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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Alabama

Charity Navigator is kicking off a new, weekly series that takes a look at a few of the top, highly-rated charities in each state. We’re not into playing favorites so we’ll be working our way alphabetically through the list (sorry, Wyoming!). Today we start our “cross-country tour” in the Heart of Dixie, Alabama.

Not only is Alabama home to the largest volume of inland waterways (woohoo!), it is also home to 47 three and four star charities. We’re sharing a few of them here and you can use our Advanced Search Tool to take a look at some of the others. 

Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL)
Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. 

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. 

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. In 2018, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration.

Better Basics (Birmingham, AL)
Empowering Children - Reducing Illiteracy - Improving the Community

Better Basics' mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. Incorporated in 1994, we currently provide our services to 52 schools in Birmingham and surrounding school systems. During the 2013-2014 school year, Better Basics reached roughly 24,000 children and parents, gave away over 41,000 books to at-risk children, and provided enrichment programs to 14,000 students.

Enrich. Educate. Engage.

Red Mountain Theatre Company's mission is to create powerful theatre experiences that enrich, educate, and engage audiences - nourishing the human spirit, fostering valuable life skills, and cultivating a deeper sense of community.

Downtown Rescue Mission (Huntsville, AL)
A heart for the homeless

The Downtown Rescue Mission, an Alabama organization, is a place of refuge - offering different charities for the homeless of our community. Whether it is a man, a woman or a child, they can find a warm meal and a safe place to stay in one of our homeless missions. Since 1975, the less fortunate have been coming through our doors and finding help and hope for their problems. The Men's Ministry has been a part of the Mission since its inception. The Men's Dormitory can hold from 150 to 170 program and transient men and is used for a variety of ministries. The Women's and Children's Shelter provides food, clothing, shelter and education to women and children in need for both long and short-term care. There is also a separate apartment for families in need whether it is a man with young children or a mom with teenage boys.

McWane Science Center (Birmingham, AL)
Changing lives through science and wonder

McWane Science Center's mission is to “change lives through science and wonder.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers - from ages one to 100 - flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South's most unique venues.

Progressive by nature, safety by design

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation, founded in 1995, governs and secures funding solely for the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program. The Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. They aim to provide education and training to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities.

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