While not as sexy as giving someone cash, Give Well’s remaining top charities of 2013 both address the issue of parasitic worms. These two organizations treat parasite infections in the developing world and are proven to be cost-effective and successful. However, the hard evidence for improved quality of life from deworming is yet to be proven (despite personal feelings that, should I contract a parasite, I would want said parasite removed post haste regardless of research debating its necessity). You can read more about the evidence from Give Well here.
The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) treats parasite infections in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Deworm the World Initiative treats children for parasite infections in developing countries.
*Past top charities from Give Well include:
Against Malaria Foundation provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net distributions in developing countries. (official site)
Nurse-Family Partnership provides nurse home visits to first-time mothers in the U.S. (official site)
Village Reach improves the systems that distribute medical supplies to rural areas in Africa, so that life-saving supplies get to those who need them. (official site)
While Give Well focuses on just a few organizations per year, GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. They organize as much information as possible about each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and more into a leveled rating scale. Along with sister site, Philanthropedia, GuideStar offers neutral advice and information for more informed giving. Before you commit to a charitable organization, I suggest you check their database for ratings and reviews.
Give to Your Passion
Many people need to feel strongly about the causes they give to, and I imagine there’s a strong correlation between passion and giving. Check out Philanthropedia’s lists to make informed giving decisions by cause:
Finally, I suggest exercising conscious consumerism when you shop. By shifting your choices to ethical ones, you can help artisans and entrepreneurs make living wages and support healthy environments and communities. I’ll be talking more about this throughout the month of December and creating ethical gift guides for holiday shopping. If you are looking to shop right now, find 100+ ethical brands in my School of Ethics link.
I hope that you will participate in #GivingTuesday. Please get the word out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and any other social media you use. The more we raise awareness, the more good we can do together!