Help us find causes to support
July 22, 2020 7:28 AM   Subscribe

We are about to up our contributions to causes we support, and are looking for new organizations to make recurring donations to. Please help us out by telling us about your favorite organizations working on any of: environment and climate change, equality and civil rights (especially BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women's, or immigrants and refugees), voting rights, animal welfare, police reform, prison reform, or poverty and hunger.
posted by kyrademon to Society & Culture (17 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Hie thee to ! They are an organization working to channel funds toward BIPOC community groups doing voter organizing; they have an extensive vetting process and a ton of info about both 'slates' and individual orgs you can donate to.
posted by heyforfour at 7:31 AM on July 22, 2020 [2 favorites] Is one of my current choices.
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:51 AM on July 22, 2020

Give Directly gives cash directly to people living in poverty. They are one of my current choices.
posted by aniola at 7:53 AM on July 22, 2020 [4 favorites]

Aniola beat me to it. Note that GiveDirectly had been only working in Africa but began working in the US recently. Their evidence page is here, and their testimonial site is here. E.g., "Had it not been for this transfer, I would not have managed to take at least two meals a day."
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 7:55 AM on July 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I would be amiss to not mention Givewell evaluates charities by evaluating evidence of effectiveness of charities, their cost effectiveness, if they could actually use additional money, and how transparent they are.

Their top charity is giving mosquito nets to sub-Saharan Africa, but there's a list of additional charities.

I'm not sure you're willing to give to non-USA charities, but this seems to be the area of the world with the most need.

On review, give directly IS on their top charities list too :)
posted by bbqturtle at 7:56 AM on July 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Black Resilience Fund
posted by Carouselle at 8:03 AM on July 22, 2020

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
posted by dizziest at 9:00 AM on July 22, 2020

Adopt A Native Elder is a cause so close to my heart. The organization has a 97.32 rating on Charity Navigator. It's a charity dedicated to helping Navajo elders living in food insecurity on the reservation. You may know that the Navajo nation has been hit INCREDIBLY hard by COVID-19 - help is needed there.
posted by DSime at 9:21 AM on July 22, 2020

You might find this article about environmental groups interesting.
posted by mareli at 10:15 AM on July 22, 2020

Direct Relief. They are, so far as I can tell, the most cost-effective charity devoted to improving health and fighting poverty. They are non-religious and provide assistance to communities across the world. They do not have any significant history of fraud, nor do they receive any government funding. They are consistently one of the highest rated charities in the world for financial accountability and transparency. One of their stated principles is to build upon what exists and augment existing service providers, rather than trying to recreate existing infrastructure and sideline other providers. Their donation policies are clear, available, and unmatched by any other organization I've found. Notably, they allow donors to very specifically apply their funds towards donors' concerns (although I don't) rather than fundraising and advertising. Their data-driven approach to relief has lead to them being called one of the most innovative non-profits and the #1 charity changing the world.

It's quite likely you've never heard of Direct Relief. That's understandable because they have one, single, very targeted mission and do not deviate from it - even for public relations efforts.
posted by saeculorum at 10:25 AM on July 22, 2020

I will be "selfish" and say that the community farm where I help out is a great cause: we raise vegetables exclusively for food-insecure families in our area. By working some of the land, we also preserve the last dairy farm in our community, which has been around for most of two centuries:

With only volunteer workers, we farm about an acre and a half (with organic methods) and donate all the food to local food banks, soup kitchens and the like. In a lean year we raise a dozen tons of veggies, and in a great year 24 tons -- and so far 2020 is looking very good, with over two tons picked last week! It's damn hard work in the recent hot weather, but people depend on us, so we have to show up. In 14 years, we have raised and donated well over 150 tons of food without ever paying a wage.

Strategically, we shut down our honor-system farmstand this year in order to keep all the food going toward peoples' plates -- but that means we're missing out on our only real stream of cash. It would be very deeply appreciated if you could support our work:

Thank you for your consideration -- and if you're ever in northern Rhode Island, let me know and we'll give you a tour. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 11:02 AM on July 22, 2020

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. They also do spay & neuter clinics and provide free food to residents.

The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever they can be reached.

SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South.
posted by wicked_sassy at 11:18 AM on July 22, 2020

Species Unite is a great one. They're doing some great work if you are interested in raising awareness relating to the importance of our treatment of animals and how it relates to the planet. They have a really good podcast, too.
posted by hallwaywalker at 12:33 PM on July 22, 2020

What about this site? I want them to keep the new mods and do the additional anti-racism, trans inclusive work that is hoped for. That needs money.
posted by biggreenplant at 1:16 PM on July 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Partners In Health treats patients but also trains local health workers in the communities where they work.

Project Corazon fights immigration injustice.

You can find your local foodbank here.
posted by nat at 1:56 AM on July 23, 2020

Oh, and the ACLU.
posted by nat at 2:01 AM on July 23, 2020 [1 favorite]

"The Bail Project National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. We enable our clients to return home to their families and communities while awaiting their court dates. We call this model Community Release with Support."

You might want to consider supporting nonprofit investigative journalism powerhouse ProPublica. "After an investigation by MLK50 and ProPublica, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is erasing debt for unpaid hospital bills owed by more than 6,500 patients. Our reporting found the hospital had profited by aggressively pursuing patients who couldn’t pay." You can read about the impact of its investigations, which includes investigations of prisons, racial justice, immigration, health care, and much more.
posted by Bella Donna at 8:55 AM on July 26, 2020

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