Boosting the signal for a few worthy causes
This page lists a few organizations whose missions I believe in, and to whom I give money on a regular basis. If you agree, and if you can, I strongly encourage you to send a few dollars their way.
- The Food Depot is the biggest food bank for Northern New Mexico, which is (a) where I happen to live right now, and (b) a region which suffers from some really difficult poverty, and where a lot of people run the risk of going hungry. They also have four stars on Charity Navigator.
- The American Civil Liberties Union does great work on civil rights in the USA, including a ton of legal work challenging unconstitutional government actions.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been doing lots of great work on the legal front of the debate over civil rights on the Internet.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center is another great civil rights organization, and has been doing really good work countering hate and on immigrant rights.
- Planned Parenthood does a ton for reproductive health, which is sadly neglected by many other health providers, and which many insurance companies don't cover as well as they should.
- code.org is a really cool organization focused on computer science education. In addition to sending money, I also try to volunteer at least once a year during their Hour of Code events.
- The Planetary Society funds and advocates for space research, including the extremely cool LightSail project.
- The B612 Foundation is literally dedicated to saving the world, in the form of building, launching and operating an infrared space telescope which will map the positions and speeds of all asteroids in the solar system which could pose a danger to Earth.
- The Long Now Foundation is an organization devoted to fostering long-term thinking. They're most famous for their 10,000 year clock project, but they also do interesting work on preserving languages, the de-extinction of lost species, and host a monthly seminar series which you can listen to for free as a podcast. This is definitely not a humanitarian "bang-for-buck" charity, but I think they do some interesting things.