Giving Tuesday is coming up next week and I’ve been trying to figure out which organization to donate to. For those of you who aren’t familiar with #GivingTuesday, (read more at the official site or on wikipedia) it’s an international day that marks the start of giving before the holiday season. Many companies who participate pledge to match what their employees donate up to a certain amount. My employer is pledging to match up to $1,000 in donation per employee and I am now seriously considering what to do next.
As an inspiration from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s last episode of 2016, I decided to review the list of organizations he suggested to donate. The organizations he picked was to mitigate any damage that the Trump administration may cause. Despite how you feel about Trump, I believe this is the perfect time to review these organizations if you are currently not inclined to donate to any specific cause for Giving Tuesday but would like to participate. Even if you are a Trump supporter, you cannot argue that these nonprofits are doing some good and they should be supported.
Here’s the video of John Oliver’s list:
Planned Parenthood: (plannedparenthood.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This organization provides women’s reproductive services globally. You can donate directly to their headquarters or to a local chapter. They received a 4 star, or 90.41 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and a rating of A- at Charity Watch.
Center for Reproductive Rights: (reproductiverights.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This organization fights for women’s rights globally via the court system. Fighting via the legal system is equally as important as providing services as any win on moving the laws towards the protection of women’s rights will cement it in the future. They received a 4 star, or 93.25 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and a rating of A- at Charity Watch.
Natural Resources Defense Council: (nrdc.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This organization works on supporting our environment via the court system and providing education to the public. This council includes lawyers and scientists who work on finding ways to reduce climate change and environmental pollutants through their programs. They received a 4 star, or 96.35 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and a rating of A- at Charity Watch.
International Refugee Assistance Project: (refugeerights.org | urbanjustice.org | wikipedia) This is a project under the Urban Justice Center that provides legal services to refugees globally. These services help refugees during their resettlement process. The Urban Justice Center has not been rated by Charity Navigator or Charity Watch. You can vote to get it rated by Charity Navigator by going here.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: (naacpidf.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This group works on fighting for civil rights for minorities via the court system. You can donate to the organization as a whole or select specific programs such as their Police Reform and Death Penalty Fund or their Economic Equality Fund. They received a 4 star, or 85.56 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and a rating of A- at Charity Watch.
The Trevor Project: (thetrevorproject.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This American group provides counsel and focuses on suicide prevention among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and other queer (LGBTQ+) youth. They received a 4 star, or 91.51 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and a rating of A at Charity Watch.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund: (maldef.org | wikipedia | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch) This group fights for civil rights for the Mexican American community. You can donate to the organization as a whole or select specific projects such as the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) or the exas Alliance for Change (TAC). They received a 3 star, or 87.27 out of 100 rating at Charity Navigator and does not have a rating at Charity Watch.
ProPublica: (propublica.org | wikipedia) This is a nonprofit journalism group that provides online news coverage for free. They have their own group of investigative reporters to write their stories. They have not been rated by Charity Navigator and does not have an entry at Charity Watch. You can vote to get it rated by Charity Navigator by going here.
Why do I mention Charity Navigator and Charity Watch? They both investigate charities to see how transparent their spending is and where their spending goes. Essentially the rating shows how well the organization uses their donations. For more information on effective altruism, please check out my previous post on the topic.
Personally I am more inclined to donate to environmental causes so I will most likely put my funds toward the Natural Resources Defense Council. If none of these organizations align with your values or you would like other suggestions, you may consider donating to Wikipedia.org, CharityNavigator.org, or CharityWatching.org for providing useful information. GiveWell.org also gives a list of charities that will do the most good with your money. Another suggestion would be to donate to Ballotpedia.org if they helped you decide on who to vote for during the 2016 elections.
Will you be participating on Giving Tuesday? If yes, which organization would you donate to and why? How much is your company contributing? We’d love to hear your experience!