EFF, because they fight for a bunch of tech issues I support.
Software Freedom Conservancy, because they do a bunch of legal legwork for open source projects.
Internet Archive, because they're doing a bunch of good work preserving our culture.
TPT (PBS), because we should have high quality non-commercial education and entertainment.
ACLU and ACLU-MN, because they fight for important legal rights for all Americans and Minnesotans.
Planned Parenthood, because they provide critical education and medical services for underserved people.
The title and first paragraph set an unnecessary tone. There are ways to say the same thing which aren't immediately off-putting to those not "on your side" yet.
The question is just, is it overall more efficient at broadly "bettering people's lives" in a way they can measure? That's it. If you can show that letter writing is a worthy trade-off by e.g. looking at long-term impacts, I'm sure they'd be for it.
Perhaps you object to the fact that they require measurement. Fair enough, the best things in life are free. But the "bags of grain" (really, "bags of malaria pills") approach is already at a disadvantage to the "give someone a flock of chickens" approach, because the latter tells a story and tugs at our hearts. That doesn't mean it's worse, but I think GiveWell's thesis is, that also doesn't mean it's better.
Grain has some potential negative effects, squashing local food industry, etc, but it's not like domestic bug net companies and a key part of the economy in the same way farming is.
I dunno, I feel like stopping kids from dying is better to focus on first compared to letter writing. But I'm a bit of a Utilitarian, and an aspie, so perhaps I undervalue the human element.
As a side note airlifting in grain in often far more expensive than buying the grain closer to the target area, and causes significant economic harm by putting people employed in farming and the grain supply chain out of work (sometimes the very people the intervention was supposed to help). The main reason we do it is the domestic grain lobby.
> Two-thirds of food for the billion-dollar US food aid programme last year was bought from just three US-based multinationals.
> The main beneficiaries of the programme, billed as aid to the world's poorest countries, were the highly profitable and politically powerful companies that dominate the global grain trade: ADM, Cargill and Bunge.
For-profit capture of foreign aid is a much larger problem. For example, remember the news stories after Trump announced cuts to foreign aid saying many retired generals had signed a letter saying foreign aid was vital to protecting our troops? Most forgot to mention that that letter was organized by a trade organization of big defense contractors that regularly win foreign aid contracts (and employ ex-generals)
Furthermore, the more complicated what the charity is doing the more it generally costs to hire competent employees. If a charity wants to hire employees to rigorously evaluate whether their interventions are working, this will also add to overhead.
More controversially, I think the fixation on charity CEO pay is also misguided. They still generally earn less than they could working for similar non-charitable organizations, and being good at CEO-ing is a difficult skill. Hiring a bad CEO can tank an organization. (It's definitely also possible to spend a lot of money on a bad CEO, it's not a guarantee of quality.)
In fact, higher overhead (a negative factor in Charity Navigator's score) correlates with a better Givewell recommendation.
> The mean of the fundraising expense ratio for charities (the money spent on fundraising divided by the total expenses of the entire organization) that earned a gold, silver, or notable rating by Givewell (41 charities) is 0.073, while that of the charities reviewed by Givewell but not ranked well (253 charities) is 0.054 (p-value of 0.05, i.e., statistically significant at the 95% level). The mean of the administrative expense ratio for charities that earned a gold, silver, or notable rating by Givewell is 0.102, while that of the charities reviewed by Givewell but not ranked well is 0.092 (p-value of 0.35). Adding administrative and fundraising together, the mean ratio for charities that earned a gold, silver, or notable rating by Givewell is 0.174, while that of the charities reviewed by Givewell but not ranked well is 0.147 (p-value of 0.11).
(Note that I weakly suspect this person might be misusing p-values, and should be less confident in the causal nature of this correlation. However, that is still sufficient to prove that overhead isn't inherently evil)
Not really the same thing as GiveWell's analysis. To use the first example I checked, compare
Edit: add reason: This because we believe the Lord taught us to serve others, and this organization seems particularly competent at using their significant resources very well, worldwide. I spent some time abroad when younger, and the needs were so striking, the people so humble and kind, and just reading the news now about refugees etc etc., and we wanted to do more but felt incompetent and unsure how/where to start. This fills that gap for us.
There are other stats/facts here: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/topic/humanitarian-... and countries with project types:
This one says how to start at home (including there is a web site for coordinating local efforts between groups who sign up and individuals who have some time to volunteer, etc):
(Edit: we are also encouraged to fast (skip 2 meals) monthly, and give the $ saved to those in need. Links w/ details at: http://lukecall.net/e-9223372036854575427.html )
- openbsd.org (because they do such good tech work, like OpenSSH and only 2 remote holes in the default install since ~ 1996), and
- http://batemanhornecenter.org doing research for CFS, an illness that is not well understood compared to the # of individuals affected. Biomarkers have been found, and they work toward better diagnostic tools, patient care, and physician training, including with government and others in the global research community.
- (edit) and maybe unitedway.org
The American Cancer Society, which does a bunch of amazing things, including having "Hope Lodge" facilities near major cancer treatment centers. When we were in grad school (and had less than no money) my wife needed daily cancer treatment for 6 weeks at a hospital that was hours away from our house. She and her mother were able to stay at Hope Lodge completely free for the entire length of her treatment.
Wikpedia, which I use every day.
There is also the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which takes care of elephant and rhino orphans (most of them are orphans due to poaching). For $50 a year, you can become a sponsor of a particular animal and they'll send you photos and updates about how your sponsored animal is doing. You can for example sponsor this little fella .
Last week I launched a site to try and raise money for 10,000 nets for AMF !
I donate to OVD-INFO, which helps unlucky residents of Russia who are victims of police/state injustice. They provide lawyers, general rights information for convicted people and have free hotline for those who find themselves repressed by police/state https://ovdinfo.org/
I also donate to https://nuzhnapomosh.ru which is an NGO that supports various charities that fill in the gaps left by Russia’s state support to people in need. My grandmother was ill with dementia and in most of Russia there is no even basic support for people with such difficult illnesses. Through this NGO I am able to choose that my donations go to an organization supporting families with bedridden family members.
I also support Charity:Water on events like birthdays and big holidays where I ask people to donate instead of giving me a gift. I like Charity:water because 100% of private (non-business) donations goes to build wells and provide clean water and because of the impact it has.
I also support organizations planting trees and preventing forest fires in a similar manner, on birthdays and big events. I simply love trees and forests.
Otherwise, I donate to the Institute for Justice because I have yet to see a case of theirs that I wasn't entirely behind.
(edited for clarity)
- The Humane League, which campaigns for corporate commitments to improve the lives of chickens, e.g. shifting major restaurants to using cage-free eggs. They're doing an incredible job: ~50 years of chickens lives are improved for just $1 donated. But billions of chickens are raised per year in the US alone, so there's a lot left to do. Short-term and medium-term, this is tremendous impact on suffering per dollar donated.
- Good Food Institute, which is helping grow the meat alternatives industries, both plant-based and (eventually) cultivated meat. Crucial for animal welfare and the environment. They help at every stage: with entrepreneurs trying out new food companies, with scientists conducting research, with restaurants interested in adding plant-based items, etc. Long-term, good & cheap meat alternatives are our best shot for raising fewer farm animals.
Why farm animals? Farm animals in general (especially chickens) lead very poor lives, and their farming is a major contributor to GHG emissions. Raising fewer animals for food has both direct benefits to animal cruelty and indirect to combating climate change.
There's a lot of low-hanging fruit in this space to make huge impact: farm animal charities receive very little funding (a small fraction of 1% of all US donations) relative to the scale of the problem (billions suffering; double-digit % contributor to GHG emissions), so there's both a lot of cheap & straightforward solutions, and a lot of unexplored terrain to potentially find even greater impact.
Both charities above are recommended by Animal Charity Evaluators, which does in-depth investigation of both the charities as organizations, and the specific programs they administer.
- Charity Navigator donation stats ($400b annual in US; farm animals are bucketed into "Environment / Animals" which itself is 3%): https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&...
- Animal Charity Evaluators for farm animal vs non-farm-animal stats (~1% of those are farm animals, which IIRC is itself the smaller half of "Environment / Animals" by a good margin): https://animalcharityevaluators.org/donation-advice/why-farm...
- 80,000 Hours farm animal cause profile (~$20m estimate for farm animal charities): https://80000hours.org/problem-profiles/factory-farming/
That's my major cause, which the majority of my donations go towards, as I consider it the most critical problem to solve.
* GiveWell — it would allocate funds as necessary and provide those to campaigns/organizations that have been vetted and found to be the best on EA (Effective Altruism) metrics.
* Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) — this also works somewhat similar to GiveWell, though the quality of information available on effectiveness in this area isn’t as strong as how it is with helping human causes (they GiveWell analyzes). Good Food Institute is one of the recommendations by ACE.
I also donate to a few more organizations and projects, including (but not limited to), Mozilla, Mozilla Thunderbird, Tor Project, Videolan (VLC), Document Foundation (LibreOffice), Free Software Foundation, Internet Archive, Wikipedia and some Firefox browser extensions.
And yes, they publish an absurd amount of data to back this claim up, including a carefully-annotated spreadsheet which you can plug your own assumptions into.
It's really hard for me to argue that there's a better way to spend your money.
This makes a much larger impact, often at the government policy or state level, and is backed by science.
The founders of this lab were recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.
It is an Israeli (I'm Israeli) charity that educates and assists people (eg. non interest loans) escape poverty. When I was in the military I met a lot of people who did what I thought was financially stupid things such as take out large loans to go on vacation, go into overdraft in order to buy cigarettes and soda, and not answer when the bank calls because it makes them anxious. I feel like this charity can, rather than simply give them money or a product, give them the ability to not need the charity anymore.
They provide aid to persecuted Christian minorities around the world. For example, they help rebuild villages, farms, etc. when they are raided and destroyed by radicals of other religions. They also help people (re)start their businesses after tragic life events (e.g. pastors’ wives widowed after extremist attacks).
They also work with politicians in the US to bring awareness to these issues and apply political pressure when and where possible.
Almost all the money goes toward their causes. Very little admin overhead.
St Vincent De Paul Georgia (https://www.svdpgeorgia.org/) . Grew up Catholic so I knew about them, have local donation center near me that I contribute items and time too. Simply put, these small town points are where people get help. It is far better to help at this level instead of the #support that far too many subscribe to
We were just contacted by one of our first children from Nigeria. She "aged out" of the program, and we hadn't heard from her in years. She found us on FB (unique last names have an advantage). It's been great catching up with her again. Watching her go from a little girl to a mid-twenties woman has been wonderful.
I can't recommend them enough.
The make affordable eyeglasses for poor countries, teach them how to make the lenses, repair the glasses etc.
The Elephant Sanctuarybof Tennessee because the largest brained creatures on the planet are routinely abused by us for labor and entertainment.
The Pacific Crest Train Association, Appalachian Train Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club because I like their projects and fantasize about quitting to take a long walk in the woods.
Bat Conservation International because if we don’t care for them they will die. Human activity is wiping them out. Bats are critical and like insects no one seems to love them.
The Innocence Project because the shift to tough-on-crime / one-victim-is-enough-evidence has put a lot of people in jail who were tricked into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit.
RIP Medical Debt because when I was younger I used to scare myself into saving like crazy by spending a lot of time reading credit repair forums. So many of the stories were profoundly sad people being endlessly hounded by 3rd tier debt holders who didn’t know their rights and who were being psychologically destroyed. Many of the stories were people with marginal finances at best who had a medical issue (it goes without saying that medical issues are unexpected) and got destroyed in the process. So real suffering here.
Wikipedia. Because I use the hell out of it.
Archive.org because I outsource my data hoarding plus I see a lot of value in what they do.
It was of course amazing for me - it didn't seem right. Huge walks with some of the best dogs in the place.
Recently I was on a small team did a lot of work validating whether a particular employment divide "startup" concept worked. We concluded that it did change prospects, but not meaningfully enough to warrant divergence from current channels. Our findings to be released soon.
I do what I believe in, and where I feel the efforts have the greatest impact. Naturally this means charity largely lands around me.
I'd like to give to Mozilla/EFF and some open source projects; but ideally by convincing employers.
We follow the "pay what you want" way of thinking, where the customer chooses how much they pay for the photoshoot — which includes zero, of course —, but also decide how much of the profit we will donate to the Laço Rosa Foundation, a non-profit organization from Brazil that helps women fight breast cancer.
If they tell us to keep all the money — happens from time to time —, we usually donate 15% of the profit anyway. Both of us lost essential figures in our lives to breast cancer, hence why we had the idea when we started doing these photoshoots.
We recently decided that the WordPress hosting company we are building will also donate a portion of our monthly profits to non-profits that are tackling data collection and other privacy issues. A part of that will probably go to open source projects we use and benefit from, like Fathom and Debian — I mean, it is only fair.
We haven't decided which of them will get the donations or how much of the profits we will give out, but are open to suggestions if anyone has any :)
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund — cash bail is punitive and discriminatory: https://brooklynbailfund.org (I chose this one because it's local; there are plenty of other bail funds around the country https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory)
Freedom for Immigrants — the concentration camps on our border are one of the worst things the US is doing right now domestically: https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org
National Network of Abortion Funds — abortion is healthcare even if we try to legislate it out of existence: https://abortionfunds.org
EarthJustice — climate change is possibly the most pressing issue facing humanity right now: https://earthjustice.org
And every once in a while Fund Club, because people are way more willing to support marginalized children coming into tech someday than helping the marginalized people who are here now: http://joinfundclub.com
I give 10% of my gross income.
I give to small, local organizations that are usually overlooked and are engaged in activities that improve local lives. My donations must be kept confidential (I learned the importance of that the hard way after I did this for the first time!), and I do not give to organizations that ask me for donations. I also take the time to vet organizations, so I can have some confidence that the money will be put to good use.
I started giving when my first business became successful, in recognition of the fact that no business can be successful without substantial support from the community. I consider donating to be a way of repaying my community for that support.
I've never stopped doing this, even when I'm not engaged in my own business. I also donate 10% of my paycheck when working for others, for the same reasons.
I also donate to specific large organizations whose goals are in line with mine (EFF, etc.), but I don't count that as part of the 10%.
- Walker School ( walkercares.org ) - special education and behavioral care for children and their families. Why Support? This is a local organization that serves a population of young children that often, but not always, have endured tremendous trauma and/or abuse, and typically have no where else to go. The Walker School helps them recover and rehabilitate and find them a permanent, safe home to re-enter mainstream society and become productive happy kids and eventually adults. A $1 to help get a kid back on track early saves a $100+ supporting someone through adulthood.
- Museum of Science ( mos.org/ ) - if you are ever in Boston, please make a trip halfway across the river and check it out. It is one of the best science/engineering museums in the country. Why Support? Not everyone is going to be a scientist, engineer, mathematician, etc, but the Museum offers vital community outreach to show what these disciplines can offer society. We can't all play for the Patriots/Celtics/Bruins/etc, but a lot of people can enjoy watching them and enthusiastically support them. I see the museum as the "Local Sports Team" for STEM.
It’s not tax-deductible, but I do give a little bit of money every year to scihub. I’d like to start giving to someone that fights industrialization’s assault on biodiversity, but I don’t know who that would be.
PBS - one of the last remaining bastion of positive programming, especially for my kids
massachusetts audubon: https://www.massaudubon.org/
cornel lab or ornithology: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/
PEOPLE: Sometimes people need a little help.
Food For free:https://foodforfree.org/
walk for hunger (My neighbor walks yearly)
(micro loans. I found 50$ on the street and made a donation years ago. They keep paying the loans back so I've kept adding to the loans.)
TECH: Stuff I use that I want to support so it keeps up.
Public radio (WGBH/ WMBR)
DON't GIVE LIST:
Groups that send me excessive mailings: and actually stuff in the mail I didn't ask for.
I used to give to the NRDC, but they keep sending me so much junk mail. I got gloves in the mail from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals (I have no relationship with them). World Wildlife Foundation sends me a ton of stuff too (sticker and cards), so they're off my list.
On any given night in San Francisco there are about 1,500 homeless people between ages 12-24. This is shameful. Larkin Street provides every service they could ever need and 75%+ of those who graduate from Larkin Street exit street life for good.
2) Against Malaria Foundation
The numbers here are great. Mosquito nets ate extremely cheap. For about $2,500 (on average) they can save a human life. Most people reading this thread can afford to save multiple lives a year through AMF.
Since today is giving Tuesday please look into your company donation matching policies. If your company will match you 1:1 that means a good cause will get $2 for every $1 pre-tax that you give. So the cost to you is more like $0.60 so the impact is about 3.5x what it costs you. You can afford to make a difference.
The Nonhuman Rights Project, because I think animal rights should be much stronger and more wide-reaching than they are now, and the small cases this organization takes on have the potential to set some good precedent for the future.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, because it helps orphaned elephants survive and eventually strives to reintroduce them back to the wild.
I think if everyone, especially those who received big scholarships, gave back to their college even a little bit every month, it would help bring the cost of education down for everyone.
But at the end of the day, they are the biggest lobbying group out there protecting a right that I hold dear. In fact, I think I’ll send them another hundred dollars right now.
Are you sure they need your support then? (...and that you're not just funding Wayne LaPierre's personal slush fund?) Why not SAF, for example?
• Doctors Without Borders
• Canadian Blood Services
• International Rescue Committee
• Electronic Frontier Foundation
• MIT Open Course-ware
• Charity Science
• Against Malaria Foundation
• World Wildlife Foundation
• Environmental Defense Fund
• David Suzuki Foundation
• Evidence Action
• Gift of Life International
• Bridge International Academies
• St. Baldrick's Foundation (Childhood Cancer)
• Innocence Project
• The Marshall Project
• Khan Academy
We also give to MSF (Doctor's without Borders) (another 33% of my monthly giving), and our church (the rest).
Also don't forget your time is a valuable resource. There are many local non-profits and charities that would appreciate 1 hour of your time, even if it is drop in. Local food banks, soup kitchens are easy ways to get into volunteering. It's also a great opportunity to involve your family. If you can coordinate a group of people that helps even more!
They operate homes for adults with intellectual disabilities where they create community by living together with the people who assist them, and where they are encouraged to grow into adults who contribute to the society around them in meaningful ways regardless of their limitations.
I grew up in a city that is home to one of their communities and saw firsthand the good work they do.
I also believe that adults with intellectual disabilities are vastly underserved relative to other populations in need.
I made an earlier attempt a few years ago, this page shows more about the 'why':
> They ask you (O Prophet in) what (way) they should donate. Say, “Whatever donations you give are for parents, relatives, orphans, the poor, and (needy) travellers. Whatever good you do is certainly well known to Allah.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:215)
There's an awful lot of charities that give to the poor and orphans. Islamic Relief covers a lot of that - wells, sanitation, orphan support, disaster relief, education. They're rated highly on Charity Navigator.
I recently donated to:
Mozilla, VLC, Veloren, Shattered Pixel Dungeon, Bitwarden
With my donations I hope to make an impact on the projects so that more people use them.
I have donated to Mozilla and Thunderbird simply because both provide products that I use and I want them to keep up the good work.
For those who don't know - despite being a critical part of our medical infrastructure (their blue blood is the current source for the reagent LAL, which is still used to test most pharmaceuticals & devices for bacterial contamination) they are in steep decline.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom , because it's bizarre what is still illegal in the United States between consenting adults.
I think it's an excellent idea done right.
They create local jobs and provide the poor with glasses, something they haven't been able to afford.
They're a German non-profit (EinDollarBrille e.V.), their German website is
Years ago, I speculated on a CF list that the CFF must have covered some of my medical bills because I was never charged a copay at UC-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. But I was told the CFF didn't do stuff like that.
I was deathly ill at the time that I was diagnosed and I showed up at my doctor's office and they had big signs saying they would not treat you if you owed them money, so I asked what I owed because I had never paid them a dime and they looked me up on the computer and said I didn't owe them anything.
I shrugged and didn't really think about it. I was fighting for my life and on a lot of drugs. I didn't have the wherewithal to be overly curious or try to find out what was going on there.
So I just assumed military benefits plus, oh, some charity or other.
Anyway, glad that worked out for you.
They never identified my alleles. I had three sweat chlorides and two or three blood tests. My insurance denied my doctor's request for a more comprehensive -- so more expensive -- test at Stanford.
Thanks for letting me know.
Fighting against rape and sexual assault in US prisons.
I feel good about donating to Critical Resistance for the long game aspect.
A couple of Syria focussed charities. Apprehensive about naming them... in case they end up having “bad ties”!
The school that I went to in the US. Not sure if my school in the ME is still around.
Robinhood and a few others in NYC area.
The Innocence Project because I can't get over the fact that the very first time DNA evidence proved without a doubt that the state was killing innocent people the Supreme Court didn't take the next capital case available to it and strike down the death penalty on the grounds that taking life capriciously based on a flawed epistomology is cruel.
Edit: Which the court did in 1972 out of the concern that its uneven application made it cruel and/or unusual.
This is simply not a matter for the judiciary to decide; by trying in Furman, SCOTUS bequeathed to us a legal disaster zone that jurisprudence has been working around ever since. In any event, Furman jurisprudence makes no reference to guilt or innocence.
Abolishing the death penalty is the domain of the people through the legislature. Get a bill passed.
They're working on solutions to problems we all face.
Because I care about the effectiveness of charity, and given some philosophical assumptions, the long-term future of humanity is by far the most important cause.
It isn't exactly a charity, but they give interest free loans (their partners charge interest though). I like their model, though some people have doubts about it.
Mostly guilt. I've been living in Russia for many years, and was paying taxes there. Left years before the war started and never looked back, but still, somehow I feel responsible.
"We empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation."
Planned Parenthood - https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
"Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide."
San Francisco Bike Coalition - https://sfbike.org/
"Transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. We are one of the largest and most effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country."
Oasis Legal Services - https://www.oasislegalservices.org/
"Provides quality legal immigration services to under-represented low-income groups with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities. By acknowledging, respecting, and honoring their struggles, we empower immigrants so that dignity grows and integrity blooms."
Outside of that I like to give to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto when I can (or take part in their fundraiser lottery). Also Heart and Stroke on occasion.
I've previously volunteered through UN Online, though I'm not sure if that counts as donating in the strict sense.
And Wikipedia at least once.
They help people without access to traditional loans fund businesses, farms, etc. Whatever is paid back is easy to put right back into another loan.
I also plan on donating to the local LGBTQIA+ organization this year on behalf of a friend who requested it for her birthday.
> Working with community leaders in the rural town of Petit Trou de Nippes for over 30 years, supporting community-driven programs in education, community health, water and hygiene, girls’ and women’s empowerment, and agriculture.
> In March 2019 Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the City of Denver had begun divesting its $6bn General Funds portfolio from fossil fuel investments.
> Large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands.
> The Yampa River retains a natural hydrograph, annually floods its banks, scours its cobble and creates habitats that support biodiversity. The organization brings together a broad coalition of individuals and groups to protect this and other watersheds.
> I'm a frequent visitor of wilderness areas across the U.S. and believe this category of public lands is a critical component in our portfolio of protected areas.
I also made a one-time donation to the Live Like Roo foundation this year as a birthday present to a friend.
Every few years I'll donate to a GDQ when they're working with Medecins Sans Frontieres.
I used to donate to the EFF, but no longer.
I also donate all revenue from my open source work, and tried to explain why I chose MSF: https://freesewing.org/docs/about/pledge/
I have strong ties to the country and I think early education is extremely important to a nation that needs to build itself up.
Local food bank in London (obvious reason)
World Land Trust (to try and protect what's left of wildlife habitat)
Cauvery Calling (tree planting @ £0.6 per tree is great value)
I am grateful to my corporate overlord for generously matching donations 1:1 up to a limit that I am yet to hit.
I think I read about them originally on hackernews.
ACLU - for the work they do on civil liberties cases.
EFF - for the work they do defending electronic / digital rights.
Free Software Foundation - because I support Free Software.
Libertarian Party - to promote Liberty.
NRA - because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner.
Gun Owners of America - because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership - because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner.
Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep and Bear Arms -because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner.
Second Amendment Foundation - because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner.
Grassroots NC - because I strongly support the Second Amendment and am a gun owner
UNC Public Television - historically mostly because of Doctor Who, but they provide tons of great content.
NPR - I don't always agree with the slant of some of their reporting, but it counter-balances other competing biased sources.
Wikipedia - Just because.
--- Lawyers for Good Government, which sends human rights lawyers to the parts of mexico where migrants are stuck because of this whole Fortress America thing Trump's doing
--all the groups in the community justice exchange, which pay people's bonds/bail to get them out of prison/detention, for example Chicago Community Bond Fund.
---Upavim Community DVLPT Foundation (indigenous Guatemalan community organizing and Mayan language interpretation)
---No More Deaths/No Más Muertes (every dollar = a gallon of water in the desert where migrants die of thirst, plus abuse documentation and help finding missing people)
---Uprooted & Rising -organizing to change food systems for the better
Best part: I can take part directly if I want.
Judicial Watch, exposing corruption via FOIA lawsuits
-LLS (Leukemia Lymphoma Society, they have had decent success in supporting some drug candidates, my family member works at LLS so I have some good perspective)
-350.org (climate change is a huge threat, 350 is one of a few that is fighting against it)
-Sam Harris's podcast (not really a charity but ...AI safety, meditation, rationality, identity politics, religion in society, he covers a lot of interesting topics).
In case utilitarianism is the correct moral framework.
An attempt to slow the US' descent into fascism.
It really fucks with my head that people are starving.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, because hate groups are enjoying a resurgence under the current administration, and I want to live in an inclusive society.
Planned Parenthood, because women’s rights are human rights, and we all should be concerned for women’s health. (And again, these rights are under attack under the current regime.)
Mozilla, because they support the kind of technology and the kind of tech industry I believe in.