Where to donate at the end of 2021

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty

As you look at your finances, you may find you need to make additional charitable donations for tax purposes. There are so many charities we all know and love and it is honestly easier to write one big check and get it over with. But, have you considered giving to your local charities? There are many local groups where your hard earned money will go into making a huge difference in the lives of others right there in your own community.

Here are some local (Metro Raleigh area) and National places to consider.

Food Banks

There is always a need for food at the food banks. There is usually a shortage around the holidays. You can usually donate money or food. Some make it so easy. You can even order online and have food shipped to them.

Some of my favorite ones to donate to locally are:

Wake County Food Bank

Durham Food Bank

A Place at the Table

With Love from Jesus

Dorcus Ministry Food Bank

Dorcus is one of my favorite places. They accept donations of clothing and other items. They're set up with a storefront so people can come in and shop. They're in a shopping center with Habitat for Humanity. You will also see the Read & Feed busses there.


Operation coming home

The Homebuilders association and our local Keller Williams offices have partner with Operation Coming Home to build homes for veterans. This is such a wonderful program. 

Raleigh Rescue Mission

The Women's Center

Urban Ministries of Durham

Durham Rescue Mission

Habitat for Humanity

Christmas/Winter Related

Salvation Army Angel Tree

Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Shoebox

Toys for Tots

Coats for Children

Wake Med Toy Donations

Elderly/Disabled Neighbors

Meals on Wheels


Friends of Wake County

SPCA of Wake County

Saving Grace

Ministry related

Your own church is a great start. Find out where your church or place of worship is in regards to their their annual budget. Many places of worship find themselves in a deficit at the end of the year and count of end-of-year donations to help them balance the books. Some will take stocks, cryptocurrencies, etc. so be sure to ask.

Samaritans Purse

This is a great organization that helps people across the world. It is part of the Franklin Graham ministry based out of North Carolina. They feed, clothe and give medical help to people all over regardless of their faith affiliation. 


This ministry is well known for the work they do with students on college campuses across the country and beyond. They actually do a lot more than that.

Raleigh Dream Center 

An outreach for addiction recovery and beyond.

Other Great Organizations in Need

Read and Feed

Read & Feed helps underprivileged kids learn to read and brings them a nutritious lunch.

The Green Chair Project

The Green chair project helps those facing homelessness, crisis or disaster. You can donate goods or money.

Ronald McDonald House of Wake & Durham

Note in the Pocket

This is a great organization that collects gently new or used closed and purchases items needed to help clothe school kids with dignity. They put a note in the pocket for the kids.

Duke Energy Share the Warmth

The Hope Center at Pullen

As for volunteering in person, this is a great thing to start in January. I see and hear people wanting to have that experience with their family during the holidays. The end of the year is a difficult time for organizations to train new people. They often respectfully ask you to check back after the first of the year and make it a regular thing. 

All the best as you end 2021 and kick off 2022! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


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Comments (13)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carla and with the holidays fast cloming, I have purchase 5 toys gifts to give to athe church toy drive and had purchase 5 blankets for homeless people that I see every day I am out.  Not much but something.


Dec 05, 2021 08:41 AM
Carla Freund

To some it may not seem like much but to others it is everything! 

Dec 06, 2021 05:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Carla... what a wonderfully comprehensive list for your area. So much need out there, it's really sad.

Dec 05, 2021 08:53 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you. It is heartbreaking when you realize there are so many in need. We can make a huge difference.

Dec 06, 2021 05:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful list for your area.  Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.  A

Dec 05, 2021 08:57 AM
Carla Freund

Thanks A, Have a great week!

Dec 06, 2021 05:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding December.

Dec 05, 2021 09:37 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you. Same to you and Dolores!

Dec 06, 2021 05:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carla, the Food Banks in Denver are in bad need of assistance, and I usually have a couple of charities I give to, and will this Tuesday.

Dec 05, 2021 09:46 AM
Carla Freund

That is wonderful Joan!

Dec 06, 2021 05:37 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I think food banks are one of the places we can make the biggest impact. Great post.

Dec 05, 2021 09:49 AM
Carla Freund

Yes it is. There are many adults and children in need especially around the holidays.

Dec 06, 2021 05:37 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We make end of year donations to the local food bank and also a contribution to the fuel bank as the heating season is tough for many families

Dec 05, 2021 05:30 PM
Carla Freund

It really is Ed. We don't always know what others are going through.

Dec 06, 2021 05:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carla - finding organizations that most closely match your goals can prove to be a good fit for many.   

Dec 06, 2021 04:22 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is such a wonderful list of places that are worth giving to before the end of the year.  There are always so many people in need and I really appreciate the organizations that truly are trying to help.

Dec 06, 2021 04:30 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Brian. Your blog gave me the inspiration to put this together.

Dec 06, 2021 05:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing you many lists of your favorite places to donate Carla. I enjoyed your timely post 🙂

Dec 06, 2021 09:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Carla.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Dec 07, 2021 07:30 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Roy! I will and you as well. 

Dec 08, 2021 06:41 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

That is a great list for giving this holiday season, thank you for sharing it Carla. Happy holidays to you!

Dec 08, 2021 06:38 PM
Carla Freund

Thank you Wanda. Happy Holidays to you as well!

Dec 09, 2021 06:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Carla Freund - your post reminded me that it is better to give than receive. I am wishing you and your mom an abundance of blessings and many special moments sharing together family time. 

Dec 09, 2021 04:46 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you so much Patricia! Yes, it is better to give than receive. And somehow, we still receive when we give. 

Dec 09, 2021 06:33 AM