Are you someone who waits until the last minute to trim the tree, or do you deck the halls as soon as you’ve handed out that final piece of Halloween candy? Personally, I will bust out the Christmas tunes at any point in the year when I need a pick-me-up – which has been much more often over the last two-ish years – but my décor goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Wherever you land on the holly jolly scale, gift giving has long been part of holiday traditions, with exchanges often taking place between family and friends. This year, we encourage you to give global as part of your gift exchange – and we’ve taken all the guesswork out of “shopping” by putting together our very own year-end gift guide of select international charities that will appeal to just about everyone. You can support them all in one place: our Give Global Fund.

Maybe charitable giving is already part of your holiday to do’s, maybe you are looking for a fresh twist to liven up your traditions, or maybe you are simply at a loss for what to get that one person on your list who already has everything they want. Whatever the motivation, giving back is the perfect way to spread some hope for the holidays!

If you’re ready to dive in, jump down to the guide. If you still have questions, here’s some more info:

Why give global?
Any kind of charitable giving is scientifically proven to boost physical and mental health, and giving to global causes has some unique benefits (e.g, donations to boost other economies improve our own economy in return – and there is even an increase to our national security).

Who benefits when I give global?
When making a donation, we often want to know exactly how we are helping – which is understandable. Sure, organizations can calculate things like $75 feeds a family of five for a month. And we can share true stories of people like Salima, whose life was saved because of one of our charity partners. But in reality, it’s not possible to calculate the full impact of your donation. Our charities run programs that focus on educating and partnering with the communities they serve in order to create lasting, sustainable change. This means that your gift has a ripple effect, continuing to have an impact long after its monetary value has been spent.

How can I give global as part of my holiday traditions? 
Check out the guide below and replace or supplement your holiday gift-giving with a Give Global Fund donation to support these leading international charities. Whether you are shopping for the animal lover, the health care worker or your favorite advocate, there’s truly something for everyone on your list! Need another reason to jump on the gifts for good bandwagon? You set the donation amount, so it fits in any budget and can be used as a stocking stuffer or big ticket gift.

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2021 Year-End Gift Guide

Action Against Hunger
Perfect for the foodie on your list.

For more than 40 years and across more than 45 countries, Action Against Hunger is leading the fight against hunger. With short-term relief in response to an emergency and long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty, their work truly saves lives.

When you support Action Against Hunger this holiday season, you’ll give families the comfort of a full belly, easing any concerns about the source of their next meal.

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Habitat for Humanity International
A great gift for the one who is handy.

Since their founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has expanded their programs to reach all 50 states and more than 70 countries around the world, helping more than 35 million people achieve stability and independence through safe and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

When you support Habitat for Humanity International this holiday season, you’ll give families in the U.S. and around the world the fulfillment and peace of mind that comes with affordable homeownership.

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Heifer International
Calling all animal lovers!

With a hoofprint that spans 21 countries, Heifer International is on a mission to end hunger and establish sustainable livelihoods for all through resources and training for sustainable agricultural practices.

When you support Heifer this holiday season, you’ll give families a sustainable path for nutrition and income.

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Oxfam America
Support rights for all on behalf of your advocate bestie.

Oxfam America’s work is guided by the principal of equality for all. For more than 80 years, they have worked to end poverty and injustice to ensure that every person is guaranteed a life of dignity. Their programs operate in more than 90 countries and focus on economic justice and equal rights, women’s right and gender justice, climate action, and humanitarian response.

When you support Oxfam America this holiday season, you’ll give families the chance to escape poverty and thrive.

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Project HOPE
Honor the health care worker in your life.

Tackling some of the greatest public health challenges for more than 60 years, Project HOPE is on the front lines in 26 countries, saving lives and creating lasting change for underserved communities. Their approach is to place power in the hands of community health care workers with a focus on: disasters and health crises; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; maternal, neonatal and child health; and health policy.

When you support Project HOPE this holiday season, you’ll give families hope and health through lifesaving resources and training for medical teams.

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World Food Program USA
This one’s for the friend who always drops off a homecooked meal when you welcome a new baby. 

As part of the United Nations family, the World Food Program USA does whatever it takes to reach the world’s most vulnerable. Their programs provide emergency relief and immediate food assistance, long-term agriculture training, school meals, and more – all to overcome the detriments of hunger.

When you support World Food Program USA this holiday season, you’ll give families – especially those in conflict or emergency situations – the relief of lifesaving meals.

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Your gift through the Give Global Fund can make an incredible difference for so many – and it is the perfect way to honor your loved ones! You can even send them a note to let them know you’re dedicating a life-changing gift in their honor. Will you Give Global this holiday season?

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Still looking for more ways to give global?

  • Make a gift to any of our Charity Alliance members through your workplace.
  • Give through one of our four high impact funds, each of which focuses on a key area of humanitarian assistance and supports a selection of charities (including some of the above!).
  • Be a global champion and get your friends and family involved. See our Global Champion Toolkit for resources to get you started.
  • Reach out to us to set up an employee engagement event featuring a particular cause area or specific charity of interest to your company.