2016: FRIENDS OF NGONG ROAD ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A YOUNG GIRL Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR), a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3), and Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA), a registered Kenya NGO, operate with the shared mission of providing education and support for impoverished Nairobi children whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The devastation
caused by HIV/AIDS in Kenya has left the country with approximately 1 million orphaned children and many more living with a surviving HIV+ parent. Children in this program all live in the slums of Dagoretti, Nairobi where the median household income is under two dollars per day. Approximately 50% of the children in the program are orphans and the other 50% live with a surviving HIV+ parent; 5% of children in the program are themselves HIV+. Without the opportunity provided by a high-quality education, these children would be sentenced to lives of continuing poverty and would be an economic drag on Kenyan society. Unfortunately, Kenya’s public education system is not up to the task as it is woefully underfunded and inconsistent in quality. FoNR believes that placing at-risk children in high-performing private schools for primary education and public high schools gives them the best chance of success and will have a long-term positive ripple effect on Kenya, Africa and the world. To learn more, click HERE.
Non-Profit Of The Month
DECEMBER 2016: SECOND HARVESTERS FOOD BANK and CASTING FOR RECOVERY
SECOND HARVESTERS FOOD BANK is leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state. Through Second Harvesters food distribution programs, community kitchen meal service, nutrition education, and public benefits assistance, they are helping to create pathways out of poverty. Every year, Second Harvesters secure millions of pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Their work helps ensure that these meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger in South Louisiana. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
CASTING FOR RECOVERY is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discovery renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery and are free to participants. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
NOVEMBER 2016: THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS® (ASPCA®)
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.
OCTOBER 2016: TRIUMPH OVER KID CANCER
TRIUMPH OVER KID CANCER is dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer by raising their spirits, raising the public’s awareness, and funding research to improve the treatment and survivability of pediatric cancers. To date, TOKC has funded over $3 million dollars of research into pediatric cancers through its partnership with M.D Anderson in the Children’s Sarcoma Project. Every dollar raised is matched dollar for dollar by M.D. Anderson. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
SEPTEMBER 2016: JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion and energy.
AUGUST 2016: HUTCH SCHOOL
HUTCH SCHOOL is a facility that assists in the research of the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. The Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
JULY 2016: NEW HORIZON CENTER FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
NEW HORIZON CENTER FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and training for children and adults with severe developmental disabilities and autism. The agency serves students and adults from the Chicago and suburban areas. New Horizon Center is a day facility. Students are placed at New Horizon Center through their public school districts. Donate HERE.
JUNE 2016: TIPITINA'S FOUNDATION
TIPITINA’S FOUNDATION supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures. The Foundation grew out of the Tipitina’s music venue, a revered New Orleans cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of Louisiana music around the world. Tipitina’s Foundation promotes childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
MAY 2016: CASA of NEW HAMPSHIRE
CASA of NEW HAMPSHIRE is a private, nonprofit organization whose volunteers advocate in New Hampshire’s courts for the best interests of abused and neglected children, so they can grow up in safe, permanent homes. In 2013, CASA of NH represented more than 1,000 abused and neglected children. Since 1989, CASA of NH has served nearly 10,000 children in District and Family Courts. As a private nonprofit, CASA of NH relies on a diverse revenue base. Thirty to 40 percent of our operating budget is from state and federal funding, with the balance from individual and corporate contributions, private grant monies, and revenue from CASA fundraising efforts.
Children living with the effects of abuse and neglect have a right to be heard. Last year, CASA of New Hampshire volunteer advocates helped over 1,000 children uphold that right. But many more children need an advocate by their side. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your gift will help expand their vital programs and recruit and train additional advocates. To DONATE TODAY click HERE.
MAY 2016: MARCH OF DIMES
MARCH OF DIMES The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on preventions. Click HERE to donate.
APRIL 2016: YMCA (AC LEWIS BRANCH)
YMCA (AC LEWIS BRANCH) We’re an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy lives and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Today’s Ys serve thousands of U.S. communities, uniting 21 million children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.
At the Y, everyone is welcome. We enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, enable families to have fun together, empower people to live healthier, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. To donate or become a member of the YMCA, click HERE.
April 2015: Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans
APRIL 2016: Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans was founded in 1982 by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, Bishop Roger P. Morin, and Gregory Ben Johnson, Director of the Social Apostolate of the Archdiocese. By July 1983 the food bank was distributing food to 23 faith-based and nonprofit member agencies. On September 13, 1985, Second Harvest Food Bank became a fully accredited member of America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network, allowing it to receive large donations from all over the country. A merger in 1989 with The Food Bank for Emergencies of Greater New Orleans, Inc. led to the addition of the emergency food box program to the food bank’s efforts to reclaim food that was going to waste. As it grew, the organization went through several name changes, finally becoming Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in 2004. To donate, click HERE to donate.
MARCH 2016: The mission of the Trombone Shorty Foundation
The mission of the Trombone Shorty Foundation is to perpetuate the musical heritage of New Orleans through music education, instruction, mentorship and performance to prepare young, underserved musicians for success in music and in life. The Foundation established The Trombone Shorty Music Academy in 2013 and added a new program, The Fredman Music Business Institute, in 2014, both partnerships with Tulane University. The programs offer quality music performance and music business education to motivated high school students by nurturing their talent and allowing them to prepare for a career in music.
FEBRUARY 2016: Women LEAD
Women LEAD was an idea born in a dorm room at Georgetown University. Claire Naylor had grown up in Nepal seeing the discrimination and violence that women around her were facing every day. Despite their challenges, these women were strong and resilient. She knew how much they would accomplish if they were given a strong education and leadership opportunities. Our mission is to provide young women in Nepal, with the skills, support and opportunities to become leaders in their schools and communities.
Before Women LEAD was started, there were no leadership organizations for young women in Nepal. Most of the girls entering our program had never written a resume before or spoken up in public. We strongly believe that young women must be empowered with the training, confidence and resources to be leaders. When young women are given the tools to lead, they become powerful agents for change. We’ve empowered and trained more than 400 girls to be leaders!
To make a donation to Woman LEAD, please click HERE.
JANUARY 2016: KIPP BAY AREA SCHOOLS ESSENTIAL COLLEGE PREP EDUCATION
The mission of KIPP Bay Area Schools (SUMMIT ACADEMY) is to operate high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.