Ten Terrific Charities
The Death Penalty Project: "The Death Penalty Project is an international human rights organisation which provides free legal representation to the many individuals still facing the death penalty in the Caribbean and Africa, and works to ensure compliance with regional and international human rights standards."
Emergency Communities: "Emergency Communities is a non-profit organization that employs compassion and creativity to provide community-based disaster relief. Since Katrina, we have operated four relief sites, served over 300,000 meals and 25,000 residents of the Gulf."
Human Rights Campaign: "The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality."
Human Rights Watch: "Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world."
Kiva: "Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world - empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty."
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans: "The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers."
Natural Resources Defense Council: "NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things."
Planned Parenthood: "Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. For more than 90 years, we’ve done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices."
Southern Poverty Law Center: "Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups."
United Negro College Fund: "At a time when a college degree is what a high school diploma was to previous generations, the minimum entry-level requirement for almost every well-paying career, UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 65,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they want and deserve." - "Because a mind is a terrible thing to waste."
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