I already posted in Cafe Society, with no responses, so thought I could ask in a slightly different way.
I’m looking for donation suggestions before the end of the year. While I usually give to animal charities, this year I want my (rather limited) funds to also go to more socially responsible causes. To be blunt, I want to counteract any Trump-related laws and appointments.
Samantha Bee had a list of vetted charities on her show a few weeks ago, but I can’t find her list anywhere. I’ve already given to Planned Parenthood, the International Rescue Committee (aid to Syrian refugees), and WWF (World Wildlife Fund).
What’s your favorite charity? And, if anyone can find Samantha Bee’s list, I’d be eternally grateful.
Note many large national charities take a BIG chunk out of donations for administration. It makes me sick where some of that money goes.
Anyway many small local charities - local churches or church run shelters / assistance programs give 100% of donations to the needy. I prefer to donate to these.
Salvation Army is a good one too.
Also I met a lady a few years ago who did not have an extra $5. I am serious. She had to choose between spending money on her heating or her medications. Didn’t have enough for both.
With that said, you may be able to contact a local pharmacy or energy assistance program and see if they know of someone in that situation. Then find some way to pay for a prescription for the person or pay part of their heating bill. (Never give anyone cash.)
And some fire departments or police departments have “giving Christmas tree” programs where kids will place cards on the tree for things they want for Christmas. Reading those cards will break your heart! Some want shoes, or socks, or just a T-Shirt!
John Oliver had a list on his last show of 2016:
Center for Reproductive Rights
Natural Resources Defense Council
International Refugee Assistance Project
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
I wanted to thank everyone for their help and suggestions. There were so many good ideas I went a little overboard with my donations, but they’re all for such worthy causes I can’t complain.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.
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