6 tips for charitable giving on the cheap
If you can't give money, give time. It doesn't have to be a long-term commitment, Falk says."You could restock shelves at the food pantry for a day, distribute toys at a children's hospital or organize a food drive," she says.
The 63.4 million Americans who volunteered in 2009 contributed 8.1 billion hours of service with an estimated dollar value of $169 billion, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an agency in Washington, D.C., that provides grants and support services to nonprofit volunteer programs nationwide.
"Without volunteers, many nonprofits would not be able to continue operating at the same level that they do today," Webster says.
"Few people can write million-dollar checks, but we all can do something," she says. "Put your energy toward nonprofit agencies that best align with your passions and don't hesitate to call them directly to see how you can help."