Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Do-Good Mother's Day Gift and Donation Ideas

Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away (Sunday, May 9th). Do you know what you're going to give your mom? Gifts of time, and homemade gifts are probably some of the best gifts you can give your mom, but sometimes you live too far away to get together, or don't have time to make something special. I've posted some do good Mother's Day gift and donation ideas below, as a continuation of last year's Mother's Day Donation Ideas post.

  • If you make a donation to Women for Women International in honor of your mom, they will send her a Mother's Day card, or e-card.
  • You can give, "one for mom, one for the earth," when you give a sponsorship gift through the Sierra Club. You can sponsor things like Yosemite National Park and the Arctic National Refuge.
  • When you give a refugee a "lifesaving gift" like prenatal care, school supplies, or blankets through a donation to the International Rescue Committee, they will send your mom a card, or e-card. Plus, your gift will be matched to support their maternal health programs in Sierra Leone.
  • The Ploughshares Fund will send your mom a card, a necklace, or flowers, depending upon the amount you donate. Your gift will be matched, "by a group of generous philanthropists, all mothers themselves."
  • MADRE will also send a card to your mom if you make a donation in her honor.
  • Sending a Care2 Mother's Day e-Card will help you earn "butterfly credits" that you can redeem on Care2 as a donation to a variety of causes.
What are your do-good gift ideas for Mother's Day?

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Cross-posted from BlogHer.com.

Image credit: Photo by me of two Palomas Aprons, a project of Border Partners. The aprons are designed and made in Mexico by women who sew to support themselves and their families.
Full disclosure: I have supported, or worked for some of the organizations mentioned.


  1. I gave my Mom one an Oxfam donation for Christmas and she loved it. They send you a nice card that explains the program and everything. So good for hard to shop for people!

  2. Thanks for these great ideas on meaningful Mother's Day gifts! My mom always says (for Mother's Day, birthdays and Christmas) that she wants "peace on Earth." So last year for Mother's Day, I made a donation in her name to a project on UniversalGiving (www.universalgiving.org) that builds communication between Christian and Muslim children in a war-torn area of the Philippines. Maybe not peace on Earth, but it put a little more peace into the world!

  3. These are some great gift ideas for my mother. Plus what a nice action, to give to a needy organization.

  4. Thanks for the ideas, Kristina, Cheryl and Arlene!

  5. Some of my favorite ideas too - Great dot-orgs, all of them.

    I'd also like to throw in a plug for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, my pet charity lately. They're actively trying to reduce needless childbirth mortality statics and keep women safe during pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Plus I love that they've got such powerful women supporting them, they really are on track to make their ambitious goals.

  6. This is awesome! We may put it on our homepage later this week--we'll see :).

    Hi! Great website! keep up the good work, and thanks for doing justice in Jesus' name--we appreciate you!

    Do you think you could link to us at www.iVolunteering.org?

    ivolunteering is a secular version of ChristianVolunteering.org: the largest online directory of Christian volunteer opportunities, with 5,500+ volunteer opportunities from over 4,000+ ministries, and since 2007, we have matched over 12,000 volunteers.


  7. I'd never heard of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Mom 101. Thanks!

    Becca - I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Feel free to put a link to the post on your site, but to reuse the whole thing, you need to get permission from BlogHer, where it was originally posted:



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