We dug through our 2016 giving data and found a few creatively named charities. Can you guess the mission and vision of the following seven charities that received funding through our giving platform this year?
(1) Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
This foundation, based in fabulous Las Vegas, provides children from underprivileged backgrounds with new shoes. In a 48’ shoe store on wheels, the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation (GTSF) serves 10,000 Southern Nevada children each year. With a pair of properly-fitting new shoes, these children feel equipped and confident to attend school. Since 2003, GTSF has provided more than 75,000 at-risk children with new shoes and socks!
Do you want to provide children with a brand new pair of kicks? Donate to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation!
(2) Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons partners with social service organizations to connect communities with surplus resources to underserved communities. The basic goods provided to children include clothing, school supplies, and toys. With these new and/or gently-used items, children feel safe and valued.
Cradles to Crayons partners with over 304 agencies and has served more than 942,000 children. Donate to Cradles to Crayons and provide children with necessities that help them succeed.
(3) Project Goldfinger
Project Goldfinger works with rural communities in Kenya to assist them in improving their farms and livelihoods. Zellipah Githui created Project Goldfinger to improve the lives of Kenya’s rural women and their families through farming. The organization provides training programs and agricultural support, creating sustainable agriculture initiatives and combating hunger and poverty.
In Kenya, it is said that the work of a woman’s hands can produce the equivalent of gold if they have the right tools and resources. Donate to Project Goldfinger, and lift women and children in Kenya out of poverty through sustainable agriculture.
(4) Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs. This organization empowers youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society.
Lemonade Day is a 14-step process that converts a child’s dream into a business plan while teaching them business principles. Children learn to spend money, save money, and share money by giving back to the community. Since its 2007 launch in Houston, TX, Lemonade Day has grown from serving 2,700 kids in one city to one million children across North America.
Donate to support the future Bill Gates of the world!
(5) Pinky Swear Foundation
Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional impact faced by children with cancer and their families by providing basic needs support. Steve and Becky Chepokas established this organization in memory of their son, Mitch. Prior to Mitch’s death, Steve made a pinky swear with his son to continue to help children with cancer and their families.
Since 2003, Pinky Swear Foundation has provided support including: rent and mortgage payments, reliable transportation, family getaways, and more. Pinky Swear Foundation has supported 12,233 families and raised over $11 million dollars since 2003.
Donate to help them support even more children and families affected by cancer.
(6) Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project provides children affected by HIV/AIDS in underserved countries a hand-knit or crocheted bear. Mother bears, handmade by individuals all over the world, have been sent to 27 countries. To date, 128,650 bears have been sent to children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Donate to the Mother Bear Project to help put a smile on the face of a child in need!
(7) A Call 4 Paws
You probably were able to determine from the name that this charity is all about animals! A Call 4 Paws, based in Jersey City, New Jersey, helps alleviate the shelter and stray population. This charity rescues cats and dogs and finds them permanent homes.
This organization also runs a sanctuary in Jonestown, Pennsylvania where rescued animals are treated until they are ready to find forever homes.
Donate to A Call 4 Paws and provide these furry friends with a chance for a better life!
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Consider making an end-of-year gift to one of these deserving charities or to one of your personal favorites! You will bring holiday cheer to those in need.