Little Helpers: Little-known charities

Davkd MantekGiving to a charity is a powerful feeling. All at once you’re flooded with positivity, knowing that somewhere, someone is smiling because you took a few precious moments to think about them. We’re all aware of the biggest mega-charities, serving the world’s ills with arms in countries all around the world, but what about the little guy? Smaller charities are always appreciative for your consideration, and below are some small charities that are looking to make a big difference.

Arcadia: An interesting take on the traditional non-for-profit, Arcadia’s approach is one that benefits us all. Researching clean, renewable forms of energy, this small company in Rockport, Maine, has big dreams. With the right amount of help, we could help make the world better for our children, and their children’s children.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation: Children are the best of us. Innocently unaware of the world, youth affords an ignorance of hardship, but sadly not everyone is able to enjoy it. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation raises money for children battling cancer. Funds are used to help afford the best doctors and their flights to the children, ensuring they get the very best care.

Alpha House Tampa: A brilliant charity offering aid to women at their most vulnerable, Alpha House has several programs to help women who are expecting. Whether finding affordable medical care or vocational programs to help them get back on their feet, Alpha House wants to do everything they can for the next generation of mothers.

No matter who you choose to support, contributing to a charity brings its own set of returns. The feeling of giving without expectation of return, aiming to improve someone’s life, is a gift all on its own. So when choosing which charity is deserving of your hard-earned money, consider the little charities. A dollar given for a better world is a dollar for us all.


In the recent years donating to a charity became seamlessly cooler than well almost anything. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ripped through the digital space allowing various online users from different age groups to either raise money for ALS research or dump an ice-cold bucket of water of their head in order to raise awareness. The campaign went viral and ended up raising over 115 million dollars toward the ALS association. Now think about it… what if donating to that cause were as easy as simply  sending a tweet?

good world logoThe start up, GoodWorld envisions the world as everything being a tweet away. GoodWorld launched last year and has raised 1.65 million in seed funding. Over 200 startups have signed up for GoodWorld’s service – including UNICEL, the American Red Cross, No Kid Hungry, and, the ALS Association – receiving donations has become easier, swifter and much more social thanks to GoodWorld.

Those who use GoodWorld over 4,000+ only have to register their credit card information with the startup once. After that, donating becomes easier AKA a few finger tips away.

Facebook users contribute by using a hashtag #donate on participating non-profits Facebook page, followed by a specific amount that they’d like to give. Twitter users will trigger a donation when they tweet at a non profit with the hashtag #donate and the desired amount. Example:  tweet: @[my favorite charity] #donate $100.)

“GoodWorld takes a 4.8 percent cut of every donation thats made through social media, and an additional 2.2 percent of the contribution goes to the participant’s credit card company. But in an interview with the Washington Post, a number of non-profit heads reported that the small fees were well worth it.”

Research has proven that GoodWorlds services is particularly useful when it comes to rapid response situations, like disastaer relief. “GoodWorld says its next step is to make giving more like a game. If users were, say, competing to see whose friend network could raise more, the real winner would be the cause itself.”