20 Latinx Organizations to Donate to For the Holidays
If you spent the majority of your Thanksgiving holiday eating good food and shopping Black Friday deals until you dropped, then perhaps now is the right time to direct your attention elsewhere. After the gluttony and all the fashion and beauty stuff is out of your system, you might want to point your money towards a good cause on this #GivingTuesday.
One of the reasons that Giving Tuesday has become a holiday in and of itself is that we all know that the world today can be difficult for Latinxs. With immigration reform still looking like a far-off dream, DREAMers constantly under attack and families getting separated at the border, my heart aches for all of the things I wish I could do for my fellow immigrants. And then there are other issues, like Puerto Rico still needing help after Hurricane Maria and more Latinxs needing to vote in 2020. Thankfully, all of these organizations are represented on this list. If you’re wondering where you can donate your hard-earned money this holiday season in order to help strengthen your communities and improve the lives of fellow Latinxs, then look no further than these 20 Latinx organizations.
The Hispanic Federation is an organization that prioritizes education and community services. Plus they have also been instrumental in helping Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. In fact, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been raising money for them from the beginning. DONATE HERE.
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Latino USA is a podcast that provides all kinds of valuable information and services to Latinx people. They are a newsroom dedicated to spreading the stories of our people. A donation goes straight to the journalists attempting to do good work for our community. DONATE HERE.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health goal is to “guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice.” They are dedicated to mobilizing families and communities in order to “catalyze policy change.” Your donation can help a Latina to Congress. DONATE HERE.
The TransLatin@ Coalition is dedicated to raising the voice of trans people in the U.S.A. They have been doing advocacy work on behalf and for Latinx immigrants and residents of the U.S. and work with “policymakers and supporting organizations [to] find solutions to our unique needs and create structural changes to better our quality of life.” Every donation contributes to the fight for equality. DONATE NOW.
The American Civil Liberties Union has many causes but one of their biggest recently has been Immigrants’ Rights and Detention. In particular, they are battling against the “lock ’em up” approach to immigration. Although you can’t designate specifically where your contribution goes to, you can be sure to help support this and many of their other causes by contributing. DONATE HERE.
Save the Children is a great organization that helps kids all around the world but they especially stepped it up for the children of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria by providing emotional support, a return to learning and helping them prepare for the future. There are many ways to give, including becoming a monthly donor or child sponsorship. DONATE HERE.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of Latinos in America. They do this through legal means, of course, which is why they need donations to support the Latinx community that needs them. DONATE HERE.
8. Unidos USweareunidosus/Instagram
The 50-year-old organization, UnidosUS, was created to build stronger communities in the U.S. and thus creating a stronger America. Formerly known as NCLR, they serve Latinos through “our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts.” A donation to their organization primarily goes to helping Latinx families across the country. DONATE HERE.
Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to serving unaccompanied immigrant children, advocating for their safety and well being and creating an immigration system that serves children. If you were heartbroken by what was happening at the border earlier this year, then you might want to donate and provide a Child Advocate to an immigrant child who can champion his/her rights and best interests. DONATE HERE.
10. La Leche Leaguelalecheleagueusa/Instagram
La Leche League is an international organization whose mission is to “help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.” They do great work in providing a better understanding of how breastfeeding is “an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.” To support their advocacy work, DONATE HERE.
Domestic violence is a problem in many communities and Latina women often find it difficult to leave tough situations, which is where Casa de Esperanza comes in. Not only do they have a bilingual domestic violence hotline but they also provide an emergency shelter for Latinas and are a valuable resource to the community. DONATE HERE.
Don’t know about the Latino STEM Alliance yet? Well, you should! They are dedicated to providing STEM education as “a key step” towards a career for “economically disadvantaged populations” They partner with schools and community organizations in order to empower children through access to hands-on STEM learning. DONATE HERE.
End Rape on Campus‘ mission is pretty much there in their name, but did you know that it was co-founded by a Latina? That’s right, Andrea Pino, a sexual assault survivor herself, helped to launch the organization and put it towards its current mission. DONATE HERE.
The Cesar Chaves Foundation is all about “inspiring and transforming communities,” as you can imagine. They have various different points of outreach, including the National Chavez Center, Housing and Economic Development Fund, and an education and communities fund. You can DONATE HERE by purchasing something from their store.
The Urban Justice Center presents the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, which is an organization that provides legal aid and community support to asylum seekers in the U.S. With immigration constantly under attack during this presidential administration, their work is more needed than ever. DONATE HERE.
If you live in Texas and are worried about all of the border wall chaos happening there now, then you might want to check out the Texas Civil Rights Project. They are dedicated to equality and social justice for everyone living in Texas — including voting rights, racial and economic justice and criminal justice reform (all topics that affect the Latinx community). DONATE HERE.
17. Voto Latinovotolatino/Instagram
If you’re passionate about getting more Latinxs to the polls to vote (and you should be!), then check out the great work that Voto Latino is doing. Co-founded by Rosario Dawson, the organization is dedicated to advocate, educate and empower Latinx people to vote in their communities. Their work is especially crucial going into the 2020 election in a couple of years. DONATE HERE.
The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project is an Arizona-based organization who is “providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.” Their mission is to “ensure that all immigrants facing removal have access to counsel, understand their rights under the law, and are treated fairly and humanely.” Pretty great, amirite? DONATE HERE.
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, here is another organization whose mission it is to help. DONATE HERE to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund and you’ll be doing something to help communities who are still in need.
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