How often have you felt like you wanted to do something to help someone, but you didn’t want to just clean our your closet and take your clothes to Goodwill? (Not that Goodwill isn’t wonderful and all). I’ve read that the millennial generation is the most philanthropic generation. We love to give back, even though many of us aren’t exactly rolling in money so we instead give of our time and energy to help others.
With that in mind, I wanted to give you the information of some great charities doing amazing work that you may never have heard of.
I plan on calling this my “Philanthropic Friday” and posting the charities every Friday. Some will be their own post while others will be an addendum to my Friday posts.
I am always so inspired by those that give back and I want to give you the tools to do so too!
Each week, I will highlight one charity in each of the following categories:
Literacy & Children
What They Do: Their mission, beginning in 2005, is “to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society.” They currently work to meet the mental health needs of our troops and their families, as well as those affected by 9/11. They provide everything from individual counseling to couples therapy and counseling for children and teens.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine, December 2011
What They Do: Work to challenge illiteracy around the world. By utilizing technology and grassroots efforts, their team works to provide children around the world with the ability to read. They have said that by 2020, they “hope to have reached 100 million users with a system that can guide them through the journey of learning to read and understand words in ever more complex texts – a system that grows with the user until she can read at the level her educational needs require.”
How You Can Support Them: You can apply to do things such as be a deployment partner, help develop content, help fundraise or help with research. You can also donate your funds to support their mission.
What They Do: Work to help grow and provide healthy foods (and therefore healthier communities) in traditionally under-served neighborhoods. They do this by, “[p]roviding direct access to fresh, affordable food, [e]ducating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits [and a]dvocating for the right of every person to have real food security.”
Where I First Learned of Them: People Magazine – Aug. 6, 2012
What They Do: This one is pretty simple – they recieve donations that go specifically to fund mammograms for those who need them!
How You Can Support Them: By donating funds via their website.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine – December 2011 issue
What They Do: Work to empower communities (mostly the women within the communities) to both help save the environment AND improve their own livelihoods. The organization came into being in order to “respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and [that] they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing.” The Green Belt Movement was able to encourage “the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.”
How You Can Support Them: There are a wide variety of ways to get involved. You can work on the Wangari Muta Maathai House (a legacy project), you can be a “hummingbird” by sharing materials by The Green Belt Movement and planting trees in your community, and you are always welcome to donate to them as well.
Where I First Heard About Them: Glamour, December 2011
What They Do: Work to provide for education for girls in low-income countries, with the ultimate goal of creating the “next generation of global leaders”
How You Can Help Them: It’s an understatement to say there are a few options to support She’s The First. You can:
- Host a Bake Sale using their “signature tie-dye cupcake recipe” which “stops people in their tracks to talk about girls’ ed.“
- Sweat for She’s The First, where you can “[r]aise money from friends and family through races, fitness classes, and CharityMiles.“
- Start Your Own Fundraiser by creating “your own page to raise money through your birthday, special occasions, or an activity you can think of!“
- Take the traditional route and Donate or Send an e-card
- Host a Documentary Screening, where you and others can “[w]atch our short films about STF Scholars and lead a discussion afterward.“
- If you live in the NYC area, you can volunteer or intern
- Start or Join a Campus Chapter and work to “host fundraisers, spread awareness, and drive our vision for education equality forward.”
- You can purchase She’s the First merchandise in their online shop
- One of the most amazing ways to support them is to sponsor a girl.
Where I First Learned Of Them: Marie Claire – September 2014 issue
What They Do: Provide support during the moments someone needs it the most. Since texting is one of the main methods of communication in today’s world, this crisis line was founded to follow that trend. They are a free, 24/7 lifeline to those in need via their crisis counselors. They are growing rapidly and have processed 7,760,756 messages to date.
Where I First Learned of Them: Glamour Magazine – June 2015 issue
So there you have it! The first seven charities on this “Philanthropic Friday” to help you give back to your communities and those around you.
Know of a charity I should highlight? Let me know in the comments!
Until Monday, you awesome nerds!