Heal the Body, Feed the Soul
We give money every month to companies that provide us services. Internet, water, cable, phone, electricity, etc.-all get steady payments and I daresay that we send off those fees happily to the various corporations. Giving to charity is really paying for a service. I give money to organizations for a type of selfish gain. Instead of entertainment, or communications convenience, or what have you, I get a little better world. But more importantly, I get to live my comfortable life without the monumental weight of having to cure the human race of a horrifying disease, caring for the ill or injured, or of having to solve grave social issues. For what I pay, I\’d have to say it\’s a great deal! Unless you simply don\’t give a damn (and there are those who don\’t), you probably would agree that charitable donations is a wonderful system and service. So if you aren\’t donating, then it\’s time you start. If you find it difficult to part with your precious cash, I have only one more thought to add: giving money to anyone is the most vital, transformative and simplest thing you can do. In a way it\’s easy. Certainly easier than doing the aforementioned work (which the organizations below handle for us). And I say that as someone who really loves money. Really. -tired ant
The following charities are this year\’s recipients of our donations. Over time tired ant will rotate different charities. If we are able to generate sufficient revenue, however, we will donate to all that ever appear in our directory.
Descriptions from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/)
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders, USA (DWB-USA) was founded in 1990 in New York City to raise funds, create awareness, recruit field staff, and advocate with the United Nations and US government on humanitarian concerns. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. In 2007, MSF-USA raised $152.1 million and sent 200 aid workers to work overseas.
Doctors Without Borders, USA — 333 Seventh Avenue 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001 tel: (888) 392-0392 fax: (212) 679-7016 EIN: 13-3433452
Mail donations to: P.O. Box 5030?Hagerstown, MD 21741
American Cancer Society
Founded in 1913 by 15 well-known doctors and business leaders in New York City, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The American Cancer Society consists of a National Home Office with 13 chartered Divisions throughout the United States and a presence in most communities. More than two million volunteers carry out the Society\’s mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease.
American Cancer Society — 250 Williams Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303
tel: (800) 227-2345 TTY: (866) 228-4327EIN: 13-1788491
Mail donations to:?P.O. Box 22718?Oklahoma City, OK 73123
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis?
Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals. In 1985, Barth A. Green, MD and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick\’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, the Miami Project is the world\’s largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project\’s international team of more than 200 scientists and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury.
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis — 1095 Northwest Fourteenth Terrace, Lois Pope LIFE Center, Miami, FL 33136
tel: (888) 782-6387 fax: (305) 243-6017 EIN: 65-0244316
American Lung Association
The mission of the American Lung Association, National Headquarters is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives, improve lung health and prevent lung disease. The American Lung Association is fighting for air through research, education and advocacy. The American Lung Association has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease. Among these are: Open Airways For Schools, Teens Against Tobacco Use, No On Tobacco, Freedom From Smoking, environment health programs, as well as research and professional education, advocacy, and communications programs.
American Lung Association, National Headquarters — 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20004
tel: (202) 785-3355 EIN: 13-1632524
Cancer Research Institute
Founded in 1953, The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) has been a leading and sustaining force in immunology and cancer immunology research worldwide. Through our advancement of these two scientific fields, we are learning how to manipulate the human immune system to target and attack cancer. Our goal is to discover and develop new, immune-based approaches to the treatment, control, and prevention of cancer. The Institute fulfills its mission by providing academic researchers at top institutions around the world the funding they need to carry out their important work. We have provided more than $175 million in financial support to more than 2,800 of the world\’s brightest scientists.
Cancer Research Institute — One Exchange Plaza 55 Broadway, Suite 1802 New York, NY 10006
tel: (800) 992-2623 fax: (212) 832-9376 EIN: 13-1837442
WGBH Boston first hit the airwaves in October 1951 with a live radio concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. WGBH enriches people\’s lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives. WGBH holds the licenses for eight broadcast operations, and is the source of one-third of all prime-time programming seen on public television nationwide, including such series as Frontline, Nova, and Antiques Roadshow. Today, WGBH offers multiple television and radio channels, vibrant Web content, and a wide range of teaching tools used in classrooms from coast to coast.
WGBH Boston — One Guest Street Boston, MA 02135
tel: (617) 300-3300 fax: (617) 300-1026 EIN: 04-2104397
Mail donations to:?P.O. Box 55875?Boston, MA 02205
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), headquartered in White Plains, New York, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world\’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society\’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin\’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers. With its popular Information Resource Center, LLS connects patients, families and caregivers to oncology nurses and social workers.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society — 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605
tel: (800) 955-4572 fax: (914) 949-6691 EIN: 13-5644916
Mail donations to: P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, MA 01202
Cancer Center for Detection and Prevention
The mission of The Cancer Center for Detection and Prevention (TCC) is to support educational, prevention, medical assistance and relief, and innovative research programs in order to reduce the incidence of cancer throughout the world. TCC is committed to the search for a cure to cancer. We have funded numerous programs at research institutes that focus on innovative cancer therapies, such as peptide therapeutics and natural medicinals from plants and herbs. As a special program of TCC, the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation supports educational, prevention, medical assistance and relief, and innovative research programs in order to reduce the incidence of breast cancer throughout the world.
The Cancer Center for Detection and Prevention — 615 Baronne Street Suite 301 New Orleans, LA 70113
tel: (504) 529-3258 EIN: 94-3065923
The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Throughout its history, SPLC has worked to make the nation\’s Constitutional ideals a reality. The SPLC legal department fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society\’s most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. The SPLC Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. To combat the causes of hate, SPLC in 1991 established Teaching Tolerance, an educational program to help K-12 teachers foster respect and understanding in the classroom.
Southern Poverty Law Center — 400 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104
tel: (888) 414-7752 EIN: 63-0598743
ALS Therapy Development Institute
The mission of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to develop effective therapeutics that stop ALS as soon as possible. Focused on meeting this urgent unmet medical need, ALS TDI executes a robust discovery program, as well as a multi-pronged approach to validate potential therapeutics; including small molecules, protein biologics, gene therapies and cell-based constructs. The Institute\’s unique, industrial-scale platform allows for the development and testing of dozens of potential therapeutics each year.
ALS Therapy Development Institute — 215 First Street 2nd Floor Cambridge, MA 02142
tel: (617) 441-7200 EIN: 04-3462719
Caritas of Austin
Caritas provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Caritas offers the homeless, working poor and documented refugees comprehensive services that support their housing stability. Caritas serves hot meals every weekday through our Community Kitchen and take-home groceries through our Pantry to individuals and families in need. As Caritas provides vulnerable individuals with financial assistance, we also equip clients with the knowledge and life skills to manage their finances more effectively through offering education classes on practical topics. Utilizing our business and community contacts, Caritas assists low income individuals and refugees find stable employment to support their self sufficiency.
Caritas of Austin — 611 Neches Street Austin, TX 78701
tel: (512) 479-4610 EIN: 74-1909670