The U. S. is full of generous people. As a nation, we are a nation of givers and the trend is growing. This fact is important to organizations that depend on charitable giving in order to function, especially in this climate of economic uncertainty when many non profits are also feeling the squeeze of money constraints. It is important for people to feel confident that their donations are well spent. Charity Navigator is a website that rates organizations based on their effectiveness at using donor gifts in the most cost beneficial manner. Please consider a year-end donation to some of the following four star rated charities and spread the love to those who need it.
The Hispanic College Fund: This worthy organization encourages Latino youth through a variety of support systems including mentorship and direct scholarship awards. Their focus is in helping our young people cultivate an interest in the crucially important fields of math, engineering, science and business. To date, the HCF has awarded more than 4,800 students $13 million to further their studies to become Latino professionals.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network: This faith-based charity provides valuable legal services to those most in need of them: low income and indigent immigrants. This charity has greatly expanded its influence and now has field offices in 47 states. Since its inception and to date, 600,000 low income individuals have benefited from the work of approximately 1,000 attorneys and paralegals. The population served may not otherwise have access to legal counsel.
Free The Slaves: In my last article, I highlighted the horrors of modern day sexual slavery, the victims of which are comprised by a majority of Latina women. This important organization provides hands on support to those who are freed from slavery and need rehabilitation to re-enter main stream society. It is an advocacy center and also focuses its efforts in exposing and changing the conditions that allow slavery to flourish.
The National Council of La Raza: This organization has a long history. Founded in 1968, this is the largest national organization that advocates for Latino civil rights and focuses its efforts in five specific areas to keep our Latino interests in the forefront of public policy building. The NCLR promotes these interests in the fields of civil rights and immigration, health, education, economic status within the U.S. society, Latino employment and Latino assets and investments. The Council is active in 41 states as well as in Puerto Rico.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund: This is an excellent, ground breaking organization that fights to advance the cause of humane treatment of animals in the U.S. The ALDF champions stronger enforcement and development of anti-cruelty laws and provided direct legal assistance to stop animal abuse and to help prosecute those accused of this horrific crime. Hundreds of attorneys work tirelessly on behalf of those who have no voice and provides public education about the plight of abused animals.
Let’s push a wave of Latino philanthropy. Please consider a donation to a worthy charity this holiday season.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.