Charitable Giving for the Holidays

Charitable Giving for the Holidays

They say it’s better to give than receive, and donating to a charity that  is close to your heart is a way that everyone wins. Do it in the name of a loved one, or surprise your friends with a gift that keeps on giving. Here is just the tip of the iceberg of some of our favorite charitable organizations that can help your (tax-deductible) dollars reach the world.

Ali Forney Center works to protect LGBTQ youths from homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.www.aliforneycenter.org

amFar is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. www.amfar.org

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters.www.care.org

The Cousteau Society is an organization that serves to raise funds for ocean exploration, research, and conservation. www.cousteau.org

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an international humanitarian aid organization providing emergency medical assistance to populations in danger.  www.msf.org

Feeding America feeds the hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engages our country in the fight to end hunger. www.feedingamerica.org

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. www.glsen.org

God’s Love We Deliver in New York and Project Angel Food in Los Angeles began by serving the HIV-affected communities, and nationally (with a focus on seniors) Meals on Wheels, all deliver healthy, nutritious meals to those housebound or disabled by illness or other circumstances.www.glwd.org, www.angelfood.org, www.mowaa.org

Heifer International—Buy a farm animal to gift to poor villages to end hunger and increase sustainability. www.heifer.org

Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. www.lambdalegal.org

ONE (International fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease—AIDS, malaria, etc.)www.one.org

OneNationWorkingTogether is a national network for jobs, justice (including GLBT) and education for all. www.onenationworkingtogether.org

Rainbow World Fund is an all-volunteer, international, humanitarian service agency based in the LGBT and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. www.rainbowfund.org

Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. www.rainforest-alliance.org

Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education, and health with particular focus on child exploitation as a consequence of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. www.rickymartinfoundation.org

Service Members Legal Defense Network is a watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity www.sldn.org

Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the US, working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. Their Disaster Response helps clean the Gulf after the BP oil spill. www.sierraclub.org

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. www.thetrevorproject.org

Water.org draws attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and helps fight this immense problem—one community at a time. www.water.org

World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation organization working in 100 countries.www.wwf.org

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