If you’re looking to give this holiday season, it can feel a bit overwhelming to find the perfect non-profit to donate to.
With so many civil rights, reproductive rights, and constitution rights on the line right now, it’s more important than ever to give right now. Below, we’ve gathered a list of worthy non-profits that could definitely use some love this winter.
If You Want to Cover A Lot of Ground…
Mission: Defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
If You Care About Reproductive Rights…
Mission: Deliver vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.
Current Projects: Protecting Roe v. Wade, fighting closures of Planned Parenthood healthcare centers, researching new contraceptive methods, and more.
If You Care About About Criminal Justice Reform…
Mission: Exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Current Projects: Working tirelessly to acquit innocent people who have been incarcerated like Steven Avery from Making a Murderer, William Barnhouse (25 years in prison), and Christopher Abernathy (28 years in prison).
If You Care About Public Education…
Mission: Empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within Chicago.
Current Projects: Providing youth with mental health services (My State of Mind), implementing arts and literature programs in Chicago public schools, and providing relief to the homeless in the winter.
Mission: Give our kids the individualized support they need to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults.
Current Projects: Full-day pre-k programs, extensive college-prep, media & arts programs.
If You Care About Gun Control…
Mission: Fight for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.
Current Projects: Fighting the gun lobby’s attempts to put guns in schools, protecting LGBTQ youth from gun violence,, and providing educational resources for the public on gun reform.
If You Care About Freedom of the Press…
Mission: Create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, idea, and cultures.
Current Projects: Amazing podcasts like Fresh Air, Planet Money, and Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, a robust news department, and public events on politics, music, and more.
If You Care About Mental Health Care Access…
Mission: Address the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
Current projects: Federal and state policy work, free online screening tools, and campus programs to educate college students about mental health.
If You Care About Period Poverty…
Mission: Celebrate periods and provide products to those in need.
Current Projects: Delivering period packs to those in need, high school and university campus chapters that do advocacy work, and PeriodCon for activists in the Menstrual Movement.
If You Care About Suicide Prevention…
Mission: Present hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
Current Projects: Holding suicide-prevention events across the country, campus chapters for students to provide education and support for their peers, providing a crisis text hotline, and connecting individuals with mental health professionals.
Mission: Provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Current Projects: Protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy through lobbying efforts, providing crisis intervention services for LGBTQ youth, and providing resources for middle school and high school teachers.
If You Care About Trans Rights…
Mission: Employ a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation
Current Projects: Working to end the abuse of trans and gender nonconforming people in prison, jail, and detention centers, and providing pro bono legal work to protect trans rights.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.