Using Prepaid Cards to Give Back

Using Prepaid Cards to Give Back

We’re obviously big proponents of prepaid cards and we’re constantly expounding on the options such cards provide. Yes, we think we've seen it all, but then our users go out and surprise us by showing us how a prepaid card can be used to set aside funds to donate to a charity.

Here’s how you can give back with Akimbo: create a card specifically for charity donations and setup a small weekly or monthly auto-load to this card. Then, when you’re ready, use your charity card to donate on your favorite charity’s website.

Need help with figuring out which charity to donate to? Here’s our list of charitable children’s organizations that could use your help.

Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA

Several employees at our parent company, Payment Data Systems (NASDAQ: PYDS), recently volunteered at the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (CRIT-USA). They are one of the largest private pediatric rehabilitation systems in the world, providing comprehensive care for children with neurological, muscular and skeletal disabilities. (Side note: Donating your time can be just as impactful as donating your money.)

Make a Wish Foundation

One of the most well-known children’s charities, the Make a Wish Foundation makes dreams come true for children who are facing life-threatening illness, from becoming a ballerina to getting a new puppy to something as simple as seeing snow.

Newborns in Need

Newborns have a lot of needs, but when the child is born premature, those needs increase drastically. Newborns in Need provides parents of these children with bottles, clothing, disposable diapers and other items these tiny tots could use.

KaBOOM! 

Every child deserves a safe place to play but that definition of “safe” differs wildly from child to child, particularly if the child in question has special needs. KaBOOM! is committed to meeting these needs by developing handicap-accessible playgrounds to serve children of all abilities and those living in poverty. Since its founding in 1996 KaBOOM! has built or improved more than 17,000 playgrounds.

Reach Out and Read

If you’ve ever brought a child to the doctor, you know kids often get a lollipop or other such treat for especially good behavior at the appointment. Reach Out and Read takes things one step further by providing doctors books they can give to impoverished children at the end of their visit. In addition to the gift, the organization also provides training to doctors and nurses on how to show the children's parents the value of reading.

Parents as Teachers

No one ever said parenting was easy, but for parents who feel the task borders on the impossible, Parents as Teachers can help. Team members make home visits so they can work with parents to improve their parenting skill set and empower them to make the best choices for their children and their family.

Follow your passion

The above is just a small sampling of charities that you could support using your prepaid card. Whether you select one of these or explore other options that more closely match your values, the organizations — and the children they support — will be better off because of you.