As we approach the end of the tax year, I thought I’d share a brief list of the charitable organizations I personally support. Some of you can probably afford to make much larger gifts than I can, and I’d encourage you to give generously to support these causes.
While I am a meat eater, I don’t see why eating an animal after it’s dead requires that it be tortured while alive. Food labels like Certified Organic, Pasture-Fed, and Free Range are essentially meaningless these days, but one label can be trusted to say that the animal you’re eating was not made to suffer throughout its life: Certified Humane. These labels come only from the folks at HFAC, and they are rigorous in enforcing strict criteria before they’ll give out the label.
I will admit that I don’t always buy Certified Humane, but that’s because it’s still difficult to find. Supporting this organization will help raise awareness, and that will make Certified Humane products much easier to find. You can learn more and donate through HFAC’s web site.
Founded by an old friend of mine (now apparently known as “Doctor Ben”), the Cell Motion Biobus is a mobile science classroom that travels New York City, bringing sound science education, taught by PhD scientists, to students whose districts can’t afford expenses like microscopes and computers.
You may have seen the Biobus on the Colbert Report in March, when they stole Stephen’s blood. The organization reaches about 20,000 people a year, and they operate on a shoestring. You can learn more, volunteer, and make a much-needed donation at their web site.
As if I would forget my employer. As I’ve been known to say, I work for the ACLU because I support the cause, and not vice-versa. The ACLU was the first charity I ever donated to, back when I was about 17 years old. It is no exaggeration to say that the ACLU has not only defended, but in fact shaped the U.S. Constitution. Did you know that no court ever upheld a free speech claim until the ACLU started arguing cases?
I view the ACLU as the world’s most important non-profit organization, and every American, whether they support the ACLU or oppose it, benefits from the ACLU’s 90 years of work. Your gift to the ACLU is shared equally between the National organization and your state affiliate, no matter where you send it.
Incidentally, if you are one of those people who hates the ACLU, I’d invite you to learn more – particularly the articles on Snopes, and a list of the ACLU’s real work defending Christianity. Most people who hate the ACLU have entirely the wrong idea about what we do, because unfortunately there are a lot of people out there telling outright lies about the organization.