One of my favorite articles to write is this one. This is the third year I’ve been writing about nonprofits and social good organizations during the holiday season that you may want to look to support. And, as I’ve done in the past, because there are so many worthwhile organizations, I’ll write about charities and social sector organizations you may want to consider in a weekly series until my Thursday post before Christmas.
If you’d like to suggest your favorite cause, please email my team member at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll make sure to get the name to me and hopefully we can give a shout out to your organization in the coming two weeks.
I believe there’s no country on earth that has such charitable and good people. That may sound somewhat arrogant if you’re reading this in another country, but I’ll tell you–I’m a proud American. Collectively, last year Americans gave over $373 billion to charity. To put it into perspective, that’s more than the Netherlands budget. Actually, it’s as much as the budgets of South Africa, Argentina, and India–combined.
We’ll start off this week with the following organizations you may look into supporting this holiday season:
Girls on the Run Las Vegas – This organization envisions “a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” Girls on the Run Las Vegas also works to inspire girls through their programs to be “joyful, healthy and confident.” They’re running a virtual 5K between Christmas and New Year’s.
Eagle Nature Foundation – This international nonprofit organization does habitat preservation for endangered species. It accomplishes its mission through awareness and educational programs. It seeks to preserve the beautiful bird of prey, the bald eagle and other species.
4 Paws for Ability – I have to tell you that this is one of my personal favorites. We’ve partnered with families working with 4 Paws for Ability on multiple shoe drive fundraisers collecting shoes to help children, like Thomas, defray the cost of getting a service dog. We hope to do a special article in the future on Thomas and his journey in getting a service dog, but if you’re moved to donate to the cause of a young boy in need, please click here.
Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship – In its 79th year, this organization has been working with churches to help run after-school programs for kids. This is a chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship, which is represented in 188 countries. Chicago Child Evangelism Fellowship pursues “the spiritual, social, moral, cognitive and physical development” of children in Chicago.
Three Links – Is a nursing home that has been serving its community in Minnesota for 117 years. Their core values consist of the following: Community, Accountability, Respect, and Empathy. They offer home and day care, among other programs to the elderly. And, one of the things we have to remember during this holiday season is the role our senior citizens have played in our world. We have to give them back our thanks and support during their golden years. They are currently having a fundraiser for the holidays to purchase 84 beds for the people they serve.
Next week, I’ll be sharing more organizations with you to consider supporting (volunteering, money, in-kind) this holiday season.
Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Grip & Rip Leadership for Social Impact” (Free Digital Download)
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