I get a lot of emails from awesome nonprofits and charities who would like for me to promote them. In order to not dilute my efficacy, I limit the amount I partner with each year, but I’m always a little sad because there are so many cool ones out there.

A friend emailed me because she had been saving up a portion of her income that she designated for charitable contributions and would like to donate $1000 in one lump sum to one organization. She asked for recommendations and I immediately did a breakdown of the first few charities/non-profits – local and non-local – that came to mind.

I like the idea of donating to local food banks and homeless shelters and helping out in my own community, so I put that down on the list. Earlier this year I wrote about someone I care about who has been dealing with a heroin addiction. He’s in a long term, live-in, non-profit rehabilitation program in dire need of some funding, and I’m so thankful for the work they do, so I’d love to write a check to them.

Additionally, I’ve been scoping out kiva.org, and while it’s not necessarily making a charitable donation, I think it’s fantastic to help someone’s entrepreneurial dream come to life, so I’d sign up for funding some microloans.

I partnered with The Exodus Road this year, and after seeing how they work firsthand, I know that $1000 funds 33 nights of local investigations, and I would confidently give them money and know that they’re putting it to good use.

There are some great websites that rate charities (just in case someone knocks on your door and asks for $20 to the Human Fund <—Seinfeld reference), like Charity Navigator, and you can always ask non-profits and NGOs for their financial statements if you want to see where their money’s going.

The ones I’ve mentioned here are just a few off the top of my head, but I’d love to learn about more fantastic nonprofits that do good work. If you had a $1000 to donate to the charity/nonprofit/NGO of your choice, which one would it be? URLs welcome! I’ll link last week’s “What Would You Do If Your Income Doubled” post to this one for when it becomes a reality for you (dream big!).

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This is How I Feel, Volume 68

September 12, 2014
This is How I Feel, Volume 68

If you’re new here (hello!), This is How I Feel happens on Fridays, reflecting my deep, deep love of GIFs and dumb captions. ___________________________________ Deleting spam from my inbox. ___________________________________ Looking at all of the features on the iPhone 6.

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A Sad Farewell to Diet Coke…. I Guess

September 10, 2014
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Jamie of The Very Worst Missionary and I became internet friends (a phrase less creepy now than the AOL days of yore… sup? ASL?), then became in real life friends, and bonded over a few things we have in common. Mutual love of writing, dancing, Internet memes, social justice, and Diet Coke, for example. Last September […]

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What Would You Do If Your Income Doubled?

September 8, 2014
What Would You Do If Your Income Doubled?

I ordered a bunch of books online and I’ve been reading them before bed. Which is new for me, because instead of going from 0 to 60 (when I wake up) and 60 to 0 (when I look at my computer, stop working, shut it down, then immediately swan dive into bed), I’ve been trying […]

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This is How I Feel, Volume 67

September 5, 2014
This is How I Feel, Volume 67

If you’re new here (hello!), This is How I Feel happens on Fridays, reflecting my deep, deep love of GIFs and dumb captions. ___________________________________ When I realize I left my flat iron on. ___________________________________ When gas prices are down 20 cents a gallon.

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