August 11, 2017

Nonprofits Leading the Way

       Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;  indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.                            

~Margaret Mead 

WOW! According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), more than 1.5 million not for profit organizations are registered in the U.S. alone.  That’s a whole lot of doing good!

Make no mistake, there is plenty of  work yet to be done.

Listed below are some of the more compelling philanthropic organizations, started by someone, no different than yourself, who saw a need that they could fill.

So, take a moment and be inspired.

Who knows? You just may find a way for your unique brand of genius to lend a hand.

Toward a World that works for all of us,


Healing Body

Friends of Mel Foundation, Empowering people touched by cancer through education, patient support and wellness initiatives

Heal with Food Aims inspire people to eat healthier, and to spread the word about the healing power of food. Provides information and practical tips on how you can transform your health and heal your body with food and optimal nutrition

Pickals  Your purchase of these homemade pickles go to support research for ALS

Pierce’s Pantry  Their mission is to provide Gluten-free emergency food assistance to food pantry’s nationally.

Rare Disease United Foundation,  The nation’s leading rare disease advocacy organization: going from the first state-based, non-disease specific non-profit to the voice of the 60 million people in the United States suffering from the physical, emotional and financial stress of living with a rare disease.

Healing Communication

Healing Communities

Ben Speaks Provides access to expressive & healing arts resources for at risk youth, their families and communities.

Do Something.Org A global movement for good with upwards of 5.5 MILLION young people making good offline and online! CHECK THIS OUT!!

End Food Waste roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away—some 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually, an amount constituting “one third of all foodstuffs.”  Readings and writings, events and listings of organizations will inspire you to get involved.

Exile International  Restoring & empowering war-affected children and former child soldiers through art therapy, rehabilitative and peace-leadership development.

Flower Angels  Repurposed flowers in teacups bring beauty to elderly in nursing homes. Created by elders, delivered by the disabled.
Garden Pool Researching and developing sustainable ways to grow food and helping others to do the same.
Gleaning For The World  Makes use of surplus medical and essential supplies to humanitarian projects worldwide, providing life-saving support to communities in critical need. Projects range from surplus food redistribution in the continental USA to supplying food, water and clothing to Syrian refugees. If you are looking for a place that stretch your hard earned charitable dollar, this is it!!

The Kitchen Community   Builds Learning Gardens in schools nationwide to serve as outdoor classrooms that connect kids to real food, increase academic achievement, and drive community engagement.

Partners in Health  Transforming global health, one patient at a time.

The People’s  Supper Through the hosting of supper in people’s homes, this group aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences, leading to more civil discourse.  Ingenious way to get out of your own echo chamber.  Click to host or attend !

Reinventing Schools

She’s the First  Currently more than 50 million secondary school age girls do not have access to education. How will educated more young women change the world? 100% of your donation supports girls in low income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school

Sustainable America, this non-profit organization partners with many smaller nonprofits with the mission to make America’s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient.

Toy Library Australia  Operates over 280 not for profit toy libraries across Australia where  you can borrow from a vast array of well made toys that have been designed to support your child’s skill development and imagination.

Unstoppable Foundation   EDUCATION CHANGES EVERYTHING:   Mission is to ensure that every child on the planet receives access to education.  Foundation builds schools, provides the entire community with access to clean water and sanitation, food and nutrition, healthcare, and alternative income training for parents.

Healing Economies

Beautiful Day  This granola making business imparts confidence and critical thinking skills for refugees through training and long term employment while promoting awareness of displaced peoples.

BuildON  Empowering U.S. urban youth to transform their neighborhoods and the world through intensive community service. Constructing a new school every three days in some of the economically poorest countries around the world.

Defy Ventures Harnesses the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated men and women,redirecting  them toward the creation of legal business ventures and careers.

Edesia  Makers of Plumpy’nut. Has produced enough Ready-To-Use Foods to treat over 4 million children in Africa, Haiti, and other areas of need. See video here.

Food Recovery Network  Unites students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste. Now Partnering with 230 chapters in 44 states and DC.

Heifer International Works to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.

The Joy of Sox Giving socks to the homeless. You know what it’s like to have wet socks on your feet? Imagine wearing them day after day. Many people donate their used clothing, coats and blankets. But socks are the #1 requested item by homeless people.

Undies for Everyone  collects and distributes new clean underwear to low income children in Dallas and Houston Texas.

UPROOT   Works to measurably reduce food loss in Colorado through gleaning (collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested) , experiential education, and nonpartisan legislation.

Healing Mind & Spirit

Calmer Choice  Teaching Mindfulness in schools on Cape Cod…From 15 kids in one school to 15,000 kids in over 23 schools…All in 7 years.

Families for Depression Awareness  Helps caregivers, family and friends recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to get people well and prevent suicide.

No Stigmas A global peer-led movement raising awareness and providing support for mental health and suicide prevention through education, support, and action.

Healing Planet

Climate Disobedience Center  An experienced team provide logistical, legal and spiritual resources, on the ground assistance, and advice to support a growing community of climate activists  who are taking the risks of civil disobedience commensurate with the scale and urgency of the crisis. If you are wanting to DO MORE than be an armchair warrior, this is your group!

Elders Climate Action a non-partisan movement of elders committed to making their voices heard, determined to change our nation’s energy policies while there is still time to avoid catastrophic changes in the earth’s climate. Elders VOTE!! and for this reason hold sway with legislators.

Mercy for Animals an international animal advocacy organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)  Creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting  natural resources in the United States and across the globe.

One More Generation Started by brother and sister, Carter and Olivia Ries in 2009, OMG was founded on the belief that children have the power to solve the issues of endangered species and threats to the environment. Their ambitious goal is to ensure the wellbeing of our planet for at least One More Generation… and beyond.

Plastic Pollution Coalition works to help reduce plastic pollution and stop the flow of single-use plastics through education and global partnerships with individuals, organizations and institutions.

Sustainable America, this non-profit organization partners with many smaller nonprofits with the mission to make America’s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient.

Tree Sisters   Global network of women who donate monthly to fund the acceleration of tropical reforestation, funding women to plant trees as an expression of collective planetary care. Women and Trees, what could be better?