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59 Days, 59 Charities

by Marge Maghoney

My last log was on April 1, 2016, 59 days ago. I've been quite busy with a transition and haven't been very responsible with my daily, much less weekly posts. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been doing my one kindness a day -- just missed writing them down each day. Since it would be difficult to remember the details of these acts in the last 59 days, I figured I'd make up for my slacking by donating to a charity for each unlogged day.

I've searched online and stumbled upon a site you might find useful. It's the Paypal Giving Fund and you can search charities per state, even a space for keywords for the type of organization you're interested in helping. I love this website and thankful that I've discovered charities I've never even heard of that's just in my neighborhood. They all accept any amount and offer a brief explanation of what they do on each of their page. It also has a link to their official website if you'd like to learn more about them. Check it out. Here are the ones I chose to donate to.

1. Save the Children - Save the Children gives children in the US and around the world what every child deserves – the chance for a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

2. Red Nose Day - Half of the money distributed by Red Nose Day 2016 will be spent right here in the U.S. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. All money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, and educated.

3. United Way - United Way is a network in 40 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

4. American Red Cross - Help people affected by disasters by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

5. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Everything they do is centered on finding cures and saving children. And families never receive a bill from St. Jude. They pay for treatment travel housing and food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

6. Direct Relief - Direct Relief provides medical aid to trusted healthcare partners caring for low-income patients in all 50 U.S. states and people in vulnerable communities around the world on an ongoing basis and during emergencies.Direct Relief is supporting the recovery efforts following the earthquake in Nepal, providing essential medicines and medical supplies to affected areas. Donate now to help.

7. Feeding America - Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 48 million Americans each year (1 in 7 people), including 15 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.

8. Unicef - The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts in support of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.

9. Children's Miracle Network - Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than five billion dollars, most of it one dollar at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon.

10. Shriners Hospitals for Children - Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to the patient or family.

11. Charity Water - Right now, 663 million people don't have access to clean water. That's 1 in 11 of water is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet. 100% of all public donations directly fund water project costs, we prove every project we build using photos and GPS coordinates on Google Maps, and we work with strong local implementing partners to build and maintain projects.

12. World Wildlife Fund - The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than 1 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

13. Conservation International - Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

14. The Humane Society of the United States - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest animal protection organization, working to help all animals. Thanks for helping!

15. World Vision, Inc. - World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.We work in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

16. Great Exchange Covenant Church Fremont - Our vision is to produce disciples so wrought by the gospel that others must say they are Christ-like -- to create a movement of the gospel that renews the world -- all by God's grace, all for God's glory

17. Li'l Angels Center for Services and Learning - To provide services and advocacy for children, young adults, adult and their families. To educate children, empower their families and serve the community.

18. Akal Aid - Akal Aid is an international non-profit aid and relief organization founded in 2015. Our volunteers, donors, supporters provide compassionate care to those who in need. Akal Aid is a United States registered charity with the State of California, USA.We believe in peace and prosperity, for which our volunteers&supporters worldwide participate in blood donations drives, disasters reliefs, save girl child programs, rehabilitation and many more events around the world.

19. United Church of Hayward, United Church of Christ - The United Church of Hayward is an Open and Affirming Church. Our mission is to be the hands of Christ - Praising God, caring for and welcoming persons of all ages, races and sexual orientations into the full life and ministry of our church and reaching out to those in spiritual and material need in Hayward and the world.

20. POP's Foundation - POP's Foundation is dedicated to serving children with special needs through the Prince of Peace Children's Home and Children Rehabilitation Center in Tianjin, China.

21. Harmony Fusion Chorus - Harmony Fusion Chorus is committed to musical excellence and education. We enthusiastically come together to share the joy of singing four-part, a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. We take pride in our involvement in the community. We strive for innovative entertainment and diversity in our membership.

22. San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society - The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society supports the education, interpretation, and research activities of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, for millions of birds and other creatures, and more than 45,000 acres. Our mission is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay and its natural history, and to conserve and preserve the remaining bay lands as essential wildlife habitat. Learn more or join us at

23. Health Foundation - To save lives and end cancer forever by empowering others, investing in science to find the cures, reducing the cost of cancer treatment and supporting those individuals without financial means to receive medical care for life threatening illnesses.

24. Project Future, Inc. - At Project Future our purpose is simple: we exist to create brighter futures one piece at a time. Through education, college and career planning, adding mentoring and peer counselling, following up with job and life skills, we work together to create a blueprint for success and foster lasting change that strengthens the whole.

25. Human Engineers, Inc. - Human Engineers Inc is a non-profit organization that aims to provide prosthetic and orthotic services to under-served populations in the Philippines. Since incorporation, Human Engineers has completed seven medical missions, seeing over 300 patients. In the future, Human Engineers plans to establish a self-sustainable infrastructure for prosthetic and orthotic care in the Philippines. This will involve adopting hospitals, educating local medical providers, and establishing rehabilitation centers.

26. Hayward Aggies Youth Football & Cheer - Our program supports over one hundred underprivileged kids within our community to stay off the streets, away from drugs, violence and crime acts. We encourage kids to play sports fostered by a good education. We strive to keep kids eating well balanced meals and encourage them to be healthy and active. Our charity helps kids who are lacking attention at home, we provide them a safe place to be who they are while developing them into leaders within our community.

27. Pilipino Workers Center - The PWC was established on the idea that everyone has the right to a healthy quality of life, including safe working conditions, living wages, access to healthcare and human dignity. Its mission is to provide services and resources that help meet the urgent needs of Pilipino workers and their families in the short term, and to organize them collectively to address workers' needs and issues both in the community and in the workplace for long-term change.

28. Pilipino Senior Resource Center - Pilipino Senior Resource Center is a nonprofit organization located in the South of Market District in San Francisco whose mission is to be able to provide comprehensive and high quality unique sources of valuable support to Filipino families experiencing economic and social needs. These families include survivors and diagnosed Filipinas with breast cancer. We currently have three main programs: our Senior Services, our Breast Cancer Support Services Program, and our Parental Stress Line.

29. Veterans Equity Center - The Veterans Equity Center has been serving the San Francisco community for the last 15 years. Originally established to provide services for Filipino World War II veterans, VEC has expanded its services to include low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals. VEC assists these groups through case management, counseling, free legal clinic, health services, and affordable housing opportunity assistance.

30. Project PEARLS, Inc. - To help the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life by giving them PEARLS (Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles) through various outreach programs.

31. Badjao Bridge - Breaking the cycle of poverty among sea-dwelling children by providing educational access and livelihood opportunities.

32. 1736 Family Crisis Center - 1736 Family Crisis Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety and fostering the long-term survival and success of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, and other individuals in need. Services are provided through four shelters for battered women and their children (ages birth through 17), an emergency youth shelter (girls and boys ages 10 through 17), three community service centers, four 24-hour hotlines, and a website.

33. Starlight Children's Foundation - Starlight Children's Foundation partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.

34. The Robert Duvall Children's Fund - The Robert Duvall Children's Fund (RDCF) is a nonpartisan organization committed to improving the living conditions of impoverished children by sponsoring public works projects. Other forms of assistance are executed through the promotion of organizations focused on meeting the needs of impoverished children and their families.

35. Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition - We are dedicated to ensuring compassionate, comprehensive care for children with life-threatening conditions by finding innovative solutions to heartbreaking problems. Together with families, we speak out for those too little or too sick to speak for themselves and create programs that directly improve the quality of their lives. Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition is now a division of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.

36. The Milagro Foundation - The Milagro Foundation is a publicly supported foundation established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998. Milagro benefits underserved and vulnerable children around the world by making grants to community based tax-exempt organizations that work with children in the areas of education, health and the arts.

37. Invisible Children Inc. - Invisible Children exists to bring a permanent end to LRA atrocities. We are a social, political, and global movement using the transformative power of a story to change lives. By inspiring youth culture to value creativity, idealism, and sacrifice, the movement fuels the most effective, adaptable, and innovative programs in the world.

38. Kids Cancer Connection - KCC offers a myriad of psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment and extends assistance to their families. This includes Courageous Kid Recognition Award parties, Magical Caps for Kids, toys, gift cards for personal necessities, field trips, peer counseling, patient advocacy, wigs, overnight bags for emergency hospital stays, etc. KCC is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for children undergoing cancer treatment.

39. 49ers Academy - The 49ers Academy serves middle school students from the Ravenswood City School District and is designed specifically to improve skill levels and combat lowered academic expectations while creating a climate of hope and excellence. Advanced technology, smaller class sizes, extended school hours and an enriched after school program are just some of the practices the 49ers Academy utilizes to achieve a higher standard of education.

40. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford - Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

41. Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Francisco - Breast Cancer education, screening and treatment. Help stop the devastation now. Also hosts Komen San Francisco Race for the Cure.

42. 49ers Foundation - The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them safe, on track and in school. A significant portion of its funding goes toward family violence prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect.

43. Ronald McDonald House Of San Francisco - We house families who must travel to San Francisco for medical treatment of their seriously ill child. Families receive housing regardless of their financial resources.

44. Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties - We create solutions to poverty through the businesses we operate.

45. Daly City Youth Health Center - Jefferson Union High School District - The Daly City Youth Health Center invests in our community through its youth and young adults by providing comprehensive, integrated services and programs that increase resiliency, encourage responsibility, and promote self-determination.

46. STAND! Against Domestic Violence - STAND! Against Domestic Violence leads the community in ending domestic violence and rebuilding lives.

47. Berkeley Food and Housing Project - For more than 35 years, the Berkeley Food and Housing Project has worked to ease and end the crisis of homelessness for men, women and children in the Bay Area.

48. Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter - The Women's and Children's Crisis Shelter is committed to provide safety, shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence.

49. House of Hope Foundation, Inc. - House of Hope provides a safe, clean and sober, nurturing environment for substance abusing women. Our mission is to help them regain their dignity and learn how to live life without alcohol or drugs. We help restore to health women who are wounded, lost and broken and return them to society with the tools they need to continue their lives in recovery.

50. California Women's Law Center - The California Women's Law Center works to ensure, through systematic change, that life opportunities for women and girls are free from unjust social, economic, and political constraints.

51. Asian Pacific Women's Center, Inc. - The Asian Pacific Women's Center empowers survivors of domestic violence with self-sufficiency, dignity, and inner peace by providing affordable housing and multilingual and multicultural supportive services.

52. Women's Earth Alliance - Women's Earth Alliance (WEA) is a global organization that implements solutions to issues of climate, water, food, and land by connecting grassroots women environmental leaders to urgently-needed resources, training and advocacy

53. Meals On Wheels Of San Francisco - Meals On Wheels provides and delivers nutritious meals necessary to prevent the inappropriate or premature institutionalization of elderly homebound residents of San Francisco.

54. Craigslist Foundation - Provide knowledge, resources and visibility to the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

55. Martha's Kitchen - We feed the hungry with dignity - no questions asked.

56. Bay Area Rescue Mission - The Bay Area Rescue Mission provides emergency food, shelter, and assistance to the homeless and lasting recovery to men, women, and families in desperate need.

57. Project Open Hand - Project Open Hand provides food and nourishment to improve the quality of life for the men, women and children it serves. Project Open Hand programs include: meal, grocery and nutrition counseling for people with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; congregate lunch and nutrition education for people over 60 years of age; meal service for homebound and critically ill people under the age of 60. Services are available to eligible clients living in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

58. Alameda County Community Food Bank - The Food Bank distributes nutritious food to 300 agencies serving low-income people throughout Alameda County, refers residents to emergency food, and works to eradicate hunger.

59. Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula - Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula promote the physical, social, personal well-being, and independence of seniors, homebound frail elderly and disabled adults (18+) on the Monterey Peninsula, CA.

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