Start The Season of Giving Off Right With a Gift to Charity That Stewards its Resources to Make a Difference in This World.
I’ve no doubt that many of you have charities that are near and dear to your heart. But if you are not currently connected with any charitable organization, I’m encouraging you to consider supporting one of the groups listed below.
All are highly rated, yet many of these groups are not widely known—though they are among the most innovative. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the great work these organizations are doing and help spread the word.
Deliver Fund—This ingenious organization seeks to disrupt global human trafficking markets and approaches the problem unlike any other organization. While Deliver Fund does rescue women and children from the clutches of sex trafficking, they go further. The organization is comprised of U.S. Special Operations veterans and intelligence analysts and operatives who gather information required to dismantle the illicit trade in women and children.
20/20/20—Aims to restore 20/20 vision to 20 million children and adults. While blindness is rare in developed countries, it is 500% more prevalent in the developing world. Sadly, this problem and the suffering it causes is largely unnecessary. Half of the blind children and adults in the world could have their eyesight restored through a simple, 15-minute surgery that costs as little as $300. But for the poorest people in the world—many of whom live on $1 a day—a $300 surgery is simply out of reach. 100% of donation money goes to fund the surgery as all administrative costs have been underwritten by a private donor.
HOPE International— A Christian based organization that provides micro-financing, business training and community in the world’s poorest nations. By supporting entrepreneurial endeavors and sharing sound business principles, HOPE empowers individuals to provide for their families and give back to their communities.
STOP Cancer | The Marni Fund— In 2006, Krav Maga Worldwide partnered with STOP CANCER, to create the Marni Levine Memorial Research Awards to fund ground-breaking women’s cancer research with a shared mission dedicated to developing improved treatments, create new diagnostic procedures and the ultimate goal — a cure. Marni Levine was a 4th Degree Black Belt and the wife of Founder’s Diploma holder Darren Levine.
Puppies Behind Bars—PBB trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for (1) wounded war veterans and (2) explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. The puppies live in prison with inmates from the age of 8 weeks to 24 months. This unique program has benefitted the prison community as well as those who receive the service dogs and fostered lasting relationships.
Child Advocates—Nationally, Child Protective Services oversees over 3 million children. In almost every jurisdiction, case workers are both overloaded and underpaid and turnover is a major problem. Local chapters of Child Advocates across the country train and mobilize court appointed volunteers to help break the vicious cycle of child abuse. Advocates are appointed by judges to speak up for abused children who are lost in the system and guide them into safe environments where they can thrive.
Smile Train—Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ developing countries. Their sustainable model trains local doctors to provide cleft care in their own communities. Millions of children in developing countries are suffering from untreated clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. $250 and a 45 minute surgery give these children a new hope for their lives.
Red Circle Foundation—Founded by former Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb, this organization serves the families of fallen and wounded Special Operators. This charity is different in that they are a rapid funding force that provides emergency assistance to the families (where other organizations and the government itself takes weeks or months to respond—leaving the family to cover many unexpected costs). 100% of your donations go directly to families. All administrative costs are funded by grants.