Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the festivities got us thinking—what are some ways to actually give back this year? We found some great crowdfunding campaigns that not only let you give back but are also fun and easy to participate in.
If you’ve noticed that men aren’t as well-groomed as usual, there’s actually a good cause behind it! It’s Movember, a no-shave pledge organized by the Movember Foundation that started in 2003 with the goal of raising awareness and money for men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers. Men, or Mo Bros, begin the month of November clean-shaven, but grow out their mustache for the rest of the month. Friends and family donate to their Mo growing efforts, and the mustache itself is meant to act as a conversation starter to help bring awareness to the cause. Last year, Movember raised $147 million in support of men’s health, so grow your own Mo or support a friend’s mustache today!
Did you know that November is also National Diabetes Awareness Month? You can pledge to live a healthier lifestyle and help the cause at the same time with BeeWell For Life by Bumble Bee. Simply register for an account, choose the American Diabetes Association as your cause, and start earning points; each point earned is equivalent to a 10-cent donation. You can earn 3 points for every mile you run, earn a point for sharing a recipe, or participate in fitness and health challenges on the site. Bumble Bee will donate up to $12,500 a month. BeeWell For Life is also on Facebook, making it easy to invite friends to join you in the fight against diabetes.
Watching the football game this Thanksgiving? Invite your friends to pledge to donate to men’s health each time your team scores with Snoball. Snoball is an online fundraising and donation platform that allows individuals to pledge an existing cause or create their own. Growing a mustache this month? Raise even more money for Movember by linking your Snoball to a prostate cancer foundation; pledge a dollar each time somebody asks about your mustache! You can link your Snoball to over 1.7 million nonprofits, and it’s easy to invite friends through Facebook and Twitter. Get a group together, find a charity you like, and pledge to help out. It’s that easy.
With these campaigns, it’s never been easier to give to a good cause. Show what you’re thankful for this November and participate in one of these easy and fun health campaigns. At the end of the month, congratulate yourself with a nice Thanksgiving dinner—you earned it!