Five Ways to Support Your Favorite Nonprofits From Home
How to give back during this time of uncertainty
As we continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are feeling helpless and uncertain of how we can support local businesses and organizations that are important to us.
For nonprofits across Colorado, fundraising is at the forefront of their concerns right now. Many of these organizations rely on large galas and other philanthropic events to raise the critical funds needed to serve their constituents. We are approaching the height of event season, which means there are a multitude of events originally scheduled for April, May and June that have to be postponed or canceled.
Numerous nonprofits also depend on volunteers or visitors to carry out their mission. With quarantines in place, this is not possible or safe for most of us.
Since we are unable to support these organizations by volunteering or attending events this spring, here are a few other ways we can ensure that nonprofits are able to continue their life-changing work in our communities.
1. Donate online
These days, nearly every organization has a website with the capability to accept secure online payments. This can be a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation. Even $10 each month can make a huge difference for a charity.
2. Follow them
Spending a lot of time on social media? Now is a great opportunity to follow the nonprofits that are most meaningful to you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. When events and volunteer projects are rescheduled in the future, you will be the first to know about it!
3. Use Amazon Smile
While we are all stranded inside our homes, many of us are shopping for our essential household items on Amazon. By visiting smile.amazon.com and selecting your favorite nonprofit, a portion of the revenue from your purchases is donated directly to them at no added cost to you.
4. Build connections
Do you know anyone whose interests and experiences might relate to a nonprofit’s cause? We may be social distancing now, but that doesn’t mean we have stopped communicating with one another. Use this time to introduce your friends, colleagues and family members to the organizations that matter most to you. Forward one of their emails, tag a friend in one of their posts, or make a personal introduction if you know someone who works there.
5. Share your story
Chances are you have a personal connection to the nonprofit that you support. Whether it’s your own experience or that of a family member or friend, you have an important story to share. If you are comfortable, send your testimonial to the nonprofit to share in their campaigns. You can always ask to be kept anonymous if you wish.
If we come together to support local businesses and charities in ways that we can from home, we may feel a little less helpless in the effort to make things better for everyone during these trying times.
At CH&L, we are very proud to be the Media Sponsor of many incredible charitable organizations in Colorado. If you are looking for ways to support great causes in our community right now, here are a few organizations that CH&L sponsors: