Charitable Giving Guide 2019

Winn Feline FoundationWinn Feline Foundation
The Winn Feline Foundation advances feline health by supporting research and education. Winn has funded over $6.4 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. Current campaigns include funding for research on Chronic Kidney Disease, a condition estimated to affect more than 50% of senior cats. —KS

The Southern Poverty Law Center & the Anti-Defamation League
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defemation League fight hate, teach tolerance, and help secure justice, and fair treatment for all. “There is no ‘them’ and ‘us.’ There is only us.” –Greg Boyle —JW

Facing History and Ourselves Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational group that helps young people study issues around racism, antisemitism, and prejudice in history, from the Holocaust to today’s immigrant experiences to the killing fields of Cambodia. Their aim is to teach young people “to think critically, to empathize, to recognize moral choices, to make their voices heard, we put in their hands the possibility–and the responsibility–to do the serious work demanded of us all as citizens.” —DP

Free Software Foundation/Defective By Design
The Free Software Foundation’s principled litigation, license creation and campaigning is fierce, uncompromising and has changed the world. You interact with code that they made possible a million times a day, and they never stop working to make sure that the code stays free. —CD

Free Software Foundation Europe
Software has eaten the world, and software freedom is increasingly synonymous with human freedom. In Europe, far-right parties and authoritarians are inheriting a constellation of gadgets and devices that are “defective by design,” built to allow corporations spy on and control their owners — and those thugs are contemplating how they can use those companies’ extraordinary powers to put whole populations under their thumbs. Free software in Europe, free software everywhere! —CD

The Internet Archive: In an era where the control of information has been weaponized, the Internet Archive’s mission — universal access to all human knowledge — is a revolutionary manifesto. The Archive has taken on a new mission: to re-decentralize the internet and restore it to its indie, distributed glory. —CD

Open Rights Group
The UK’s answer to Electronic Frontier Foundation, and never more badly needed than now, with authoritarianism on the rise and the constant battering of the electorate with political misadventures and grandstanding. Brexit could allow the UK to escape the oversight of the European courts, paving the way for even-more-extreme measures. —CD

Amnesty International
I just looked up Amnesty’s founding principles and found tears rolling down my cheeks: “Only when the last prisoner of conscience has been freed, when the last torture chamber has been closed, when the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a reality for the world’s people, will our work be done.” These values need our support more than ever. —CD

On November 9, 2016 ACLU changed its homepage to a picture of Trump superimposed with the words SEE YOU IN COURT. ACLU’s deep bench of kick-ass lawyers has been lately augmented by a much-needed group of freedom-fighting technologists, welded into the fighting force we’ll need until the next election and beyond: from voter suppression to free speech, the ACLU is key to the fight. —CD, MF

With the UK plunging into surveillance dystopia where human rights are an afterthought and racial profiling is becoming official doctrine, it needs Liberty, an organisation with 80+ years’ track record fighting for human rights in many incarnations of the British project. The Tories ran on a platform of repealing the Human Rights Act: when the government is officially anti “human rights,” you need someone like Liberty to take the “pro” side. —CD

826 National
Born in San Francisco’s Mission District in the back room of a pirate supply store, 826 National teaches young people the art and magic of creative writing through classes, DIY publishing projects, in-school programs, and drop-in tutoring at seven centers around the US. And it’s all free for the kids. Help open more 826 locations around the country! —DP

Demand Progress
Aaron Swartz co-founded Demand Progress, and as you’d expect from that history, they’re relentless in reinventing the activist playbook for the 21st century. —CD

Software in the public interest — it’s a damned good idea. MySociety produces software like Pledgebank (“I will risk arrest by refusing to register for a UK ID card if 100,000 other Britons will also do it”) and TheyWorkForYou (every word and deed by every Member of Parliament). It’s plumbing for activists and community organizers. —CD