We’re all pretty activism-inclined people with robust social consciences. Unfortunately, we’re also pretty broke, which I at least find INCREDIBLY frustrating. So, here’s a brief list of ways to help others, on a shoestring. A lot of these are even free!
If anyone knows any more, please let me know and I’ll add them.
CharityUSA - a conglomerate of click-to-give charities for various causes, including: world hunger, breast cancer, homeless veterans, children in need, world literacy, and autism (this one’s new so I don’t know if they’re condescending dicks about it or not.) The deal with click-to-gives, as I understand, is that various companies sign on with the organisation saying that for every click, they’ll give a certain amount to the cause in question. This one has an attached store focused on fair trade and sustainability, and frequently benefiting local people in disadvantaged areas.
Ripple - Another click-to-give. This one’s causes are water (one click gives a person six days’ access to clean water,) food, education (a click equates to two days’ primary school education,) and money (each click provides $100 worth of a $400 loan to a disadvantaged person trying to start their own business.)
FreeRice.com - A vocabulary quiz, starting simple and working up through sixty levels of difficulty; for each answer you get right, the organisation donates ten grains of rice via the World Food Programme.
Change.org - Petitions, petitions, petitions! While these don’t do anything directly, successful ones make enough fuss that those in positions of power frequently will do something.