The organization I am giving to in November is one that is very near and dear to my heart, and has been since Mark made me a member as a birthday present several years ago: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. I hope to someday be able to afford to give at the $5,000 level, because the you get an invitation to go visit!
The mission of the Elephant Sanctuary is:
To provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, old-growth forests, spring-fed ponds and a heated barn for cold winter nights.
To provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures.
For the most part, the elephants who live there are former circus and zoo elephants, and many of them have been treated quite badly in captivity. The sanctuary seeks to let them live as peaceably and naturally as possible for the remainder of their lives. I love elephants, and hate how they are treated around the world, and I am 100% in support of the sanctuary's mission. So today I am renewing my newly-expired membership and I encourage anybody out there who is interested to consider becoming a member.