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Here are some reputable organizations worth donating to

Written by
Tolly Wright

Make a stand (while sitting down) by donating to these worthy organizations.

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Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

DREDF advocates for better education for disabled children also strives to improve access to health care, transportation and technological classes for adults.

Immigration Equality

The lawyers who provide pro bono work here—to one of the few legal-aid organizations dedicated to LGBT immigrants—have helped hundreds of people successfully win deportation cases and seek asylum
in the United States.

Natural Resources Defense Council

At this internationally recognized nonprofit, leading climate scientists and environmental lawyers enforce the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, among other initiatives.

New York Civil Liberties Union

New York’s branch of the ACLU helps protect the rights of fellow Gothamites in legal battles concerning women’s equality, racial justice, freedom of speech and due process, as well as specific rights for the LGBT community, disabled citizens and immigrants.

NextGen Climate

This organization is all about the young folks. It encourages college students and millennials to vote and calls for a stop to the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Created in the 1970s to fight the resurgence of violent actions by the Ku Klux Klan, the SPLC monitors hundreds of hate groups in America and battles to pass legislation for children’s and immigrants’ rights, economic justice, prison reform and more.

The Trevor Project

For nearly 20 years, this nationwide suicide-prevention phone line has helped LGBT people between the ages of 13 and 24 by providing a calm, reassuring voice at the end of the line or an instant-messaging chat service. Each year, the 24/7 project receives 45,000 calls from people at risk of suicide, self-harm and other destructive behavior.

Women in Need

Homeless mothers in New York turn to Women in Need to find shelter and resources for themselves and their children. WiN supplies many women not only with housing but also parenting classes and life skills. 


With a two-fold mission of ending racism and empowering women, the YWCA organizes leadership and education programs that provide young women with the necessary tools 

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