Give BIG, the Seattle Foundation‘s annual online giving day, is coming up! On May 6, the Seattle Foundation will “stretch” donations made to local organizations through the Seattle Foundation website.
I’m sure you’re wondering where to invest the money you’ve carefully set aside each month for charitable giving. Or you can be motivated to impulse buy! Either way, you have a week to decide who to give to, and I want to encourage you to give to girl-serving organizations.
Why invest in girls?
The evidence is clear: When you invest in girls, you invest in the community. Need convincing? Watch this video and then imagine what kind of Girl Effect your dollars could have right here in the Puget Sound region:
Despite the recent uptick in interest in gender issues, organizations serving women and girls are still struggling to find funding. You can help by giving BIG for girls next Tuesday (and every day!).
What organizations should I give to?
I considered calling this post “A Totally Unscientific Giving Guide” because I don’t have any criteria, I didn’t delve deep into financials, and I didn’t read annual reports. I simply asked myself “If I had $1000 to give for girls, where would it go?” The organizations below are the ones that would get a piece of that pie.
I realize they are by no means the only organizations worthy of donations. They aren’t even the only organizations I’ve given to this year. Use the comments to highlight the organizations you’re giving to on May 6. The more information and opinions the better!
UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS: Organizations that Strength the Field
Northwest Girls Coalition (NWGC)
Mission: The mission of the NWGC is to strengthen the girl-serving community by fostering education and collaboration in the Puget Sound region. We do this by building a knowledgeable, connected network of organizations and individuals who support girls
Why? We need a strong girl justice field where organizations collaborate to make the community better for girls. Also, I’m on their board.
Ed Lab Group
Mission: The mission of the EdLab Group is to leverage the power of technology and diversity to transform teaching and learning.
Why? Ed Lab Group is home to the National Girls Collaborative Project, an innovative national collective of organizations working to get more girls into STEM careers. I love it!
Girls on the Run of Puget Sound
Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running
Why?: This organization serves a LOT of girls on a small budget by relying on a corps of stellar volunteers. I love their curriculum, and have enjoyed volunteering with them immensely.
Rain City Rock Camp For Girls
Mission: Dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Our music education programs provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors.
Why? I love the Portland Rock Camp for Girls TED Talk about why we need rock camp. I’m convinced! We do need rock camp!
Mission: Powerful Voices fosters adolescent girls’ development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities, and shape a better world.
Why? Powerful Voices has played a vital role in the girl justice movement in Seattle for almost 20 years. They support girls as they become change makers. So cool.
Mission: Reel Grrls empowers young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production. It is our mission to cultivate voice and leadership in girls at a vulnerable age by training them to produce films about issues that are important to them.
Why? Giving to Reel Grrls mean supporting revolutionary feminist cat videos made by 8-year-olds. Need I say more? Reel Grrls is another place that I have loved volunteering.
I’m not an expert on independent schools, but I have worked with middle school girls fir almost a decade. I know how important all-girl environments can be. Seattle is lucky to have two all-girl middle schools: Seattle Girls School and Lake Washington Girls’ Middle School.
Seattle Girls’ School
Mission: Our Mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.
Lake Washington Girls’ Middle School
Mission: Lake Washington Girls Middle School prepares girls to be confident young women, strong in mind, body, and voice. Our school values diversity and promotes personal and social responsibility. Students, teachers, and families are active partners in creating a challenging academic environment, fostering independent thinking, and instilling a life long love of learning.
GLOBAL GIRL ISSUES
Mission: The Mona Foundation is a nonprofit development agency dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives that educate everyone with a focus on girls so that each individual can become an agent of change in the social and economic development of their own communities.
Why? I love how the Mona Foundation focuses on building local capacity for girls’ education, and calling out education as a critical part of social change. A+ international development model.