Giving — 2019


happy new year! i hope that you’re enjoying these first few days & kicking your year off with positivity & direction, getting focused on your goals for the year.

i wanted to hear from you & crowdsource some organizations that you like to support & keep this list on the blog for your reference in case you’d like to contribute to any of them in the year to come! personally, it’s super helpful for me to see an overview of different initiatives & find things that align with my own mission as well. i’ll add an excerpt from each of their websites & i’ll throw in some of my favorites as well as all of yours!

Dollar For — “We believe that 100% of every dollar donated should go directly to families in need. How does it work? We promise 100% of the public donation to go to families in need of medical debt relief. Private donors, corporate sponsors, and other foundations will fund the rest. These donors make the 100% method possible.”

I have personally worked with Jared who heads up this organization & he is incredible! Dollar For works with lawyers to completely absolve Portland families’ medical debt so that they can carry on with their lives without tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt hanging over their heads. It’s as simple as signing up to give $1 a month (or more!) to help.

New City Kids — “New City Kids offers after school programming for local low-income youth. Children and teens get a chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Though there are many challenges of urban life, especially for youth, these programs give children a safe place to feel and hear that they are valued and loved. New City Kids aims to draw children into hope by developing in them skills, talents, and desires for their future. By surrounding them with a community of love and development, we strive to set youth on a path of transformation that will carry them forward for the rest of their lives.”

Go International — “Greg and Christa launched Go, an international nonprofit organization aimed at sharing the message of Christ and encouraging people to live the life they were created to live. Go International has lead hundreds of people on trips to 25 countries around the world. Their projects have ranged from installing water purification systems in the jungles of Panama to hosting living art campaigns on the streets of Rome.”

My boyfriend moved to Ecuador for half a year back in 2015 to work with this organization — they’re implementing so much change & impacting so many lives where it’s the most difficult to do so. Greg & Christa are incredibly inspiring, so proud of their work.

Invisible Girl Project — “IGP has partnered with indigenous organizations that rescue baby girls from infanticide and care for little girls who are abandoned and vulnerable to trafficking. IGP’s partners provide care for these girls, help meet their needs, educate them, and help transform their lives. IGP’s partners in India are responsible for the care and support for over 560 girls.”

Preemptive Love Coalition — “We’re a coalition stretching across Iraq, Syria, the United States, and beyond, working together to unmake violence and create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Charity: Water — “We're passionate about solving the water crisis in our lifetime, using 100% of all public donations to fund water projects, and proving where every dollar goes with photos and GPS coordinates. Here's the progress we've made since we started working in 2006.”

The Mentoring Project — “In 2009, Don asked then-board member John Sowers to lead The Mentoring Project, which was an outreach of Imago Dei church. Don has said "John Sowers is living proof that God can take fatherless boys and turn them into men of integrity and excellence, men who lead movements and even men who write books. I am very proud of him, and he is very proud of me.” Don is a celebrated author of several books including New York Times bestsellers Scary CloseBlue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”

Camp Sunshine — “Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.”

No More Deaths — “No More Deaths is a humanitarian organization based in southern Arizona. We began in 2004 in the form of a coalition of community and faith groups, dedicated to stepping up efforts to stop the deaths of migrants in the desert and to achieving the enactment of a set of Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform. We later developed into an autonomous project. Since 2008 we have been an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson.”

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, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.”

Harpers’ Playground — “Our quest to design and build playgrounds that work for everybody began in 2009 after our five-year-old daughter Harper tried to approach a play structure in her walker at the park a few blocks from our home—and got stuck in wood-chips. Frustrated she was unable to climb, slide or simply play in virtually all playgrounds, we set forth to design and build a better model and fund it ourselves. In 2010, we created Harper’s Playground, a non-profit organization dedicated to building better, all-inclusive playgrounds around the world.”

Best Friends Animal Society — “Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters, just because they don't have safe places to call home. But every day, there's something each of us can do to help save those lives.”

Mount Nebo Austin — “Mount Nebo exists to bring Gospel-centered community development and mentorship to under-resourced communities. Our vision is to see those we serve equipped in relational community and lifestyle management. We accomplish our vision through mentorship, programming, and discipleship.”

Souls 4 Soles — “Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. They are disrupting the cycle of poverty.”

Fetal Hope — “No parent should ever have to accept that there is no hope to save their child’s life. Having battled TTTS, we experienced firsthand the power of hope. Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) should have taken our daughters’ lives, but after our frantic search for information and resources, fetal surgery saved them. Today, as grateful parents of healthy identical twin girls, we are proud as founders to continue to lead the Fetal Health Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to hope for expectant parents who’ve received a fetal syndrome diagnosis.”

ACLU — “The ACLU works tirelessly in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the Constitution’s promise of liberty for everyone in our country.”

World Vision — “A global Christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

Make a Wish — “When you donate, you're giving children renewed strength to fight their illnesses, bringing families closer together and uniting entire communities. You can change lives.”

Hope For The Day — “Through outreach, education, and action, we can equip people with the right tools to be proactive in their communities. Together, we can break the silence around mental health.”

Khana Panties — “Khana is a Buy One, Give One underwear brand on a mission to help girls in the developing world manage menstruation and stay in school.”

Not directly a charity, but this is a brand that I am thrilled to support & cannot wait to see all that they do over the next few years. I believe you can still pre-order, and of course support them once they’re fully launched!

if there are any others you’d like to add, feel free to comment with a link to the organization’s site! hope this was helpful & gives you some resources to easily help impact others in the year to come.