We all are familiar with daily deal sites. Groupon and Living Social seem to top the list, but there are actually quite a few others for your frugal spirit's delight. And yet, there is another daily deal site to add to the list that has a different premise. Let us introduce Philanthroper.
Instead of selling something, Philanthroper is sharing the story of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit every day. You have the option of giving a $1-10 donation. The small monetary amount is used as a tool to get us in the habit of doing good daily; can't we all spare a daily dollar? In Philanthroper's words, "We're trying to make doing good a habit."
How do they choose a nonprofit to feature? They do their research, choosing exceptional 501(c)3 groups out to make a difference from the local to the global level. Philanthroper especially looks for younger, growing nonprofits that have not been as exposed in the charitable world; they tend to pick nonprofits that bring in less than $1 million per year in revenue. If smitten, Philanthroper will call the organization up and hear their story. Then, with permission, the charity will become featured on the site.
Check out their site to read about new, inspiring charities that sometimes hide behind the big guys. Today's feature? Food Forward, a nonprofit based in California that searches backyards and public spaces for neglected fruit trees, and collects that otherwise soon-to-be rotten fruits, distributing them local food banks. Innovative, unique, and pretty damn intelligent.
Let's go and stretch those charity muscles and get back into the spirit of giving good! A little can go a lot farther than you think.