Below is a sample of causes that matter most to the Network for Good staff.
Population Services International
PSI is one of my all-time favorite charities because they tackle some of the world's most challenging problems –
AIDS, malaria, water-borne disease – with a marketing-savvy approach that gets results. They have significantly
improved the daily lives of people in some of the world's poorest countries. When I lived in Cambodia, I saw their
work dramatically reduce HIV transmission rates, and in Madagascar, they helped curb cholera outbreaks by successfully
promoting water purification tablets. I've been a fan and supporter since.
Donate Now to Population Services International.
I Have a Dream Foundation
The I Have a Dream® Program helps children from low-income areas reach their education and career goals by providing
a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education. This cause
is special because of the variance in the quality of education provided to children in the United States. Kids today are
surrounded by negative influences and often don't have positive mentors in their lives to help keep them on track. I Have a
Dream works with children and their families year round from elementary school through college to keep them on track.
Donate Now to the I Have a Dream Foundation.
Project Open Hand
This is one of my favorite organizations. I have volunteered doing meal and grocery deliveries
for their San Francisco clients. Project Open Hand provides nutrition services to people living with
HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses and to seniors.
Donate Now to Project Open Hand.
People are often shocked to learn about the intolerable conditions commonplace on today's industrialized farms. At their facilities
in New York and California, Farm Sanctuary provides lifelong care and rehabilitation to farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect
by opening their barn doors to guests at their New York and California shelters, Farm Sanctuary also provides much-needed education
about compassionate farming practices. Educational tours provide visitors with the unique experience of seeing the world through the
eyes of farm animals. A farm visit enables individuals to understand the abysmal realities of today's factory farming conditions.
After coming face-to-face with a rescued chicken, nuzzling up to a gentle cow or rubbing a grateful pig's belly, many Farm Sanctuary
visitors are forever changed.
Donate Now to Farm Sanctuary.
KIPP DC: KEY Academy
This is a charter school in Southeast Washington, DC where students take an academically rigorous college preparatory program.
The school's mission is to prepare students with the skills necessary for success in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond.
This group of kids is especially important to me because I had the opportunity to help coach a first year lacrosse program this past spring.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for team sports and the impact they can have on personal growth. It was amazing to see kids that
had never seen/heard of lacrosse embrace the sport and open themselves up to learning new skills and team work.
Donate Now to KIPP DC: KEY Academy.
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation rescues and finds new homes for "at risk" cats and dogs. They work hard to find loving environments
for the animals to live. I recently volunteered at one of the weekend adoption fairs the foundation holds. I immediately fell in love with
the animals, as well as the caring, nurturing environment the foundation provides.
Donate Now to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.
The Craigslist Foundation helps people help and that is what I am about.
Donate Now to the Craigslist Foundation.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
For me, Homeward Trails’ mission and accomplishments speak not only to the good
which can be accomplished by passion, hard work and dedication, but to the fact
that we, as human beings, must take responsibility for our actions. Before
bringing home that new pet, we have to ask ourselves if we are ready to take
responsibility for that animal’s wellbeing. Not just for a month, or a year, but
for its entire life. This is not something to be abandoned by the side of the
road or on the doorstep of the closest shelter. This irresponsibility is one of
the causes of the staggering overpopulation of dogs and cats, and Homeward
Trails works to address this by rescuing thousands of animals from high-kill
shelters before they are euthanized, and by ensuring that every animal rescued
is spayed and neutered. Homeward Trails also reaches out to homeless people and
helps to engage them in taking steps towards a more positive lifestyle by
engaging our rescued animals in outreach to individuals living on the streets
and in shelters. Homeward Trails rescues and places an average of 350 homeless
animals each year.
Donate Now to the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity not only provides affordable homes, it does it through a sustainable process that builds empowerment and self-respect.
It's a blessing to witness the joy of a deserving family starting a new chapter in life with a home that you and your fellow volunteers have
helped build. In many communities, disaster-stricken areas and countries across the globe, Habitat for Humanity is often there providing hope
and shelter to those in need.
Donate Now to Habitat for Humanity.
Anacostia Watershed Society
I am a life-long resident of the DC metro area and have always been a tree hugger. This frugal but focused nonprofit engages and educates inner-city
kids to save DC's forgotten river, the Anacostia, by cleaning the river, recovering its shores, and honoring its heritage.
Donate Now to the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.