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Seven Organizations For Giving

I was such a selfish child. Actually most children are selfish but I feel like I had a particular brand of selfishness unheard of because if something is mine then it is ALL MINE. Thankfully as I got older my parents instilled in me a sense of community and that it isn’t the Heather Party 24/7 and now you have the socially aware, semi-adult in front of you.

I’m now big on giving. I like to give my time and my funds to causes that I believe in. Right now I’m participating in a challenge by the World Food Program USA and I’m genuinely enjoying it. Last month I encouraged readers to comment just so I could give to the March of Dimes. I especially believe in giving back locally. I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and I enjoy that sense of community that we have in Albany which fosters and supports small businesses so that we all can thrive.

Below are my favorite organizations to give to. This is a small portion and I actually forgot to add Planned Parenthood and NARAL to the list. Yes, I give to them both and yes, I am very well aware of what they do but I believe in giving time and funds to organizations that share your beliefs.

Who do you give to?

 

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  • Running Start 1 of 7
    Running Start

    Running Start's mission: To get more young women in political office; create leadership positions and mentor opportunitiesfor young women; encourage and plant the seed for young women to run for office early; and to educate women to prepare them to lead

    Why I support them: I was encouraged by my parents and eventually by mentors to get into politics which helped me start my career (and eventual world domination) early. Every young woman who aspires to be in politics should have that opportunity. I am also a graduate of their program and on the advisory committee.
  • WUFPAC 2 of 7
    WUFPAC

    WUFPAC's mission: To identify, encourage and support women under the age of forty to run for local, state and federal elected office. They're also non-partisan.

    Why I support them: WUFPAC and Running Start are actually sister organizationsand like Running Start, WUFPAC encourages young women - no matter their party - to lead. That's pretty good in my book.
  • World Food Program USA 3 of 7
    World Food Program USA

    WFPUSA's mission: "The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid"

    Why I support them: It's no secret that I am a huge supporter of WFPUSA. I'm currently participating in their Live Below the Line challenge to shine a light on global hunger and poverty.
  • EMILY’s List 4 of 7
    EMILY's List
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    EMILY's List mission: "EMILY's List is dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office"

    Why I support them: I am a HUGE fan of EMILY's List. HUGE. Once again; I am all about efforts to bring more women into elected office. In this case EL is progressive and partisan.
  • March of Dimes 5 of 7
    March of Dimes
    The March of Dimes

    March of Dimes' mission: "We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies."

    Why I support them: Who DOESN'T want healthy babies?!?! I support healthy moms, babies, and pregnancies. It's a no-brainer and totally non-partisan because HEALTHY SQUISHY BABIES.
  • United Way 6 of 7
    United Way

    United Way's mission: "United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good."

    Why I support them: They bring communities together to make that community a happier, healthier place to live. It's corporations to schools going hand-in-hand. I give to them because I like my community and I want for it to be a better place. Especially if I want to have and raise children here.
  • Community Loan Fund of the Capital District 7 of 7
    Community Loan Fund of the Capital District
    Community Loan Fund of the Capital District

    The Loan Fund's mission: "to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities. We provide access to capital by pooling investments and donations from socially concerned individuals and organizations, and re-lending it to non-profit organizations for housing and community improvement, to micro enterprises for business development, and to individuals for home ownership and repair."

    Why I support them: Full disclosure: I am on their Board of Directors but I'd support them regardless. They provide loans to those who normally wouldn't be able to get them. They invest in communities by investing in its people and its small businesses. They focus primarily on women and minority-owned businesses.

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