Ever since it came out a couple years back that the Susan G. Komen Foundation kind of, well, sucks, a lot of people have been rightfully wary of bigger charity organizations. But alas, there are still tons of totally worthwhile non-profits that you can feel secure and confident contributing to. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list:
According to its website, V-Day is a global activist movement that works to halt violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, sex trafficking and female genital mutilation, around the globe. Through its thousands of annual events, including performances of The Vagina Monologues, V-Day hopes to educate people about the reality of violence against women and ultimately, change that reality.
DAYS FOR GIRLS
Days for Girls grew out of founder Celeste Mergens’ troubling realization that every year, girls without access to proper feminine hygiene will miss days, even months, of school. According to its website, Days for Girls is “creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls through advocacy, reproductive health awareness, education and sustainable feminine hygiene.” DfG creates change through the direct distribution of reusable hygiene kits as well as raised awareness about the issue.
HER FUTURE COALITION
When the founder’s original song was featured in a film about human trafficking, she was moved to make a difference. Her Future Coalition, formerly known as Made By Survivors, is committed to helping the 29 million people who are enslaved today. Its main focus? Rebuilding the lives of those directly affected by human trafficking or extreme abuse. To do so, the organization provides shelter, education and high-wage employment to victims.
GIRLS NOT BRIDES
Girls Not Brides is partnered with hundreds of organizations worldwide that are committed to ending the tradition of child marriage. Its website says, “We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses.” By amplifying the voices of at-risk girls and facilitating change on a local, national and global scale, Girls Not Brides works to secure the futures of the millions of children who are to be married before the age of 18 each year.
GIRLS WHO CODE
Girls Who Code’s mission is plain and simple: to bridge the gender gap in the tech industry. Although this cause may not sound as dire as the ones listed above, it still is pretty dismal. Since the 1980s, the number of women in computer science has decreased by nearly 20 percent. Girls Who Code is “building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States.” Donate to help get women in every workplace!
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(Featured image via herfuturecoalition.org)