Step 1: Change Your Surfing Habits
NeoAid.com acts as a third-party website, allowing you to perform searches with both Google and Yahoo. Every time you search, a small portion of the advertising revenue goes to the charity of your choice.
Step 2: 'Click to Give' Websites
These websites operate on the premise that when you visit the site, clicking a button displays adverts from their sponsors. The revenue generated by these adverts then goes to charity; perhaps to fund programs that give food to the hungry, or helping to protect wildlife. There are many of these sites on the internet, so you're almost sure to find one for a charity you'd like to support.
Here are a few worthwhile examples of 'click to give' websites:
Step 3: Games
Why not play these charity games for a while?
Step 4: Donations
In the US, you could also use the Throwplace.com directory to find a charity to donate to:
In the UK, you can find a charity you'd like to support using Charity Choice; an online directory of registered British charities:
Step 5: Raising Awareness
Even if they don't have pre-coded adverts for you to add to your website, you can still link to their site from your own by adding a small amount of HTML script. Here is an excellent step-by-step guide on how to do this:
Step 6: Campaigning
Care2 and Ning are both free online communities where you can create and join social networks dedicated to charitable causes, helping to raise money for and spread awareness about issues you care about.
Petitions are also a great way to campaign for a worthy cause. You can create a petition in support of, or against anything you wish. Collecting signatures shows the extent of public feeling on an issue and can prove invaluable in convincing politicians, lawmakers and businesses to take action and find a solution.
Step 7: Virtual Volunteering
Step 8: Getting Out There
While there are many companies that offer 'volunteering holidays' to different countries, these generally cost hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. If you'd prefer to give your time rather than your money, volunteering in your local community is probably a more viable option. Though not as exotic, local volunteering is just as worthwhile and can allow you to meet new people and make a real difference in the day-to-day life of where you live.
A quick NeoAid.com search using just a few key words, for instance 'volunteer', what type of work you'd like to do, and your location, can provide dozens of matches. Alternatively, if you'd like to work for a specific charity, visit their website and find out if they're looking for volunteers. Fill out their online registration form, or send them an enquiry email or letter detailing where you are, and what you'd like to do and they'll very likely reply with specific details of how you can get involved.
Why not visit these websites to find volunteering opportunities in your area? (Not just U.S.)
Local volunteering is generally the best way for everyone to get involved, but if you have specialist skills and experience, a longer term volunteer placement abroad may also be a possibility.