Organizations I Believe In

Carnegie Picture Lab
Carnegie Picture Lab, in Walla Walla, Washington. Carnegie Picture Lab provides art instruction and art history presentations lead by volunteers at least three times per year to every participating K-5 classroom. The Picture Lab also supports the schools with library book donations, follow up activities, family fun nights, and field trips. If you live in this area of the world, get involved! It's a phenomenal program!

Coats for Kids
The Coats for Kids Foundation was established in January 2004 as a public charitable foundation.  Its mission is "to ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives a new one."

Heifer's Mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.  By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand out, Heifer empowers them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.  With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.  Animals are referred to as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift--a cornerstone of Heifer's mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

Is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.  Leveraging the internet and worldwide network of micro institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.  

Love 146 has a mission to eradicate human sex slavery and exploitation.  Their hope is for abolition and restoration of survivors of slavery.
Joy 2 the World is a non-profit organization making a difference for women and girls in Africa.  With the help of micro-loans and some business tips and training, women learn about improving their inventory, making a profit and how to save for future investments.  Micro-loans are a tool for their success.
Enough is dedicated to ending genocide and crimes against humanity, and preventing them from occurring in the future.  Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress, helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.  Too often, the United States and the larger international community have taken a wait-and-see approach to crimes against humanity.  Genocide and war crimes are not inevitable, and Enough was to create noise and action both to stop ongoing atrocities and to prevent their recurrence.  Their mission is to help people from every walk of life understand the practical actions they can take to make a difference. 

Vittana was founded on the belief that education can change everything.  They believe education is the most powerful tool we have in the world, whether to fight global poverty or transform lives.  What does education mean to you?  For Vittana students, it means opportunity.