giving back this Christmas

I think giving back and helping others is important year ’round, but I find that people are especially inclined during the holiday season. Sometimes though, you just don’t know how to give back, ya know? It can get a little overwhelming when all you’re thinking is “Where should I be putting my money? Who should I be helping?” There’s so many options out there, and unfortunately so many people who could use aid, that it gets a little hard to choose.

That’s where I decided to help you out. I picked 5 “topics” that I find to be pretty important to me, and then chose charities that fell within that spectrum. Everything I’ve picked has at least an A charity rating, and from what I found via charity navigator, actually donates pretty much all the money raised to their actual cause! Nothing worse than donating money with the intent of helping only to realize you’re just funding the CEO’s lavish lifestyle!

So here, if you feel like the presents you purchased just aren’t doing the trick, give back a little more this Christmas:

giving back

 

LGBTQ:

1. THE TREVOR PROJECT
suicide prevention for LGBTQ teens

2. LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER
largest provider of LGBTQ programs

3. GLSEN
seeks positive acceptance in schools K-12

4. MAZZONI CENTER
provides health services in an LGBTQ-focused environment

5. TRANS LIFELINE
hotline for trans people (staffed by trans people) in crisis or struggling

 

WOMEN/CHILDREN:

1. WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE
helps individuals seek safety from abuse and rebuild their lives

2. GIRLS NOT BRIDES
partnership of 600+ organizations to help end child marriage

3. SAVE THE CHILDREN
provides relief and helps support children in developing countries

4. POLARIS PROJECT
works to prevent and combat modern slavery and human trafficking

5. RAINN
works to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure rapists are brought to justice

6. GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN
leading foundation seeking gender equality in education, health, and economics

7. UNICEF
provides aid and assistance to children and mothers in developing countries

 

EDUCATION/THE ARTS:

1. PROLITERACY
develop and promote adult literacy learning, content, and programs

2. SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA
supports 13,000 scholarship and education assistance programs worldwide

3. DONORS CHOOSE
matches donors with schools in need so they can donate directly to their interests

4. INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
focuses on international student exchange and aid; creating programs of study

5. PLAYWORKS
working to change school culture by leveraging the power of safe play time

 

HEALTH:

1. INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE
working to accelerate the development for vaccines to prevent HIV and AIDs

2. BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
highest rated breast cancer organization, working to advance research

3. AMERICAN RED CROSS
humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and relief

4. MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSONS
seeking a cure and improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s

5. BRAIN & BEHAVIOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION
focuses on mental health research and alleviating suffering caused by mental illness

6. AMERICAN AUTOIMMUNE RELATED DISEASES ASSOCIATION
dedicated to eradicating autoimmune diseases and alleviating suffering

 

ENVIRONMENT:

1. WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE
fighting to protect the right to clean, drinkable, and fishable water

2. NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL
working to safeguard the earth, including its people, plants, animals, and natural systems

3. WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK
protects endangered species and preserves their natural habitats

4. THE OCEAN FOUNDATION
foundation that supports/promotes those helping oceans around the world

5. ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE
seeks to alleviate the suffering of animals inflicted by people

 

What causes are important to you?
Is there an organization you think should have been included?
Let me know!!

8 Comments

  1. Melanie December 26, 2016 / 10:30 am

    What a wonderful idea! I love the thought of donating in someone’s name as part of their gifts. The older we get the harder it is to shop for people as you find they have everything they want or need- this is a great alternative. It’d be a great idea to donate the amount for you and a loved one to participate in a charitable run or other activity as well- not only are you helping out a great cause but also getting some extra quality time together!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com December 31, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      It so is! Loving your post on the topic as well! x

  2. Chasa Fulkerson December 27, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Love this! I am not able to give back at the moment, but I am hoping to be financially stable in the future so I can give to others.

  3. Bonnie December 27, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Saving this for later, when I actually have money to donate. Right now I don’t even have money for myself lol. I will also reference it to see if there are any volunteering opportunities near where I live for the future as well. Thanks for sharing and being so thorough!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com December 31, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Of course! I have too many things that interest me for it to not be thorough! x

  4. Aleksandra December 27, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I think it is a wonderful idea. Personally I always have a need to support the local charities dealing with the homeless people, although there are so many worthy charities out there!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com December 31, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      If you have any suggestions for good charities for the homeless, I’d love to edit this list and add them! x

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