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Almost as quickly as it came, summer is ready to leave the States, and force us to fight the cold fall and winter months. And with those colder months comes the inevitable barrage of holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. These months, while cold and unforgiving, are a time to come together, enjoy the company of friends and family, and give to others who are less fortunate. And sometimes, giving can get stale. So why not shake things up and look for fun and intriguing ways to donate your time or money? Here are a few of the best ways to do just that.

Tabs for a Cause

In today’s digital age, you’ve likely done your fair share of Internet browsing. Whether you’re purchasing a brand new furniture set or watching the latest films on Netflix, you’ve likely come across a common situation: having too many tabs open. These little multitasking wonders allow us to search multiple websites at once. If you’re going to multitask, you might as well do some good in the world, right? If you know that you utilize tabs far too often, then you should consider installing Tabs for a Cause. This handy extension donates a fraction of a penny every time that you open a tab. It might not be much, but with the sheer number of tabs that one person alone can open in any given month, it can add up quite quickly.

Charity Miles

The cold weather may be difficult to bare for most people, but that doesn’t stop millions around the country to find ways to stay fit either indoors or out. And while you’re looking to stay healthy, why not donate to charity in the process? With the Charity Miles application, your physical activity can be tracked and converted into donations. Biking and running can earn you 10- and 25-cent donations, respectively.


Don’t feel like toiling in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? Luckily, there are plenty of dining options for the whole family. What’s more, there are dining options that allow you to donate to charity. GoodDining is a service that allows you to donate to charity directly through your bill. Simply register your debit or credit card on the site, eat out at any of the 10,000 participating restaurants, and 2.5-5% of your payment will be automatically donated to charity. It’s that simple!