First, we sponsored a child. You need to do research before sponsoring to see exactly where/what your donations go to. We sponsor a little girl the same age as Christopher. We exchange letters with her family a few times out of the year. It so interesting to hear about about how her and her lifestyle are similar and yet different from our own.
Second, we give weekly to our church. I'm sure this is the most popular form of giving. We also donate clothes and other used items to Goodwill or the Veterans.
Third, we give to our university (LaSalle and DeSales) "annual funds." It's very important to us to give to our schools since other people's donations made it possible for us to receive scholarship.
Fourth, I volunteer on our community's social and landscaping committees. We also volunteer at special events like Operation Santa Claus.
Last, we give to a few organizations that we are affiliated with such as Generation Life.
How do we do this? We tithe (but for now less than 10%) meaning a percentage of our pay goes directly to our donation account. It seems difficult at first, but you can choose the percentage that works for you and just set it aside. It's simple, easy and rewarding. I'd love to hear how/what others contribute to, please share!