year.


  6. November 24, 2012 5:13 am

    Reblogged this on Long-Distance Dad and commented:
    Help make a difference in the world with your holiday shopping this year.


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