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Worthy Causes

Disheartened by the current state of the world? Feel powerless in the face of impending doom?

Make a one-time or recurring donation (or become a lifetime member!) of one of the following organisations. They’ll fight the good fight on behalf of those of us who need it most. Which is most of us.

You can always make a donation in the name of the politician or family member who’s most annoying you today. Put in their address and they will receive a thank you letter from said organization.

If there’s a worthy cause in your country, leave pertinent details in the comments and I’ll look into it.

An excellent general resource is CharityNavigator. The site rates charities based on how much of their donations go to the cause and also lists charities by their goals.

(These are in alphabetical order–not order of preference or ‘importance’.)

Descriptions from orgs’ websites.

Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

The Guardian: The UK newspaper that’s still doing journalism. Let’s support that while it’s available.

Head Start: Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way.

Internet Archive: A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Mozilla: Non-profit champions of the Internet, helping to keep it healthy, open and accessible to all.

NAACP: [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] ‘Our mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.’

NCSF: [National Coalition for Sexual Freedom] The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior.

National LGBTQ Task Force: The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. The country’s (U.S.) oldest national LGBTQ group.

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.

RAINN: [Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network] The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Sex Worker Outreach Project Behind Bars (SWOP): The Sex Workers Outreach Project provides resources and education for incarcerated sex workers. I interviewed one of the women working with the group in episode twenty.

Southern Poverty Law Center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Science for a healthy planet and a safer world.

Wikipedia: You know what Wikipedia is for–you’ve probably used it today. Keep it available and ad-free by donating.