My adorable three-year-old nephew is obsessed. Last year it was Lazytown, this year it’s Star Wars. Santa Claus brought him a Darth Vader costume and a Han Solo costume for Christmas. After Christmas dinner he wanted to watch his favorite movie, Episode IV: A New Hope. Actually it’s a fitting choice as we close out 2009. What is New Year’s but a celebration of new hope?

Take resolutions—aren’t they essentially a hope for a better you? I have my resolutions worked out: I’d like to get in better shape (going to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), spend more time writing (with a two-month-old baby I may be biting off more than I can chew), and do a better job at giving back to my community.

Luckily for me, I can get a head start on one resolution by donating to my favorite causes before the year is out. And if that’s not motivation enough, all my donations made through the end of the year are tax deductible come April.

Giving Local, Giving Global

At JustGive, you can conveniently connect and give to the causes that mean the most to you. With a few clicks, you can easily find charities of choice in your community – whether your community is local or global:

I recently tried a zip code search and found Mental Disabilities Rights Initiative (MDRI). MDRI is creating systemic change through its innovative approach, making a real impact on the day-to-day lives of countless individuals across the globe. According to Eric Rosenthal, the Executive Director for MDRI:

Over the last 15 years MDRI has investigated the living conditions and treatment of people with mental disabilities in dozens of countries in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. Sad to say, (we) have found serious human rights violations across the globe… Despite these very upsetting findings, (we) are filled with hope. Wherever MDRI has worked, (we) have found courageous and inspiring local activists who are working within their own country to bring about change. MDRI has trained and supported those activists, and is collaborating with them to end abuses.

It sounds like MDRI has already made 2010 more hopeful.

Making it Easy to Give Back

JustGive’s tools make it a cinch to sign in and view your Giving History for a record of previous gifts. Using this history, you can select any or all past donations, and instantly make them again. Your charitable history is available to see and print at any time; perfectly organized for tax purposes.

You can even opt for recurring donations to give on a monthly basis. Just check “Make this a recurring donation” button and every month, we’ll automatically deduct the donation from your account to send your support to chosen charities.

We accept donations for charity as small as $10 and allow you to make any gift anonymously.

You can spread hope throughout 2010. Act now – before the Empire Strikes Back J Donations made through the end of the year are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law!

And ask your friends to join you in making charity count.
– Grant La Rouche

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