“Give the gift that keeps on giving,” is not a cliché. It is a sound philanthropic strategy. Want to see your donation dollars multiply? Give to an organization that supports sharing. Here are some great examples of where your support can have an amplifying effect on sharing worldwide.
Heifer fights global hunger and poverty by providing individuals with gifts of livestock and expert knowledge to develop a reliable income source. The organization works with entire communities to support sustainable agricultural practices and the creation of small businesses. Heifer Program participants not only develop the know-how to continue to develop their businesses on their own, they reinvest their incomes into their communities, building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, and funding other types of community development. Participants also agree to “pass on the gift,” donating some of their livestock to others.
Donate to Heifer International
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The Creative Commons project has had a lasting impact on sharing by developing tools to support creative culture. Creative Commons licenses are a ubiquitous and invaluable part of the legal and organizational infrastructure that enables sharing fairly, equitably, and globally.
On The Commons
On the Commons is dedicated to developing tools and ideas that enable new, collaborative ways of working. The organization connects and networks professionals and private citizens alike in projects to protect, respect, and share resources – such as land, air and water – that we all hold in common.
Donate to On The Commons
The Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives
The P2P Foundation provides the sharing movement with cutting edge research and collective wisdom. From case studies to current stats, P2P Foundation is the go-to place for thorough, thoughtful and inspiring data, analysis, and ideas.
Donate to the P2P Foundation
The Sustainable Economies Law Center
The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) is helping to navigate the complex and rapidly changing legal landscape of the sharing economy. SELC provides education, research, advice, and advocacy to help build resilient, equitable sharing economies.
Donate to the Sustainable Economies Law Center
Center for a New American Dream
Since 1997, the Center for a New American Dream has been helping Americans rethink and refocus their priorities as consumers and community members. The organization not only raises awareness about the connections between consumption, quality of life, and the environment, it also works directly with individuals, institutions, businesses, and communities to make positive changes in how goods are produced and consumed. One example is the SoKind Registry, an alternative gift registry that encourages the giving of homemade gifts, charitable donations, secondhand goods, experiences, and other valuable help.
Donate to the Center for a New American Dream
The Story of Stuff
What started as a 20-minute film about the way we make, use and throw away stuff has grown into a 500,000-person strong global movement to build a healthier and more just planet. The Story of Stuff project continues to dramatically draw attention to the consequences of hyper-consumption while advocating and exemplifying solutions to share more efficiently.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Founded in 1990 the EFF engages lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists to address the issues and challenges that arise in the age of 24/7 global information access. The EFF works to represent the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights and the sharing of information.
Donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation
One of the biggest benefits of sharing is its ability to build and strengthen communities. Many local organizations create amazing change by working directly with community members to identify and provide services and resources that will best help their neighbors. The community gets what it needs, and local residents learn skills and gain agency in the process. One example, the Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn, New York, trains and employs local youth to develop and offer each other programs in tutoring, academic enrichment, counseling and health.
Donate to the Red Hook Initiative or visit Idealist.org to research other community-based organizations near you
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