As I said the other day while introducing Lent this year, the Lenten season has historically been marked by three practices of those that participate in it. Prayer and fasting tend to get most of the attention, but almsgiving is another component of a Lent-historically-done-well. Almsgiving is the ancient term for giving materially of your resources for the purpose of charity, love, and grace.
I have never been good at giving my money away. Tithing has always been difficult for me to practice; giving to the homeless has been hard; and I always have a good excuse why I’m not able to give to some cause greater than myself. Sure, I’ll talk about the organization or even write a blog post in support of it, but it’s hard for me to part ways with my money.
This season, however, I wanted to try an experiment to fight against this and hope and pray that God meets me in it and grows me in deep, lasting ways.
This Lent, I want to give away some of my money everyday. For Monday through Saturday (the Church considers Sundays Lent “mini-breaks”), I want to give some amount of money to a non-profit or charity that can use it to help others.
But I need help.
If you have a non-profit or charity or social justice organization that you particularly like, could you leave a comment below telling me what it is?
I don’t know of 40+ separate organizations I can give my money to (I’ll probably eventually do some repeats, but I want to diversify as much as possible!). In your comment, it would be nice if you included a link and a description or story as to why you like it, but don’t feel like that’s necessary. They don’t have to be religiously-based either, and can do any variety of things to help exalt those they serve.
Please, tell your friends about this initiative. I need lots of help. Retweet, re-post, reblog, share, Digg it, StumbleThis, Like, +1, and “Pin This” to your heart’s content (you can find links to do all these things below).
Here is a list of those organizations I’ve given to so far, and a list of those I plan to give to. I’ll try and update this list throughout Lent to let you know how it’s going. Thanks and may God bless you and meet you in this Holy Lent.
Organizations I’ve given to:
- liberti easter outreach
- The Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse
- International Justice Mission
- Philadelphia Classical School
- Barbara Verneus to Uganda with Covenant Ministries
- Abba Fund
- Home of Hope
- Children’s Jubilee Fund
- Lemonade International
- Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Youth Life Foundation of Richmond
- Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia
- Bethany Christian Services
- Grace Community Church
- Church Hill Activities & Tutoring
- Food for the Hungry
- Big Brothers Big Sister of SEPA
- Spruce Hill Academy
- Hope International
- World Relief
- Alpha Pregnancy Center
- Project H.O.M.E.
- Broad Street Ministries
Organizations I plan to pick from to give to:
- The Yahweh Center
- Mosaic Family Services
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- Girls, Inc.
- Grameen Foundation
- Heifer International
- Doctors without Borders
- Nurse Without Borders
- Mercy Corps
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Amnesty International
- Harlem Children’s Zone
- 100K Homes
- Living Water International
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
Feel free to check these out and give of your own resources to them as well. Let this be a community effort! Use the links below to spread the word about this. And thanks for the help.