Put Your Money (or Volunteer Hours) Where Your Mouth Is!
Standing up is often as simple as making it easier for those already doing good work. Supporting them is easy! Below, find links to charities, artists, arts organizations, and others who ALL need your support to continue their good work in the face of harsh opposition. Some are local to the Philadelphia Area, but many are national organizations. Get clicking! Get helping! Get heard!
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NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS:
- The American Civil Liberties Union provides legal assistance in cases in which civil liberties are at risk. Legally, the organization consists of two separate but closely linked nonprofits: the ACLU and the ACLU Foundation. Donations to the ACLU, a 501(c)4, go toward lobbying and litigation. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can donate the ACLU Foundation, a 501(c)3 that can’t use money for legislative purposes.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center has spearheads suits in defense of the civil rights of minorities, prisoners, and the LGBT community, among others. Donate to the SPLC here.
- The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here and donate here.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.
- The Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may otherwise go without adequate representation. Donate to the Native American Rights Fund Here.
- The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center devoted to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate to the DREDF here.
- The National Immigration Law Center defends the rights of low-income immigrants and does policy work on issues such as health care, workers’ rights, and legal status for immigrant youth. Donate to the National Immigration Law Center here.
- Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Donate to Border Angels here.
- The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate to the Young Center for Immigrant Rights here.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council brings together scientists, lawyers, and other policy experts, with global warming among their primary concerns. Donate to the NRDC here.
- Greenpeace researches and lobbies against environmental problems including climate change and commercial whaling. Donate to Greenpeace here.
- The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the county, and works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Click here for ways to give.
- NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.
- Providing health care services across America, Planned Parenthood has become an important health care provider for millions of women and men. Donate to Planned Parenthood here.
- Find out if you’re eligible for coverage, and enroll for the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare while it’s still available by clicking here.
- The Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN) fights to preserve and expand access to affordable health care services for all Americans. Learn more by clicking here, and donate directly by clicking here.
LOCAL WOMEN’S ORGANIATIONS (Philly)
- A Woman’s Place is a community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all. Donate to A Woman’s Place Here.
- The March To End Rape Culture, formerly known as the Slut Walk, is an event where participants rally, listen to speakers, enjoy live musical performances as they march together to raise awareness about rape culture while supporting survivors. The next march is Saturday September 24th, 2017. Donate To The March Against Rape Culture Here.
- Women Organized Against Rape was founded in 1971 and has worked consistently to eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs, and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault. Donate to WOAR here.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS:
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and click here to donate.
- The Center for Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy organization, works to strengthen laws and policies related to reproductive rights and women’s health care. Donate to The Center for Reproductive Rights here.
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence. Donate to the NCADV here.
- EMILY’s List is a political action committee that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to public office. Donate here, or find out how to how to run for office here.
- She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here or anonymously ask a woman you know to run for office.
- Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate to Running Start here.
- The Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click Donate to the Reproductive Health Access Center here.
LOCAL LGBT SUPPORT (Philadelphia):
- The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. Donate To The Attic Youth Center Here.
- The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBT community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBT communities of Philadelphia. Donate Here.
NATIONAL LGBT SUPPORT:
- The Trevor Project is an organization that focuses on suicide prevention among members of the LGBTQ community and operates the “Trevor Lifeline” as a confidential call-in service with trained counselors. Donate to The Trevor Project here.
- The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, advocates for anti-discrimination legislation, and also support for people with HIV/AIDS. Donate to The HRC here.
- Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate to Lambda Legal here.
- The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. Donate to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project here.
LOCAL ART, NEWS & EDUCATION (Philadelphia):
- WHYY is Philadelphia’s local public radio station. The station provides an array of national and locally produced programming, from intelligently presented news to insightful interviews on shows like our very own Fresh Air. Donate to WHYY here.
- Books Through Bars core program is distributing books and educational materials to individual prisoners in the Mid-Atlantic region, prison libraries across the country, and halfway houses throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Spread the Knowledge! Donate To Books Through Bars Here.
- Vision Driven Artists (VDA) exists to put more resources and opportunities into the hands of Philadelphia-based artists and arts organizations, with a specific focus and emphasis on supporting traditionally marginalized artists and communities. For more information click here. To donate to VDA click here.
- The West Philly Tool Library focuses on providing affordable methods of home and lawncare to Philly area residents, particularly those without the means to hire people to help. Donate to the Tool Library Here.
- Ballet X is an innovative dance company that has commissioned over 60 new works and collaborated with over 200 artists from across the country and the world in the last 10 years. Donate To Ballet X Here.
NATIONAL ART, NEWS & EDUCATION:
- The Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate Donate to the UCS here.
- National Public Radio Stations are one of our best resources of independent news, arts & culture coverage. Click the ‘donate’ link here at NPR.org and it’ll forward you to your local station’s donation page.
- National Arts Strategies helps educate, guide, and support artists and art organizations. Donate to NAS here.
- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school. Donate and learn about ways to volunteer here.
- St Jude Research Center provides care and research to protect the health of our children. Donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Center Here.
- PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.
- 314 Action are members of the STEM Community, grassroots supporters, and political activists committed to bring innovation to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, aggressively advocate for real solutions to climate change and elect more STEM-trained candidates to public office. Find out more at 314action.org.
- The Union of Concerned Scientists is tracking attacks on science by the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress with a running list of abuses of science—disappearing data, silenced scientists, and other assaults on scientific integrity and science-based policy. Donate and learn more here.
- The March for Science was an historic event, uniting thousands of people in more than 600 marches across the country and around the world. The March for Science organization continues that momentum, focusing on science education, outreach, and advocacy. Support continued efforts to build these communities and elevate the voice of science in public policy by donating here.
- The American Association for the Advancement for Science is committed to being a leader on all matters related to science, including funding, policy and education. Now is the time to become part of the global force of scientists, engineers and advocates dedicated to scientific inquiry. Learn how to donate or become a member by clicking here.
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