I was a broke ass bitch and I still am. Yet, I’ll continue to donate to my favorite non-profit organizations with whatever little I can give.
The March for Science and the Women’s March were amazing displays of civil discord. Protests and marches are great ways to get your voice out. A lot of substantial change is created from the people who stand up and make noise.
It’s easy to give up and think you can’t do anything during these trying times. Even so, it’s easier to think that just posting articles and videos on social media contributes to real change when it doesn’t. The echo chambers of Twitter, Facebook, and non-centrist publications—like the Huffington Post and even Drunk Magazine—just disseminate the same ideas repeatedly. Tangible social progress to our current state of affairs takes work, either physically or financially.
Not everyone can go marching or vote, so donate. I know we’re all broke, but you don’t have to give $100. Just give $10 or $5. I was a broke ass bitch and I still am. Yet, I’ll continue to donate to my favorite non-profit organizations with whatever little I can give. I live in the middle of nowhere in East Texas and Austin is four hours away in my rinky dink Sentra. My friends who live at the capital can protest and picket as much as they want to, but my ability to create social change is limited to voting, campaigning for my favorite leaders, and giving donations. Many of you guys can relate to this too. So donate.
It may seem like giving money is futile, but if you invest your donations to the right place, you could see real change happen. Below you’ll find a list of non-profit organizations for a variety of causes. Whether it’s reproductive rights, Native American rights, the environment, or animals, you’ll find an organization that can resonate with you. Almost of all these donations can be tax-deductible. Also, be sure to check for recurring donations, because four years is a long time and The Donald gives us no shortage of bullshit.
We need to get it together, ya’ll. These organizations need your help. If you’re truly about social change that isn’t just limited to long ass rants on Facebook and Twitter arguments, then be about it. You don’t even have to make it rain on these organizations. A dollar or two is acceptable—whatever you can give to keep the fight alive. These organizations are generally non-partisan and have brought about genuine victories. So show your fucking support!
If you know about other great non-profit organizations, let us know! We’ll constantly update this list to make sure we’re publicizing the best causes. Also, for non-profit organizations, your donations are tax deductible.
AIDS/HIV: International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Animal rights and protection: The Human Society of the United States
Anti-Semitism issues & Jewish solidarity: The Anti-Defamation League
Black Lives Matter & the unfair U.S. legal system in general: Dream Defenders
Children of America: Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Children of the world: UNICEF
Environmental law and other environmental issues: EarthJustice
Free speech (and fighting against the lack thereof): American Civil Liberties Union
Human trafficking victims: The Polaris Project
Islamophobia issues & Muslim solidarity: Center on American-Islamic Relations
LGBT+ issues: The Human Rights Campaign
Mexican immigrants: Border Angels
Middle Eastern solidarity: Islamic Relief USA
Native American solidarity: Native American Heritage Association
Racial justice: NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Refugees in general: International Rescue Committee
Sexual assault victims: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Syrian solidarity: Syrian-American Medical Society
Standing Rock & DAPL issues: Stand With Standing Rock
Violence against women: Stop Violence Against Women
Marina Ali is a student, writer, poet, and blue lipstick enthusiast. She is a staff writer for Brown Girl Magazine, the features editor for Drunk Magazine, and the social media manager for TMO Media. When she’s not writing or studying for classes, you can find her picnicking in pastoral East Texas, crafting for her sorority sisters, or making food.