Today is my friend Suebob's 50th birthday! Suebob is an amazing lady. I'm not just saying that--I can prove it. In celebration of her birthday, she's spent the last 50 (well, 49) days highlighting great charities. These are all places she'd rather your money go than to buy her a birthday present. Pretty exceptional, no? In the spirit of her birthday, I thought I'd share her recommendations with all of you. If you're so inclined, throw some money to one of these great organizations in honor of Suebob today!
(Psst--read all the way to the end, there's a contest!)
International Princess Project
International Princess Project advocates for women enslaved in prostitution, helping them restore their lives and empowering them to live free.
National Parks Foundation
Official charity of America's national parks.
Leveraging carbon offsets on behalf of the poor.
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures
Lupus Foundation of America
The foremost national nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of
and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.
Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college.
Media Matters for America
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow - all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.
Your Local Food Bank
Girls for a Change
Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.
At Operation Smile, our medical volunteers provide safe, effective and free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for children born all over the world.
Wheels for Humanity
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in North Hollywood, California. We refurbish donated wheelchairs and hand fit them to children and adults with disabilities in developing nations.
National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Books for Africa
Books For Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to children in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa.
Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.
MAP is partnering with Ethicon, a world leader in surgical technology, to provide sutures to physicians who volunteer their time to overseas medical missions.
The Fresh Air Fund
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense.
ARGHAND, the only all-natural, sustainable skincare line from Afghanistan, was founded by Sarah Chayes, a former correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) who covered the fall of the Taliban, then stayed behind to help rebuild the war-torn country.
Impact Personal Safety
The mission of IMPACT Personal Safety is to end the cycle of violence in society by empowering women, children, and men with the self-esteem and the tools necessary to take control of their lives through self-defense, boundary setting and the understanding that your life is worth fighting for.
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
The National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Light Up the World Foundation
Community development through the design and implementation of renewable energy systems
Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
Heifer's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.
Team Rubicon bridges the critical time gap between large humanitarian disasters and conventional aid response.
We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
The Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
Bikes Not Bombs
Lasting peace and social justice require equitable and sustainable use of resources. BNB provides community-based education and assists development projects with recycled bicycles, related technologies and technical assistance, as concrete alternatives to the militarism, over-consumption & inequality that breed war and environmental destruction.
Friends of Maddie
Friends of Maddie support the families of critically ill babies by easing the transition into NICU life and providing an ally until the end of their child's hospital stay.
ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
We provide support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer--and work for a world in which our fight is no longer necessary.
United Through Reading
Our mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together.
Operation Shower is about celebrating and honoring military families. Operation Shower is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides joyful baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.
The Liz Logelin Foundation
The Liz Logelin Foundation was established to assist widows and widowers with young families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life-partner, and parent.
Our mission is to create change - so forgotten orphanage and foster kids grow up in families and connected to caring adults.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is "to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States."
Kids Vs Global Warming
Kids Vs. Global Warming is a non-profit organization founded and led by Alec Loorz, who is now 15 years old. We are committed to creating opportunities for youth to learn about the science and solutions of climate change, and then take action that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels and influence the Ruling Generation to make good decisions NOW that impact our future.
Help a Mother Out
Help A Mother Out (HAMO) is dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need.
Direct Relief International
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world.
WriteGirl is a nonprofit organization for high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression.
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the cure of multiple sclerosis (MS) by facilitating research that determines the causes and mechanisms of MS.
Women for Women
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We're changing the world one woman at a time.
Epic Change amplifies the voices and impact of grassroots changemakers and social entrepreneurs.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.
I am in no way being hyperbolic when I say that this list Suebob has put together is the best list of charities I've ever seen. There isn't a single organization listed I don't think deserves my support (and yours).
So, a birthday for Suebob contest! This contest runs TODAY ONLY, so don't wait to comment!
One entry for each of the following:
1. Leave a birthday wish for Suebob in my comments.
2. Leave me a comment telling me you've donated to one of the organization's Suebob has highlighted.
3. Leave me a comment telling me you've Tweeted for Facebooked this contest.
So, THREE ways to enter. And the winners, of which there will be THREE, will decide which of the organizations in this list gets a $50 donation, in honor of Suebob!
Happy birthday again, Suebob!