Though many of us have likely donated to many organizations and causes in our lifetimes, it seems as though this past election has really brought out our giving spirits. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and plenty of other well-deserving causes have raked in fundraising dollars. But as large non-profits with high name recognition and political visibility, they're also more well-funded than many more community-based or lesser-known organizations that do equally impactful work across a range of issues.
In that spirit, here are 14 organizations that could also use your support in the years ahead:
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
"BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice."
National Network of Abortion Funds
"The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice."
"Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender."
"CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country, empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity."
Center of American-Islamic Relations
"CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
Native American Rights Fund
"Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation."
"ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom."
"AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people each year from all five boroughs of New York City through direct client services and community organizing and public advocacy."
Electronic Frontier Foundation
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world."
"CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City."
Inner-City Muslim Action Network
"IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center."
Center for Reproductive Rights
"For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill."
"Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization."
"The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence."