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We have raised $52,558 for a diverse and compelling list of artist-selected organizations.

Our charities

100 Friends Project

The 100 Friends Project provides practical and direct assistance to a diverse range of people in Third World countries, including Burma. They focus on the most needy, who are not receiving aid from other sources - primarily those most vulnerable in society: children, the sick and the elderly. Proceeds from the photograph will be donated to relief projects and schools in Burma.

www.100friends.org

Supported by: Geoffrey Hiller

A River Blue

A River Blue, a school in northern Uganda providing psychosocial counseling and intense vocational training in topics like tailoring, agriculture, and arts to vulnerable youth, formerly of internally-displaced persons camps.

www.ariverblue.org

Supported by: David Wright

Ace of Cups Coffee House

The Ace of Cups Coffee House in Cairo, Illinois. Three young Floridians, Chris, Adrienne, and Zach moved to Cairo in 2009 and opened the Ace of Cups, a non-profit venture aimed to make a difference in Cairo’s economically crippled community. Cairo has the highest unemployment in the state of Illinois and 60% of the children living there live under the poverty level, ranking it the 16th highest in the nation. The Ace of Cups is a refuge for a community in need by providing a used book and movie library, game room, crafts activities, open mike and poetry readings, free movie and bingo nights, live music events, and above all a safe haven for kids and teens to hang out in.

Facebook/Ace Of Cups

Supported by: Dave Jordano

Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies (ACA) is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. An engine for social change, ACA was the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. ACA promotes progressive policies for cats in communities all over America and works towards a world that values the lives of all animals.

www.alleycat.org

Supported by: Justin James Reed

ALS Association

The ALS Association leads the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

www.alsa.org

Supported by: Hee Jin Kang

American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country, including First Amendment rights, the right to equal protection under the law, the right to due process, and the right to privacy. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.

www.aclu.org

Supported by: Liz Kuball

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), a United States-based association working to fight the consequences of diabetes and to help those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to manage, cure and prevent diabetes (including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes); delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides information for both patients and health care professionals; and advocates on behalf of people denied their rights because of diabetes.

www.diabetes.org/

Supported by: Kate Joyce

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The organization is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it serves more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders.

www.artsusa.org/

Supported by: John Cyr

Animal Welfare Institute

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has worked to lessen the suffering inflicted on animals by people since 1951. Currently, AWI is especially committed to stopping the cruel practices associated with industrial agriculture and to supporting high-welfare family farms. AWI also works to encourage humane wildlife management and fights for the protection of endangered species. In the past, AWI has aided the successful passage of the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act, among others, and it continues to support legislation that benefits animals in need. 

www.awionline.org

Supported by: Ellen Rennard

Artists Working in Education

Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) was founded by a group of art educators, museum curators, and artists concerned about decreases in funding for the arts in education both locally and at the state level. A.W.E.’s mission is to provide youth in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area with arts enrichment programs to enhance human potential, advance learning and cultivate community. Its two main initiatives are the Truck Studio mobile art program and the School Studio artist-in-residence program.

www.awe-inc.org

Supported by: Jon Horvath

Austin Children's Shelter

I first learned of the Austin Children's Shelter through my beautiful friend Laura, who volunteers there. I connected to the foundation through hearing firsthand what a difference was being made in the lives of abused and neglected children who need help and hope for the future in Central Texas. As a mother myself, it was important to me to choose a charity that makes an important difference in the lives of young people.

www.austinchildrenshelter.org

Supported by: Elizabeth Fleming

BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth)

BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth) is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining, and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community.

www.bagly.org

Supported by: Caleb Cole

Bryan House

The Bryan House in Aurora, Illinois assists legally established refugees in breaking the cycle of working class poverty by giving them a year or more in their own living space. During this time, rent payments are invested and returned to them with interest upon departure. The result is often enough for a home down payment, and the start of building equity for a newly settled family. 

www.bryanhouse.org

Supported by: Peter Hoffman

Camp del Corazon

Camp del Corazon, an organization that provides a medically supervised, residential summer camp for children ages 7-17 living with heart disease. Located on Catalina Island, the camp has served approximately 300 children each year for the past 11 years. Camp del Corazon is totally free of charge for it's participants. 

www.campdelcorazon.org

Supported by: Max S. Gerber

Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery in Kerrville, Texas, is a week-long camp sponsored by the American Cancer Society High Plains Division, for children who have been diagnosed with cancer.  The camp allows each child to learn different aspects of living with cancer, spend time with other children who have had similar experiences, and enjoy a week without the pressures of a hospital environment. Each summer, approximately 150 children and 100 adult volunteers attend the camp, which is a member of the International Children’s Oncology Camp Association and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

www.cancer.org/MyACS/HighPlainsHawaiiPacific/ProgramsandServices/camp-discovery

Supported by: Sara Macel

Center For a New American Dream

The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice. The Center works with individuals, institutions, businesses, and communities to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture, support community engagement, and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.

www.newdream.org

Supported by: Greg Ruffing

Change The Truth

Change The Truth (CTT), started in 2007 by photographer Gloria Baker Feinstein, supports St. Mary Kevin Orphanage Motherhood in Uganda. CTT provides shelter, food, security, clothing, medicine, love, access to education and training in vocational skills to children from Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Congo, Chad, and Niger. They have been abandoned, often abused and mistreated. Many of the children come from northern Uganda, where they have lost their families to war. Change The Truth provides hope and a future.

www.changethetruth.org

Supported by: Aline Smithson

charity: water

The non-profit charity: water. I live on a Great Lake; I am spoiled to live in the vicinity of 1,180 cubic miles of fresh water. Water is a constant subject in my artwork and a resource I often take for granted. The organization charity: water brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. 

www.charitywater.org

Supported by: Sonja Thomsen

Children's Friend

Children's Friend has been serving Rhode Island's most vulnerable children and their families since 1834. The organization helps children facing poverty, language barriers, lack of education, substance abuse, and difficulty accessing health care. Children's Friend supports families by creating safe and nurturing environments for children during the crucial early years, helping parents gain access to the resources, education, and support that they need.

www.cfsri.org

Supported by: Rachel Hulin

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy by raising funds for research and increasing awareness of the prevalence and devastation of this disease.

www.cureepilepsy.org

Supported by: Meggan Gould

Coal River Mountain Watch

Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) is a grassroots non-profit organization founded in response to the fear and frustration of people living near or downstream from huge mountaintop removal sites. The mission of CRMW is to stop the destruction of communities and the environment caused by mountaintop removal mining, and to improve the quality of life and help rebuild sustainable communities in southern West Virginia.

www.crmw.net

Supported by: Daniel Shea

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL). Several years ago I read a book titled Bayou Farewell that tells the story of the disappearing land all along the Louisiana coast, and chronicles the ongoing loss of wildlife, culture and industry. The bayous have lived in my imagination for so long, I felt compelled to go there and see for myself what was happening. I stayed in houseboats deep in the bayou, saw the oak trees dying from encroaching salt water, talked to people who still lived off the land but who feared for their future. CRCL is an amazing organization that's trying to literally turn the tide in this fight for the Louisiana coast and its people.

www.crcl.org

Supported by: Brea Souders

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit founded in 1981. The organization promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

www.cpj.org

Supported by: Andrew Hetherington

Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. This money is pledged towards purchasing a new professional quality camera setup for a small group of these students who have shown interest and talent in photography. By empowering young people to develop skills as documentary photographers and advocates, we expose citizens and policymakers to the realities of our current two-tiered education system as seen through the eyes of the students who confront those realities each day. 

www.criticalexposure.org

Supported by: Matt Eich

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières provides aid in nearly 60 countries to those threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters (including victims of the current cholera epidemic in Haiti). In memory of my mother (d. 2007) and in honor of my father, who worked together for 30+ years on the pathogenesis and immunology of the bacterium that causes cholera.

www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Supported by: Sarina Finkelstein

Elephant Aid International

Elephant Aid International (EAI) is a nonprofit established to create a paradigm shift that will foster change in beliefs and approaches to the care and management of elephants. With the combined efforts of international scientists, veterinarians, mahouts, elephant caregivers and elephant welfare supporters, EAI is helping to change how the public relates to elephants; how mahouts and elephant caregivers train elephants; and how captive elephants are cared for worldwide.

www.elephantaidinternational.org

Supported by: Colleen Plumb

Feminist Ecelectic Martial Arts

After taking a self-defense class in college, I went from being an average student to an honor student. I learned so much more than fighting techniques - I was no longer afraid to raise my hand in class. Feminist Eclectic Martial Arts (FEMA) in Minneapolis empowers women and girls by teaching martial arts and self defense in a safe, supportive, and creative environment. My donation will go to a scholarship fund for women and girls to take FEMA’s Five Fingers of Self Defense classes. 

www.femamartialarts.org

Supported by: Amy Eckert

First Book

The non-profit organization First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

www.firstbook.org

Supported by: Rachel Bee Porter

Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research

I chose the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research in honor of my grandmother and everyone who loved her. The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is dedicated to attacking the scourge of Alzheimer’s with a 3-pronged assault focused on the cause, care, and cure for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as supporting the public with educational programs.

www.alzinfo.org

Supported by: Emily Shur

Food for Life Vrindavan

Food for Life Vrindavan is an organization that helps the villages in the Vrindavan area of India with the following: food distribution, basic medical assistance, training courses for women, drilling for drinking water and constructing water tanks, assistance to the elderly and the disabled, distribution of clothes, environmental projects and education, taking care of cows, providing primary school education for disadvantaged children.

www.fflvrindavan.org

Supported by: Shane Lavalette

Fundacion Veteranos de Guerra de Jinotega

Fundacion Veteranos de Guerra de Jinotega is an organization that operates in the remote regions of Northern Nicaragua. They provide psychological counseling, micro finance loans, educational and training programs to veterans who fought in the Nicaraguan Civil war during the 1980’s. They provide assistance to BOTH sides who fought, as well as the families of those who were lost, regardless of political affiliation.

Supported by: Kevin Kunishi

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

The Transgender Rights Project from the organization GLAD (Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders) puts their litigation, legislative, and educational assets to work in a focused way to establish clear legal protections for the transgender community. Transgender people face the most basic and blatant discrimination every day - from being denied access to employment, housing, or healthcare, to being physically attacked because of the way they look or dress.

www.glad.org/work/initiatives/c/transgender-rights-project/

Supported by: Jess T. Dugan

Gift of Life Transplant House

Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. In February 2009 my wife, Deanna, received a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic. Since 2007, we have traveled numerous times to Mayo for tests, treatments, and finally a transplant. The Gift of Life House was our home away from home for much of this time. As a donation-run communal mansion, it provides long term housing for transplant recipients, their donors, and families. We are forever grateful to them and those who support their efforts. The donation for the sale of these prints will be made in the name of my wife, Deanna, and her donor Trevor White.

www.gift-of-life.org

Supported by: Ben Huff

Grow To Learn NYC

The Citywide School Garden Initiative by Grow To Learn NYC was established to inspire, facilitate, and promote the creation of a sustainable school garden in every public school across New York City via micro-grants, education, and materials. Students who participate in school garden projects show improved test scores and learn where their food comes from, combating rampant obesity and unhealthy eating habits. These students also have an increased environmental awareness, learning about sustainability, lifecycles, and climate change.

www.growtolearn.org

Supported by: Sarah Palmer

Growing Power

Growing Power is a national non-profit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live. The group works to provide equal access to healthy, high quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power’s co-founder, Will Allen, was awarded 2008 a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 for his work with the organization.

http://www.growingpower.org/

Supported by: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Guidance Center

Ten years ago, my niece suffered a stroke at birth. One of the services that was vital to her rehabilitation and recovery was the early intervention program at The Guidance Center. The center provides an array of innovative integrated services to help children and families cope with developmental, mental health, social and behavioral difficulties, as well as a range of disabilities. 

www.gcinc.org

Supported by: Stella Kalaw

Housing Works

Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the U.S., as well as the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization. Since founding in 1990, they have provided lifesaving services such as housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education, and social support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

www.housingworks.org

Supported by: Jon Feinstein

Inglis House

I chose the Inglis House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in honor of my mother, Cathy, who lived there the last two years of her life. In addition to the specialty nursing care she received, she had the chance to fall in love again, sit in the sun, and live out her life with dignity and choice. The Inglis house provides programs and services designed to enable people with physical disabilities to enjoy life with the greatest amount of independence and mobility. Inglis works with people with physical disabilities to create and provide practical solutions so they may pursue their life goals.

www.inglis.org

Supported by: Melissa Kaseman

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

www.rescue.org

Supported by: Malu Alvarez, David Leventi

Kids of Kathmandu

Kids of Kathmandu is a non-profit organization that utilizes photography and the arts to raise awareness about the needs of orphans in Kathmandu, Nepal. Raising $800 from these print sales will sponsor a year of education, food, shelter and immunizations for one child who lives in Nepal and will directly benefit an orphanage called The New Youth Development Society.

kidsofkathmandu.org

Supported by: Manjari Sharma

La Reunion TX

La Reunion TX (LRTX), an emerging artist residency program situated on a thirty-five acre plot of urban forest in Dallas, nurtures and inspires artists in the creation of new work. Since 2006, LRTX’s outdoor gallery and studio space has served local artists and students in cooperative efforts with the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Dallas Museum of Art, KERA's Art & Seek, The Student Conservation Association and through outreach programs such as Art Chicas Unidas and the Environmental Art Program. LRTX's initiatives fulfill the idea that "the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress." LRTX seeks to transform our community through art and create lasting social change in Dallas. La Reunion TX is a 501(c)3.

www.lareuniontx.org

Supported by: Allison V. Smith

Lily Sarah Grace Fund

The Lily Sarah Grace Fund remembers Lily, Sarah and Grace, who lost their lives in a 2011 Christmas Eve fire that demolished their Stamford, CT, home. They perished along with their grandparents. That same Christmas was to be the last for my mother, Mary C. Woodruff, who died later that year at age 98. As the event was close to her home and her heart, my mother was very saddened by the deaths and asked me at the time to follow up on it and to donate to their fund. The three girls were all artists and this fund helps bring art into classrooms by donations of materials and supplies - much needed in these days of art budgetary cuts.

www.lilysarahgracefund.org

Supported by: Susan A. Barnett

Living New Deal

The organization Living New Deal aims to help preserve New Deal art and architecture from destruction, to see that New Deal sites are properly marked, and to help communities and families across the nation rediscover their heritage. Through a network of research associates and local historical societies around the country, the organization seeks to make the New Deal visible by mapping, documenting, and publicizing its vast public works.

www.livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu

Supported by: Jason Reblando

Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper

Living Rivers/Colorado Riverkeeper works to instill a new ethic of ecological restoration on the Colorado River, the artery of the desert southwest and lifeblood of America's Western population. The organization focuses on restoring inundated river canyons, wetlands and the delta, while reducing water and energy use and their impact on the river.

www.livingrivers.org

Supported by: Jake Stangel

Lower 9th Ward Village

Lower 9th Ward Village, a community-driven, community-led, organization and neighborhood center based in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. The main goal of the Village is to bring together the entire Lower 9th Ward and to empower community members to be self-sufficient and to sustain an equitable quality of life. The Village focuses on connecting the elderly and youth, with services and providing care and guidance from the community as a whole. It takes a village…

www.lower9thwardvillage.org

Supported by: Jane Fulton Alt

LYDIA Home Association

For close to 100 years, LYDIA Home Association has been making a difference in the lives of Chicago children and families who are dealing with everything from homelessness and poverty to abuse and neglect. LYDIA has a residential treatment center that’s home to 40 kids, plus non-traditional high schools, foster care program and much more. For more information: www.lydiahome.org

www.lydiahome.org

Supported by: Vivian Maier

L’Arche Irenicon

L’Arche Irenicon is the Boston community of L’Arche International, an ecumenical organization dedicated to the creation of homes, programs and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. L’Arche Irenicon is a community of homes where people with and without disabilities share their lives together as family.

larcheirenicon.org

Supported by: S. Billie Mandle

Mental Health America

September is national suicide awareness month. In loving memory of my friend Sasha Wolfe, I will donate 100% of proceeds to Mental Health America, the nation’s oldest advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental health and substance use conditions. MHA is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

Supported by: Melanie Flood

Meta House

Meta House is an internationally-recognized drug and alcohol abuse treatment program for women that has been providing long-term, gender-responsive treatment in Milwaukee since 1963. Their services help women stop using alcohol and drugs, and also assist them in tackling a host of other barriers, such as poverty, unemployment, homelessness and/or unsafe housing, parenting, poor physical health, mental health disorders, and past physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Knowing that the women served at Meta House want to be good mothers, in 1988 the facility became one of the first in the nation to include children in a residential treatment setting. By including children, Meta House is able to provide comprehensive services to counteract the affects of maternal substance use and to break the cycle of addiction.

www.metahouse.org

Supported by: Tara Bogart

Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

www.michaeljfox.org

Supported by: Jennifer Loeber

Million Trees NYC

A citywide effort to plant one million trees in New York City over the next decade, MillionTreesNYC is a collaboration between the NYC Parks Department and the New York Restoration Project. The New York Restoration Project is dedicated to protecting, expanding and beautifying open space throughout the city’s five boroughs—a catalyst for the economic revitalization of distressed New York City neighborhoods.

www.milliontreesnyc.org

Supported by: Dalton Rooney

Montréal Urban Ecology Centre

The Montréal Urban Ecology Centre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and propose urban policies and practices that will help create green, democratic, and healthy cities. The Centre questions the relationship between nature and society and sees these two elements as tightly interrelated. They emphasize the importance of the neighbourhood and the fundamental right of citizens to take part in decisions that relate to the management of urban affairs.

www.urbanecology.net

Supported by: Alexi Hobbs

Myotonic Dystrophy Research Fund

The Myotonic Dystrophy Research Fund, part of the Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program. The Stanford Neuromuscular Disorders Program conducts clinics, laboratory testing, research, teaching, and clinical trials in neuromuscular diseases. They treat patients with muscle, neuromuscular junction and peripheral nerve disorders in their weekly outpatient Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)/ALS Clinic.

neurology.stanford.edu/neuromuscular/index.html

Supported by: Clarissa Bonet

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) is a non-profit dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a widespread and destructive illness that affect an estimated seven to ten million women and one million men in America. Founded in 1976 (the oldest eating-disorder organization in the nation), ANAD provides no cost peer-to-peer support and self-help for the individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

www.anad.org

Supported by: Mark Brautigam

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals working toward the goal of a world free of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Society helps individuals address the challenges of living with MS through their network of chapters in all 50 states, and helps by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing services that help people with MS and their families.

nationalmssociety.org/

Supported by: Susan Worsham

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). The NOCC strives to actively seek methods to improve awareness of ovarian cancer and to educate women and healthcare professionals on the risk factors, symptoms, and treatments of ovarian cancer.

www.ovarian.org

Supported by: Jesse Burke

National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) focuses on meeting the needs of people with Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder that effects roughly 6.3 million individuals worldwide. In addition, the NPF supplies research, education and outreach programs. They believe that every person diagnosed with Parkinson's deserves the best care and treatment no matter who they are or where they live.

www.parkinson.org

Supported by: Anastasia Cazabon

National Parks Conservation Association

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. The NPCA's mission is to protect and enhance America’s National Park System for present and future generations.  By gathering research and information in 11 regional and 12 field offices, and by developing relationships on Capitol Hill and in the administration, NPCA counters legislation and policies that adversely affect the parks.

www.npca.org

Supported by: David Politzer

Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the world’s leading conservation organization, whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters in more than 30 countries and all 50 United States, focusing on effectively protecting the world’s most ecologically important places.

www.nature.org

Supported by: Bill Vaccaro

NorthShore Neurological Institute

NorthShore Neurological Institute is a multi-specialty system of care where the most advanced technology and clinical integration are available to treat neurological conditions. The World Health Organization states that one in six people will be affected by a brain disorder. “The DodoNa Project: DNA Prediction to Improve Neurological Health” is visionary research at NorthShore University HealthSystem aiming to predict, prevent and halt disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, brain tumors and multiple sclerosis.

www.foundation.northshore.org/neurological-institute

Supported by: Mary Farmilant

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired, living with or without other disabilities.  The school was founded over 180 years ago and is located on a 38-acre campus on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts, with partner programs in 65 countries.

www.perkins.org

Supported by: Matthew Gamber

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is working toward making Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

www.phillypaws.org

Supported by: Katrina d’Autremont

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

www.plannedparenthood.org

Supported by: Jonathan Saunders

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.  RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure rapists are brought to justice. I chose RAINN because of recent misstatements by politicians about the life-altering nature of rape.

www.rainn.org

Supported by: Christine Shank

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. They receive immediate medical care, food, and shelter and stay there until they are ready for release back into the wild. Wildlife education programs offered help to sensitize the public to the needs of conservation of wildlife for current and future generations. The ultimate goal is to keep Northwest wildlife safe and reproducing, while balancing the ecology.

www.sarveywildlife.org

Supported by: Annie Marie Musselman

School On Wheels

School On Wheels provides one-on-one tutoring for homeless kids who live in shelters, motels, group foster homes and on the streets. In addition to weekly tutoring and mentoring, every student receives a backpack, school supplies, and uniforms; students get assistance enrolling in school and with locating and filing school records; and each student receives a toll-free phone number for around-the-clock support from School on Wheels. 

www.schoolonwheels.org

Supported by: Lacey Terrell

Self Enhancement, Inc.

Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) is a nonprofit organization supporting at-risk urban youth. In 29 years, SEI has grown from a 1-week summer basketball camp to a flourishing agency, serving thousands of students in the greater Portland, Oregon area, with plans to replicate across the country.

www.selfenhancement.org

Supported by: Shawn Records

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.

www.splcenter.org/

Supported by: Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman

Start Small. Think Big., Inc.

Start Small. Think Big., Inc. empowers low-income working families in the South Bronx, New York to increase their economic opportunities and build sustainable financial independence. To this end, the organization provides access to affordable consumer credit and civil legal assistance, coupled with financial and small business planning and education, to help its clients build sustainable financial independence.

www.startsmallthinkbig.org

Supported by: Kelly Shimoda

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, Susan G. Komen for the Cure works to save lives, empower people, and energize science to find the cures for breast cancer. As a survivor myself, who was diagnosed at 31 years old, I wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for the staggering research advancements in the past 10 years. Please help support and further the fight for all women.

ww5.komen.org

Supported by: Kerry Mansfield

Texas Equusearch

Texas Equusearch is a non-profit civilian search and rescue organization dedicated to searching for missing persons. Often working hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, the all-volunteer team has conducted over 1,000 searches around the U.S. and the Caribbean and is responsible for returning of hundreds of people to their families.

www.texasequusearch.org

Supported by: John Loomis

Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation

The Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation addresses the needs of people challenged by neurofibromatosis, a little-known genetic disorder that primarily affects the growth of neural (nerve) cells.

www.texasnf.org

Supported by: Sarah Sudhoff

The Sprout Fund

The Sprout Fund is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through its programs and activities, Sprout enriches the region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities.

www.sproutfund.org

Supported by: Justin Visnesky

Trichotillomania Learning Center

The mission of the Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) is to end the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors. As the parent of a child who suffers from Trich and has benefitted from TLC’s programs and services, I have seen firsthand the positive affect this organization has on children who live with this debilitating and stigmatizing disorder.

www.trich.org

Supported by: Ken Rosenthal

UN World Food Programme

As the United Nations frontline agency fighting against hunger, the UN World Food Programme (WPF) is continually responding to emergencies. They save lives by getting food to the hungry fast, and work to help prevent hunger in the future through programs that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. In 2010, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 90 million people in 73 countries. 

www.wfp.org

Supported by: Jonathan Blaustein

Voices and Faces Project

The Voices and Faces Project is a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence, offering a sense of solidarity to those who have lived through rape and abuse while raising awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities. 

www.voicesandfaces.org

Supported by: Ciurej & Lochman

West End Intergenerational Residence

My dynamic sister-in-law, Colleen Jackson is the director of two programs addressing homelessness in New York City that dare to think outside the box. West End Intergenerational Residence provides temporary housing and support services to homeless young mothers and their children together with permanent supportive housing for seniors on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. True Colors Residence provides permanent housing with support services to formerly homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Central Harlem.

www.intergenerational.org

Supported by: Mary Ellen Bartley

Wildlife Conservation Network

Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. They partner with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. WCN works in a culturally-respectful manner engaging local stewards—ensuring that conservation skills and values will be passed on to future generations.

wildlifeconservationnetwork.org

Supported by: Wendy Given

World Hunger Relief

World Hunger Relief is a sustainable farm and training center committed to ending hunger around the world. Currently, they are beginning a new project in Valle Nuevo, El Salvador helping farmers expand vegetable production to raise their standard of living and improve nutrition.

www.worldhungerrelief.org

Supported by: Mark Menjivar