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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 Charities to Support on #MandelaDay

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day is a time set apart to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It is also a time to reflect on what’s been done to change the world more broadly and look ahead to what will be done. This year, consider supporting one of these highly-rated charities that are working on issues that were important to Nelson Mandela and his movement for a voice and equality for all. 

Equal Justice Initiative
Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States

Equal Justice Initiative 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. The organization provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Sentences that fit, justice that works

FAMM, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, is working to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe. By sharing the impact of unjust sentencing and prison policies on incarcerated individuals, their families, and communities, FAMM has helped create urgency around the issue and made the problem feel real to the policymakers who have to be moved to make meaningful change.

Equal Rights Advocates
Equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Founded in 1974, ERA has been a pioneer advancing equality in work and schools for hundreds of thousands of women across the country. From ensuring the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.

Institute for Free Speech
Protecting speech, press, assembly, and petition rights

The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) promoted and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education. IFS is the only organization with a dedicated professional staff and mission seeking to promote and defend American citizens’ First Amendment political speech rights.

National People’s Action
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Working to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda

National People’s Action serves as a legacy organization for the new People’s Action and People’s Action Institute. These groups were founded in 2016 to ignite a movement of millions that captures the rising demand for change in our society. The organization has won health insurance for millions, reversed unfair healthcare laws, stopped big banks from selling predatory loans, and expanded consumer protections.

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What is a creative way you’ve given back to make the world a better place this year?

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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