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Seven Nonprofits Building the Infrastructure for a More Democratic Society

by Sam Reeve

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Democracy is an ongoing project of inclusion and equity in the United States. A project in participatory government that continues to expand thanks to the dedication of stellar nonprofits and movements. Many of them have emerged from and/or on behalf of the country’s most marginalized and politically disenfranchised groups.

If you are looking for ways to support organizations strengthening the foundations of democracy — from restoring voting rights of convicted people to mobilizing minority voters and candidates, here are seven nonprofits to consider:

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Three Volunteer Opportunities for Teens This Summer

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By Mayra Gomez

Volunteering offers many benefits to your teen’s development. Research has shown that adolescents who engage in community service are more responsible and have higher self-esteem. It also allows them to explore their passions and provides valuable skills such as time management, leadership, and decision making. According to this study, volunteering could even decrease their risk for heart disease. 

So whether your goal is to help them gain skills, improve their health, or enhance their college application, encourage your child to volunteer this summer. Here are three opportunities for them: 

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Five Nonprofits Helping at the U.S.-Mexico Border

By now, chances are you’ve seen the picture of Oscar Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying dead on the banks of the Rio Grande. They were trying to seek asylum in the United States. Like them, thousands of children and families from Central America risk their lives to escape extreme violence—murder, human trafficking, and forced recruitment by gangs.

Crossing an international border for asylum is not illegal. U.S. and international law give people fleeing violence and persecution the right to request it. Support these nonprofits helping refugees and asylum seekers at the border:

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7 Top-Rated Nonprofits Supporting the LGBTQAI+ Community

by Sam Reeve

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Every June, millions of people around the world join together to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride, activism, history, and community. Particularly so this year, which marks 50 years since the police raid and ensuing riots at the Stonewall Inn, events that helped catalyze the modern fight for LGBTQIA+ rights in the United States.

If you are looking for ways to show support to the LGBTQIA+ community, or simply celebrate pride month, here are seven top-rated nonprofits to consider:

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10 Top-Rated Nonprofits Protecting the Environment

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Every April 22, millions of Americans join together to celebrate Earth Day, an event that since 1970 has promoted awareness of our planet’s environmental problems. For the following organizations, every day is Earth Day, and they work to address issues like land resources conservation, protection of endangered species, environmental education, and beautification.

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5 Fun Earth Day Activities for Families

Earth Day is nigh! And this lovely planet of ours needs all the help you can offer to make sure it’s as beautiful, lush, and life-giving for your kids and grandkids as it has been for you. Help celebrate our planet by teaching your family and friends about the environment through one of these activities:

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6 Must-See Family Movies That Will Inspire Your Kids

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The Oscars and Golden Globes may have passed, but movie season is always upon us. Rain or snow scheduled for this weekend? Freezing temperatures out? Stay in those slippers, make some hot chocolate and popcorn, and cozy up with your loved ones while enjoying these new, Common Sense Media-rated movies that will inspire, educate, and build up all the members of your family.

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4 Meaningful Ways to Show You Care This Valentine’s Day

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The average spending on Valentine’s Day is expected to be a record $161.96 this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Buying flowers and chocolates are traditions on this holiday, but how about switching things up? Here are 4 ways to show that you care about loved ones and your community.  

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How to Create a Fundraiser on the GreatNonprofits Website in 5 Steps

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Set a nonprofit you support on the path to success with a GreatNonprofits Fundraiser. Did you know that one-third of all online donations come from peer-to-peer fundraisers? GreatNonprofits Fundraisers let you amplify the impact of your story into a fundraising campaign that makes a meaningful impact for your favorite nonprofit.

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3 Civil Rights Nonprofits You Should Support in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Ian Anstee

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With Martin Luther King Jr. Day just around the corner, it’s worth reflecting on the state of civil rights in the US. Civil rights was at the top of many minds in 2018 with the passing of the First Step Act, the continuation of the #metoo movement, and the family separation emergency that occurred along our border.

It should come as no surprise that — even 56 years from MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — we’re a far way out from the nation that treats all its people justly, independent of race, gender, class, sexuality, faith, or immigration status. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. by supporting the following nonprofits working to make his dream a reality.

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People of Rendezvous Cafe: The Faces Behind the Food

by Ian Anstee, photos courtesy of Neha Paralkar

On my first day working for GreatNonprofits, I was taken to lunch at Rendezvous Cafe, our neighbor in Redwood Shores’ Sobrato Center for Nonprofits. I learned from my coworkers that Rendezvous is a social enterprise operated by JobTrain, a career training nonprofit. In addition to serving healthy, delicious food, Rendezvous Cafe offers valuable work experience to graduates of JobTrain’s culinary program.
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Congratulations to our 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofits!

Dear 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofits,

Congratulations on earning a 2018 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award! It’s clear the impact you’ve had this year based on the heartwarming stories that your volunteers, donors, and community members have shared.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Baking Challah with GLIDE’s Volunteers

A Friday volunteer team smiling after a job well done. Source: Michael Lezak

By Ian Anstee

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I arrived at 9 AM and donned a disposable apron, hairnet, and latex gloves. I found myself in a metallic room hidden in the basement, furnished with large steel counters and bins with mysterious produce inside. Bright, yellow lights lit laughter underneath. The volunteers there taught me how to measure dough, how to roll it into cigars, and how to braid those cigars into the familiar pattern that makes mortals salivate. As we prepared the challah, my fellow volunteers taught me about the history of GLIDE and the challah program.

Glide Memorial Church was founded in the early 20th-century on the corner of Ellis and Taylor Street. Under the guidance of Reverend Cecil Williams, who joined the church at the start of the hippie movement, GLIDE became a refuge for San Francisco’s oppressed. Now a household name, GLIDE provides essential services and a spiritual community to homeless and economically fragile residents of the Tenderloin. Its mission is simple—To treat everyone who comes through its doors with unconditional love.

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25 Creative Fundraising Ideas for Giving Tuesday

By Grace Kennedy

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Image by Cookies for Kids Cancer via GreatNonprofits

Giving Tuesday is November 27, and now is the perfect time to think up some fun and creative ways to make it work for your nonprofit. When it comes to fundraising, thinking outside the box can pay off big-time. For an example, look no further than Cookies for Cancer. (more…)

Nonprofit Spotlight: A Day at Milton Marks Family Camp

The 2018 staff at Milton Marks Family Camp. Source: https://www.miltonmarksfamilycamp.org/

By Ian Anstee

For every nonprofit with a household name, there are thousands doing the good work without recognition. I had the privilege of volunteering with one such organization earlier this month, Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp.

Milton Marks Family Camp is a three-day, annual camp for families that have a parent with a brain tumor. Its mission is to provide families with the space to reconnect and to show them that they’re not alone. Abigail Marks Ph.D. founded the camp after her husband, Milton, passed of glioblastoma in 2012. (more…)

Four Steps to a Solid Giving Tuesday Fundraising Plan

Giving Tuesday

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By Grace Kennedy

November 27 may seem far away, but it’s never too early to set your organization on the path to an amazing Giving Tuesday. Take one look at the stats on this charitable tradition and it’s clear that putting some effort into your Giving Tuesday will pay off.

According to The NonProfit Times, Giving Tuesday generated a record $274 million in 2017, up 55 percent from 2016. Ready to make Giving Tuesday work for your organization? As we head into the seventh annual Giving Tuesday, let’s go over four steps to creating a solid Giving Tuesday plan.

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Give to Hurricane Florence Victims along the East Coast

By Mayra Gomez and Ian Anstee

Hurricane Florence

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Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home, Sept. 14, 2018, in James City, N.C.

Millions of Americans in Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas face one of the strongest storms in decades. Hurricane Florence, a Category 2 hurricane, is causing power outages, disruptions in communication services, along with food and water shortages. Join other donors in supporting the following nonprofits that provide much-needed relief.
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Celebrate Pride Month and Support LGBTQ Nonprofits!

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The HRC Foundation and University of Connecticut 2018 survey of over 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers, shows how these teenagers are experiencing heartbreaking levels of stress, anxiety, and rejection, and how a disturbingly large number feel unsafe in their own classrooms. The LGBTQ youth who participated in the survey also indicated that family support and inclusive schools are key to their success and well-being.

If you are looking for ways to show support to the LGBTQ community, or simply celebrate pride month, here are a few top-rated nonprofits to consider: (more…)