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Gifts to Share: Humanitarian Opportunities for Gifted Families

Have you ever considered giving a milk-producing goat as a gift?  How about protecting a snowy owl, manatee, or polar bear?  With our globally-aware gifted children, sometimes gifts to share with others are the best gifts of all.  There are many local opportunities in your neighborhood.  There are many options; this list is only a starting point.  Look to your child's passion areas, and to your faith associations, for more humanitarian giving ideas.

Last year, my kids sponsored two young mothers' participation in parenting classes through a local children's center.  I was surprised - my kids were only 9 and 13 - they loved the idea, and ended up getting involved in other local women and children's support organizations!  And this year, after helping raise money for several entire Arks at church, they were happy to give a share of a Milk Menagerie.  Let your kids surprise you...

In addition to these national or international programs, there are tons of local charities to choose from.  For example, Cat Angel Network is a no-kill shelter local to us, and my youngest daughter's chose to support these days.  Look for local charities in your kids' passion areas by using Google to search the web, including the child's interest, and your county or state.  You can find a charity that suits your child perfectly!

BlueVoice.org Saving Dolphins and Whales, Protecting the Oceans
For some twenty five years members of the BlueVoice team have worked both to end the killing of dolphins and whales and to explore the universe of dolphins in the open sea...
Children International
Dedicated to improving the lives of children living in dire poverty.  Your sponsorship will make a difference and help break this terrible cycle of poverty...
Covenant to Care for Children and their Reach One Youth Mentoring Program
A non-profit, non-denominational, private agency working with faith communities to meet the needs of abused, neglected and impoverished children and teens of Connecticut...
Defenders of Wildlife and their Wildlife Adoption Center
Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.  Adopt a wolf, jaguar, whale, tiger, cottontail, black bear, panther, snowy owl, or other endangered animal and pass on the legacy of wildlife conservation to someone you love...
Foster Parents Plan and their program to Sponsor a Child
Foster Parents Plan (Plan)* is one of the world’s largest international, child-centred development organizations. We work in 45 developing countries where, worldwide, our long-term community programs benefit 1.3 million children and impact the lives of 13 million people. Plan is non-religious, non-political and has no government affiliations...
Gift Cards for Good Recommended
Founded by a 10-year-old gifted child, Gift Cards for Good collects used but not quite empty gift cards from stores across the country, and donate 100% of the proceeds to to help people who need something that they can’t get themselves: buy food for hungry children and clothes for cold children. We will also be able to give presents to kids who never get any at the holidays. We can also help charities that build houses for those who don’t have the money to do it for themselves...
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Give One Get One Recommended
The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. Through December 31 2007, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution... Read  'One Laptop' a hit in Peruvian village 
Created by a team of gifted kids, GHOUL (Gifted Halloweeners Organizing UNICEF lovers!) is a UNICEF fundraising team.  Make a donation, join the team, or both!
Heifer International and their program to give a Heifer, flock of Chicks, Milk Menagerie, more...
Giving to Heifer means giving someone a permanent victory over hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation.  Through animal resources and sound environmental practices, generations of farmers can care for themselves on patches of earth once thought to be useless.  "Teach a man to fish" has been the practical, but powerful philosophy of Heifer since 1944...
The Hunger Site The Literacy Site The Breast Cancer Site
The Rain Forest Site The Child Health Site The Animal Rescue Site
This set of sites was initially founded in 1999.  Each site supports it's cause through a variety of donations and sponsors.  Even if you don't donate or buy, stop by and click each day to support each site!
Jane Goodall Institute and their program to Become a Chimpanzee Guardian
Chimps in the wild are on the brink of extinction. At the turn of the last century, chimpanzees living across West and Central Africa numbered around one million. Today their total number is less than 200,000.  Funding from The Jane Goodall Institute provides care for almost 200 chimpanzees, and employment opportunities for local people at four locations in Africa...
Kiva Microfund Loans that change lives
Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world - empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.  microloans start at just $25...
The List Kids part of  The List Project
The List Kids was founded by 11 year old Sky Choi to support the children of U.S.-affiliated Iraqis. Most of these Iraqi children have known nothing other than war and must now face the challenge of integrating into an unfamiliar society. Together with two of his cousins, Sky is assembling care packages to welcome them. The List Kids provides American youth the opportunity to initiate a new positive dynamic between Americans and Iraqis - one based on cooperation and support instead of war...
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and their programs: Save the Tiger Fund, National Whale Conservation Fund, Coral Reef Conservation Fund, International Sea Turtle Conservation Fund and More Fish Campaign
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants, on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education...
Nothing But Nets
Buy a net, to save an African child from Malaria.  For $10 you purchase a net, distribution, and instruction to a family on it's use...
Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
People, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide during 2007...
roots & shoots The Power of Youth is Global, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute
Together, youth of all ages are taking action to improve our world through service learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment and the human community...
Save the Children and their program to Sponsor a Hungry Child
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world.  Supports children in need, by providing prenatal care and newborn training, supplying life-saving immunizations for young children, and building schools and training teachers so that even more children have a chance for a better future...
Save the Manatee Club and their program to Adopt a Manatee
Adopt a manatee, and have a manatee calf named after you!
Soldiers Angels
Soldiers' Angels mission is to provide aide and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard and their amazing families.  Adopt a soldier for one letter and care package or for a whole year, create Chaplain's packs to support the Chaplains' work with both soldiers and local people, and lots more!
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
There are many ways to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Your donation makes a real difference...
The Wilderness Society
Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has been in the forefront of the fight to protect and preserve public lands.  Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts...
Windstar Wildlife Institute
A national, non-profit, conservation organization dedicated to improving wildlife habitat...
World Wildlife Fund and WWF Canada and their Winter Adoption Center
Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. Adopt a panda or a whole panda family, a snow leopard or a litter of snow leopard kittens, and more...

Thanks for supporting these unusual gift opportunities.  Hoagies' Gifted Education Page is not associated with any of these programs / organizations.

Last updated December 01, 2020  

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