There are plenty of ways to do it, too. This year’s digital darling, Groupon, has teamed up with crowdfunded microfinance pioneer Kiva to make your philanthropy dollars go further: 40% further. The coupon site is selling $25 donations for $15, with Groupon and its sponsors making up the $10 difference up to $500,000, Kiva isn’t out a dime. The deal ends, along with 2010, on December 31.
Groupon competitor, Living Social, has a somewhat more complicated offer going with Global Giving, involving percentages of sales, a processing fee, benefiting five charities in Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Today it the last day, so we should know son how well it worked out.
No matter how you send in your dollars (credit card, text, check or “old timey“* coin in a kettle), be sure to use Charity Navigator to make sure an organization is as worthy as its cause.
There are plenty of worthy causes, too. But if you’re stuck, New York Times columnistNicholas Kristof has a few suggestions for lesser-known groups that could use some help (btw, no holiday required—give early, give often…).