Worthy Causes

Have a worthy cause? E-mail me: MKisStacked@Gmail.com! I’ll investigate whatever you’re submitting; Nigerian princes are automatically ruled out. My links will have descriptions of what’s what so you don’t have to waste your time di…err…clicking around. (Last Updated: 3/17/2011.)

Help Maliyah — They’re trying to raise money to buy the handicapped-accessible van that 4-year-old Maliyah requires on account of her Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II. As both a cripple and a friend of the family (well…Kristin is my Twitter family, the chosen family of the great and powerful interwebs) I encourage you to help in any way you can. In addition to monetary donations, they’re taking items in to be raffled off. Just a thought.

The Greater Good Network — All you do is click the button, once a day, every day. Based on your clicking activity, sponsors make donations to the charity of your choice. The breast cancer site funds mammograms, the animal rescue site funds food and care in shelters, and the hunger site funds cups of food. If you shop on any of these sites, you can be assured that part of the profit is also going back to charity. Sometimes you can specifically target your choice (ex. last year I bought this pink argyle bunny tee shirt for Easter and the money went for food pellets at this rescue range for bunnies that kids got as Easter presents that were promptly abandoned as “too much work”…the same issue happens with little chicks). And for your everyday convenience, they have an iPhone app!

The Literacy Site — An offshoot of the Greater Good Network’s “big three,” where your free click prompts sponsors to donate books to children in need.

Help Jete Fight Cancer! — Everything for sale in @andygirl‘s Etsy shop goes to pay for her cat Jeté’s (yes her name is for the ballet move) cancer treatment. Plus: it’s cute jewelry! What’s not to love about that?

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And finally, I would like to offer the following links to reputable charities to help fund disaster relief efforts for this latest earthquake and tsunami in Japan…

  1. The Japan Society
  2. The American Red Cross
  3. AmeriCares
  4. Global Giving
  5. Doctors Without Borders
  6. Mercy Corps
  7. Oxfam
  8. The Salvation Army
  9. Save The Children
  10. Unicef USA — (I know this isn’t *technically* for Japan, but it’s an excellent charity for children nonetheless. It should be on your permanent giving radar.)
  11. Ali Express — Donate specific items necessary for disaster relief workers to do their jobs safely and help aid the victims they care for.
  12. World Vets — Helping rescue animals is a completely different ballgame than rescuing people. This organization is already on the ground in Japan. (See their Facebook pictures!) Their work is amazing. If you’re an animal softie like me, who cries at the ASPCA‘s commercial with Sarah McLachlan and has to immediately change the channel from the heartache, I highly encourage you to give a little to them. Click the image below to give!
  13. Japan Cat Network — In addition to World Vets, this another animal rescue charity that CNN is promoting!

Or if it’s easier, you can use you phone addiction for good instead of evil by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999. A charge of $10 will be added to your next monthly wireless bill, with the proceeds going to fund the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts. Canadians can do this too, by texting “REDCROSS” to the number 30333 instead.

Mashable has also provided instructions on how to install a “Hello Bar” on your blog, so each new visitor is prompted to click on whatever link you choose. Using this resource for disaster relief efforts to help Japan right now would be awesome; You can always change the prompt to your favorite charity in the future.

For further information about the Japan situation, please consult my blog post on the subject.

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FAQ: How do you know that a charity is on the up-and-up? Consult Charity Navigator, Give Well, or the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the United States before you whip out your credit card. Please please please report any disaster-related fraud to the Internet Crime Complaint Center online or by calling 1-866-720-5721 so more people don’t get duped by the same scam!

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