Sunday, December 27, 2015

Feeling Charitable?

From the bean of Green Bean.

If you are anything like me, your inbox is overflowing with year-end requests for donations from every charity you've ever heard of. It can be overwhelming and too easy to hit the delete button. I am here though, to implore you, to send one last donation this year to your charity of choice.

If you are on the fence regarding which charities to support, Charity Navigator is a great place to start. Here are my favorites:

BIG GREEN: It may be the lawyer in me but I have a soft spot for EarthJustice. They have a 4 star Charity Navigator rating. Moreover, they have won some crucial court battles this year, including overturning the approval of a bee-killing pesticide.

MEDIUM GREEN: WildEarth Guardians is another 4 star rated charity. They are fighting to end/decrease fossil fuel extraction on public lands, protect endangered species, ban trapping and more.

LITTLE GREEN: I was blown away earlier this year by a small group of grassroots activists who fought a massive development to save a colony of prairie dogs. They appealed to all the big and medium green organizations and no one would get involved except Wildlands Defense. The group has since morphed into Wildlands Defense Colorado and is working to save habitat and protect endangered species by slowing down development and getting more people involved in local government. Watching the prairie dog fight unfold over social media, I decided to make sure I always donate at least some of my charity budget to small, grassroots organizations. They are more nimble and able to respond in many situations.

POLITICAL: Last but not least, I regularly donate to a super PAC. You read that right! I donate to Climate Hawks Vote SuperPAC, which is devoted to filling government with leaders who will make fighting climate change a priority. ClimateHawks have ranked congressional leaders to see where they fall on climate related policies and the super PAC handpicks a few candidates a year to endorse and support. Even if you do not donate to this group, I hope you will sign up for the mailing list. The super PAC was formed by the Chair of the California Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller, whom I greatly respect. Among many things, RL authored California's bill to divest its largest pensions from coal and ensured its passage.

These are my favorites. Which charities do you support?

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