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    Winter 2018 

    Some Charitable Programs Worth Supporting :


    Please let me know of programs you'd like to see added to this list.


    To Help With the Refugee Situation in Syria:

    Here is a list of some of the organizations collecting donations for child refugees, compiled by Charity Navigator, a nonprofit group that evaluates charities. Additional organizations are listed on Charity Navigator’s website.

    United States Fund for Unicef

    In 1946, Unicef was founded to help children in postwar conflict zones. Today the organization works to secure its founding belief that “all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential — to the benefit of a better world.”

    U.S.A. for U.N.H.C.R.

    U.S.A. for U.N.H.C.R. “helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution.” The organization helps refugees return to their homeland, and if they can’t go back home, U.N.H.C.R. helps them rebuild their lives in another country.

    Save the Children

    Save the Children helps children in 120 countries, including the United States, by providing resources and setting up child-friendly spaces in emergency shelters. It has provided aid to Syrian children fleeing to Greece, Serbia and Hungary.

    Mercy-U.S.A. for Aid and Development

    Mercy-U.S.A. for Aid and Development (M-USA) is “dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient.” The group focuses on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water.

    World Food Programme

    W.F.P. is the largest humanitarian aid agency working to fight hunger internationally. The organization works with victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. “On average, W.F.P. reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.”




    Charity Water: Bringing Clean Water to Africa

    We’re a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean drinking water to every person on the planet. Thanks to your help, we’ve funded 13,644 water projects in 22 countries.


    Innovations for Poverty Action

    Fighting Poverty with Innovation, Evidence and Action

    Tackling global poverty is too important to leave to chance.  Which is why IPA has launched the Proven Impact Initiative – dedicated to ensuring that charitable giving is increasingly focused on those ideas that have been proven to work through rigorous evaluation in the real world.

    Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering what works to help the world’s poor. They design and evaluate programs in real contexts with real people, and provide hands-on assistance to bring successful programs to scale.


    Action Against Hunger | ACF International

    Action Against Hunger | ACF International is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, ACF works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in over 40 countries benefitting some five million people each year.

    Their Mission

    Action Against Hunger's mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition, especially during and after emergency situations of conflict, war and natural disaster. From crisis to sustainability, they tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition and its effects by using their expertise in nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. By integrating their programs with local and national systems they  further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions.



    Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

    Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

    The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through over 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.



    Helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives.

    Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

    This program offers opportunities to sponsor and correspond with a specific individual. Your generous gift of sponsorship will provide a woman survivor of war with the resources she needs to move from victim to active citizen. This gift of sponsorship offers an experience like no other because you will know exactly who you are helping. In fact you will be corresponding with your sponsored sister – sharing, inspiring, offering encouragement and giving her the emotional support she needs to help change her life.


    KIVA.ORG allows you to make a micro-loan to a specific entrepeneur in the developing world -- empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

    Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

    Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

    The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

    News video about Kiva: 



    "Bringing and End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings."

    Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.

    Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

    Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

    And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

    How is this possible?

    With Heifer’s proven approach – almost 60 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.



    To achieve their mission, The Food Bank feeds more than 320,000 people annually in nine counties in eastern Massachusetts -- poor to middle-class people who can't make ends meet -- our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

    The Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country. They distribute more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to a network of nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies. They are a trusted and efficient resource for these local food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and day-care centers, providing the food they need to feed the hungry. Still, the need for food is growing in the 190 communities they serve. That's why they need your help.

    Founded in 1981, The Food Bank is part of Feeding America - the nation's largest hunger-relief organization. They employ more than 60 people and benefit from the services of more than 10,000 volunteers annually to acquire, inspect, sort, warehouse, and distribute large quantities of food and grocery products. The Food Bank previously operated out of a 60,000 square-foot facility in the Roxbury/Newmarket section of Boston and they've literally ran out of room. To help the growing number of hungry people in our region, they've embarked on their Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope capital campaign to build a new Food Bank.