#Giving Tuesday might be a new name, but this unofficial holiday is designed to promote charities and giving back. FangirlNation has put together a short guide to some geeky organizations you might want to consider donating to today.
Donors Choose is a bit like Kickstarter for the classroom. The platform allows donors to look at various projects for classrooms in their area and pick the one that fits their interests. Many of the local projects for my area focus on STEM education or flexible learning options for children who don’t necessarily learn well in a rigid environment. As an added bonus, for Giving Tuesday they are offering a Giveaway through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
We are a little partial to this group, as we helped them raise money last year during one of their events. This amazing organization partners with Twitch, Roosterteeth, Humble Bundle and others to help raise money for Children’s Hospitals through 24-Hour Gaming competitions. They also have the options to provide a simple donation on their website.
Reach out and Read is a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud, beginning in infancy. The program helps prepare parents for the task of building their children up with stronger vocabularies and language skills before they even get to kindergarten. They do a great deal of work with hospitals and reading programs there as well.
Love things like Bandcamp, Vimeo and Youtube? Creative Commons provides the free and easy copyright licenses that allow users of these services to share their work on their own terms. In other words, that independent band you love is protected from someone coming in and stealing their song for a commercial. Many creators depend on these licenses. Creative Commons raises money to make sure they can keep their licenses free and easy to use.
Like Firefly? Love Equal Rights? Can’t Stop the Serenity is an organization that shows screenings of Joss Whedon’s Serenity to raise money for the organization Equality Now. It allows you to indulge your desires to watch Serenity for the 8 millionth time with like-minded individuals, and protect the rights of Women and Girls across the world. If you can’t host a screening, you’re welcome to donate directly to Equality Now.
The National Women’s History Museum is working to get funding so that they can create a large museum dedicated to the importance of our contributions to history and culture. They are looking to build a permanent location in Washington, D.C. so this is an incredibly worthy cause.
Whether you donate to one of the above, or another charity, good works are a way Fangirls can help take back our communities and improve the lives of others.
Is there a charity you love? Feel free to share in the comments below so folks can find out more about the causes you love.