Every three months, we research a bunch of charities and then choose which one we are going to donate to. Here are short descriptions on the charities our giving circles chose last month.
Please note, our giving goals and values may be different than yours. You should always conduct your own analysis before donating to a charity.
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Pets Giving Circle: It’s A Tie! Companion Animal Advocates And Lucky Dog Rescue
Companion Animal Advocates keeps pets out of shelters by providing pet food to food banks so that those who are struggling to feed their families can feed their pets, too. They provide 391 bags of food every month to 3 local food banks and operate on $61,000 in funding. They also have a low/no cost spay/neuter effort, and since it costs $500 to spay/neuter a pet in their area, low/no cost spay/neuter is sometimes the only way a family could afford to have the procedure done. They also supply pet sized resuscitation equipment to fire departments. Almost every single fire dept in Bergen county has the pet size masks. So now they are expanding to other counties.
The Lucky Dog Rescue’s mission is to help unwanted dogs find forever homes and to be a leader in Colorado Springs community educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering, advocating for animals that have no voice, offering training and other resources as alternatives to re-homing, and preventing cruelty to animals. Although they are a small charity with less than 50k in revenue, they’ve saved 450 total dogs as of 1/17/14, since 7/13/10
Poverty Busters: Hephziba Children’s Association
This charity helps children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs. There aren’t a lot of resources out their for children in and out of the foster care system, so I’m especially glad to see a donation support their important work.
Here are a few examples of programs they provide:
The Diagnostic Treatment Center which provides abused and neglected children a 90-day period of stabilization and evaluation. It is the only diagnostic shelter for children between the ages of 3 and 12 in Illinois.
The Residence at Hephzibah Home which provides long-term (1 or two years) therapeutic support for severely traumatized children.
Foster Care Program that trains foster parents to provide the love, constancy and additional support needed to help traumatized children heal and learn to trust again.
Veterans: Horse Rhythm Foundation
Horse Rhythm Foundation helps veterans and first responders heal from physical or emotional trauma (including PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma) through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Driving Facilitated Learning (EDFL), and Therapeutic Riding.
Last year, 350 men and women went through their program. You can read some of their testimonials here: http://www.horserhythm.org/what-people-are-saying-about-hrf/
They are in the midst of an exciting research project that involves doing brain maps of participants before, during, and after horse therapy. This research will allow them to put science behind what they do. If spending time with horses is not just a warm and fuzzy effort but has real, measurable impact, then it is easier for insurance companies and the VA to pay for the treatment. Their medical director is from Mayo Clinic and they have multiple persons with medical backgrounds on their board, so their study has been carefully designed to meet the accepted scientific study requirements. This means that the research will be accepted by the scientific community and can be used by other organizations doing similar work.
I am very excited to learn about the results of this study. If it turns out that this type of work does not help veterans recover, then we need to know that so we can direct our donations to the programs that do work!
Thanks To The Members!
They make it possible, and I thank everyone who is the change they want to see in the world.
Are you walking your talk? If so, thank you! If you want to make a big deal out of your small donation, I’d love to welcome you to the giving circle that is right for you. There is no someday. There is only today.