Mission Statement: Sandy Hook Promise educates and empowers parents, schools and community organizations on how to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by delivering and advocating for mental health & wellness early-intervention programs, gun safety storage practices and sensible state and federal policy. Learn more...
The Heart Foundation
Advocacy Topic: Heart Disease
February is American Heart Month, and while most of you have heard of the American Heart Association, there are numerous philanthropicavenues in America that are dedicated to heart health. With Heart Disease being the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, The Heart Foundation is a timely resource.
Mission Statement: The Heart Foundation’s mission is to save lives by educating the public about heart disease, promoting early detection, and supporting the research of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah in the quest to find more effective ways to prevent and treat the #1 cause of death in the U.S. We dedicate ourselves to this mission in memory of Steven S. Cohen, an incredible husband, father, son, brother and friend. Learn more...
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
March is an awareness month for many topics, but we know that education for our young people is important to all of us as Americans. With this month being National Reading Awareness Month, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Their Vision: In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
Related Topics: Education in America Low Income Families International Reach
National Nutrition Month®
As pageant season and summer approaches, we know you are all becoming increasingly aware of your healthy habits, and likely hitting the gym with a bit more intensity. March, in addition to National Reading Awareness Month, is also National Nutrition Month. As health and fitness play a key role in self-esteem, productivity, emotional well-being and physicality, we thought it was only appropriate to share with you the National Nutrition Month Organization. Take a look through the “eat right” tab for recipes, games and quizzes about nutrition.
Their mission:National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.
Prevent Child Abuse America
April kicks off the awareness of many topics that are in need of national attention, research and funding. Since our conversation above, with Kerry Magro of Autism Speaks, touches on Autism Awareness, we wanted to shed light on another subject and organization doing great work: Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA).
Prevent Child Abuse America is doing great work all over the country! In fact, during this month (April 11th), they are launching the Great Childhoods Campaign, where you can donate a virtual "pinwheel" on behalf of someone who made your childhood great. Feel free to share the link!
Their Mission: Our mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of all children in the United States.
April is a month that is chock-full of causes to champion for. In the last Exclusive Content Subscription, we highlighted Autism through our interview, and Prevent Child Abuse America in this very section. In addition to those causes, and many more, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and one of the biggest organizations fighting to prevent Sexual Assault is No More.
Their Mission: NO MORE was conceived to amplify the power of the domestic violence and sexual assault movement using a unifying symbol to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them. Co-founded as a public/private partnership, NO MORE was created as a platform for those working to end domestic violence/sexual assault, in the belief that greater dialogue will fuel enhanced funding for direct service, advocacy and prevention.
BONUS: These two Documentaries are both informative and heart-wrenching, but we highly recommend them:
The Hunting Ground (Sexual Assault on College Campuses)
The Invisible War (Sexual Assault in the Military)
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Spring has sprung! Naturally, many of us are coming out of the 'winter blues' and happily wandering outside for fresh air and sunshine, but all over the United States (and the world, for that matter), the 'winter blues' is something that never goes away. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and with more than 25% of college students entering school on medication, we believe this is a conversation that starts with us.
Their Mission: NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Together We Rise
In the month of May, many of you are advocating for your personal platforms concerning the lives of children in Foster Care across the country. We have enjoyed learning about the different organizations doing great work to improve the Foster Care experience that over 400,000 children in America face. There are several organizations that catch our eye like Suitcases for Kids and One Simple Wish, but this month we highlight Together We Rise!
Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.
TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring our programs to foster youth across the nation. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and suitcases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
As the conversations around HB2 and the Religious Freedom Acts continue(we hope you read our email!), we have become aware that it is increasingly important to educate ourselves and others on the differences and similarities that our friends, siblings, classmates, etc. of the LGBTQ community face. This month is LGBT Pride month, and while many of you may have heard of the "Pride Parade," the need for awareness and the fight for equality extends much further. We hope that you will join us both as straight allies by learning more about GLSEN (often pronounced 'glisten').
We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.
We are working to change that.
At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
HB2 in North Carolina
In light of recent events in Orlando, we felt that this month it would be appropriate to highlight yet another organization that is "LGBTQ Pride" focused in addition to their message of eliminating hate in general, the NOH8 Campaign.
P.S. You can join in on one of their photoshoots nearby by checking here!
While inspired by the passage of Prop 8 and the fight for marriage equality, the scope of the NOH8 Campaign has grown to stand against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. The message of 'No Hate' can be interpreted and applied broadly, and everyone can relate to the message of NOH8 in their own way.
Arthritis Foundation: Juvenile Arthritis
July is Juvenile Arthritis awareness month, and for those of you who are concerned with child welfare and healthcare, knowing about how Juvenile Arthritis can impact the children across our country could be helpful. The Arthritis Association does quite a bit of work in this specific area, so this month we have highlighted them for you! Take a look at their Mission page— it could provide some structure for Platform development of your own.
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. We also publish Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.
In a time in which one of the most common questions is: #BlackLivesMatter or #BlueLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter, here is a police perspective on the issue. Founded in 2014, in response to the Michael Brown shooting by Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson that launched the #BlackLivesMatter initiative, the Blue Lives Matter media company is comprised entirely of active and retired law enforcement officers.
Serving and honoring American law enforcement by tirelessly celebrating their lives and contributions to the communities they protect.
Police Brutality Black Lives Matter Law Enforcement Protection
National Organization for Women
In this election year, women's issues have become more front and center than ever with Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman nominated in a major party for the Presidency. From constitutional equality and racial justice, to reproductive rights and violence against women, the National Organization for Women fights for women from all walks of life.
About: The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
Okay, fair. Countable is not an organization, but it is a REALLY fascinating app! In the midst of so much political change and with the election looming, we thought that this app could be a way to keep track of all things politics.
About: "Countable makes it quick and easy to understand the laws Congress is considering. We also streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration."
You can use Countable to:
—Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
—Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
—Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.
Participating in Politics
American Sexual Health Association
Hey! Who says we can't be more like big sisters from time to time? September is Sexual Health Awareness Month, and no matter what your age, as women it's important that we take care of our bodies. From annual check-ups, to having real conversations with trusted adults, it's important to be in the know.
The American Sexual Health Association promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.
Sexual Education in Schools
Sibling/Parent Role Models
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
September is Ovarian Cancer awareness month and in just about everywhere you turn, community members are celebrating "30 Days of Teal."
Mission: The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. We connect survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. We ensure that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies in Washington, DC, and throughout the country. We help our community raise their voices on behalf of every life that has been affected by this disease.
We are a voice for women with ovarian cancer on Capitol Hill, in statehouses around the country and with federal agencies. The Alliance plays an essential role in securing millions of dollars in ovarian cancer research and education—including $166 million in FY2014.