Of course there are many many worthy organizations and places to donate this holiday season. I'll highlight a few here:
ONE WARM COAT
One Warm Coat organizes coat drives around the country. You can organize your own or search for one near you.
CHRONICLE SEASON OF SHARING FUND
The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is an organization I've contributed to yearly. The fund provides one-time donations to families in need for specific purposes. If you read the SF Chronicle, you've probably seen stories they write about some of the recipients. Each year the fund helps more than 5,000 Bay Area families encountering an unexpected crisis. It's one of the largest private sources of emergency financial assistance in the area. The fund is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
PASSPORTS WITH PURPOSE
If you looked at the right side of my blog lately, you'll notice the large green Passports with Purpose ad. This fundraiser, organized by travel bloggers, is raising $80,000 in small donations to build libraries in Zambia (in past years, the organization built a rural school in Cambodia).
To encourage you to donate, bloggers solicited amazing prizes like hotel stays in Los Cabos, British Columbia or Kauai, Disneyland Park Hopper tickets, grandstand seats for the Tournament of Roses parade, Costa Rica tours, travel gear, Amazon Kindles, Kindle Fires, and gift certificates for all kinds of things. You can see the full list of prizes here along with the blog hosting the prize, and list of participating travel bloggers here (we're one). You can also donate without entering to win a prize.
The fundraising ends on December 16th, with prize winners announced on December 23rd. How to enter? You get one entry for every $10 donation. In the "# of entries" spot on the right, put in how many entries you want for each prize you're interested in, and then give them your email address at the bottom. Easy!