Monday, July 26, 2010
Responsible Giving Responsible Living
The US boasts 1.6 million non profit organizations, but we are inundated with constant news of a recession, weakened economic standing and a failing dollar, which tends shows itself in how we contribute to charitable organizations. Considering this, follow up stories such as those illustrated by the Haiti disaster's inability to effect noticeable change will only serve to justify an individual's decision to withold discretionary funds. Despite being confronted with the significant struggle and strife resulting from this natural disaster, pockets began to close and apathy set in.
The plight of those we see everyday without the sensationalism of a soundtrack, graphic image fades and 24 hour a day news coverage can get lost in the shuffle. Combined this with a general distrust of some nonprofit organizations and we find ourselves turning a blind eye to the disenfranchised among us. With this in mind, the following is a detailed list of the top 5 charitable organizations located in Texas that give the majority of their donated resources to those in need.
1.AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) was founded in 1982 as Texas' first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services. Our mission is to create positive social impact through the innovative management of HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. AFH values and respects each person's uniqueness and embraces the philosophy of equality in serving individuals and families in a non-discriminatory manner, in collaboration with clients, organizations, and funding partners. AFH endeavors to meet the needs of its clients through the design, implementation, and evaluation of globally significant programs. With innovative programs in education, disease prevention, and client services, AFH strives to eradicate HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. http://www.aidshelp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AFH_homepage&cvridirect=true
2. The Children's Assessment Center Foundation is a functionally integrated supporting organization for the Children's Assessment Center (CAC). The CAC provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families - a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve. The CAC employs an extraordinarily effective, multi-disciplinary team approach in the prevention, assessment, investigation, referral for prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse. The goal of the CAC is to promote the complete healing of child victims of sexual abuse and their families. http://www.cachouston.org/
3. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-partisan research institute guided by the core principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government. The Foundation's mission is to improve Texas by generating academically sound research and data on state issues, and by recommending the findings to opinion leaders, policymakers, the media and general public. The public is demanding a different direction for their government, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is providing the ideas that enable policymakers to chart that new course. http://www.texaspolicy.com/
4. Founded in 1977, Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) is dedicated to breaking the cycle of family violence and strengthening families by providing the necessary tools for self-sufficiency through delivery of emergency shelter, transitional housing, education, effective parenting and early intervention with children and youth. The Battered Women and Children's Shelter is a program of FVPS, and works to provide victims of family violence with a place of safety; transition to self-sufficiency; counseling and support for women, children and families who are victims of family violence and in need of service, but not shelter; and education for the public about family violence. http://www.fvps.org/
5. The Greater Houston Community Foundation's (GHCF) mission is growing effective philanthropy by connecting donors to the causes they care about, providing excellent stewardship of assets entrusted to us, and convening resources to address important community needs. The Greater Houston Community Foundation began operations in 1995 and ended 2007 with almost $270 million in assets in more than 600 funds. The GHCF has three objectives: to seek funds from private sources to build a pool of permanent capital for philanthropic purposes; to allocate and distribute the income from such capital for a variety of public needs by anticipating emerging community needs; and to provide leadership for community philanthropic initiatives. http://www.ghcf.org/
Many thanks to The Charity Navigator for assisting with the culmination of information for this article and additional insights about charitable institutions. "Your Guide To Intelligent Giving"
There are also smaller nonprofit charitable institutions in need of your assistance. The following are welcome to my time and money:
If there are any additional organizations that you're familiar with, please feel free to email or comment.