Nonprofit Love: A Little Holiday Giving Inspiration

Holiday CharityHere at Brew of the Moment, we take pride in finding and celebrating the perfect cup of coffee. We’re proud to be a part of this great community of coffee aficionados, lovers, and newcomers.

We’re also proud to share our success with charity this holiday season. If you’re looking for some holiday giving inspiration, consider making a donation to one of BOTM’s favorite charities this year. Together, we can make a difference!

Heifer International: The gift of sustainable resources

Heifer International’s mission is to end world hunger and poverty, and care for the Earth while they’re at it. Started by Indiana farmer Dan West, Heifer International works with communities to give families tools for sustainable success, which they call “a hand-up, not a handout.” Starting at just $10 (and ranging up to $50,000), you can give a gift of resources from drinking water to scholarships to livestock (yes, that includes a literal heifer). Our favorite is a flock of chicks — for just $20 you can send a flock of chicks to a family, providing them with food and potential income from selling eggs.

Modest Needs: The gift of flexible grant giving

Modest Needs offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the workforce, permanently disadvantaged people struggling to afford medical care, and small nonprofit organizations. Through Modest Needs you can choose an applicant to donate to or you can donate to a specific program such as its Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. This special grant program will help low-income workers impacted by the storm to afford one month’s rent or mortgage payment — up to a maximum of $1,500 per household.

First Book: The gift of literacy

First Book provides new books to children in need. According to First Book, 42 percent of kids in the United States come from low-income families and do not have age-appropriate books at home. To date, they have donated over 100 million books and educational materials to low-income children and schools in the United States and Canada. A small donation of $10 buys four brand new books. Or you can organize a virtual book drive and get your company or group of friends involved.

Kiva: The gift that comes back around

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. You can help by loaning as little as $25 to a borrower anywhere the world. From a woman in Bolivia who needs $475 to finish building her home, to a farmer in Kenya who needs funding for agricultural supplies, there are more than 4,000 people and groups seeking loans through Kiva. Once you lend money, you track your loan through periodic updates and repayment.

Also remember the ever-precious gift of your time! If you can’t donate this holiday season, many organizations need volunteers to help make their programs run. Whatever you can do, now is a great time to help out and make a difference.

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