Consider this fact: unless the world tackles inequity today, 167 million children will live in extreme poverty by 2030. While very alarming, this statistic and many others like it aren’t necessarily in the forefront of our minds. Enter, International Day of Charity. Held on September 5th in commemoration of the passing of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, International Day of Charity encourages citizens, NGOs, and stakeholders around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.
In anticipation of this day, we’ve compiled a list of 6 nonprofits that are committed to doing more good through innovative campaigns + programs and ways you can get involved - from volunteering your time, signing a petition, donating money, or just spreading the word.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily grant the Trump administration's request to reinstate portions of its travel ban (blocking people from six countries - Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Somalia - from entering the United States), CARE reignited their #BetterThanTheBan campaign. In addition to these countries being parts of the world where CARE provides emergency humanitarian assistance, they abide by their message: We stand for all refugees and we’re #BetterThanTheBan.Take Action | Twitter | Facebook
2. Home is the Key
With their Home is the Key campaign, Habitat for Humanity’s mission is simple: everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. Yet, access to decent housing remains a critical issue for a significant portion of the world’s population. Habitat’s Home is the Key campaign is determined to redirect the conversation by raising awareness of and support for affordable housing around the world. Since its launch in April, the campaign has partnered with notable sponsors, celebrities, and community leaders to change lives and ensure families have access to decent housing.Get Involved | Twitter | Facebook
3. Lead Like A Girl Scout
When girls embrace their inner leader, there are no limits to what they can accomplish. For over a century, that’s the message Girl Scouts of the USA has embraced. With Lead Like A Girl, the organization is calling on girls everywhere to identify and embrace their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).Get Involved | Twitter | Facebook
4. Audacity to Lead
In partnership with HBCUs, the United Negro College Fund provides historically black colleges and universities with a range of support that enables them to maintain high-quality academic programs while keeping tuitions low. Through the Audacity to Lead program, UNCF + HBCUs provide every student a chance to succeed and an opportunity for a better future.Take Action | Twitter | Facebook
5. Offering of Letters
In its annual campaign, Bread for the World engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. Through their 2017 Offering of Letters, their focus is on urging Congress to make funding decisions that put our country and the world on track to ending hunger by 2030.Get Involved | Twitter | Facebook
6. Save the Oceans, Feed the World
Oceana’s campaign mission is right in the name: Save the Oceans, Feed the World. By restoring and increasing ocean biodiversity, around 1 billion people can have a healthy seafood meal each day.