Perhaps, like me, you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year with a full heart. Likely you know someone who has lost their job, someone who is battling disease, someone whose plate of worries has been heaped full. Perhaps that person is a friend of a friend, a close loved one, or yourself. At the same time, you probably have a lot to be grateful for. Maybe you are blessed with a loving partner or supportive family or true friends—or all three. Likely someone you don’t know has touched your life in a positive way. That’s what nonprofits do every day: work for people in need who they don’t know personally. With this in mind, Nonprofit Tech 2.0 has published a list of 50 nonprofits to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. You’ll be familiar with some of the organizations; others will be new names. I’ve highlighted five here that you might not know about and that are doing exceptional work:
Communities in Schools: Because America ranks 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math.
Darkness to Light: Because 1 of every 4 girls and 1 every 6 boys in the U.S. will be sexually abused by the age of 18.
Moms Rising: Because the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world without paid maternity leave.
Polaris Project: Because at this very moment 100,000 minors are being trafficked for sex in the United States.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Because hate, bigotry, and intolerance continue to thwart and undermine the American Dream.