It’s 2019, and many folks look to start off the new year by giving back. It can be overwhelming to sort through the immense number of charities and organizations out there, and ensure that each is worthy of your donation, time, and effort. Luckily, we created a handy list of 11 organizations that are truly making a difference in the world and can do even more — with your help.
The ACLU’s (American Civil Liberties Union) aim is to protect and “defend all the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” Ways to help the ACLU ensure equality and freedom include donating money, starting a campaign, and donating a portion of proceeds.
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is “exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.” In addition to donating, you can attend trainings, webinars, and conference calls to learn more about the policies and issues which affect immigrants.
Families Belong Together is made up of nearly 250 organizations, who have joined forces to help end the separation of immigrant families. It is led by the Women’s Refuge Commission, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MomsRising, the ACLU, MoveOn, and other organizations. In addition to donating, you can purchase the Coloring Without Borders Coloring Book (all proceeds go to Families Belong Together).
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital cares for kids with cancer, at no cost to families. It also pioneers cancer research. Some of the ways you can help the cause are by giving St. Jude a donation, organizing a fundraiser, or attending a dinner or gala.
The Hispanic Federation “seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment.” Their site shows ways to help Dreamers, create a community fundraising page, and to donate.
Action Against Hunger is a nonprofit with programs that address nutrition and health; water, sanitation, and hygiene; food, security, and livelihoods; and emergency response. You can donate, and/or start your own fundraiser, to give towards this cause.
The Animal Welfare Institute seeks “to alleviate the suffering inflicted on animals by people.” It does this by targeting animal factories, traps and snares used to trap animals for fur, helping animals used in experiments, and more. The Animal Welfare Institute site lists several ways that you can help each individual cause, as well as providing a place to donate.
Gun reform is desperately needed. Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement aiming to “end gun violence and build safer communities.” It has fought against the NRA, and has helped to pass laws protecting domestic violence survivors, and enforcing gun safety. You can help by donating, attending an event, starting a student group, and more.
The International Rescue Committee helps people affected by crises around the world. It targets change by focusing on giving direct financial assistance, helping people get medical care, helping those recovering from conflict and disaster to understand their rights, and more. You can help by donating, volunteering, becoming a corporate partner, starting a fundraiser, attending an event, and more.
The goal of the Environmental Defense Fund is to “find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.” This is done through partnerships, science, nonpartisan policy, and more. Ways to get involved include becoming a member, donating, and writing to elected officials.
On average, 2,058 kids stayed at Covenant House last week, instead of on the streets. The organization is a human rights movement helping at-risk youth in 31 cities, across six countries. You can donate, organize a fundraiser, attend their gala, and/or participate in one of their Sleep Outs.