Who Should Get $1,500 From Reader’s Digest?

raegan-white-shirtReader’s Digest called last week to inform me that because I was featured in the “Make it Matter” section of the June/July issue I get a $1500 grant for either my non-profit or a non-profit of my choice.I don’t have a non-profit.I just help them.So I’m going to give the money to a non-profit. Problem is I can’t make up my mind.I worked with dozens upon dozens of different groups and I love them all for different reasons.

To fix the problem I sat down with a group of scientists. Okay, not scientists... People in the know... Anyway, we came up with a list of the non-profits who are efficient, badass, and most of all desperately need money. Vote please!Rock the Vote and all that jazz. Vote for you favorite.Who should get the money? Below are the 5 finalists’ mission statements and a link to each group’s webpage.I have my favorites now I want to see yours. You can vote for your top three at once, but only one time! Poll will be live from July 1st at midnight to 11:59 pm on July 15th. Have fun...

The Charities Mission Statements and Websites:

EarthEcho International EarthEcho.org

EarthEcho International's mission is to empower youth to take action that restores and protects our water planet. Education combined with service learning offers a tremendous opportunity to empower young minds, but there is very little ocean education and service learning available today on a national scale. EarthEcho International's programs works to fill these voids in ways that unite the efforts of other prominent organizations. http://www.earthecho.org

Heal the Bay ­– HealtheBay.org

Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission. http://www.healthebay.org

Kidsave Kidsave.org

Kidsave works to create change in policy and practice - so forgotten kids in government care can grow up in families. We help older kids in the US foster care system get adopted, help Russian orphans find families in Russia, and help orphans from Colombia, Russia and Sierra Leone find families and mentors in their own countries. http://www.kidsave.org


Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the Internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. http://www.kiva.org

The Lange FoundationLangeFoundation.com

The Lange Foundation is dedicated to saving impounded companion animals from being destroyed, and preparing them for a journey to a new, safe, loving world. Lange Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax-deductible organization. http://www.langefoundation.com