The Giving Together Project

I launched this project in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, and I am sure for many others, it was a time of deep reflection, a time of gratitude. But it was also a time that made us painfully aware of the deepening inequalities that exist on so many levels of society.

 

This project is near and dear to my heart. As long as I can remember, I have volunteered, raised money, raised awareness for causes that move me. The environment, human rights, education, youth empowerment, victims’ rights, animals, homelessness, hunger, health, art – the list is long. For much of my career, I fundraised for a variety of powerful nonprofits. And have been in awe of the work of so many others. It is in my DNA.

 

And it may be in yours. If so, I invite you to participate in the Giving Together Project in lieu of my closing gift to you. I will make a donation in your name to the nonprofit of your choice. I have gathered a list below of organizations doing great work -- or you can choose a nonprofit close to your own heart.

 

All of these organizations are amazing. And so are you for choosing this option.

 

Hate Is A Virus is a movement created in April 2020 in response to the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) due to the pandemic. The organization continues to amplify, educate and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities.

 

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. 

 

Campaign Zero calls on on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end this violence and hold police accountable.

 

MEND Hunger Relief Network of Essex County is a network of 20 member food pantries located throughout Essex County, NJ. The hunger relief network, the largest in Essex County, has been providing food to individuals and families in need since 1980.

Please note, I am actively involved with this organization and serve on the Board of Directors. 

 

Stand Up To Cancer works relentlessly to offer the newest, most effective, and most promising cancer treatments to patients quickly by bringing together the best minds to collaborate, innovate, and share cancer research.

 

Inequality.org has been tracking inequality-related news and views for nearly two decades. A project of the Institute for Policy Studies since 2011, the site aims to provide information and insights for readers ranging from educators and journalists to activists and policy makers.

 

Oceana No organization was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, the founders created Oceana, an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.

 

Girls Who Code is an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to its mission. Girls Who Code reaches girls around the world and is on track to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2027.

 

Lulu's Rescue aims to end the daily killing of thousands of adoptable dogs in the U.S. by combining spay/neuter, education, and rescue. 

 

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. The nonprofit believes in and provides services that support the human-animal bond and seeks to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.

 

South Mountain YMCA is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Programs include childcare, summer camps, wellness, aquatics and before and after school programs.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

 

Donorschoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

 

Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On its platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.

 

South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization committed to building a unique, suburban community that is free of racial segregation in housing patterns and community involvement.

 

Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.

 

Ultraviolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.

Give Back Yoga Foundation brings the transformational benefits of yoga to people with limited access to it, by helping yoga teachers, health workers, and charitable organizations offer yoga to those in need — including veterans, prisoners, and individuals facing mental and physical illness, systemic bias and prejudice.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) Is a cultural destination located in the heart of downtown South Orange that presents world-class artists in an intimate and welcoming environment. The mission of SOPAC is to enrich individual lives, and to engage and serve the community in South Orange and beyond, through arts experiences that inspire and transform.