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December 23, 2017

an ethical gift guide: donations

Late gift? Forget someone? Just want to do something nice? It’s never too late to donate to a great cause.

Another great way to show someone that you care is donating to a cause in their name. Of course, you could make like Mila Kunis and do this in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood to make a point and support a cause, but you can also do it for the holidays.

First, make sure you know the person well enough to know they’d value donations like this. Second, make sure you check out the organization on Charity Navigator. It’ll tell you about their financial information, and rate them on transparency and accountability. (Ironically: Charity Navigator is a charity too! So if you like them, donate!) Their main page has “hot topics” if you’re looking for recent events that have philanthropic needs.

Below are a few of my favorite causes; let me know if you have any to add to the list!


National Public Radio

If you’re like me, you listen to NPR podcasts almost daily. But it takes a lot of work to produce those podcasts, radio shows, and amazing reporting. You can support those reporters and that organization by donating to your local NPR affiliate. Find your affiliate here, and donate to the local Washington D.C. affiliate here.


The American Civil Liberties Union

You’ve probably read a lot about the ACLU this year, and if you haven’t, where have you been? The ACLU works to protect the rights guaranteed to American citizens, especially the freedom of speech and protest. Donate here!


Planned Parenthood

You’ve probably heard a lot about Planned Parenthood and abortions, but the truth is that the bulk of their work is providing safe, affordable healthcare and family planning support to communities that might not be served otherwise. You can donate here!


She Should Run

This organization is newly near and dear to me, but it gives women a network and a place to begin considering running for office. I think the biggest thing that intimidates me about running for any office ever is that I don’t know anyone who’s done it, and I don’t know anything about it. She Should Run provides that information in an encouraging community. Let’s get more women in politics so our Congress is truly representative of our population.

You can donate here!


Girls Who Code

This organization is working to close the gender gap in tech one girl at a time. I love that they’re providing computing skills and education to girls in the belief that they’ll be vital to their professional growth, and that girls are picking up coding at such a young age (I’m still struggling to teach myself!). You can donate here!


Let me know if I missed any organizations! Leave them in the comments below!

Please note: I sometimes interact with nonprofits on behalf of my PR clients at work (I’m a PR superhero by day). I’ve left off any organizations that I personally support but may also be affected by my partnerships work at my day job, for full disclosure. It’s important to me to separate professional support and personal support.

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