On Tuesday, I wrote part one of my annual list of nonprofit organizations to support during the holiday season (or all year-round). Today, I have seven more charities for you to consider helping with a donation or signing up to become a volunteer or to provide in-kind expertise.
Many nonprofits raise a significant part of their revenue during this time of year to help their operations so, and it’s not too late to donate.
Operation USA: With their slogan, “give and it gets there,” this international disaster relief organization helps communities in the United States and overseas with disaster relief, and the effects of disease, violence, and poverty. Founded in 1979, they have provided over $400 million in aid to people in need.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund: The mission of this nonprofit is to help provide funding for the most promising research to prevent, slow down and reverse Alzheimer’s, which is a devastating disease. In fact, Bill Gates recently decided to donate $100 million of his own money toward research. This disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and his gift is a substantial push toward progress in addressing this illness.
Save-A-Pet: This group is the most extensive no-kill rescue for dogs and cats in Lake County, IL. Each day, they work to provide a safe environment for abused, injured, lost or neglected animals, and what’s even more admirable is that they “never put a limit on the amount of care” they will provide an animal and they “never give up.”
Invisible Children: Countless thousands in central Africa live with the threat of violence at any moment. Because of internal domestic challenges, many communities do not have support from their governments and are virtually disconnected from the world. Armed groups terrorize villagers and the world often have no idea what’s happening. This organization works with communities that are “invisible,” especially in the digital age where borders have broken down, and billions are wired and connected.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: This nonprofit organization alleviates suffering by individuals who are suffering from mental illness by providing grants to researchers that lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. 100 percent of your donation is given toward research, and to date, they have awarded over $380 million and 5,500 grants.
National Resources Defense Council: The NRDC was founded in 1970 by attorneys and law students to help the environment. The organization’s mission is to safeguard the only planet we’ve got––earth and all living things on it. They have 3 million members and online activists supporting the efforts of 500 scientists, advocates, and lawyers fighting to ensure air, water, the wild, and for the rights of humans around these topics.
Kids Beating Cancer: This organization is located right here in Orlando, and they support children and their families dealing with cancer, leukemia and other related diseases. They offer children pre-transplant testing and other services not funded by Medicaid or insurance at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center.
I hope the lists this week have inspired you to support a cause during the holiday season. Wishing you, your family and friends a peaceful holiday.
Author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: Grip & Rip Leadership for Social Impact” (Free Digital Download)
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