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3 Charities That Deserve Your Support Right Now

3 Charities That Deserve Your Support Right Now

It can be hard to navigate the burning Dumpster fires that light up your newsfeed. Every day you peel back a new layer of terrible that deserves more attention, more care, more consideration from the privileged few. You know you want to help out, but who to trust and where to turn? As always, we’ve got you. Here are three non-profit organisations in the field right now you should consider lending a hand (and sending some hard-earned coins to).

 1.    CDP 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund 

(c) Getty image

WHY THE URGENCY?
Hurricane Dorian has just swept through the Bahamas mercilessly, killing dozens with many more missing. Another 70,000 have been made homeless according to U.N. figures. Talks about climate change are inextricably linked to discussions on wealth, privilege and race – which sadly has been demonstrated once again through this natural disaster. Countries most vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis are predominantly based in the Global South, and disproportionately consist of communities of colour. Sharing your feelings of despair, know that there are many organisations you can turn to who provide immediate Hurricane Dorian aid and first relief, as listed here. What sets the organisers of this fund, the CDP, apart is their dedication to medium- and long-term recovery and rehabilitation by working with local community projects (they recently announced the fourth round of recovery grants for the victims of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey).


WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
In 2018, the CDP distributed $15.3 million in grants distributed to over 107 organizations for recovery efforts to support communities hit by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and man-made disasters. You can read a detailed financial report for 2018 here.  


WHAT’S BEEN DONE SO FAR?
CDP specializes in education, grant-making and consulting. They are the ‘only full-time U.S. national resource dedicated to helping donors maximize their impact by making more intentional disaster-related giving decisions in response to domestic and international events’. In other words, as an educational resource center, they do the necessary due diligence so donors can give with confidence. Aside from that, they create funds and grants that are specifically medium- and long-term solutions-based.


WHO ELSE IS ON BOARD?
Independent watchdog Charity Navigator has highlighted the CDP as particularly trustworthy. Other than that, there are some big corporate entities on the CDP donor list (trying to stave off their guilty feelings and other pesky existential questions). Thanks, Starbucks!


WHERE TO DONATE?
Donations can be sent here.



2.  The Seed Project

(c) image Seed Project

WHY THE URGENCY?
According to sports and education non-profit Seed Project, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Yet 90% of young people who enter primary school never make it to higher education, and only 32% make it to secondary school. In a unique setup, the Seed organisation uses educational programmes combined with basketball training to develop the African leaders of tomorrow.


WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Based on the last financial report, 80% of funding goes directly to programming. A further 9% goes to fundraising & events and the remaining 11% flows to marketing, travel, admin, office cost and more.


WHAT’S BEEN DONE SO FAR?
The organisation serves over 2,000 kids in Senegal, Zambia and the U.S. every week. 92% of Seed students end up matriculating to university or landing a job. The Seed Project focuses on four pillars: education & employment (scholarships, studies abroad, job training, mentorship, school retention programmes), basketball (as a hook to engage youth in the programming), gender equality (all programmes maintain a 1:1 gender ratio, with special women’s empowerment curriculums) and youth leadership (coach trainings).


WHO ELSE IS ON BOARD?
Naomi Campbell is a prominent supporter of the initiative, speaking at their 2019 forum for girls (Hoop Forum). Nike and NBA Africa are obviously big donors too, as the next gen of basketball stars might be discovered in this pool of young talent on the rise.


WHERE TO DONATE?
Right here



3.    Rainforest Trust

Bigal River Biological Reserve. (c) image by Fundación Sumac Muyu for Rainforest Trust

WHY THE URGENCY?
By now it’s been widely been reported that over 80,000 Amazon rainforest fires have wreaked immense havoc in 2019 alone. The sacred land of indigenous populations and the flora and fauna that we all depend on has already been greatly impacted. But countries like Angola and the DRC have suffered even more slash-and-burn blazes in the same period of time. This allows the carbon safely stored in trees to be released into our atmosphere at ‘dangerously unnatural levels’. This seriously decreases the success rate of climate crisis action.


WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Top rated on independent charity watchdog sites, the US-based Rainforest Trust is ‘able to allocate 100% of your project donation directly to conservation action’, thanks to all operational expenses being funded by board members. The Trust works with the world’s leading conservationists to identify critical sites, develop sustainable conservation plans and collaborate with national governments plus local communities to keep the land protected.


WHAT’S BEEN DONE SO FAR?
Since 1988, the trust has saved over 23 million acres of forest land by helping local NGOs purchase it.


WHO ELSE IS ON BOARD?
Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk recently shouted the organisation out on Instagram. Bobby seems sensible, he does do all the work on that show, really.


WHERE TO DONATE?
Click and go here.


Header image: (c) Arina Shabanova



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