Do-Good Mother's Day Gift and Donation Ideas

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Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away (Sunday, May 9th). Do you know what you're going to give your mom?

Gifts of time, and homemade gifts are probably some of the best gifts you can give your mom, but sometimes you live too far away to get together, or don't have time to make something special.

I've posted some do good Mother's Day gift and donation ideas below, as a continuation of last year's Mother's Day Donation Ideas post.



  • If you make a donation to Women for Women International in honor of your mom, they will send her a Mother's Day card, or e-card.
  • You can give, "one for mom, one for the earth," when you give a sponsorship gift through the Sierra Club. You can sponsor things like Yosemite National Park and the Arctic National Refuge.
  • When you give a refugee a "lifesaving gift" like prenatal care, school supplies, or blankets through a donation to the International Rescue Committee, they will send your mom a card, or e-card. Plus, your gift will be matched to support their maternal health programs in Sierra Leone.
  • The Ploughshares Fund will send your mom a card, a necklace, or flowers, depending upon the amount you donate. Your gift will be matched, "by a group of generous philanthropists, all mothers themselves."
  • MADRE will also send a card to your mom if you make a donation in her honor.
  • Sending a Care2 Mother's Day e-Card will help you earn "butterfly credits" that you can redeem on Care2 as a donation to a variety of causes.

What are your do-good gift ideas for Mother's Day?

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Image credit: Photo by me of two Palomas Aprons, a project of Border Partners. The aprons are designed and made in Mexico by women who sew to support themselves and their families.

BlogHer Contributing Editor, Britt Bravo, also blogs at Have Fun * Do Good.


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