Give a Gift, Save the World

Do your holiday shopping and donate to a good cause at the same time. A portion of profits from these gifts goes to charity.

Longing for less mall madness and more goodwill toward mankind this holiday season? Many businesses and organizations offer you more than a chance to buy a gift: They allow you to help nonprofit groups raise money for a worthy cause.

It's simple: You buy a gift for someone on your list and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity. You won't spend any more time or money than you would have hitting the mall to do your shopping. But the feel-good factor is off the charts. Think of it as do-gooder multi-tasking.

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Stacy Rapacon
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rapacon joined Kiplinger in October 2007 as a reporter with Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and became an online editor for Kiplinger.com in June 2010. She previously served as editor of the "Starting Out" column, focusing on personal finance advice for people in their twenties and thirties.

Before joining Kiplinger, Rapacon worked as a senior research associate at b2b publishing house Judy Diamond Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the George Washington University.