Seven ways to donate to charity – without draining your wallet

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 01 Aug 2013

Want to donate to charity but running low on funds? Follow these simple tips to make contributions to worthy causes, without draining your wallet.

1. Payroll giving

Payroll giving is a scheme where you donate money from your salary to a charity on a regular basis. The good thing is it’s taken out of your pay packet rather than your bank account, and it’s tax free because the money comes out before tax is deducted. Some employers will even match your payments.

2. Donate ink cartridges

Did you know it takes over 1,000 years for one ink cartridge to decompose inside a landfill? Yet it only takes a few minutes to recycle an ink cartridge. One good thing about them is that you can evendonate them to charities who will sell them on to raise money. So by just simply not throwing them in the bin you could be helping a good cause out. The recycling factory website has a number of partnerships with charities such as Make A Wish, Alzheimer’s socity and RSPCA. You can donate ink cartridges by going to their website, selecting your preferred charity and requesting a pre-paid envelope to post them off.

3. Raise puppies for guide dogs for the blind

If you’re feeling a little spontaneous, raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind is a great way to help those in need. Volunteers look after a puppy from six weeks of age until 12-14 months old. The volunteer’s role is to teach the dog basic obedience and produce a well-behaved dog ready for training. Equipment, food and vets costs are all covered by the charity – the hardest part is handing back the puppy!

4. Sell old stuff

Have a clear out and put old items to good use – sell clothes, DVDs, electrical items on eBay or hold a car boot sale and donate the money raised to charity. If you’ve got any old mobile phones lying around, sell these on sites like envirofone and they’ll donate the money to charity on your behalf. You can also donate them to a charity directly.

5. Donate blood

Helping a charity isn’t all about money, there are other meaningful ways that cost nothing at all – like giving blood. Donating blood can take as little as ten minutes and just one pint can save up to three people’s lives. Visit blood.co.uk to find your nearest session.

6. Hold an event

Spread the word, gather up the troops and hold an event to raise money. You could try arranging something at work to reach a wider audience. A charity BBQ, dress down day, cake sale or a sponsored job swap are all quirky ways to fundraise.

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