1. You can increase awareness of the issues that the charity supports (for example, if you want to help out animal shelters, read up on the benefits of spaying and neutering pets, and then talk about it to people, and refer them to your charity of choice for more info)
2. Donate an in-kind gift. You may not be able to afford to give money, but maybe you have some old stuff that you would normally throw away that your fave charity might need. Giving away ole stuff isn't just for salvation armys and good will stores. (for example, animal shelters can uses old towels and blankets, etc.) Some charities need surprising things. My local zoo collects old perfume that people do not want anymore. They will spray it on items that go in the animal exhibits - the new smell is stimulating for the animals. Many charities keep a list of what in-kind gifts they are looking for - just call them up and ask.
I've worked for charities for 7 years, so my source is me.
· 1 decade ago