Giving list

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Someone inquired as to what my criteria are for the organizations to which I give and highlight each month. I answered truthfully--I have none. Got me thinking, though--where exactly is my money going? What's the breakdown? Does it reflect my values? So I thought I'd tally up my former giving orgs and see where it all falls out.

The name that shows up on my blog most often is SafePlace, a local organization working to eradicate domestic and sexual violence. I have given to them four times in the past two years. SafePlace is followed in popularity by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Amnesty International, each to whom I have given twice. After that, there are a bunch of one-time donation organizations. These include:

Dog organizations
Rocket Dog Rescue
Blue Dog Rescue
Lucky Mutts Rescue
Spindletop APBT/AST Refuge
The National Canine Cancer Foundation

Other animal organizations
Austin Zoo
The Elephant Sanctuary

Feminist/women's organizations
National Women's Law Center
Lilith: A Fund for Reproductive Equity
Feminist Majority Foundation

Health organizations
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Covered the Uninsured Week
Doctors without Borders

Arts/culture organizations
Blanton Art Museum
KUT
Austin Public Library
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Environmental organizations
Texas Campaign for the Environment
Austin Parks Foundation

Labor organizations
Sweatshop Watch
Texas State Employees Union

Human service organizations
Katrina Relief Fund
Catholic Charities Justice for Immigrants
Half the Sky Foundation
Any Soldier
Orange Santa

Misc
The Special Olympics
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Basic Rights Oregon

A total of 32 different organizations, 12 of them local, 16 national, and 4 local to somewhere else. As I expected, animal organizations are overrepresented. Labor organizations are really underrepresented, as are feminist organizations, and that is something I hope to fix in the next year. I like and hope to keep my fairly local focus. All in all, I'm pleased.

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