Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity For Cash Donation!

PinExt Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity For Cash Donation!

giving money Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity For Cash Donation!Note: The period to nominate charities for this giveaway has expired.  Please see this post to find out which charity received the donation!

I will donate up to $500 to the winner’s favorite charity!  All you have to do is nominate the charity of your choice by leaving a comment on this post.  I will randomly select a charity from the nominations and then donate $1 for every comment received.  It is as simple as that.

I have been greatly blessed this year and in the spirit of Christmas, I earnestly want to give back.  I thought this would be a great way to do it and to learn about some new charities along the way.

Guidelines for nominating your favorite charity for the donation

This is an excellent opportunity to spread the word about the charity of your choice!  Also, in order to make the donation, I need to be able to positively locate the intended charity.  Therefore, let me offer these guidelines to ensure your charity gets the consideration it deserves.

In your comment:

  • Be sure to use the exact official name of your charity
  • In 2 to 3 sentences, tell us who your charity benefits and what they do
  • If you would like, leave a link to the charity’s website so I can find it
  • Tell us what you particularly love about this charity

Following these guidelines should help ensure that all the necessary information is included to qualify your charity for the giveaway.

Rules for the charity donation giveaway

What would a contest be without a few rules, right?  I’ll keep it simple, but I do have to set a few boundaries in order for this to be fair and meaningful.  Here it goes!

  1. All organizations nominated must be actual non-profit charities.  Please no “I’m my favorite charity” nominations!  A Charity where I cannot verify its official status will not be considered.
  2. I will close the comments on this post on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. Central.  Only comments received prior to this time will be a part of the random selection giveaway.
  3. Please only one nomination per person.  No spam comments!
  4. I reserve the right to disqualify any charity that offends me or my beliefs.  I doubt this will be an issue, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
  5. Again, I will donate $1 per legitimate comment to the charity nominated in the randomly selected comment below.  The maximum donation is $500.  I’d love to see 500 valid nominations!

Be sure to tell your friends so they can nominate their charity!

This is a great way to support your favorite charity without having to spend a dime out of your own pocket!  Why not let all your friends, so they can participate too? 

Spread the word! 

Note: My wife saw this idea in the December 2008 edition of Real Simple Magazine.  In response to the “Your Words” question of  “How Do You Give Back During The Holidays?”, Kristen from GreenStyleMom mentioned how she did this last year.  It seems like a fabulous idea so, I borrowed it.

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PinExt Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity For Cash Donation!

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  1. Changing Minds, Changing Lives. That’s the mantra of The Arc of Maryland. We know that individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) can and do contribute in many important and inspiring ways to society. But these individuals need supports, need education, need open minds. DD includes what we call mental retardation, autism, downs, and a cadre of other syndromes.) The Arc of Maryland, is part of network of local, state and national organizations. In Maryland, nearly 18,000 people linger on a waiting list for basic services so they can become contributing members of society. The Arc launched a grass roots campaign Changing Minds, Changing Lives which has helped create change. Your donation will help us push this work to another level.

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  2. The Advocacy Project

    They are work to promote the voices of disadvantaged communities around the world.

    They provide community based organizations with tools and training to disseminate information that will create social change.

    They work in 21 countries around the world.

  3. I nominate The Advocacy Project (, a US-based organization that helps smaller, community-based groups overseas on human rights issues. Right now, the group is helping to free pygmy slaves in Congo, teach street children in Kenya, and help disabled refugees in Uganda, among many more. Overall, they work with 30 partner organizations worldwide to produce social change.

  4. Our unique group is for children at Christmas who are less fortunate. Our concept is uniqe in the fact that these kids accept used recycled toys and gifts from others. These are some very needy children. We actively seek angels to adopt kids. This helps the angels clear out clutter from their own children and grandchildren and put it back into good use with children that need it the most. Our Secret Santa Recycle for Christmas group helps pay shipping when needed and any funds left goes directly to purchase toys so we ensure each child has at least 1 toy under the tree. 100% of every penny donated goes to these needy children. All our staff and moderators are volunteers who are dedicating their time to help those less fortunate. Our Staff and Moderators even dig into their own pockets to help others in the group. So we don’t just ask others for help we actually help others too. We are proud to help so many and at the same time keep our landfills and dumpsites a little cleaner.

    We hope our charity will be picked this year. Thank you so much for your generosity in reaching out to others. We know whoever you chose will be a deserving charity.

    I wish to nominate:

    Please visit our website and scan our 2008 database to find the most needy children. These children accept used toys and clothing.

    Please consider sponsoring one of these children for Christmas.

    Thank you!

  5. I nominate Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Madonna patients are folks who have been disabled by illness or injury – those who have had strokes, ALS, traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputees, and many other diagnoses. It treats patients from all over the country and is one of the few rehabilitation hospitals in the US with a VA contract to screen returning soldiers for TBI.

  6. I’d like to nominate Proverbs 31:20 Ministries ( Our purpose is to serve those women and children in our area’s homeless shelters. We provide basic needs (hygiene kits, clothing, etc), assistance with transitional housing (household goods, furniture, etc), discipling/mentoring, emotional support/counseling as our women go through their programs and deal with the court system (we do not offer legal advice). We also do a couple of “big” events every year – in 2008 we filled over 500 backpacks for the children in the shelters (and we provide their specific school supply needs – we get lists from schools, teachers when possible, etc.), we do a “spa night” once a year where we go into the area shelters and pamper the women with manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts, etc. Finally, our Spirit of Christmas luncheon is hosted once a year where we bring those women and children from the shelters to our church, serve them an elegant meal (fine china, it’s beautiful!) plus offer our “Santa Store” where their children can shop for gifts for their mothers and provide gifts cards to the Mom’s so they can shop for their children. It is an amazing ministry that God has blessed for almost 9 years now, we grow and expand the number of women and children we serve, whenever possible.

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  7. The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region supports people with developmental disabilities in Harford, Cecil, and Kent counties(in Maryland) both children and adults, to make informed choices with their lifestyles, vocations, education and recreational pursuits, and to assure stable and nurturing lives among their families and friends.

  8. Gads Hill Center

    We provide high quality, strength-building, out-of-school care for kids from 6 weeks old through age 20 on Chicago’s southwest side in a couple of different ways:
    *Child Development Center provides head start programming, a strong parent-education component, and other targeted services for families with limited resources
    *Club Learn supervises elementary-school-age children after school and all day on holidays and during the summer, providing not only a safe place but also an excellent learning environment.
    *Teen Connection is a college prep program for teens who come from the academic middle and bottom. So far, all fellows have graduated high school with a college acceptance letter in hand.

  9. * I nominate True Colors, Inc. in Connecticut.

    * True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.(They say it better than I do!)

    * Their website:

    * I am a volunteer mentor for the organization and work with a 17-year old girl in the foster care system (an already at risk population) who is also questioning her sexual orientation (upping her “at risk” status substantially). True Colors supports youth who are often, at best, forgotten or, at worst, abused–I experienced both in my adolescent life and wish I’d had the support True Colors provides.

  10. I nominate Open Clasp –

    Open Clasp use drama and theatre to give voice to women in North East England. They use drama and theatre can be used as tools to inform, to increase self-esteem and confidence, to raise awareness and to get people talking. They get people thinking about important issues in a fun way, and make anyone who’s affected by the issues feels a bit better about themselves and a little less alone.

    They’re also one of the charities of the week on Optimist world this week (til 11 Dec) – see

    They’re also a small charity, so up to $500 would go a long way for them.

  11. Easter European Outreach

    Their focus is on the younger generation, the two million “children at risk” living in the former Soviet Union regions who need assistance to become healthy well adjusted adults. We identify those at risk and design support programs together with church and ministry partners to assist young people in their development.

    I love them because I think they are really making a difference for the future in the former USSR and changing lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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  13. I nominate World Relief (! Our mission is to empower the local Church (whether in the US or around the world) to serve the most vulnerable.
    Programs include:
    -Refugee Resettlement (Allows people from often violent/war-torn regions to start new lives in the United States away from persecution. Assists with adjustment to US culture, job search, etc.)
    Programs across Africa and Asia include:
    Health: Mobilizing for Life (HIV/AIDS education and prevention), Maternal & Child Health and Child Survival, carried out in community settings.
    -Economic Development: Small loans are given within community banks and the beneficiaries (mostly women) are accountable to each other for paying back their loans. Once paid back, they are eligible for larger loans, allowing them to earn money to support their families, including school fees for children.
    -Disaster Response: World Relief responds both to natural disasters (hurricanes, tsunami, etc.) and complex human disasters like the situations in Darfur and Congo.
    WR’s vision for communities to be transformed economically, socially and spiritually is inspiring beyond the fact that it’s helping people–I love it because we want the most vulnerable people to realize that they are in control of their own futures.

  14. I vote for Independence Christian School. They are a small non profit that has been helping children of all learning abilities for about 30 years. I went there as a child and they do an amazing job teaching the kids. Now my daughter is there and she is blossoming into an incredible young woman under their care. They specialize in children with special needs and they mainstream them in the classroom. All abilities are celebrated and integrated into their school. They encourage a love of learning and their teachers are incredibly talented and dedicated. They work for far less money than public school teachers and give of their time before and after school and on the weekends continuously. Due to the economy many families have fallen behind on their payments and the school is needing assistance to make it through.

  15. This is an AWESOME idea…

    *I would like to nominate the Bethel Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
    *Bethel is a non-profit that helps single mothers attain housing, education, basic needs, etc. Its founder was a single mother herself in two abusive relationships. When she finally found a great husband, their faith lead them to create this organization.
    *I love this organization because I am the child of a single mother. I watched my mother struggle when I was a child to give what she could to us kids.

  16. In August 2007 my 14 year old daughter was visiting her grandma in Vancouver from Ireland. A terrible car crash left her Grandma dead and Chloe critically injured and in a coma. I traveled the 17 hour journey with her Dad to her bed side. Vancouver Childrens Hospital is the best in the world. They gave us our daughter and they not only cared for her but for us too. Chloe is home now and doing amazingly well.
    I would love to be able to say thank you and to help Vancouver Childrens Hospital help other children. Maybe you can help me do this? Thank You

  17. I nominate SacredFlight ( an
    on-call practice of music-thanatologists who provide soothing live harp & voice music at the bedside of people who are terminally ill or actively dying. They are also involved in the training of music-thanatologists.

    Their presence at the death of a loved one provided such a sacred closure filled with beauty to say good bye…

  18. ASPCA–American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This charity helps neglected and cruelly treated animals to find new, adoptive homes. Animals cannot speak for themselves, so we need to speak for them.

  19. I nominate Hopelink, on the eastide of Seattle.

    Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. Hopelink’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.

    Hopelink offers an integrated array of programs that enable families in crisis to make progress toward and achieve self-sufficiency. Programs include food banks, energy assistance, transitional housing, education, and others!

    With administrative costs at only eight percent of the budget, a full 92% of financial support goes directly to helping families in crisis and preventing homelessness.

    Check it out at!

    Read Bob Maynard´s latest article – Hopelink receives $5,000 donation from the Safeco Insurance Foundation

  20. I’d like to see the money go to Gorbella’s Nonprofit Organization. Gorbella’s benefits all families with young children. The organization is known for going around our community and making public places more family friendly. They are raising money to build a community center where families with young children can go for education, resources, networking, and structured and free play. It’s a great cause.

  21. The Albany Housing Coalition Inc. ( in Albany, NY has provided housing and services to homeless veterans for 15 years. They do amazing work to help veterans, especially Vietnam-era, and most recently Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans regain self-esteem and deal effectively with post traumatic stress so they can live independently in the community. A big thumbs up!

  22. I love Manna’s work in Asheville, N.C. because they feed the ones that don’t have enough year-round including the lower income bldg. my mother lives in downtown. They go there once a month and distribute all kinds of things that have been donated to them. Even though the central area of our town can be seen as tourist and well-off, the whole surrounding area of Western N.C. has much need and what better way than by supplying basics such as food?

  23. My favorite charity is Messiah College. Messiah College is a Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences. The mission of the college is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society. The students & alumni from Messiah are changing the world!

  24. International Partners in Mission (IPM) works across borders of faith, culture, and economic privilege on behalf of women, children, and youth to promote justice, peace, and hope.
    *I am a full time volunteer for IPM and fell in love with the mission and work of the organization. They support over 70 projects in about 25 countries and run educational Immersion Programs to offer students, congregations, or other interested individuals the opportunity to experience the global reality of the developing world. My favorite part of IPM is its emphasis on partnership with our Projects, where we all have something to learn from one another and that we arrive at solutions from the ground-up, together. There’s so much more to say about all the projects and not enough room, so please check out the website! ( Thanks so much for doing this!

  25. My favorite charity is Flashes of Hope. This non-profit organization takes professional photos of critically ill children. When a child is ill, such as dealing with cancer, so many times they don’t feel normal. This organization brings in professional photographers and make- up artist to take amazing black and white photos of the children and their families and captures the spirit of a child. They may enter the room crying from a bad day but leave smiling and happy. The family receives amazing professional images of them and their child all free of charge. In fact, sometimes this is the first professional photo taken of their child. I am a volunteer (and mother of a cancer survivor) at the Norfolk, Va chapter.

    More information can be found at

  26. Nazareth Home is a foster home for medically compromised babies that need the tender loving care of Nazareth Home. The foster home is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is in need of any donation. Thank You

  27. The choruses of the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School are my favorite charity and are quickly gaining recognition as being among the finest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have sung in prestigious locations and events (including GQ magazine’s “Gentlemen’s Ball” and the Riverside Church, both in New York City, and the “Disney Honors” festival in Orlando, Florida), have performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) annual state conference, and received many accolades for their choral excellence.

    With so much attention given to young people who make mistakes and are depicted negatively, these are young leaders who demonstrate a commitment to excellence with their quality, class and pride.

    Click on and listen to this talented group. Your ears will thank you!

  28. Thank you so much for doing this. Such a great idea! I nominate The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation. The website is

    The mission is to support those affected by brain aneurysms and other vascular malformations of the brain. It is estimated 2 million americans are walking around with a brain aneurysm and have no idea. If it bursts, there is a 50% chance of death. I lost someone very close to me. But I now know many people who have better stories. Including 1 person who survived with 5 aneurysms, and another who survived 2 burst aneurysms.

    It’s so important that people learn more about the disease, learn the warning symptoms and what to do.

  29. The choruses of the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School are my favorite charity. The students are filled with great enthusiasm which shows in every performance.

  30. How about looking in our own backyard–I recommend the Pan American Development Foundation ( They are working to help the poor throughout our hemisphere.

  31. The organization happens to be where I pastor. Its the Portland Ave. Church of The Nazarene. 4120 South Portland. OKC I have been a pastor for 30 years and this is the first church I have ever seen where there is such a spirit of unity and such a desire to be a beacon of hope in our neighborhood.m Though there are only about 40 people we have a multi-tasked ministry in reaching to all of those around us. I am amazed at how this little church is doing something that a church ought to be doing! I myself am handicapped and have to preach from a sitting position but that doesn’t bother them in the least. I am proud to serve right along beside them!!! Pastor Steven King

  32. What a wonderful idea! This was a tough decision for me because I have 2 favorite charities. I decided not to exclude either one on the basic fact that someone may read this post and find the information they need, one day.

    The first one is the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Micihgan Chapter.

    The Alzheimer’s Association provides services and education for caregivers and those afflicted with the disease, as well as funding for needed research.

    The second is the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. My father just passed away from this disease. PAN CAN also provides education, programs and funding for research for pancreatic cancer.

    Thank you for doing this great project and giving us all a voice!

  33. I nominate the charity that I work for.

    We are a 501(c)3 non profit called A Small Victory. We help women and families that lose children during pregnancy to the first month of life. We provide support kits, information, services and understanding to those suffering the loss of a child from stillbirth, neonatal loss, and miscarriage.

    Thanks for what you are doing.

    Our website is ASMALLVICTORY.ORG.

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