Charity Choices 2012

So many charities, so little time and treasure to share with them!  And we now have the tragedy in Sandy Hook, just a few miles from my home, to add to the list. If you want to encourage your children or grandchildren to make a gift related to the shooting deaths of so many children in Newtown, CT, see my recent post from the Nellie Mae Foundation.

For other ideas, keep reading.

To explain, my daughter and son-in-law, and their children Kenechi (boy, age 17) and Nkiru (girl, age 13) were here this past weekend. But I forgot to do my charity challenge with them. I’m traveling to Nigeria tomorrow and won’t come back until January, so I’m sending them all the requests I had saved up in a big envelope. I’ll ask my daughter to do the challenge with them.

Will she? I hope so!

Here’s what’s in the envelope. There are three nonprofits that are local, but I think might appeal to one or both of the grandchildren. Project Return helps girls who have faced challenges rebuild their lives. It’s run by a friend of mine, an extremely caring woman named Susie Basler.

A Better Chance of Westport gives academically gifted but economically disadvantaged minority students from around the country the opportunity to be at our excellent local high school through their high school years. It also provides supportive housing and family connections. Steve Daniels is on TEAM Westport with me and is an active board member of ABC Westport.

Darien Book Aid Plan is in its 63rd year of collecting book donations and sending them around the world. I’ve volunteered with them to pack books for Peace Corps Volunteers.

Connpirg is in the envelope too. It isn’t local, but is a statewide branch of the Public Interest Research Group. My son Sam worked with them one summer ages ago, so I have a soft spot for the young people who go house-to-house to raise awareness and money.

There are several national and international organizations in the envelope as well. Heifer International was Nkiru’s choice last year. Who can resist the goats?

Save the Children has their headquarters right here in Westport, but their program is international. They have goats too!

I bought cards from  UNICEF – maybe you did too – but they are also soliciting contributions.

I love Nothing But Nets, which is a campaign of the UN Foundation. Their mission is to prevent malaria through providing bed nets in countries where the disease is endemic, like Nigeria.

And last, I’m including an appeal from the Red Tail Squadron. They seek funds to maintain the plane they use at air shows to remind us all of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

One final charity I want you to know about is Advocates for Youth. My friend Jocelyn Schur has joined their youth board. She encourages gifts for their mission to help young people make good choices about their reproductive and sexual health.

Let me know how you and your children and grandchildren are making your charitable decisions this holiday season. Your comments are welcome.




Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on December 19, 2012, in disease prevention, Family, Giving, Grandchildren, Health, holidays, international, School, websites and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is such a wonderful list. I had not heard of many of these. Thanks for compiling!


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