Thursday, September 23, 2010

Charity Begins At...

Well, they say it begins at home, but does it matter where it begins? What matters is that it's there, and if it means something to you, you give! So, in order to give people some ideas of smaller charities that could use some support, I'm going to list several in this post. Some I haven't been able to give to, or may not feel very strongly about, but they are still deserving. 

First, I'll have to say that Grayson is my most darling charity, in no small part because we got our Krissie from them. Here are way too many links about them. They are struggling very badly right now. 
Grayson on Petfinder 
Grayson's Own Page
Grayson Group Page on Facebook
Grayson Fan Page on Facebook
Grayson Causes Page
Grayson's MySpace
And even Twitter!
email: dwhite( or bethany( 

Another shelter in Kentucky that is doing good things as well is the Shelby County No-Kill Mission. I have transported animals for them in the past as well. 
Their webpage:
Their petfinder adoptable list:
Their facebook:

Another near and dear to me topic is Suicide Prevention. I only recently heard of this place, and you can bet I'll probably find some spare money to help when I can.The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is on the web at

Aw heck, just read these and find something you might want to help with.

Anandgram, or the Village of Joy, is a leprosy rehabilitation village near Pune in India. I've volunteered there and they're good people, doing hard work, with little support.  Donors Choose. Public school teachers post projects that need funding, and you can pick which specific projects you'd like to support. And if you give $100 to any one project, you'll get adorable thank you letters from the kids.  We are the ONLY animal rescue organization in China, based in Shanghai, and run by expats. We rescue dogs, cats, rabbits and on one memorable occasion, a goat! We have no shelter - all animals are fostered by a series of dedicated foster families (we have about 75+), many of whom have 2-3 fosters in addition to their own pets. Donations can be made via paypal on the website - even $20 can be a full checkup for a new foster or a vaccination, or a deworming. Every little bit helps.  Provides permanent homes for exotic felines that have been abused, abandoned or for some reason have nowhere to live out their lives, while educating the public about these beautiful cats.

Crohn's And Colitis Foundation of America: For some reason, statistics show that black animals are the least likely to be adopted from shelters and the most likely to be euthanized.  That goes to Saddle Up Theraputic Riding Stables. If you like kids and/or animals, this is the place to give your money too. My autistic son rides here and it has done wonders for him. They do not just put the kids on the horses. They use riding and other excersize to help children with motor skills or, in my sons case, making him more aware of the world around him.  These days, it’s not just the size of the contribution that matters, but the size of the group that shares the same goal. People like helping people. The problem is that too often, they don’t know enough about how their donations are helping and, more importantly, who they’re helping. A Rotta Love Plus is dedicated to rehoming Rottweilers and pit bulls in Minnesota, raising breed awareness, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and advocating for the humane and equal treatment of all dogs without prejudice.

If you are against donating to religious charities, then here's one for you: Foundation Beyond Belief FBB sponsors ten charities at a time in a range of categories (child welfare, animal rights, peace, education, etc) and you can allocate your donation to those you prefer, or to be divided evenly. It's a thoughtful, positive humanist organization for good ol' fashioned doing-of-nice-things.

And this one may be quite controversial, but I'm gonna put it in here anyway.  National Network of Abortion Funds

There's one last thing I want to include. This isn't a charity, but a project started by Dan Savage, Savage is basically encouraging gay and trans people to make videos of themselves talking about how good their lives are now as opposed to high school, in order to reach out to young, isolated gay and trans kids in rural areas.

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