We’ve spent an unspeakable amount of time researching different causes, organizations, and founders of nonprofits across the U.S. with the intention of dropping a big ol’ knowledge bomb on y’all about the ones that could seriously use your help. Some of these organizations you might be familiar with, some of them are under-the-radar, and most of them are pairing unique issues up with one another to kill two birds with one stone.
All of them are smashing the whole making-the-world-a-better-place thing.
Now, if you’re reading this, you’re likely an inhabitant of said world, (unless you’re an alien. Shout out to our alien friends) and that makes it your responsibility to help those who help you. The unfortunate truth is that giving back isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve decided to simplify it for you by finding the coolest, most hard-working groups out there who you can effortlessly donate a little bit of money to once a month.
That said, it was beyond important to us that the organizations we partnered up with didn’t have any underlying scandals, could be trusted with your money, mastered transparency, and have a team that is passionate AF about what they’re doing.
We’ve successfully ticked all of those boxes. Feel free to high-five us at any given time.
Colibrí Center for Human Rights
As the situation worsens for immigrants who are in search of a better future, I.C.E raids increase causing not only the loss of life, but the separation of families.
Colibrí Center for Human Rights has been using forensic science to identify the remains of those who lost their lives trying to seek asylum in the US. Which, in return helps families get the answers they damn-well deserve when it comes to knowing what happened to their loved ones.
But that’s just one part of the emotionally challenging work these folks do. They now put a focus on reuniting those who have been separated from their families while living in the US.
We’re not crying. You’re crying.
The US is home to nearly half a million children in foster care. This could mean a lot of different things for each child, but one thing that’s for sure is that the transition is nothing short of traumatizing.
You don’t know exactly why you have to leave what you thought was your home, you don’t know who will care for you next, and you don’t have much help when it comes to what to bring.
With first-hand experience in the foster care system, the founder of Comfort Cases understood the biggest struggle of all – stuffing what few belongings you have into a trash bag in hopes of arriving to the next destination safely. Knowing exactly what that uphill battle was like, Rob Scheer swore he would make sure children entering a life-altering situation would not go without basic needs, and that these kiddos would definitely not be lugging around a tattered garbage bag as a means of survival.
In just five years, Comfort Cases has helped more than 40,000 foster children in over 30 states, providing them with adorable little backpacks that their team of volunteers stuffs with pajamas, blankets, hygiene products, coloring books, stuffed animals, and the basics of what every child deserves. Did we just walk into a room full of chopped onions or what?
days for girls
Fun fact: Girls get their periods. Every month. Yep. We said it, and we ain’t takin’ it back.
In the developed world, feminine hygiene products are within arm’s reach whether it be at the corner shop or online. In developing countries, some girls are shamed, neglected, left without food, and go completely unassisted simply because of their anatomy.
For over 10 years, the game-changing group at Days for Girls has been providing young ladies in almost 120 countries with innovative homemade sanitation kits containing long-lasting pads accompanied by underwear, soap, and other health supplies. Thanks to Days for Girls, these little ladies have what they need to power through their periods in a safe, sanitary, and educational manner.
Beyond providing feminine hygiene products, Days for Girls are combatting the taboo of speaking about menstruation and educating people all over the world on what getting your period is all about. Period.
give back yoga foundation
We’ve always known that yoga was a force to be reckoned with, but we didn’t fully understand that it goes far beyond being able to bend your body like a slinky.
Give Back Yoga takes the power of this historical practice and uses to it help those suffering from addiction, depression, post-cancer treatment, eating disorders, PTSD, and a whole array of common issues that normally go treated with more meds, or worse, untreated altogether.
The tens of thousands of people who have taken part in Give Back Yoga classes led by their hundreds of yoga teachers worldwide have seen undeniably positive results.
This unique approach to stabilizing the mental health of those coming out of traumatic and life-altering situations has allowed the Give Back Yoga Foundation to not only educate those suffering about a new way to cope, but also provide training to people who want to teach yoga and use its benefits to help serve their communities. Namaste, my dudes.
It’s no secret that DTD is for the chil’ren. But something we think is almost more important than a creative kiddo is an adult figure that encourages them to make the things they’re curious about.
Maker Ed does just that.
Now ask yourself, in school did you zone out (or worse, freak out) when it came to taking written tests, not memorizing a chapter you just read or working quietly by yourself on something that could have been done with a group? But what about when you were able to get your hands dirty and use creativity in school? It almost felt like you weren’t in class, and that’s because you were making.
With a simple “if this, then that” theory of change, Maker Ed demonstrates that if parents and teachers are equipped to get kids excited about learning in a creative, hands-on manner, then kids will learn in a way that keeps them hungry and curious.
After all, staying hungry and staying curious is advice from one of the greatest makers of all time.
Pollinating creatures are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food, and while bees are among the most well-known pollinators, it goes beyond the buzz.
Not only do birds, bats, butterflies, and beetles hold master key to what we eat, they are quite literally responsible for the production of ½ of the world’s oils, fibers, and raw materials by traveling from plant to plant carrying pollen on their tiny bodies. And you thought adulting was hard. Imagine being an insect, bruh.
Pollutants, chemicals, and disease are detrimental to the preservation of pollinators, which are suffering an eye-opening decline.
Through on-the-ground action like adding over 52,000 California poppies to the Bay Area, Planet Bee has been an integral part of raising awareness at summer camps, workplaces, schools, and even their signature Bee-Day Parties to help aid our bee buddies in their pursuit to buzz.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
What we’re about to tell you gives us Sunday Scaries on a Wednesday: Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year. Uhh, yeah. We said tons. Not that we doubt your intelligence, but we kinda want to gently reiterate that one ton = 2,000 pounds.
What often seems like an innocent bottle of water or candy wrapper quickly accumulates in our streets, parks, forests, and now more than ever – our oceans. This non-biodegradable timebomb is poisoning our food chain, attracting other pollutants, spoiling the groundwater that leads to our lakes and rivers, and is damaging human health.
We feel you. It’s overwhelming to think about the poor marine life ingesting our injustices, but the good news is that you can help. Plastic Pollution Coalition has helped spread awareness with some of California’s most powerful voices and thousands of people who have pledged to make our environment great again.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been forced to do something against your will.
Oh, woah. That’s a lot of you. That’s like, all of you. Now, imagine if it was something involving your own body.
You did all of the “right” things. You wore all of the “right” clothes. You said “no” as clearly as possible. But that, for some reason, wasn’t enough.
Project Consent is a product of story-telling that resonated with thousands of people who have been sexually assaulted, making the rebirth of the #metoo movement more relevant than ever. 80% of women state they have been sexually violated, and with just four years under their belt, the badass founders of Project Consent have used education, support, and partnerships to give hope to countless survivors that life goes on after being taken advantage of.
Reclaiming their bodies, their sexuality, and the right to deny consent at any given time, Project Consent wants you to know that sex is awesome. But only if everyone involved is into it.
to write love on her arms
People suffer from depression, addiction, anxiety, and chemical imbalances. Like, a lot of people. And to be honest, we’re kinda, just a tiny bit sick of mental illnesses being brushed under the rug, or worse, claiming that those who suffer are just “weak.” Mental health and the conversation around it is so taboo that those who are affected typically go undiagnosed and untreated, causing the condition to often become lethal.
But the folks at TWLOHA learned that by doing something as easy as listening to the stories of those affected by mental illness, lives could be saved. With this simple, yet uncommon approach to helping people of all backgrounds express how they’re feeling, To Write Love on Her Arms has helped people in nearly 100 countries with workshops, donations, classes, and events, in bettering their mental stability and providing hope that mental disease is more common than we think.
Veteran founded and ran, this organization aims to help those who served America deal with the struggles of life during and after their military service. Nearly 10% of America’s living population is made up of Veterans with 20% of those who served finishing their tours with serious mental illnesses, like PTSD.
The brave folks at VetEx understand the importance of building a community which ensures that our military women and men have a shoulder to lean on that helps them combat life’s challenges post-service. By reconnecting with the outdoors through expeditions, storytelling with their peers, and helping those who have served to give back to their communities and comrades, VetEx’s mission is to empower veterans to overcome challenges associated with military service through outdoor training and leadership.
To say that being LGBTQ+ is tough in this day and age would be one heck of an understatement. Suicide rates are at a steady incline since 2016, and just when we think progress is being made, we hear of yet another tragic loss within the LGBTQ+ community.
But wherever we find a problem, we also find a mighty solution. Through the power of story-telling, VideoOut creates a safe space for people of all genders, backgrounds, and sexual preferences to share their coming-out stories; one of the most intimate experiences in a person’s life. By sharing the stories of these incredibly brave humans, VideoOut amplifies the hope and bright future that comes with finally being able to take pride in who you naturally are.