Wondering where to focus your philanthropic pursuits? Think female. Women face numerous obstacles in our world, and around the globe. Fortunately there are incredible organizations—big and small—that dedicate their time and talents to improving the lives of women, and you can help them do it. The equation is simple: empowering other women = empowering yourself.
Need help getting started? Check out our list of ideas, which starts internationally and narrows down to your own individual community. Whether you want to reach out to women in Nigeria or your own backyard, we hope you’ll find a little inspiration in this list.
Go Global: If the status of women in distant and developing nations is where your heart lies, there’s no shortage of amazing organizations that work in that capacity. For example, Women for Women helps women in war-torn countries rebuild their lives, and Camfed devotes its fundraising to assisting in the education goals of girls. Both of these organizations list ways to fundraise and support their mission. And then there’s always the option to organize a local event in conjunction with an organization that has an international mission, like VDay. (The Vagina Monologues awaits!)
Go National: But you don’t necessarily have to look beyond US soil to make a difference in the lives of women. There are big issues right here at home—sex trafficking, for starters. The Polaris Project works towards ending trafficking and lists many ways to get involved, even if it’s simply raising awareness of its existence. Another idea is to choose a national org like Big Sisters that offers local opportunities to contribute to their mission. Finally, if health and wellness is your thing, orgs like the American Heart Association have smaller branches that focus on women’s health (heart disease in their case), offering numerous ways to support their mission, such as “National Wear Red Day!”
Go Local: Charity starts at home, so don’t underestimate the needs of women in your own community. Most cities have a women’s shelter or safe house of some kind where you can volunteer. Don’t have time to volunteer? Gather up some friends for a one-time drive to collect supplies and help keep these shelters running. If there’s a college or university in your home town, keep an eye on the school’s women’s center (most will have one), and find out about the events coming up like a “Take Back the Night” march. Many of these events are open to the public. And if you’re headed to college yourself, you can even see about volunteering!
There are simply endless ways to help women—scan some of our “Cause of the Month” stories if you need inspiration for more awesome organizations that empower and help women of all ages.
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