Friday, May 01, 2009

Mother's Day Donation Ideas

If your mom is the kind of person who prefers a donation to a physical gift, below are a few ideas. Please feel free to add more do-good Mother's Day gift ideas in the comments.

* Room to Read's Girls' Education program. During the month of May, all donations made to the Girls' Education program will be matched (up to $100,000) by an anonymous donor.

* U.N. World Food Programme to help a mother feed her child. Create an interactive card for your mom on the U.N. World Food Programme's Wall Against Hunger. If you have trouble opening the donate link in Firefox, like I did, try it in another web browser.

* Women for Women International to support women survivors of war. Your mom will receive a a handmade card made by a woman in their program in Rwanda. Donate before May 5th to make sure she receives her card on time.

* Sierra Club to support wilderness areas like the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, Everglades National Park and the Arctic National Refuge.

* Oxfam America Unwrapped and fund virtual gifts like a pair of school uniforms for $20, or planting 50 trees for $30.

* One of GlobalGiving's "Mom Knows Best" projects like Education for 900 Rural Girls in Burkina Faso or Fast Tracking Education for Women and Older Girls in Afghanistan.

* A gift certificate so your mom can choose a woman entrepreneur to give a loan to.

* A Good Card from Network for Good your mom can use to donate to the nonprofit of her choice.

Related Blogs
Women for Women International's blog
Sierra Club's The Green Life
Oxfam America's blog
GlobalGiving's Global Goodness
Kiva's Inside Kiva

Full disclosure: I have donated to Women for Women International, made loans through, and received a Good Card.

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  1. Thanks for this, Britt. I've just linked to it in our Mother's Day post on Shaping Youth about "Lackus Appreciatis" and the freebie finds, photo cards, and meaningful gestures that kids can come up with sans great expense:

  2. Thanks for the post Britt! Can I also offer up the option of Adopting a Mom this mother's day? Rethink Breast Cancer has established this program just in time for Mother's Day with proceeds going towards Support Saturdays... take a look at

  3. Here's another idea - Heifer International. What mom wouldn't want to help a family in need? :)

  4. This is great! Yet another idea: Donate diapers, wipes, and toiletries to homeless & low-income moms via We're based in the Bay Area but the drive is throughout California.

  5. Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone. Keep 'em coming!


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