Here are some charities that I approve of. I’d appreciate it very much if you made donations to them, and I’d be honored if you did so in my name. I believe that most, if not all of them have ways to donate online. There are a variety of different organizations grouped by type here, so hopefully you’ll find at least one that you’re comfortable with.
Some of my top favorites
- The Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future - ISEOF is committed to helping society both steer away from fantasy and avoid catastrophe.
- Doctors Without Borders (also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) - An international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. The group was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
- International Campaign to Ban Landmines - These brutal devices do not deserve a place anywhere in a civilized world.
- Bellingcat - an incredible independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects.
- WFMU - The best independent, listener-sponsored, freeform radio station in the world.
- Wikimedia Foundation - The organization responsible for Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wiktionary, and tons of other valuable resources for the entire human race.
- The Internet Archive - Home of the Wayback Machine and unique and obscure media of all types. A precious Internet resource.
- The Union of Concerned Scientists - A national nonprofit organization founded by scientists to use rigorous, independent science to solve our planet’s most pressing problems.
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
- Animal Friends
- Cultural Survival - I highly recommend reading Daniel Quinn’s novel, Ishmael. In an author’s note to that book, he recommends that readers donate to this charity, and so do I.
Humanitarian/Human rights related
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Preserving civil liberties
- Human Rights Watch
- Amnesty International
- The Smile Train - Providing free cleft lip and palate surgery for needy children worldwide.
- Eluna Network - Running Camp Mariposa, a free mentoring and addiction prevention camp and program for children affected by a family member’s substance abuse. See this NPR story that is simultaneously heartbreaking and encouraging.
- PennEnvironment - Protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources.
- Arbor Day Foundation
- Sierra Club
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Center for Land Use Interpretation - Dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how the world’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived.
- Clean Water Action
- Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - The EFF is a nonprofit group of passionate people - lawyers, technologists, volunteers, and visionaries - working to protect your digital rights.
- Public Citizen - A national non-profit public interest organization focused on protecting health, safety, and democracy.
- PennPIRG - Consumer advocacy
- Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
- Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) - Working for Democratic Values in a Digital Age
- Cryptome - Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance – open, secret and classified documents – but not limited to those.
- MIT’s OpenCourseWare - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has put courseware for hundreds of their courses online and FREE for everyone. Truly a triumph for the species.
- Prometheus Radio Project - Promoting Low Power FM and microradio
- Pacifica Radio
- Democracy Now!
- Inter Press Service News Agency - Independent news from around the globe
- Common Dreams Newscenter
- t r u t h o u t - News and Politics
- Project Gutenberg
- A-infos Radio Project
- The Saturday Light Brigade - Great family radio.
- The National Security Archive at the George Washington University. One of the highest quality resources on the Internet. Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
- WQED and WESA - Public TV and radio for Pittsburgh
- Northland Public Library - My local public library. You can also donate to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to support the broader library services in the Pittsburgh area.
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