My Giving Recommendations
(December 2019 edition)
Here are some organizations I appreciate who are doing great things in the world - each with a wonderful leadership team full of heart and grit.
Consider any of them in your giving plan for this year - or anytime - and not only will I be thrilled that they have a new supporter in you but they'll continue to garner the resources they need to keep doing their amazing work.
Farming Hope is a culinary nonprofit focused on growing leaders. They run a paid, 12-week job training program at a restaurant and garden in San Francisco and help remove barriers to employment for folks who have experienced homelessness or incarceration. Check out Farming Hope's Farmraiser campaign today!
Dent Education enables students to find their voice, realize their creative potential, and work together to solve society’s most persistent problems. Through their design thinking and maker curriculum, students engage with their community to identify local needs and then brainstorm, build, and iterate on creative solutions. DENT's goal is to spread opportunity by empowering students to be empathetic, creative, and proactive leaders -- world citizens equipped with the skills and mindsets to succeed in the 21st century.
EarthEnable provides Rwandans with healthier homes by training local masons to craft an affordable and durable earthen floor. Dirt and mud floors are a major cause of infectious disease, respiratory illness, malnutrition, and vector-borne disease. And while a clean and dry floor made of concrete would cost a Rwandan family as much as $300 for a 20 square meter home, EarthEnable will floor a home for 15% of the price.
MindRight is a tech startup providing on-demand socioemotional coaching to teens. Coaches work in teams to support students that are dealing with stress and trauma. Unlike crisis response, MindRight reaches out to teens proactively everyday to help prevent crisis, and they stick with youth during and after crisis.
Onward is a non-profit employer-based mobile savings and credit app that enables workers of all income levels to build financial security. Onward helps workers save effortlessly, build financial literacy, and access responsible credit when emergencies strike. Essentially, what the 401K is for long-term retirement savings, Onward is for short-term emergency savings.
Nuru International's mission is to eradicate extreme poverty in fragile rural areas to build communities resilient to violent extremism. Nuru's ultimate goal is to promote global security by ending extreme poverty in remote, rural areas of failed states and conflict zones by building self-sustaining, self-scaling programs that enable communities across an entire region to lift themselves out of extreme poverty within seven years.
The Southern Poverty Law Center 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.