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Charity Ratings

The 50 Worst Charities in America – How to Keep from Being Scammed
Are you concerned you’ve already been scammed or just want to make sure you won’t be in the future? Here are some of the worst offenders… (May 2018)
Best and Worst Charities for Your Donations
If you’re planning to make a charitable donation this holiday season, make sure you know more about the group than just the name it goes by. (Nov. 2018)
Charity donations, online fraud, and hoaxes: What to look out for
Want to donate to charities online but are worried about the plethora of scams out there? We explain the types of charity fraud and hoaxes to watch out for and provide tips for donating safely and securely. (Feb. 2019)
Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America’s premiere independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities. Publishes annual Holiday Guide.
CharityWatch
CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. Includes a handy list of Top-Rated Charities.
Give.org: BBB Wise Giving Alliance
From here you can check out a business or charity, see charity reports and standards, make inquiries or complaints, use the resource library, and more. From the Better Business Bureau.
GuideStar
GuideStar provides information about the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations and has a special section with advice and guides for prospective donors.
How to Donate Wisely and Avoid Charity Scams
Information from the Federal Trade Commission on smart giving, avoiding fraud, and knowing where your donation is spent.

Charity and Social Action Sites

Accion
A private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. …providing ‘micro’ loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses…
Adopt A Classroom
By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation evolved from a young cancer patient’s front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fundraising movement to find a cure for childhood cancer.
American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. Beware of sound-alike organizations.
Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization..
The Carter Center
The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Join us in creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities is the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities.
Children’s Defense Fund
The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to … ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Corporation for National and Community Service
This is the federal agency that leads service, volunteering, and grant-making efforts in the United States. We help millions of Americans improve their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens through service.
Digital Wish
Digital Wish helps you put technology in the hands of teachers to inspire students in every classroom. Prepare today’s students for tomorrow. Works on the Kiva-style model of donating to specific teachers/schools for specific projects.
Direct Relief International
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world. We work to strengthen the in-country health efforts of our partners by providing essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment.
Distributed Computing Active Projects
Users contribute spare computing cycles to a larger project by letting programs run in the background on their home computers. This concept includes projects such as BOINC: Berkeley Open Infrastructure (for science and medicine) and Folding@Home (for medical science).
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
DonorsChoose.org
Teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals … choose projects to fund.
EDAR: Everyone Deserves a Roof
Provides unique mobile shelters to those living on the streets all around us.
Feeding America
Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Grameen Foundation
Grameen Foundation provides micro-lenders in poor communities access to the capital they need to make micro-loans to women who are working to develop or expand a small business.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps provides emergency relief to those struck by disaster, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions, working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools required for self-reliance.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
Kiva
Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva supports microfinance foundations throughout the world.
Make-A-Wish® America
Make-A-Wish® Central New York
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness.
Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 36 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people.
Modest Needs
An award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts …. by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford … short-term emergency expenses …
Nazareth Farm
A Catholic community of volunteers inspired by the Gospels and Social Teachings of the Church and focused on prayer, community, simplicity, and service. We are devoted to developing relationships and eliminating sub-standard housing through home repair in rural West Virginia.
Network for Good
Website designed to make it easier, more convenient and more compelling than ever to donate money, volunteer time and speak out on issues.
Nothing But Nets
Help fight malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa, by supplying mosquito nets to those too poor to afford them.
Save the Children
For 100 years, we’ve been giving children In the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We do whatever it takes to save children, transforming their lives and the future we share.
School of the Americas Watch
SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
ShelterBox
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.
Toys For Tots
Toy for Tots is a national program which collects and distributes toys to needy children at Christmas. Site includes guide to local programs.
United Nations Development Program
An organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
US AID
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
USCCB: Justice, Peace, and Human Development
Information on social justice issues, including action needs and opportunities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
VolunteerMatch
Volunteer Match connects volunteers with organizations.
WHYHunger
We find solutions to hunger that transform and last. Our answer is to build power with grassroots initiatives that nourish people and enrich communities.

Children

Child Labor and Child Slavery

AntiSlavery Society: Child Labor
Despite the fact that many people believe that slavery no longer exists, an estimated five million children are in slavery worldwide, including in the UK.
Child Labor Coalition
A national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provide a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develop informational and educational outreach…
Chocolate and Child Labor
The Clothes on Your Back; Factory Kids video
Report looking at the situation of children working in clothing factories in Bangladesh.
CRIN: Child Rights Information Network
Guided by our passion for social and legal change, CRIN is building a global network for children’s rights. We press for rights, not charity, and advocate for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children.
Forbes: Towards Eradication Of Child Labor (June 2018)
According to the United Nations, over 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are engaged in labor worldwide. Over 152 million of these children are victims of child labor, ranging from forced labor, debt bondage, slavery, prostitution or illicit activities.
Frontline: Q&A: America’s “Invisible” Child Labor Problem
Over the last four years, more than 200,000 unaccompanied minors have come to the United States. Most of them came from Central America, fleeing poverty and violence. … A Senate investigation in 2016 found that many of these minors were vulnerable to labor trafficking, sometimes forced into unsafe working conditions in order to pay off debts from their smugglers. (2014)
Global March Against Child Labour
A movement to mobilise worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
The Price of Free
The Price of Free is a thrilling look at Kailash Satyarthi’s inspiring efforts to free every child from slavery.
U.S. Dept. of Labor: Bureau of International Labor Affairs: Child Labor
Information about child labor in the U.S. and abroad.

Child Soldiers

Child Solidiers International
Child Soldiers International works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration.
Child Soldiers World Index
This global map visualises trends in the military exploitation of children according to three essential criteria: ratification of OPAC (the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict), minimum recruitment age, and use of children in hostilities.
Human Rights Watch: Child Soldiers
News, reports, and commentary about the plight of child soldiers.
IRIN: In-Depth: Child Soldiers
Ongoing look at the plight of child soldiers with reports, videos, and personal accounts.
Stolen Childhoods: The Release of Child Soldiers in South Sudan
“They told me to kill my mother.” This is the realty of life as a child soldier in South Sudan. (Feb. 2018)
United Movement to End Child Soldiering
UMECS supports secondary school and higher education for children and youth affected by conflict together with school-based peace education and counseling and guidance programs, and helps to build a culture of peace to prevent new wars.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
Children’s Defense Fund
We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Children’s Rights.org
We are a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.
Juvenile Law Center
A national nonprofit public interest law firm that advances and protects the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems by using legal advocacy, publications, projects, public education, and training to ensure those children receive the protection and services they need to become productive adults.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Information about adoption, day care, child protective services, the blind and visually handicapped and more.
UNICEF
We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Youth Advocate Program International
YAP International works to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child labor, the use of children in armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the practice of incarcerating children as adults.

Civil Rights & Human Rights

American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union has information on a wide range of social issues from criminal justice to free speech to religious liberty to workplace rights.
Amnesty International
Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization … focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination…. The U.S. branch is Amnesty International USA.
Civil Rights.org
Current issues in civil rights, focusing on policy and legislation, with hate crime information and statistics, and the “Civil Rights Monitor” journal online.
Civil Rights Suite
As current debates surrounding civil liberties, immigration, and changing demographics increase, CHSA is at the forefront of the movement to examine the historical impact of the Chinese American fight for equality on our society.
EPIC – Electronic Privacy Information Center
A public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. Website includes an Online Guide to Privacy Resources.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History believes that students must be trusted to examine history in all of its complexities, including its legacies of prejudice and discrimination, resilience and courage.
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, this special collection includes hundred of articles (mostly in .pdf format) from the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1957 through the present.
Human Rights Watch
Information about human rights around the world today.
Introduction to Social Policy
This set of web pages offers a brief outline of key topics and issues in Social Policy.
NAACP – Natioanl Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
OneWorld
OneWorld is a non-profit UK-based organisation which innovates new media, mobile and web technologies for social good, helping people across the world to improve their lives and become active citizens.
Pace e Bene: Campaign Nonviolence
Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence –making nonviolence an obvious and natural way of living and of fostering a world that works for all.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
This organization has among its goals to raise consumers’ awareness of how technology affects personal privacy. They have guides on a variety of privacy-related topics including online privacy, identity theft, and other issues.
Project Implicit
Project Implicit blends basic research and educational outreach in a virtual laboratory at which visitors can examine their own hidden biases via an interactive test.
Public Agenda Online
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization which supplies information about current social and political issues. Great source for quick facts and figures.
Racial Profiling
The ACLU’s Campaign Against Racial Profiling fights law enforcement and private security practices that disproportionately target people of color for investigation and enforcement. We represent individuals who have been victims of racial profiling by airlines, police, and government agencies.
Teaching Tolerance
Daily news about groups and individuals working for tolerance and fighting hate; Guidebooks for adult and youth activists; Practical resources for parents and teachers; and Entertaining and educational games for young children.
Thought.co: Understanding Civil Liberties
Links to articles about various civil liberties issues both in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Tracked in America
This documentary Web site explores more than two centuries of surveillance in America. Included are two hours of audio interviews, 300 photographs, and 25 personal stories beginning in 1917.
Understanding Race
Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race.
UNICEF
Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF is a global humanitarian relief organization providing children with health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA is the American branch of the group.
United Nations – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
News, treaties, research guide, and other information on human rights.
United Nations Refugee Agency
News, publications, and statistics about refugees from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Understanding Prejudice
Web site for students, teachers, and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice … (with) more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations.
U.S. Dept. of State: Human Rights
Reports and information on human rights worldwide.
WITNESS
WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
World Values Survey
A worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change.

Civil Rights Era (1950-70)

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
A commemorative look at one of the most important pieces of legislation of the civil rights movement: the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with Congresswoman Alma Adams. From the Library of Congress.
A Brief History of Jim Crow
‘Jim Crow’ was a derisive slang term for a black man. It came to mean my law that established different rules for blacks and whites. First passed in the North long before the Civil War, such laws were based on the theory of white supremacy.
Brown v. Board of Education
Civil Rights Digital Library
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.
The Civil Rights Documentation Project
A detailed timeline covering civil rights from 1963-1965 in the U.S.
Civil Rights Resource Guide
From the Library of Congress, a wide variety of material related to civil rights, including photographs, documents, and sound recordings.
Crossroads to Freedom
Crossroads to Freedom connects a digital archive of materials from the Civil Rights era in Memphis, TN … We have over 70 oral history interviews, along with Judge Russell Sugarmon’s papers, the 1962 Hearings of the Commission on Civil Rights and more.
Finishing the Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Era
Free online video series from NBC News.
Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders were groups of white and African American civil rights activists who participated in Freedom Rides, bus trips through the American South in 1961 to protest segregated bus terminals.
The Freedom Riders History
In the spring of 1961, black and white civil rights activists rode buses to protest the segregationist policies of the Deep South. A video from the Smithsonian.
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, this special collection includes hundred of articles (mostly in .pdf format) from the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1957 through the present.
National Civil Rights Museum
Virtual tour of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Riding Freedom: 10 Milestones in U.S. Civil Rights History
Discusses the Freedom Riders and other important events in the history of U.S. civil rights. From the Britannica blog.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, “Jim Crow” came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.
Say Brother
Say Brother, now known as Basic Black, is WGBH’s longest running public affairs television program by, for, and about African Americans. The archival collection, consisting primarily of broadcast programs and original footage, dates between 1968 and 1982.
Stories of Freedom and Justice
A retrospective about the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins of 1960.
Television Network News of the Civil Rights Era
This site aims to collect, digitize, and present in streaming video format over the World Wide Web television news footage from the period and to make these valuable materials available to scholars, teachers, and students.

Gun Control and Gun Rights

AllSides: Gun Control and Gun Rights
Background information, definition, and articles from left, center, and right on issues relating to gun control.
Americans’ Views on Guns, Gun Control Is Evolving: Polls
Support for tougher gun control laws is soaring in the United States, according to one new poll, but another found that Americans also increasingly see guns as giving law abiding-citizens a way to protect themselves. (March 2018)
America’s gun culture in 10 charts
A look at data and statistics about guns and gun violence in the U.S. by the BBC. (October 2018)
America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts
In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why. (November 2018)
FindLaw: Gun Laws
Article describing federal gun laws, with links to pages about state gun control laws and related topics.
Gun Control News
Gun Control Explained
After a mass shooting in Ohio, the New York Times posted a series of questions drawn from what people have been searching for on Google since the shooting – and an attempt to answer them. (October 2015)
Gun control in America: How we got here
A look at the historical roots of gun control in America, from CNN. (July 2016)
Gun Policy
See the latest Pew Research Center data and reports on issues and attitudes toward gun control and related policies.
Gun Violence Archive
Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States.
How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black Lives
By failing to talk about the majority of gun murder victims — black men — politicians and advocates are missing the chance to save lives. An opinion piece from Pro Publica. (Novemeber 2015)
March for Our Lives, 2018
The NRA has blocked gun violence research for 20 years. Let’s end its stranglehold on science
A 2016 opinion piece from the Los Angelos Times advocating for research into gun violence.
New York Times: Guns and Gun Control
News about Guns and Gun Control, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Opposing Viewpoints: Gun Control
Opposing Viewpoints: Guns and Violence
Viewpoints, reference materials, statistics, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, and more. (SCC students, ask librarian for password.)
ProCon.org: Gun Control
Review of the top current pro and anti gun control arguments plus a background page exploring the history of the issue.
Repeal The Second Amendment? That’s Not So Simple. Here’s What It Would Take
An article from NPC with an overview of gun control and a discussion of the realities of amending the Constitution. (March 2018)
The Second Amendment: Text, Origins, and Meaning
This article from Thought.co; part of their series on the Bill of Rights, looks at the “right to bear arms”.
U.S. Gun Policy – Global Comparisons
High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world. (Nov. 2017)
What are the new gun laws in 2019?
A wave of gun control activism surged across the U.S. in 2018 — and yet it led to little action from the federal government. So as 2019 arrives, it’s state governments that are taking aim at the problem with new gun laws.

Modern Slavery

Anti-Slavery International
International organization to fight modern slavery, including bonded labor, child slavery, trafficking, and other sorts of forced labor.
End Slavery Now.org : Learn
Learn about today’s forms of slavery and abolition.
FBI.gov: Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude
A short overview of human trafficking in the U.S. and a description of the FBI’s Human Trafficking Task Forces.
Free the Slaves.net
Our mission is to end slavery worldwide. We believe that ending slavery is an ambitious–and realizable–goal.
Global Slavery, by the Numbers
Article and infographic from the New York Times. (March 2013)
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
A tutorial from the Department of Homeland Security.
Human Trafficking Search
Interactive maps and news about slavery, child labor, and human trafficking issues.
iAbolish – American Anti-Slavery Group
A non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day human bondage and to promoting a non-politicized, bias-free human rights community.
Modern Slavery
An exploration of its root causes and the human toll. From the Council on Foreign Relations.
Products of Slavery
From materials to production, slave labor contributes to many everyday items we own. From the anti-slavery group Freedom United.
Slavery Footprint: Made in a Free World
Offers the eye-opening “How Many Slaves Work For You?” quiz, showing how many products and services we take for granted are made by forced labor.
What Does Modern Slavery Look Like?
Modern forms of slavery can include debt bondage, where a person is forced to work for free to pay off a debt, child slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and forced labour, where victims are made to work through violence and intimidation. (BBC, May 2016)
What is Modern Slavery?
Information about various kinds of human trafficking from the U.S. Department of State.
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