Helping is a delightful thing to do, if one is able. Sharing. Caring. Throwing money at things you are terrified are completely fucked currently or will be in the near future. All that stuff.
There are a lot of people, causes, and organizations that need contributions of time, money, or work if you have anything to spare. (If you don’t, that’s ok. Make yourself stronger if you can, then come back if you gain your feet.)
There are a whole lot of people doing good who could use the help, certainly more than I can reasonably list. But I have a bit of a thing to get you started, if you need it.
Note that these organizations are largely US-focused and US-based. If you are not, or even if you are, I encourage you to look beyond the United States as well, or locally, since there are a lot of groups that do good in their own neighborhoods.
One more thing: If you are in the US and concerned about the current government stripping support of these causes, consider donating to or helping out with the campaign of a Democrat running for office. (Not because I want to tell you want party to affiliate yourself with–just because they generally support these kinds of things more than the current party in power.)
So. Here we go.
314 Action. “314 Action champions electing more leaders to the U.S. Senate, House, State Executive and Legislative offices who come from STEM backgrounds.”
The American Civil Liberties Union. “Working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.”
American Refugee Committee. “Refugees share with us what they need, and we work together to create programs that make the most sense for that particular community.”
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. “Committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.”
The Brennan Center. “We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations. “CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
Crowd.Science. A crowdfunding platform for science research.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. “A leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.”
Ecosia is a search engine that collects money from ads to plant trees.
Electronic Frontier Foundation. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.”
Environmental Defense Fund. “We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health.”
Experiment. A crowdfunding platform for science research.
Feeding America. “Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”
Healthcare-Now. “Healthcare-NOW is fighting to win a national single-payer healthcare system because access to healthcare is basic to human dignity.”
Human Rights Campaign. “HRC works to improve the lives of LGBTQ people worldwide by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law, and increasing public support around the globe. ”
I Need Diverse Games. “Seeks to bring projects, works and research by marginalized folks to light. We also seek to discuss, analyze and critique identity and culture in video games through a multi-faceted lens rooted in intersectionality.”
International Rescue Committee. “The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.”
Lambda Legal. “Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everybody with HIV through impact litigation, educationand public policy work.”
Muslim Legal Fund of America. “Muslim Legal Fund of America is a charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities.”
National Alliance on Mental Illness. Organization “dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.”
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. “Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals.”
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “The vision of NCADV is to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable.”
National Immigration Forum. “The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.”
National Immigration Law Center. “The National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.”
Native American Rights Fund. “Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation.”
Natural Resources Defense Council. “We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.”
People of Color in European Art History. “My purpose in creating this blog is to address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.”
Physicians for a National Health Program. “Physicians for a National Health Program is a non-profit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.”
Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”
Pro Publica. “ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. ”
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. “RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.”
The Sierra Club. “The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization …Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center. “The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.”
Swing Left District Funds. “Swing Left is launching a fundraising initiative called District Funds to provide Democratic nominees in the general House elections with a financial head start.”
The Treatment Advocacy Center. “Dedicated to eliminating legal and other barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness.”
The Trevor Project. “The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”