Every year the holiday season comes around and, in the spirit of giving, I find myself thinking about which charities I could donate money to. Sometimes it has to do with current events – different health scares, perhaps – or causes close to my heart like women’s rights and nutrition. This year I’m even donating to the addictive This American Life spinoff series “Serial” which needs additional funding to complete a second season.
Too many times though funds that are contributed to nonprofits don’t end up going where we want them to go. They get twisted and turned until they end up tacked on to a CEO’s Christmas bonus instead of causing the change we want seen. Instead of donating to these causes, we wanted to give you some other options. These are some startups that are doing amazing things and could use your financial backing.
1. Community Plates
What it is: This organization is committed to ending food insecurity in America by moving surplus food from restaurants, markets and caterers to those in need using technology and volunteer manpower.
Why we like it: Now in 5 cities, Community Plates offers a unique and modern solution to food waste. It keeps costs down by directly transferring food through food runners and partner agencies. We like its efficiency, scalability and effectiveness in 5 cities already!
How to donate: http://communityplates.org/donate/. Donate your time or money to help!
2. The Cookbook Project
What it is: the Cookbook Project uses cooking as a means of increasing food literacy in America. It focuses on teaching children how to prepare fresh food so they can eat well and perform better in the classroom.
Why we like it: This organization looks at the root of childhood obesity and classroom problems to create long-term solutions. Providing children with the skills to prepare food teaches proper eating habits early on, which we love!
How to donate: http://thecookbookproject.org/get-involved/contributions/. Adam and Alissa look for interns, donations and volunteers so there are lots of ways to get involved.