What to do when you already love your life? Help improve someone else's by volunteering or donating to a charity. Don't have the funds to give? Here are a few ways to make some money for your favorite cause-and have some fun while you're at it.
School bake sale or carnival
If your cause centers on children, connect with your child's school to plan an afternoon family fund-raiser.
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Local retailers and boutiques will love the opportunity to showcase and promote their new looks, and fashion-conscious guests will have fun in the audience.
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If your social circle enjoys playing golf or tennis, enlist a club to host a tournament and publicize the event, then solicit local businesses to sponsor the holes for a set price. A sports tournament encourages whole families - especially the guys! - to get in on the fun.
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Community yard sale
Ask a group of neighbors to set up shop on their lawns in support of your cause: They can sell home goods, food, clothing, flowers, or whatever they can contribute.
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Have you had success with one of these methods? What's your favorite charity? Tell us how you give back to your community!
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