When you have a decent following, consider hosting a stream to showcase a cause you’re passionate about. There are several things you can do to promote your charity stream or make it a good time for your viewers. This post will cover the very basics of 10 popular charities that you can consider supporting.
Why You Should Host a Charity Stream
If you are passionate about making the world a better place, you can host a charity live-stream on Twitch or Mixer. These are great activities where your community can come together for a common cause to improve an area of the world. Hosting a charity stream is also a great way to spread awareness for a cause.
How to Choose a Cause for Your Charity Stream
There are several things you should consider when choosing a cause for your charity stream. Find something that you are passionate about, has a high rating, and is doing actual good for the community around you. Understand their mission and exactly what they do as a company so that you can pass that on to your viewers.
CheckPoint – A Mental Health Resource for Gamers
CheckPoint is an Australian charity that was created to help gamers who struggle with mental health find the help and support they need. They provide several resources filled with information and a Discord community to help people connect with each other in a safe environment.
CheckPoint has a unique way of presenting information in a way that relates to gamers and many people have benefited from their work already. For more information, read our post, CheckPoint: A Mental Health Resource for Gamers.
Kiva – That Platform that Keeps On Giving
Kiva has a different take on how to help people around the world. The platform connects people who want loans for schooling or supplies for work with people willing to give interest-free loans. You don’t have to front the whole loan either. You can “donate” to a person or small group in $25 increments, working with others to add to the total loan amount.
The fun thing about Kiva is that you are repaid most of the time, then you can turn around and re-lend those funds to another person who would rather have a hand-up than a hand-out. Read Kiva: A Unique Charity for Your Charity Stream for more information.
The Make A Wish Foundation – Making Dreams a Reality for Terminal Children
The Make A Wish Foundation specializes in granting wishes for children who are suffering from terminal conditions. It was founded after the death of a 7-year-old boy with leukemia. While he was alive, he was granted his wish to see what it was like to be a police officer. He was even given the funeral of a police officer.
Now, the Make A Wish Foundation works to find ways to give children something they have always dreamed to have – whether it be a visit to Disney World, their own computer, or a way to help their community. They average granting a wish every 35 minutes.
For more information about this charity, read Charity Stream for The Make A Wish Foundation.
Able Gamers – Finding Ways to Give People With Disabilities the Ability to Game
Able Gamers has made it their mission to give anyone the opportunity to game. They create or purchase modified controllers and other equipment for people who have disabilities, allowing them to have fun with their friends and family. Able Gamers understand that games can bring people together.
People who are in need of financial assistance for modified gaming equipment can apply for a grant through the organization. Due to high demand, there is a waiting list and submissions are reviewed on a first-come/first-serve basis.
If you are passionate about gaming and want everyone to have the same opportunity to experience it, this may be the charity for you.
Sierra Club – Protect the Earth to Protect Our Future
The Sierra Club is a well-known American organization that boasts more than 3.8 million members who actively strive to keep the earth a healthy place. They recognize that there are many global challenges ahead that threaten the environment and are working to finding solutions to combat them.
Sierra Club has worked to secure 439 parks and monuments and was instrumental in the passing of the Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts, ensuring that every child who grows up in the United States could potentially have the opportunity to visit a national park.
Sierra Club members are passionate about the earth and many of them lead hikes or trips around the world to share their passion for nature.
Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger is an organization that strives to live up to its name. They try to help people from around the world find access to clean water, good food, and healthcare. They work with whole communities at a time and have saved the lives of millions of people.
The charity has been in operation for more than 40 years and prioritizes countries that have a large percentage of malnourished children or people without food. They work with communities to train small-scale farmers to grow more nutritious food in their areas and help create the infrastructure needed to provide clean water to inhabitants. They also respond very quickly to humanitarian emergencies.
According to their website, $.93 of every dollar donated goes to their programs. They employ 7,500 people who are actively working to improve the lives of more than 21 million people in more than 45 countries.
World Resources Institute
World Resources Institute serves more than 60 countries in protecting and sustaining the earth’s natural resources. Their focus is on the seven issues currently critical in our environment: energy, food, climate, water, cities, oceans, and forests.
Each of these issues is covered extensively on their website as well as their actions to restore what has been damaged and protect what is needed. Their actionable steps detail exactly what they are doing to influence governments or fight back against illegal activity.
WRI’s global-minded mission is to protect the earth so that people of today and the future can live in a healthy world free from the effects of deforestation, pollution, and more.
Rainforest Trust has saved nearly 24 million acres of the planet’s ecosystems. Their work includes the education of young people about rainforests and the current threats against them. Many communities join together to create a fundraiser toward this cause.
The Rainforest Trust has protected nearly 1.3 billion trees, 125 threatened mammal species, 79 varieties of birds, and have safeguarded the equivalent of 189 Million mT of CO2.
Their operation costs are paid by their board of directors, meaning that 100% of all donations given by outside forces goes toward conservation. In fact, 92% of their total expenditures goes toward programs who aim to protect and restore the environment.
The PRASAD in PRASAD Project stands for Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service And Development. The charity dates back to the 1930s when a village in India was offered support. It has continued on through the decades and was christened the PRASAD project in 1992.
The charity’s main focuses are to build sustainable community development and provide health education to areas in India, find ways to provide dental care to people in the USA, and eye care for the people of Mexico. They look for the most pressing needs of a community and focus on those first.
When making a donation to the PRASAD Project, look to see if your employer does matching gifts. Many corporations are happy to donate to the charity as well. Check with your human resources department.
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was founded in 1946 in an effort to provide free, highly-skilled dogs to people who are visually impaired to fully blind. The foundation works to pair dogs with applicants, working hard to find the right dog for each person.
Guide dogs start their training at about 8 weeks old. A home-trainer will work to socialize it until it is 14 months old when it is returned to a guide center for 3-9 months of specialized training. Dogs can help a person be more mobilized in many aspects of their lives.
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is reliant on charities as they receive no funding from the government. That being said, about 80% of funds are used on the actual mission while the rest goes toward overhead and awareness.
Regardless of what charity you choose to showcase during your charity live-stream, thank you for doing something to better the world in the way you see fit.