Recently I realized how much money I spend on ridesharing because I’m running late or too lazy. I thought, “What if even half that money went in service to something better?”
So, I’m now keeping track of how much rides would cost to anywhere I go, and anytime I can take public transit or bike — divert what I would have spent to a charity fund. You might create a different system with eating in vs. out, or just forgoing an impulse buy that you don’t need to make. It can be a fun little game.
To help with your efforts, we wanted to share some of our favorite charities. There’s a lot of people, plants, and animals in need, but remember small actions matter.
ACLU – The American Civil Liberties Union fights for everyone to have the protections promised to them in the Bill of Rights. They’ve been particularly active during an administration that has ignored the law.
Charity Water – Charity: water is a non-profit organization that provides drinking water to people in developing nations. We may take it for granted, but clean drinking water is not always the norm. Let’s fix that.
Pencils of Promise – Pencils of Promise builds schools and increases educational opportunities in developing nations. Education unlocks opportunity.
Planned Parenthood – PP provides reproductive health care in the United States and globally. Contrary to what some people will tell you, it’s not just about abortions. It provides sex education, birth control, STI testing, cancer screenings, and LGBTQI+ services.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – This organization enhances healthcare, reduces extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., expands educational opportunities and access to information technology. Their motto: All lives have equal value.
Earth Justice – Badass attorneys for the environment. They stop governments and corporations from abusing the environment and ignoring laws. Let’s face it. The Earth needs a good lawyer.
Rainforest Alliance – RA works with local communities, companies, and certifies businesses that engage in sustainable practices. The Amazon is the heart and lungs of the Earth. People and nature can live in harmony.
National Parks Conservation Association – The caretaker of United States National Parks. Without them, we’d have far less natural beauty in this country.
Native American Health Center – NAHC provides health services to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and residents of the surrounding communities, all with mad respect. Natives still suffer from the violence and cruelty of Europeans centuries ago. This organization makes a difference.
Chapter 510 – Oakland’s only youth writing center creates a safe and inclusive space for children 6–18. It also has an amazing little retail shop named the Dept. of Make Believe.
Saint Francis Challenge – This org creates safe shelters and transitional villages to end the homelessness crisis. These projects serve as models to cities all over the world.
San Diego Zoo – This famous zoo is a leader in wildlife and nature conservation. I don’t know about you, but we think nature is about the best creative inspiration there is.
Barrio Logan College Institute – BLCI has a well-rounded approach to prepare underserved students for success. Students in low-income communities like Barrio Logan don’t have access to high-quality education, and BLCI’s mission is to break that cycle by empowering students and giving them the tools they need to fulfill their dreams.
Outdoor Outreach – John Muir once said, “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Outdoor Outreach provides San Diego youth with access to nature and the outdoors and through those experiences, they’re given the gifts of connection, responsibility, and resilience. It’s such a beautiful mission, and we’re so grateful to see the impact it has on youth.
If you know a charity that deserves recognition, let us know. It might be featured next time.