The holiday season looks a little different this year. If anything, this challenging year has shown just how important it is to find ways to support our family, friends, and communities. There are so many ways to give back: you could volunteer, start a fundraiser, or do a random act of kindness. You may also consider donating money to a charity or nonprofit.
To help you do that, we’ve put together a list of 10 charitable organizations that inspire and support women and children. It’s one way we can make sure the holiday love goes further into the new year.
No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry is a national campaign run by the nonprofit Share Our Strength. The organization focuses on ending childhood hunger, which typically affects more than 11 million children in the U.S. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, that number could reach 18 million (that’s one in four youngsters). No Kid Hungry improves access to child nutrition programs, including school breakfasts, summer meals, and after school meals, and works with elected officials to improve the food programs that kids and families rely on.
Every Mother Counts
Every Mother Counts is a global organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and they are focused on bringing maternal health issues to light and advocating for policy change. Donations to this charity and support go to provide public education, community engagement, and grant-making. During COVID-19, Every Mother Counts has been focusing on finding new ways to support mothers during this difficult time.
Live Your Dream
Live Your Dream is a community that supports and encourages women and girls to dream bigger than the circumstances or beliefs that may be limiting them. The charitable organization does this through support groups, awareness and advocacy efforts, and financial support. Most recently, Live Your Dream awarded one of its survivors $15,000 to pursue her degree and care for her six children after she left a long-term abusive relationship in search of a brighter future.
Black Girls Smile
Black Girls Smile empower young black women by giving them the mental health tools for success. They provide education, support, and resources to black girls to help them lead mentally healthy lives.
Girls Who Code
Technology runs the world, but the industry is still overwhelmingly male. Girls Who Code is hoping to close the gender gap in the tech space to “change the image of what a programmer looks like and does” and encourage more women and girls to get into computing. Girls Who Code has worked with over 185,000 girls across the country through things like coding clubs, classes, and summer immersion programs.
Good + Foundation
Good+Foundation was founded in 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld. The organization’s mission is to stop multi-generational poverty by providing goods and services to families in need. Right now, Good+ is partnering with front-line workers to get donations such as baby food and diapers to families in need. Since the pandemic started, they have also donated almost $125,000 in emergency grants to help parents struggling to make rent or buy groceries.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation promotes early detection of breast cancer for women of all socioeconomic statuses, educates on cancer care for women in poverty, those without health insurance, and those in need. In 2019, the nonprofit provided 2,924 women with mammograms and guided 53,916 women through their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
Downtown Women’s Center
Homelessness has reached critical levels in California, and women and girls are particularly affected by the crisis. For the past 40 years, the Downtown Women’s Center has “been the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women.” And they need your help.
Global Fund for Women
It’s no secret: women and girls still face a host of challenges around the world. But the Global Fund for Women is working to change things. The group advocates for “sexual and reproductive health and rights, freedom from violence, economic justice, and leadership” by working with community members and other organizations that empower women.
Dress for Success
Getting dressed for a job interview might not seem hard for everyone, but for some women, it just doesn’t seem accessible. That’s where Dress For Success comes in. The international not-for-profit organization helps empower women to become successful by providing support and professional clothing and development tools that are needed to get a job, navigate the uncertainties of this new reality, and move up in the world.