Still searching for that perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift? This year, pay it forward by buying a gift that keeps on giving or donating to a charity in your loved one’s name. Below are a few ideas*:
Endangered Species Chocolate provides funds for species and habitats worldwide. The company donates 10% of their net profits to environmental conservation non-profits, such as EE Turtles, Chimp Haven, The Ocean Conservancy, and The National Wildlife Federation.
Girls Love Mail
Girls Love Mail gives the gift of hand-written letters to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Anyone can write a letter and provide personal words of encouragement; you don’t need to be a breast cancer survivor to participate.
This global health charity operates local and global programs to improve health, respond to people in crisis, distributed medical aid, and address the issues affecting community health around the world. It began during the Cold War with a volunteer airlift medical aid mission from the heart of America (Kansas) to the heart of Russia (Moscow).
Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Their mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics.
Love Hope Strength is an international, music-centric cancer charity dedicated to saving lives, one concert at a time. Rather than funding research, the organization builds and supports cancer centers around the world, increases awareness of global cancer needs, and encourages international bone marrow databases through the Get on the List campaign.
For over 50 years, this foundation has provided a variety of disabled veteran services, programs and resources to help combat wounded and disabled veterans and their families. Veteran services include grants to help disabled veterans, veterans’ claims assistance, PTSD resources, and job opportunities for disabled veterans.
Touched By Flowers donates 15% of order proceeds to the American Humane Association.
*The Ad Council does not endorse these organizations. Always remember to do some research on sites such as Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, Better Business Bureau, etc. before making a donation.
This blog post was co-written by Lisa Cullen, Vice President of Public Relations and Social Media of the Ad Council.