Give an eco-gift this season idea 10: Make a donation in someone’s name

By Nikki Golden
This is the time of year in which we strive to find meaningful gifts for the people who are important to us. Why not make a donation to a charity in that person’s name to make the money you spend go further.

For instance, the Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit close to my heart because both of my grandmothers died of this disease. This holiday season, I’m going to make a donation in my family’s name so we can make a difference in both the fight to stop this disease as well as in the lives of those who have this disease. Better still, in the month of December, three generous, anonymous donors have agreed to match each donation made. That means my gift now goes twice as far.

If Alzheimer’s disease is something you’d like to eradicate, you can donate here. If there is another cause you think is important to a loved one, a quick Google search will help you find the appropriate non-profit or charity. If a present is something that you’d still like to give, you can still make a difference as you shop online. There are sites out there through which stores will make a percentage donation to a listed charity. I have used for many years to donate money to a colon cancer group. But there are others, such as and On some of these sites, they will even donate a penny for each product search you conduct on the site.

Nikki Golden is a full-time association marketing manager and a part-time crafty wannabe. You can find her on Twitter @lucy1375 and on Pinterest @nikki_golden.

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