The Exponent’s Favorite Charities for Giving Tuesday
We’re all familiar with Black Friday and lately, Cyber Monday is gaining popularity, but I’ve been super excited about Giving Friday the past couple years. #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back and occurs on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Here at The Exponent, we wanted to list some of our favorite charities that we like to give to and trust for their good work. Below are some thoughts from our permabloggers and other Exponent II community members.
Liahona Children’s Foundation
I’ve been so impressed with this foundation’s board of directors. Their fiscal management and the employment of locals to carry out sustainable programming in developing countries is inspiring.
The mission of the Liahona Children’s Foundation is to nourish the potential of children to lead healthy and productive lives by eliminating malnutrition and providing elementary educational opportunities among LDS children and their friends.
I’m a big fan of organizations that give children experiences with the arts. I used to work for Gateway to the Arts in Pittsburgh, which is similar to the Young Audiences chapters that you see in other cities. The best group I know of is the Shropshire Music Foundation. Liz Shropshire teaches kids in war-torn parts of the world how to make music, and it’s magical. My grad school research was about the effect of cross-disciplinary arts learning on standardized test scores–the link is very, very strong, to the point of overcoming socioeconomic predictors.
I also believe very strongly in supporting medical research, especially in areas where you have a personal connection. I’m giving to the Preeclampsia Foundation this year. March of Dimes is another organization that works to prevent premature births.
One organization that I’m continually impressed with is THRIVEGulu, which operates a center in Northern Uganda that supports the emotional healing and rehabilitation of trauma victims of the Ugandan Civil War. I love that it follows good models of sustainable aid – it works with the local community to both identify and carry out local initiatives focused on local needs. It also has a strong Exponent II connection – THRIVEGulu was founded by Exponent II founding mother Judy Dushku!
Another organization I feel strongly about is Women for Women International, which is a huge non-profit organization operating in 8 countries that focuses specifically on helping and empowering women in war-torn countries. I really believe that specifically investing in women will do the most to effect positive and sustainable change within our communities, on both the local and international levels.
I don’t have a specific organization or cause to which I routinely contribute. I do routinely stop to help strangers, keep cash and small, useful items in my car for homeless folks around town, and donate to friends’ fund-raising efforts when they make personal pleas on behalf of loved ones. I donate at grocery store check outs more than I used to. There are so many wonderful ways to give. I try to keep my giving close to my own community or at least within the state because I like the way that feels.
This is wonderful TED about effective altruism. I’ve thought about this a lot since I first watched it.
My husband and I donate money to Mama’s Clinic, a reproductive health and childbirth center in the highlands of Nicaragua. Mama Licha has been a midwife serving this under-served population for over thirty years, and this charity has helped to fund and build a clinic where she can better serve women with few resources. This charity was started by a friend of my husband’s, so we’re confident the money is used well. (Note: if you donate money using the donate link on the website, specify that it is for the Mama Licha Project).
We also asked members of our Facebook group to list their favorites as well. Here’s what we received:
I work with The Road Home in Salt Lake City, whttp://www.the-exponent.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=21429&action=edithich is the largest homeless shelter in the state of Utah. I am on the services committee which is a volunteer support group to the full time employees. I have become knowledgeable of this organization inside and out. Their mission of eliminating homelessness is a worthy and attainable goal as they work to get people into stable living conditions as quickly as possible. I hope you can include this wonderful charity.
USO.org is my favorite organization (not really a charity). Why do I love it? My brother is active duty and at one time was stationed in the Middle East, during Christmas. The USO was a big presence there and brought them a little slice of home. It made us here at home feel better that he was getting taken care of while in a war zone and brought peace and comfort to our hearts during a difficult time.
Camp Manitou Experience is a free one-week summer camp for grieving boys. My boys went last summer and had amazing, life-changing experiences. (Read Kimberly’s blog post, but make sure you have some tissue first!)