The holiday season is about spending time with loved ones and often gift giving is involved. This year look past the physical gifts and play Santa or Hanukah Harry (a totally made-up character of my youth pre-SNL skit) by giving back to a worthy charitable cause.
Below are a few great options to consider:
Muddy Paws Rescue based in New York City saves doggy lives and creates happy tails and tales through foster-based care, advocacy, and community outreach. In just three years, Muddy Paws has placed more than 3,000 pups in loving forever homes and doesn’t plan to slow down. They’re always looking for fosters and volunteers, but monetary donations are essential to keep the bark big and can make a lifesaving difference for the rescue dogs. Want to give and get your furry friend something nice?
They’ve also made it easy to shop and be charitable this season with a holiday gift guide handpicked and paw approved by their pack. Special offers from Max & Bone, Embark Vet and more make it easy to get the perfect gift for your pupper while giving back.
The Resolution Project is a special organization that finds and empowers undergraduate students across the globe looking to launch a new social venture that will positively impact issues affecting communities. The organization gives these entrepreneurs and social activists a clear pathway to succeed in bettering the world through its international network of resources.
The candidates are awarded Fellowships that provide essential hands-on support, mentorship, seed funding, and access to world-class global advisory resources as they begin their journey. To this date the Resolution Project has helped make an impact on more than 2.5 million people across 80 countries in areas such as women’s empowerment, water access, disaster relief, clean energy, and equality. Nearly 500 Resolution Fellows are working on over 300 diverse ventures creating a powerful force for good and source of lasting and exponential impact.
Supporting Resolution Fellows are over 500 volunteers, a dedicated staff, and dozens of partners from both the public and private sectors. You can help create a generation of socially responsible leaders by donating here.
Help make hospitals a better place for children and families during the hardest time in their lives by donating to the enCourage Kids Foundation. Since 1985 the enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare with impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. More than one million children annually have benefited from the foundation’s programing which offers relief from treatments and doctor appointments through creative arts programs, technology, hospital happenings, hospital admission & comfort gifts and more. You can give monthly, donate in someone’s honor, send a bear, fundraise and more. Pediatric Hospital support is crucial to recovery and stabilizing the suffering.
A donation to The Angel Band Project helps survivors of sexual violence heal through music. The mission – use the power of music to provide those in need with healing, to raise awareness and create positive social change for survivors of sexual violence. A tragic 2009 home-break-in that resulted in Teresa Butz and her partner being sexually assaulted and (Teresa) loss of life is what inspired this organization. To honor Teresa and help survivors, her two-time Tony Award winner brother (Norbert Leo Butz) and surviving partner joined their efforts to capture the power of music to help others heal from the effects of sexual violence. The resulting benefit album helped them heal and create the country’s first music therapy program designed to treat survivors. Certified music therapists are hired to conduct sessions that include techniques including drumming workshops, lyric analysis sessions, music for coping and relaxation, and song writing sessions all based on individual client needs and goals.
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR and is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Accredited lifesaving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth include Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, Trevor Lifeguard Workshop, Trevor Advocacy Network and Trevor Ambassadors. Supported by many brands including Kimpton Hotels, it is an organization that relies on the generosity of donations.
Photos by Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest; Angel Band Project; and Socially Superlative