Strengthen Volunteerism by Supporting PMD’s Work

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Donate Personally

PMD accepts donations by:

  • Check
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Donor-Advised Funds
  • Legacy Difference Maker
  • PayPal Giving Fund
  • Venmo
  • Text Message
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Support our Campaigns

  • Groceries for summer cookout for lonely elders
  • Print-Braille children’s MARS! Earthlings Welcome! STEM books available at same (equitable) price as printed ones
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Donate Through
Your Workplace

  • Workplace Giving
  • Matching Gifts
  • Earn Donations from Volunteering “Dollars for Doers”
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Shop for Good

  • iGive
  • Spark Good
  • CommonKindness

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Write a check

Make checks payable to:
People Making a Difference (PMD)
P.O. Box 120189
Boston, MA 02112-0189

Donate by credit card or debit card

We can process credit card donations using VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We also accept online credit card donations through Network for Good, a nonprofit which provides secure credit card processing, and we would really appreciate your contributing the transaction fees* when given the option. In the box labeled: “To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose,” you can enter unrestricted, a description of how you’d like your donation to be used, or leave it blank. Unrestricted allows us the most latitude in using your gift.

Recommend a grant from your Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)

If you have a Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund donor-advised fund (DAF), the DAF Direct box below enables you to recommend grants directly and easily to PMD.

You have the option of being recognized or remaining anonymous.

Become a Legacy Difference Maker

Consider joining us as a Legacy Difference Maker! Help us strengthen volunteerism by making contributions on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis.

Donate through the PayPal Giving Fund

Avoid fees altogether by donating through the PayPal Giving Fund.

Donate by Venmo

Give conveniently via Venmo. Consider donating to cover the processing fees.

Donate by Text Message

Text “PMDvolunteer” to 707070. Consider donating 5% more to cover processing fees by the Pledgeling Foundation.

Support Our Campaigns Icon of a fog horn

Enable students to have their own monoscopes and explore independently!


Please donate $15 to help us underwrite the cost of a monoscope and LED light for three students.

A student uses his monoscope and LED light at the BPS Richard J Murphy School in Dorchester in December 2023.

Help us buy the groceries we need for lunch for 40 lonely, formerly homeless elders


Note: Designate your donation for �Cookout

Three PMD volunteers clad in matching green aprons prepare lunch plate for a frail elder in 2015

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Matching Gifts

Many companies have Matching Gift Programs for charitable donations made by their employees. This means that for every dollar an employee donates to an approved charitable organization, their employer will donate some additional amount.

Please ask your human resources department if your company offers a program like this. If so, let us know and we’ll help you fill out the necessary paperwork to multiply your donation by taking advantage of this generous benefit.

Workplace Giving

Provide PMD with a steady source of monthly income through convenient payroll deduction. Many workplaces allow for pre-tax payroll and other ways that you can conveniently donate using private portals like Spark and YourCause. Many workplace giving campaigns take place in autumn.

If you would like to give through your company’s UNITED WAY campaign, please use code #M973988 to specify People Making a Difference (PMD). Please spread the word at your workplace that PMD is a grassroots group doing good work for 30+ local charities with an annual budget less than $100k. Past efforts have included company-wide voice mail and e-mail messages.

PMD is again part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees’ Charitable Campaign (COMECC #973988) and City of Boston Employees’ Charitable Campaign (COBECC #2546). This means that if you work for the federal, state, or city government, you have the opportunity to make a charitable contribution to PMD. Please specifically designate PMD and tell your co-workers about us.

Similarly, IBM employees can make donations through the IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (IBM ECCC). Simply select PMD, #0L596.

Thanks to a PMD volunteer, PMD is a standard selection choice, but PMD is regularly evaluated to assess whether the level of interest by IBM employees merits continued inclusion in the campaign. Please spread the word among your friends who work for IBM and its subsidiaries. Even minimum donations will help ensure PMD’s future participation in this campaign.

Earn Donations from Volunteering

Many companies offer “Dollars for Doers” programs to employees who volunteer for, and thus earn a corresponding donation to, select charities.

Volunteers from PwC, Corning, Microsoft, BNY Mellon, and Google have successfully generated substantial donations to PMD by recording their hours in their company’s internal system, such as Spark and YourCause.

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Use and Earn Donations for PMD

Sign up now at so PMD will receive a $5 donation free when you make your first purchase. Do your online shopping through where up to 15% of every purchase is donated to PMD!

Books, CDs, clothes, food, sports gear, jewelry, toiletries, flowers, computers, pet food, children’s toys, gifts, etc. are available from well-known merchants like Chewy, Crate & Barrel, Petsmart, Powell’s Books, Lands’ End, L.L. Bean, Staples, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Use Walmart’s Spark Good

Sign up now at so you can donate your change to PMD by rounding up your purchases at checkout on and/or purchase needed supplies from PMD’s registry and have them shipped to PMD.

Use CommonKindness and Save

Save up to $1,300 per year on your groceries and other purchases by shopping through CommonKindness and choosing People Making A Difference Through Community Service Inc.

Print (but it’s not necessary to use) free coupons to save money AND generate funds for PMD… at no cost to you!

PMD’s EIN is 04-3191846, and PMD financial information can be found within 990 filings online at Candid – Review our most recent filing or by request to PMD per IRS policies.

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