This was supposed to post on Dec. 16th, but I forgot to click on the button for that to happen. I guess I was preoccupied with the glitch in my subscribers’ list. But these organizations will accept your donations any time of the year! ellensue
Part 2- Second list of Organizations to Consider Giving To
When an org. is not listed in Charity Navigator, it may be too small. Feel free to email them for a profile of their budget, being aware that administrative costs should not be high, hopefully, less than 20%. Description is from their literature (brochures or websites). I have starred * my favorites.
1. American Rivers– www.americanrivers.org – Org. that is working to remove dams that don’t make sense. They also monitor water pollution & protect water supplies, join with communities to cleanup local rivers, improve flood protection, etc. ( Charity Navigator gives it 3 out of 4 stars.)
2. Bee Action- BeeAction.org – Bees are the canaries in the coal mine, dying in droves, warning us of an imminent & frightening threat to our food, mainly because of neonics, a powerful class of dangerous pesticide leading to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). (Not yet rated in Charity Navigator.
3.*Center for Advancement in Cancer Education – www.BeatCancer.org – Provides research-based education on how to prevent, cope with, and beat cancer through diet, lifestyle and other immune-boosting approaches for 35 years. (Not listed in Charity Navigator.)
4.Food & Water Watch– www.foodandwaterwatch.org- Their most recent campaign is on fracking for natural gas, claiming that accelerating risky drilling for natural gas threatens America’s water. (Charity Navigator gives it 4 stars.)
5.Food First: Institute for Food & Development Policy- www.foodfirst.org Mission: Since 1975, ending injustices that cause hunger & environmental destruction. (Charity Navigator gives it 2 out of 4 stars.)
6.*Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) (www.finca.org) This organization helps provide Village Banking loans to poor working women in the developing world so they can begin or expand small businesses and better provide for their families. (Not listed in Charity Navigator.)
7.*Galapagos Conservancy – www.galapagos.org. A 35(plus)-year old org. that is helping to protect the more than 40 (some found nowhere else) endangered species in the Galapagos Islands. (Charity Navigator gives it 3 out of 4 starts.)
8.Native American Heritage Association (NAHA), P.O. Box 512, Rapid City, SD, 57709-The founder of NAHA is asking for help to feed Native American families in need. (Not listed in Charity Navigator.)
9.Pathfinder – www.pathfinder.com/choice – This org. focuses on bringing sexual and reproductive health care to women in developing countries, who urgently need it. (Charity Navigator gives it 3 out of 4 stars.)
10.*Smile Train– www.smileTrain.org -The money you donate goes to fixing the cleft palates of children in developing countries who are shamed by their clefts, isolated & shunned by other children. (Not listed in Charity Navigator.)
11.National Women’s History Museum (www.nwhm.org). Their mission is to educate, inspire, empower and shape the future by integrating women’s distinctive history into the culture and history of the US. (Charity Navigator gives it 3 out of 4 stars.)
12.Rainforest Alliance- www.rainforest-alliance.org – A 25-year old org. that provides sustainability expert son small farms & villages throughout the word to the Rain Forest Alliance Seal (Trademarked) found on forest-friendly foods. (Charity Navigator gives it 4 out of 4 stars.)
13.Save the Redwoods– www.SavetheRedwoods.org- This organization is working to save the Redwoods, but this year they are asking to return an industrial eyesore (Orick Sawmill) to its original forest, linking two ancient forests that define Redwood National & State Parks. (Potentially eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator.)
14.*Seacology– www.seacology.org- Their unique approach to conservation is to work directly with island communities to help save their forests or waters. In exchange for their conservation efforts, the community receives a tangible benefit such as a school or health clinic. (Charity Navigator gives it 3 out of 4 stars.)
Finally, I found a store that carries hand-crafted items from 35 countries around the world that you can give to get. I visited one nearby for the first time & fell in love with all the wonderful gift items. The store is called Ten Thousand Villages and can be found in 31 states to date. Their goal is to promote fairly traded**gifts, home decor, jewelry, art and other treasures handcrafted by artisans around the world.
If there is no Ten Thousand Villages near you, go online to check out their lovely items. their website is www.tenthousandvillages.com.
** Fair trade means a fair price and cash advances, long-term relationships, design collaboration, and environmental responsibility. (From their website)