Animal Friends is a non-profit, no-kill shelter committed to finding homes for companion animals. Unlike a lot of other animal charities, it has minimal financial waste -- 85% of its budget is spent on its programs and services.
My Dad passed on March 31, 2010 after a two year battle.
This charity is one that is close to me, as I have volunteered here for several years.
With the increase of overreach of surveillance tactics and the abuse of privacy, it is ever important that we have groups like the EFF challenging the groups on what is right and within the law. They have filed a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to release information from the government agencies, and have been on the forefront of influencing good policy change for privacy respecting the individual.
The reason is that I love children and this organization provides an incredible service to all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. I love that and have been a regular contributor to them for years.
It is a great organization that provides people in impoverished areas with clean/safe drinking water, food, medicine, etc.
The Foundation Beyond Belief is a secular organization that helps people in need without asking for anything in return. It's a very worthwhile charity and provides a good opportunity to people who want to help the less fortunate without promoting any particular religious or sectarian objectives.
Their mission is to “empower Extraordinary kids who exemplify strength and determination by overcoming illness and disability.” To do this, they create a personalized super hero cape for each nominated child. It’s a small gesture that is meaningful to the child and to the family that cares for them; a much needed boost to their emotional and physical strength.
We lost our 2-year-old granddaughter to leukemia a couple of years ago. Through the ordeal, my step-daughter took great comfort in being able to journal her progress and keep people posted on Addison’s status without having to send individual e-mails. This is a great service for people suffering through major ordeals.
I recently lost my fiancèe’s grandfather to blood cancer that spread rapidly though out his body. He taught us to love and to give back when we can, and I think he would be very honored for me to donate this money in his memory to find a cure.
This charity is important to me because Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that has no known cure and the cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease is not well understood. It is also one of the most costly diseases in developed countries because of the amount of assistance and care that must be provided to an affected individual.
I discovered this charity by shopping as a frequent customer at Godiva Chocolatier. When you purchase a tote bag with the themed country of the month and a rice bag patch logo with the word FEED you help provide food to hungry children. The importance is I can help children have a nutritious meal and advertise the charity with a travel theme tote or item I purchased from the site.
This charity is important to me because they are on the front lines of fighting HIV/AIDS, TB, Cholera and other diseases in some of the most forgotten corners of the world.
My brother was born with Trisomy 13, so this cause is dear to my heart.
Both of my Grandmothers had it, along with 2 Uncles and recently my father has shown the signs of it setting in at while he’s still in his 60’s.
My mother has donated their time for over 20 years providing emergency food, clothing and utitities to the needy in and around Powhatan Point Ohio. In addition to emergency assistance they provide yearly Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to qualifying families including food and toys. The service is completely run by donations and volunteers.
Growing up poor there were many holiday dinners my family was able to enjoy as a result of our local foodbank.
What I like about the ABTA is that they focus not only in finding solutions and cure for brain cancer, but also offers help to people in coping with it, both the ill and those around them. Today Gioblastomas essentially have no hope or solution, so helping people cope with it seems just as important as searching for a cure.
I’ve had a family member and some friends who have been affected by this disease.
My older brother who lives in Israel came to the United States for his work and on his journey here; he contracted Bacterial Meningitis. 1 in 3 people who gets this terrible sickness either die from the disease, have some form of physical disability or the lucky ones come out just fine. My older brother was not as lucky as some for he permanently lost his hearing because of this dreaded disease. Hopefully, we can beat this terrible disease through education and support.
We chose Guiding Eyes for the Blind for several reasons. We have always been great animal lovers and we wanted to give to a charity that may not be as publicly known as some of the other charities. Guiding eyes for the Blind serves the needs of a small percentage of those needing assistance but that small group has a great need. We are very blessed to have our own sight and appreciate the mobility our sight gives us.
I’ve worked with disenfranchised children and their families, and seen first-hand the amount and types of food they are able to afford. I hope this donation makes a difference to some of those families.
This is a faith-based organization and the funds assist in helping people worldwide in various ways, such as aid in the event of natural disasters, building kingdom halls, assembly halls and proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom worldwide.
There is not as much funding for this organization, even though it is an auto-immune disease. It can affect anyone. I was diagnosed when I was 19. As a sufferer I would like to see more progress made in research, which would require more public education as well as charitable donations.
I use to work with special education children in high school and I felt such a connection with them. The children labeled "special needs" are truly that - special. I believe in raising awareness and getting rid of the stigmas that go with the disabled.
I chose this charity because a good friend of mine has younger siblings afflicted with this syndrome. This disease causes albinism which greatly restricts the children’s ability to play outside in the sun. It also causes a wide variety of other medical problems and often results in blindness later on in life. Currently, this charity helps fund research for a cure and awareness about the condition.
As we count our own blessings it is a privilege to have the ability to help others in our own vicinity.
Our children are our future. I have 2 boys, that are my world. I could have easily grownup in a negative environment, but fortunately I was adopted by wonderful, loving parents.
I've always enjoyed animals. They can be such loving additions to a family if wanted. I want to help the animals here get the right care and help them find a good home.
I decided to donate to Operation Homefront in honor of my father, grandfather, and uncles. Living a military lifestyle can be difficult when you don't have the proper support systems set up at home. Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. This charity has a personal connection to me because it's home office is in San Antonio a city I lived in (on base with my family) for four years.
The charity is important to me, for I see firsthand some of the struggles that some of his classmates experience. I decided to go with a more personal, intimate charity where a little bit of money can really help these children with new activities, new equipment and new developmental aids.
I’d like to donate to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to help threatened and endangered species as well as enable the zoo to continue educating children on wildlife conservation.
The homeless are one of the most marginalized groups in society. They are every town’s dirty little secret. The Street Medicine Institute is a group of doctors who go out of their way to offer medical attention to the local homeless population.
My family has a history of breast cancer and it has taken its toll on more than one of my close relatives.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the nation's largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants. The Sanctuary operates on 2,700 acres in Hohenwald, Tennessee - 85 miles southwest of Nashville. It costs $125,000 annually to provide sanctuary for just one elephant.
I picked this charity because my wife has Type 1 diabetes since she was 13 months old.
We lost our mother to this disease.
After running my first Tough Mudder this year, I got a glimpse at the kind of physical and mental challenges that our soldiers face on a daily basis throughout the duration of their service. Knowing that the Wounded Warriors take care of the servicemen and women who were unfortunate enough to sacrifice even more makes me feel good knowing I’m helping their cause.
They are a great cause that helps abused/neglected animals find new homes.
Our household currently sponsors children in this school and has for many years. The founder is the administrator of 4 schools there. They are currently trying to raise $30,000 to rebuild one of the schools destroyed by the hurricane. So far they have only raised $2,500.
Because I have family members and personal friends that are effected by this disease.
I picked this charity because I lost my dad to cancer about 7 years ago. Also, my sister in law is currently battling cancer, an ugly cancer which started as breast cancer and has now spread to her bones. My mother in law is a 2 time cancer survivor and my father in law has survived prostate cancer.
My youngest son, Wesley, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when he was 4 years old. We are hoping to one day see a cure for this disease.
A little girl with such a big heart and her story is unbelievable. She is an Angel. Thinking of other before thinking of yourself.
My son was born 2 months early and had to stay in the hospital for a few weeks. This is the largest charitable organization that denotes the majority if it's proceeds to the study of prematurity and infant mortality.
My son is special needs and since I live away from the Buffalo area I am no longer able to devote time in volunteering to raise money and awareness.
My daughter suffers from this disease. It may not be life threatening, but it is life altering.
In 2008 our twins Luca and Luciana were born 2 months premature. They were both only 3.5 lbs when born and spent over 8 weeks in the NICU. They both faced a number of health concerns and required special assistance. Fortunately today they are both healthy and happy. My wife & I now support the March of Dimes which helps to increase awareness, education, & research to help reduce the 500,000+ babies born prematurely each year.
I think many of us take for granted what we have and don't realize how many of our neighbors are in need.
I have been blessed with my own precious children and I cherish their innocence and playful spirit. I want to provide hope through God's love and the opportunity for a real childhood to a hopeless child.
I am an avid go player who loves sharing the game with new people, and the AGF does a good job of helping me and others with a passion for teaching go to do exactly that. Go is a fun game that teaches abstract reasoning, strategic planning, concentration, and good sportsmanship, and that makes teaching it a rewarding undertaking.
I chose this charity because they enable Jewish students, attending Carnegie Mellon University, to have a genuine Jewish experience in a friendly, fun and inspiring way.
As a veteran myself, I know the sacrifices given by our men and women in our military, along with their families. We should never be a nation that lets those wounded protecting our way of life go without our help and gratitude. Not only are the wounded military members struggling to cope with rehabilitation, but their spouses and children also struggle greatly during this time. The Wound Warrior Project helps provide for them and their families at their greatest time of need.
I've always held a soft spot in my heart for whales & dolphins (I wanted to be a marine biologist for many, many years!) The WDC helps bring awareness and put a stop to the barbaric acts that take place around the world in our oceans. Acts that, unfortunately, many people do not even realize are occurring.
I was once homeless, so helping homeless men is important to me.
I volunteer with this group at St. Margaret in Green Tree and will have my donation directed to the Southwest Food Pantry to help feed the needy right here in our neighborhoods.
I have personal experience rescuing two Boxers that were being mistreated. My male Boxer Tucker was found as a puppy at a flea market living in filth