Friday, February 13, 2009

13 Causes I'd Give to If Friday the 13th Was My Lucky Day

If Friday the 13th was your lucky day, and you won the lottery, what organizations and causes would you support?

In the spirit of the 25 Random Things About Me meme/online chain letter going around Facebook right now, below is a list of 13 causes that are close to my heart.

13 Causes I'd Give to If Friday the 13th Was My Lucky Day
  1. Art in Action: Youth Leadership Training Program
    Mission: "Art in Action empowers youth leaders by engaging arts for social change through personal, social, political, and cultural education."

  2. Dining for Women
    Mission: "Dining for Women empowers women living in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and cultivates educational dinner circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving."
    Dining for Women's blog

  3. Enough
    Mission: "The Enough Project is helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity."
    Enough's blog, Enough Said.

  4. Genocide Intervention Network
    Mission: "The Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide."
    GI-NET's blog

  5. Global Fund for Women
    Mission: "The Global Fund for women promotes women's economic security, health, education and leadership."
    Global Fund for Women's blog

  6. Maine Coon Adoptions
    They rescued and helped us adopt our Maine Coon cat, Dora!

  7. I Love Libraries
    Mission: "Friends of I Love Libraries was created to provide a means for library advocates to strengthen grassroots efforts in support of America’s libraries.

  8. People's Grocery
    Mission: "Our mission is to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of the West Oakland community."
    People's Grocery blog, Brahm's Blog.

    Mission: "Spot.Us is a nonprofit project of the Center for Media Change. We are an open source project, to pioneer 'community funded reporting.'” blog

  10. Streetside Stories
    Mission: "Through the power of storytelling, Streetside values and cultivates young people’s voices, fostering educational equity and building community, literacy and arts skills."
    Streetside Stories' blog, Street Blog

  11. UNICEF
    Mission: "UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized."
    UNICEF blog, Fieldnotes

  12. Urban Sprouts
    Mission: "Urban Sprouts is a nonprofit using school gardens to help youth actively engage in school, eat better and exercise more, and connect with the environment and each other."
    Urban Sprouts blog is also their website.

  13. Women for Women International
    Mission: "Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies."
    Women for Women International blog
What are 13 causes you'd give to if you won the lottery? What causes are close to your heart?

Cross-posted from BlogHer. Britt Bravo is a Big Vision Consultant.

Flickr photo credit: Luck of Summer Rain uploaded by Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic. Photo of Dora the Cat by Me.


  1. Anonymous7:31 AM

    National Organization for Rare Diseases to give a voice to diseases that are too small to be heard on their own.

    The Mensa Education and Research Foundation to fund gifted children programs, because every child should be encouraged to reach their full potential, even if it means excelling.


  2. Well, Shaping Youth is still struggling with self-funding to refrain from any beholden sponsors/ads, etc. but we're hoping to change some of that with the new Network for Good/Oodle-charity app/FB drive coming up in the spring.

    I'd vote for any org using 'innovation for education.' And add other unknowns that have huge potential to rock the world with the NextNow Collaboratory brimming with humanists, technologists and smart minds eager to deploy 'digital earth' worldchanging.

    Overall, my biggest peeve is that the large NP orgs with mega-lobbying power for grants and such don't have the innovation with programs that WORK. They're often consolidators of data rather than front line researchers/change agents.

    That leaves smaller orgs and social entrepreneurs who don't want to go w/ad rev, corp. sponsors, or vested interests to rely on indie donor dollars, personal passion, and VERY unique, creative ways to keep the lights on.

  3. Great list! I've always enjoyed your blog.

    You've written a lot about Web 3.0, so I wanted to share this piece I just put together about Nonprofit 3.0 here:


    Jeremy Gregg, CFRE
    VP of Development
    Center for Nonprofit Management

  4. Your blog is amazing. We have so much to learn and are so glad we found your blog! We are in CT and just starting a non profit to help support ALS. We have many goals and ideas. We are having a hard time figuring out where to start but I think your blog will help us out. Look forward to reading more!
    Karrie and Melinda

  5. Thanks for sharing about the orgs you love everyone.

    Thanks for the link to your article, Jeremy.

    Karrie - Where in CT are you? That's where I grew up.

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