8 Organizations Making The World a Better Place for Women and Girls
Giving Tuesday has quickly become a new holiday tradition around the world since it first was created in 2012. Each year, nonprofits are able to celebrate the holiday spirit through generous support from donations on this day, some of which are doubled by corporate matching programs. Giving back to organizations, locally and nationally, helps make the world a better place.
CircleAround is grateful to tell the stories of organizations like these, many of which are by women and for women and girls. If you want to participate in Giving Tuesday but aren’t sure where to start, check out our list below for some donation inspiration.
Hope’s Crossing: Teaching Women Valuable Life Skills
Located in Phoenix, Hope’s Crossing helps women get back on their feet by providing them with meaningful connections, collaborations, and opportunities to advance their futures. Originally created to help women returning home from prison, founder Laura Bulluck tells CircleAround that the organization expanded to include other demographics of women after they “realized that there were women already in the community facing barriers to a healthy life that had never been to prison.” Women learn life and career skills to help rebuild their lives and often train as peer educators to help even more women thrive.
You can donate to this Hope’s Crossing here.
Project Petals: Connecting Communities With Their Environment
Project Petals helps improve the environment, educate youth leaders, and create change in under-resourced and BIPOC communities. “We help communities create environmental spaces, community development projects, gardens in food deserts, and advocacy for healthy environmental spaces,” founder Alicia White tells CircleAround. The organization especially likes to provide educational leadership workshops through its Youth Builders initiative, which partners with local companies and experts to help people become leaders and catalysts for change right in their own neighborhoods.
You can donate to Project Petals here.
Water.org: Providing Clean Water Access Abroad
We often take for granted the simple act of grabbing a glass of water from the tap, or our ability to use a flusher on a toilet thanks to proper sanitation setups. But clean water isn’t always accessible, especially in developing nations. “Through our work, we’ve helped empower more than 33 million men, women, and children with access to safe water and the health, hope, and bright futures that flow from it,” Melanie Mendrys, brand and marketing director at Water.org, tells CircleAround. This organization sends support and provides resources to several countries where water-sanitation issues are affecting the lives of community members every day.
You can donate to Water.org here.
Her Spark: Supporting Female STEM Leaders of Tomorrow
Women have always made significant breakthroughs in science and technology, but there’s still a long way to go toward STEM equality in these industries. Her Spark was created to ensure equal representation in STEM fields by fostering these interests and skills for women from an early age. “We equip girls with skills and opportunities to succeed in these careers while diversifying the STEM talent pipeline,” co-founder Tess Bradford tells CircleAround. Through summer summits, mentorship programs, events, and more, Her Spark is able to build a new generation of STEM leaders today.
You can donate to Her Spark here.
Rethreaded: Rebuilding Life for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking in America is a tragic reality. Survivors looking for career support can become part of the Rethreaded program, which partners with businesses to employ survivors of local human trafficking. Many are hired to create products, work in sales, and support other aspects of a company's day-to-day needs. “Since starting in 2012, we have helped over 65 women in direct employment, and over 100 women in our pre-employment program,” co-founder Kristin Keen tells CircleAround. It’s a chance for survivors to become long-term employees at companies that care about elevating women in their communities.
You can donate to Rethreaded here.
The Theresa Foundation: Ensuring the Arts Are Accessible for All
The Theresa Foundation honors the memory of Theresa Alessandro Russo, who lived with microcephaly and cerebral palsy and passed away at the age of 5. “People with special needs are often discounted,” Elizabeth Einhart, executive director and vice president of the Theresa Foundation, tells CircleAround. “As a society, we have a long way to go to put things right, to treat all people with dignity and respect.” By supporting children with special needs and their families, it accounts for each child's unique abilities with programs focusing on art, music, dance, drama, and recreation.
You can donate to the Theresa Foundation here.
One-in-ten: Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth
“People in the LGBTQ+ community go through a long journey of finding out who they are,” Sophia Smith-Gatto, a Gold Award Girl Scout, tells CircleAround. It’s part of the reason she chose to collaborate with one-in-ten, a nonprofit dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14 to 24 for her Gold Award project. The organization provides a safe space for teens and young adults to interact with each other, as well as resources for those struggling with issues like family intolerance, so they can grow into their lifestyles within a community of acceptance.
You can donate to one-in-ten here.
From the Heart Productions: Supporting Female and Minority Filmmakers
The world needs storytellers — and more equity in the film industry. From the Heart Productions addresses the gender and minority disparity in film by helping to fund independent film projects and provide resources through grants, scholarships, and other fundraising events. One of them is its annual holiday fair fundraising event. “The online event benefits our female and minority-led feature film [How to Successfully Fail in Hollywood] with Black, Indigenous, and women of color in key roles,” C.M. Conway, executive producer of the film, tells CircleAround. It’s a way to support films and filmmakers overlooked by big Hollywood budgets.
You can donate to its sponsorship film, How to Successfully Fail in Hollywood, here.