This is my final week of 30 for 30 for 30. I wanted to finish before Thanksgiving and it looks like I will just make it! This week is a hodge podge of organizations, most of which have an emphasis on ending poverty. These organizations were largely recommended to me by others so I wanted to learn more about them and share.
As my brother, who suggested this charity to me, put it: “People just need money. They know how to spend it better than we do.” Give Directly finds communities and people in need and audits the recipients for eligibility. After transferring the money, GiveDirectly monitors the recipients and is available to answer any questions the recipient may have. For reference, a transfer of $1,000 is equivalent to a year’s salary for most of the recipients.
Living Water International builds water wells (or alternative water projects) in Central America, Africa, and India. A single well is typically between $6K and $15K and serves up to several hundred families who previously did not have access to clean water. This has a huge impact on their everyday life. Specifically, it frees up several hours a day that they (largely women) would spend walking to get water.
OxFam’s mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice. They are one of the largest global organizations working to end poverty and respond to natural disasters. My favorite aspect of OxFam is that their projects are community-driven. That is, their local partners understand what communities need and implement long-term, locally driven solutions.
The United Way of King County helps the greater Seattle Area in many ways. Near and dear to my heart is the support they give to the University of Washington’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (article from last year). VITA helps thousands of low-income people receive millions of dollars in tax refunds free of charge. Households that make less than $66,000 can access free tax help and tax preparation.
Old Dog Haven finds safe, loving homes for dogs older than 8 in western Washington. I have never been a huge “dog person,” but I love that this group has made it their mission to be a final refuge for older dogs. They find permanent homes for dogs with reasonable life-expectancy and personally care for others. The goal is to help older dogs find peace at later stages in life, without judgment of the people who abandoned them.
Aaron Rodgers partnered with North Valley Community Foundation to support victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA. This fund will first address immediate safety and basic needs. Later, donations to this fund will provide temporary housing and rebuild extracurricular and youth sports programs in Northern California.
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Thank you 🙏🏻 #ButteStrong #payitforward pic.twitter.com/iQjMbUIHcI
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) November 21, 2018
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I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about different charities, some of which I had never heard of. There are so many people in the world doing great work, and it was a pleasure to highlight a few of them on my blog. Thank you to everyone who suggested charities to me! If you want to read more about the charities I chose, see my previous posts below.
Week 1 – Nonprofits Empowering Women
Week 2 – Nonprofits Supporting Kids
Week 3 – Environmental Nonprofits
Week 4 – Community-Oriented Nonprofits