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Gifts that Give Back 2023

Making a charitable donation in someone’s honor, in lieu of traditional gifting, is a great way to honor that friend or member of the family that truly doesn’t need any more stuff.

We’ve created a list of some excellent organizations that are truly making a positive impact in the world right now (and always). When you make a donation to any of the charities below, you can feel confident knowing your funds are going where they’re supposed to, and making a difference in others’ lives. Oh — and it’s tax deductible.

We’ve grouped notable charities by category:

But first…

Israel/Gaza Conflict

Please consider allocating your dollars to people affected most by this conflict this holiday season. We recommend UNICEF USA, which is helping provide critical resources to vulnerable children and families in this region of the world during this difficult time.

Relief for Housing Insecurity

According to HUD’s Homeless Count, homelessness last year (2022) had reached new highs, with 582,462 people experiencing homelessness.

Four in ten were people in families with children, due in part to the surge in housing and rent prices over the past couple of years. This year, giving to organizations that help combat homelessness and housing insecurity in America matter. You can also volunteer your time to help the cause. *Use Charity Navigator to donate to a homeless cause near you.

Hunger Relief/Food Insecurity

According to Feeding America, more than 34 million people (including 9 million children) in the United States are food-insecure. These are people who may not know where their next meal is coming from. Check out these organizations that help put food onto the tables of those who need it the most:

Supporting Children

The 2023 calendar year has left more children vulnerable to mental health struggles, hunger, child abuse, educational disparities, and so much more. By contributing to any of the following organizations, we can help offer support to children who need it most:

Mental Health

The past three years have been a mental health disaster for so many. One in 5 adults now has a mental health disorder, as does 1 in 6 youth. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death for people under 35. It’s an absolute crisis, especially among teens and young adults. You can help — consider making a donation to one of the organizations below:

If you have a charitable organization you feel passionate about, please share with us in the comments below. This year, we urge you to give back to the community in meaningful ways. It truly is the gift that will keep on giving.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Meg and team at Lucie’s List

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