"Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving....
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another."
Below is a list of links to organizations doing great work that is close to my heart (and other body. You can also find many more organization on our Resources page. Of course, if you wanted to make a NON tax deductible contribution to something you can always give to In Sickness + In Health! You can also help us out without money by rating and reviewing us on iTunes, which helps other people find the show, and by helping spread the word by telling people you know about us and sharing the podcast on social media.
NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, "is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD, along with its more than 230 patient organization members, is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services."
Global Genes "is a leading rare disease advocacy organization with global reach to the worldwide rare community of patients, caregivers, advocates and clinical partners. Our mission is to eliminate the challenges of rare disease."
Dysautonomia International "is a non-profit founded in 2012 by patients, caregivers, physicians and researchers dedicated to assisting people living with various forms of dysautonomia. For those of you who may be thinking "dysauto-what?" - dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of a person's autonomic nervous system." The president of DI, Lauren Stiles, was our guest on episode 01 of the podcast.
The Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation "is a non-profit organization that creates resources for those affected by the connective tissue disorder, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. By creating and distributing accurate information, providing a network of support and communication, and fostering and funding research."
The American Migraine Foundation "is a non-profit foundation supported by the American Headache Society® and generous donors dedicated to the advancement of migraine research. The mission of the American Migraine Foundation is to support innovative research and education that will lead to improvement in the lives of those who suffer from migraine and other disabling headaches."
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America "is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases."
Planned Parenthood Action Fund "is the nonpartisan advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including legislative advocacy, voter education, and grassroots organizing to promote the Planned Parenthood mission. Their mission is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual, to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services, to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality, and to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications."
You can also donate more generally to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, "America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering men, women, and teens high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life." As well as a specific, local Planned Parenthood organization. Like Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, whose Colorado Springs, CO location was recently attacked.