Lots of people don’t think of sending a little dough to a nonprofit each month. I tend to support the local food pantry first but then to support some of these small nonprofits that most people don’t know about.
It’s easy to give, some employers match donations, take a moment to consider making charity a part of your annual budget, give 5-10% of your annual income to those who haven’t anything extra.
Another thing I try to do is send a gift card to a friend who lives on a fixed income to the grocery store or to a general merchandise place she can get the sundries that add up—like toothpaste and the like. I collect magazines and pens for the local hygiene center.
It is their goal to have every resident of Ballard to have access to green space within walking distance without crossing a major arterial. A grassroots group with passion and enthusiasm.
This group is Seattle neighborhood Magnolia-centered, to help the herons of the rookery in Magnolia and who lurk around Salmon Bay and the Locks to have a fighting chance. They will accept donations worldwide to continue their important work. Next time you go to the Locks and see dozens and dozens of healthy herons tip your hat to this group.
Bikeworks, a bike shop for kids.
Another smaller but growing nonprofit that does great things for children and adults. They train young people on bike repair, provide a place for them to be involved in activities and to learn the pleasures of self propelled non-electric activities. They also send bikes to Ghana. They have a bike shop in Columbia City that you should drive out of your way to support.
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Miraculously this organization, with a two year waiting list, has found another property to move their riding center too. This should give you an indication of the vast community support they have and the passion of the staff. It serves disabled children and adults by giving them an equine relationship and something to master outside his or her disability.
Footloose Sailing Program for the Disabled
A sailing program run by volunteers to get the disabled out on the water and to feel the joys of nature close up and a feeling of the power of the wind.
Children’s Play Garden for Disabled Children:
Located by the NW African American Museum this play garden is to teach children the joys of gardening and a place to go that is wheelchair accessible and allows them a chance to experience the outdoors and nature in new ways. The Executive Director is totally dedicated and has pulled more than a few rabbits out of her hat to make this come together. A very dedicated group.
Microlending for Small Businesses: No need to send your money out of country to participate in the thrills of micro-lending. This organization helps people start their own small businesses with educational programs and loans. It’s a marvelous program that has moved lots of families off public support and into a new status as business owners and tax payers.
KIVA Loans that Change Lives
Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. You can go on their website and filter through specific areas of interest or by location.
Compassion and Choices of Washington, End of Life Choice
This is the local chapter of the national organization bringing education about end of life choice to a culture that rarely speaks about death and dying. If you feel passionate about the freedom to choose the end you most wish for your life were you to be deemed terminally ill send in a check today. Their WONDERFILE is like a $500 trip to an estate attorney and is a gift to those left behind, get one today if you don’t have your affairs in order. Their green ICE wallet card, I don’t get anywhere without one and I hand them out liberally to friends.
Pancreatic Cancer Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Their PALS service helps those diagnosed and their families to weigh their options and have support as they cope with the realities of this “silent killer.” Further they lobby for more research funds and highlight the work of researchers nation wide, several of whom are in Seattle working at the UW and Hutch.
Funeral Consumer’s Alliance
A watch dog over Funeral Industrial Complex: Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. This is a small organization that is looking out for you even though you may have never heard of them. Send them a check today to make sure that others aren’t taken advantage of at a vulnerable time by the ever consolidating funeral industrial complex!