I focus on Nonprofits Empowering Women for the first week of 30 for 30 for 30. I have always been inclined to donate to women for many reasons. The microloan organization, Kiva, finds that women reinvest 80% of their income into the well-being and education of their families. Taking care of the matriarch benefits the entire family and the positive effects can be seen across generations.
Mary’s Place is a Seattle nonprofit dedicated to empowering homeless women, their children, and families to reclaim their lives. They provide dozens of services and community programs including: Homeless Women’s Choir, new mom services, shower and laundry services, kid’s club daycare, and an abundance of resources to help women (and men) find stable housing and employment.
$30: Nothing makes a kid feel more like a kid than dressing up on Halloween! Costumes are needed at this time of year to provide a sense of normalcy and FUN in a child’s life. A junior astronaut spacesuit costume costs $35.
The Malala Fund is dedicated to breaking down the barriers of poverty, war, and gender discrimination that prevent 130 million girls around the world from attending school. When girls are educated, evidence suggests infant mortality, child marriage rates, risk of war, and even a country’s vulnerability to natural disasters all decrease.
$30: I couldn’t find specifics, but they release a monthly digital newsletter where young women and girls share their thoughts, challenges, and accomplishments.
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: close the gender gap in technology. GWC offers learning opportunities for girls and women to deepen their computer skills, helps their alumni find jobs in the computing workforce (e.g., engineering), and creates a support group of peers and female role models. In just 6 years they have reached over 90,000 women of all backgrounds in all 50 states. Their goal is computer science parity by 2027.
$30: I couldn’t find specifics, but they are constantly developing new, free curriculum for girls.
The International Rescue Committee does not only help women. However, I specifically donated newborn baby kits filled with clothing, baby soap, diapers, and other necessities. These kits encourage mothers in Zimbabwe to visit medical centers for births, where they can have safe, healthy deliveries.
$30: A new born baby kit is $21.
Lady Parts Justice League is a traveling reproductive rights group that uses humor and outrage to fight for women and independent clinics around the country. They help patients, prepare staff meals, and repair fences or paint murals. At night, they do comedy shows and turn audience members into a support network. I like their motto which encourages everyone to incorporate laughter, dancing, and sexy time into their revolution!
$30: This is a traveling troupe, so $30 buys 10 gallons of gas (at $3/gal). That’ll get a normal car around 200 miles of travel!
Planned Parenthood has been around for over 100 years and is the nation’s largest provider of sex education and a leading provider of affordable healthcare options. Their primary offerings are STI screening, contraception, cancer screening, and other women’s services. Forty-three percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from government grants and Medicaid reimbursements; none of that money can be used to fund abortions. I believe one of the most important things a woman can do is take care of her body, and Planned Parenthood allows millions of women each year to do just that.
$30: I could not find exactly where the money to Planned Parenthood goes, but emergency contraception (e.g., morning-after pill) costs a woman $30.