Something that I often hear when I’m out and about in the community is that people can no longer afford to donate to charity.

There are so many good causes out there, and with each one with making as big an impact as the next; it’s not always practical to give money to everyone who asks for it.

But while the hearts of the community might want to stretch to support all the charities; ‘giving’ doesn’t have to stop at money.

There are many other ways to give to charity or to people who really need your help which won’t cost you a cent.

Here are four simple ways you can give to a charity and make a big impact on your local or wider community, that won’t affect your bank account.  

1) Volunteer.

One of the most precious commodities a person can offer is their time and volunteers are angels in regular clothing for non-profits and community organisations. If budgets do exist, they’re often so stretched that someone showing up to offer unpaid operational support will always be welcomed with open arms. Most charities will need help with their admin, their events, or will happily find things for you to do in the office if you want to offer a more hands-on approach to your giving.  

If you want to give but you don’t know where to start, look up some local charities in your area and give them a call and see how you can help. Take my word, they’ll appreciate the gesture more than you’ll know!  

2) Donate a product or service.

Local businesses can offer their products or services to a local charity in lieu of a cash donation. This gesture will either help the charity with their fundraising, or, depending on the nature of the donation, it might help them with their operational procedures. By giving your products without charge, you could save them both time and money which will allow them to focus in other areas.  

3) Have a donation tin on your counter.

If members of the public visit your business, something as small as having a donation tin on your counter will make a big difference to a local charity. Not only does this help the organisation financially when it comes time to empty the tin, but it also helps to raise awareness of their cause by starting conversations between staff and customers which will lead to further support for the charity.

4) Hold an event.

Holding an event will not only bring some local cheer to your community, you will also raise money and awareness for a local charity at the same time. Put your thinking caps on and rally round to get everyone involved in raising funds for an organisation that you hold close to your heart.

If you need advice on these, or any other ideas on how you can help a local charities without donating a cent, please email fundraise@heartfelthomes.org.au or CLICK HERE for more information. 

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