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Givin' Large

So you’ve been thinking a lot about giving. (Okay, and a little about getting.)

But this year you’re looking for a different way to do it. Take a gander at the nonprofit organizations below; now’s a great time to contribute a little of yourself or make a donation in someone else’s name. Your family, friends, or coworkers will truly appreciate it. (Yes, even more than the swell fruitcake you gave them last year.)

You were so that little apple-giving, grade-grubbing, answer-knowing teacher’s pet. Now give something back: Teachers Count raises the national rank of the teaching profession and improves teachers’ experience by providing them with valuable information, services, and resources.

Yes, you can do more than pin a pink ribbon to your lapel. The Young Survival Coalition educates people and organizations about breast-cancer issues unique to women age 40 and under.

Child stars aren’t the only ones who miss out on their childhood. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman, is a place for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases to play, relax, and enjoy being kids.

Sure, you know all about safe sex. But wouldn’t you feel better if everyone else did, too? Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, educates and raises awareness among urban youth about HIV and AIDS.

Choice should mean more than taking sides in the Lindsay-Hilary feud. Check out The National Abortion Rights Action League: It’s been over 30 years since Roe v. Wade, and the need to protect a woman’s right to choose is as dire as ever.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Stop using “peace” as a salutation and start making it happen. Seeds of Peace looks for the leaders of tomorrow in areas of conflict (particularly in the Middle East), spreading the principles of harmony and coexistence.

Nowadays, it takes more than a village; it takes business smarts and lots of training, too. Youth I.N.C. supports a variety of nonprofit youth organizations (everything from mentoring to inner-city basketball programs) by teaching them fundraising and other important business practices.

Go on. Throw your arms around the world.

It really does make giving feel a bit like getting.