In the Spirit of Giving: A Review of Selected Non-Profit Organizations

Every December I receive a deluge of solicitations from well-meaning, non-profit organizations. I think I received close to 100 this month.
Obviously, I cannot give to all of them, because then I could not put food on my table, and charity does begin at home. However, some of them are worthy of a second look, so I am making a list with links for you to explore, in case you want to make a donation.

I usually choose 4 or 5 and make a small donation to each, because during the year I also receive solicitations. When I receive more than two in one year from an organization, I usually ask to be removed from the mailing list, because I feel the cost of the solicitation is eating into my donation.  Give wisely with your heart…without breaking your budget!

The amount you give is not so important as the spirit in which you give. Also, donating  your time to a non-profit is also giving.

P.S. This list does not include local organization, such as our local food pantry. Don’t forget they count as well in your budget.


Breast Cancer Action (BCA), 55 New Montgomery St., Ste. 323, San Francisco, CA 94105-3426, or BCA addresses root causes of breast cancer, such as environmental pollution and educates and empowers affected by breast cancer. This is my favorite cancer organization because it addresses the causes of cancer.

Cambodia Children’s Fund (CCF), 2461 Santa Monica Blvd., #833, Santa Monica, CA 90404, A member of our family worked for former Exec. Dir. Scott Neeson before Scott gave up his lucrative job to start CCF.) CCF helps children in poverty and places them in school, feeding thema nd their families. The Maternal Care Program was just launched. A wonderful grassroots organization, one of my favorites.

Slow Food USA, 20 Jay Street, Suite M04, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, advocates for family farms, good food for kids, and promotes local food traditions. Basically supports good, clean and fair food for everyone. (Not yet analyzed by charity navigator.)

FINCA, 1101  14th St., NW, 11th FL., PO Box 98048, Washington, DC 20090-8048, (3 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator). The mission of FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance) is to provide financial services to the world’s lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living through loans and other services. (I believe the focus is on women since they are often in the lowest income bracket.)

Friends of the Earth, 1100 15th St.,  NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, This 40 year old organization has accomplished a lot to protect the earth. Currently it is focusing on ending subsidies for polluting industries, ensuring adequate funding for the gov’t to protect publish health & the environment, encouraging investment in clean alternatives, and more.

National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), 205 S. Whiting St. Ste 254, Alexandria, VA 22304, This is a relatively new organization that is working to create change and make a lasting impact with the women’s museum. Meryl Streep is the spokesperson. The bill to create the museum has passed from the House Transportation & Infrastructure Comm. and is now called HR 1269: National Women’s History Museum & Federal Facilities Consolidation & Efficiency Act of 2011.

2 thoughts on “In the Spirit of Giving: A Review of Selected Non-Profit Organizations

  1. Great idea to share your “short list”! I learned about organizations I hadn’t know before. Thanks.

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