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’Tis the season of smarter giving. As you’re making your list and checking it twice, remember to add a deserving charity to your roster of recipients. Today’s postrecession nonprofits have found innovative ways to use donations more efficiently—and they’re openly accounting for every penny. “People want to know the true impact their donation is having on individuals or causes,” says Michelle Cramer, CFRE, president and CEO of Dublin, Ohio–based fund-raising consultant firm Cramer & Associates. “And they want to give to something they have a personal connection to.”
You can get involved with the five charities featured here even if money is tight: volunteer, become a fan on Facebook, and spread the word.
In Defense of Animals
What: Champions the rights of animals by orchestrating campaigns to shut down puppy mills, stop the sale of fur and foie gras, and end animal testing; runs animal sanctuaries in Africa and rural Mississippi; sends veterinarians to treat injured animals after natural disasters, including last year’s earthquake in Haiti.
What your gift will buy:
$35 feeds one horse at the Mississippi sanctuary for a week.
$60 cares for an orphaned baby chimpanzee
in Africa for a week.
$400 buys four tires for a dog-and-cat-rescue
van in South Korea.
Short on cash? Volunteer as an animal abuse investigator. Or help change the pets-as-property mind-set by launching a campaign in your town to replace the word “owner” with “guardian” on all animal-related ordinances.
Why give now: “The global economic crisis is putting tremendous pressure on people with animal companions,” says In Defense of Animals founder Elliot Katz, DVM. “Whether they don’t have enough money to care for them, or they are losing homes and abandoning them, the situation is taxing activists and multiplying the problem.”
48 December | 2011 | vegetariantimes.com
BY Rachel Dowd
ILLUSTRATIONS Yunmee Kyong
NEAT FACTThanks to IDA’s advocacy, West Hollywood, Calif., recently became the first city in the country to approve an ordinance banning the sale of fur.