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 http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/KY103.h
Grayson's Own Page http://www.graysonhumane.org
Grayson Group Page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10
Grayson Fan Page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grayson-Co
Grayson Causes Page http://www.causes.com/causes/356568
Grayson's MySpace http://www.myspace.com/graysoncountyhuma
And even Twitter! http://twitter.com/GraysonHumane
email: dwhite(@aggressiveonline.net) or bethany(@mail2cook.com)
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: http://www.shelbycountynokillmission.org/
Their petfinder adoptable list: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=KY139
Their facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelby-County-No-Kill-Mission/260972746763
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
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. http://www.anandgram.org/
http://www.donorschoose.org/ 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.
www.scaashanghai.org 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.
http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/home.html 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: www.ccfa.org
www.bdscr.org For some reason, statistics show that black animals are the least likely to be adopted from shelters and the most likely to be euthanized.
http://fp3.antelecom.net/saddleup/Index.htm 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.
smallcanbebig.org 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.
http://arottalove.org/ 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:
This isn't a charity, but a project started by Dan Savage, http://www.youtube.com/itgetsbetterproject. 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.