Read, Write, GiveEach week during 2012 I’ll be donating $50 to the charity of a blogger’s choice and they’ll be sharing their thoughts about why it’s a great cause to support.

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Charities and bloggers featured in 2012…


American Cancer SocietyASPCAAustin Children's CenterAutism SpeaksChild HelpChristel House InternationalDogs on DeploymentEpilepsy FoundationGreater Chicago Food DepositoryHouse Rabbit SocietyHumane SocietyInterior Aids AssociationKidd's KidsNational Center for Missing & Exploited ChildrenNational MS SocietyRed CrossRoyal Flying DoctorsSevaStroke AssociationWorldbuildersWounded Warrior Project
Jessica from Jess Resides Here nominated the American Cancer Society

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 chartered Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

Donate to the American Cancer Society ~~ Read Jessica’s interview

Babs from Babs Book Bistro also nominated the American Cancer Society

Donate to the American Cancer Society ~~ Read Babs’ interview

Kim from Wistfulskimmie’s Book Reviews nominated the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is ‘to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.

Donate to the ASPCA ~~ Read Kim’s interview

Mandee from Compelled By Words also nominated the ASPCA

Donate to the ASPCA ~~ Read Mandee’s interview

Jeannette Whitus from Walking on Bookshelves nominated the Austin’s Children’s Center

Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) provides a safe home and supportive services for children, youth and young adults from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect in their lives.  Most children at the Austin Children’s Shelter have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services because of severe abuse or neglect.

Donate to the Austin’s Children Centre ~~ Read Jeannette’s interview

Ella from A World of Words nominated Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
Donate to Autism Speaks ~~ Read Ella’s interview

Susie from Motherhoot’s interview was in support of Child Help

Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as ‘models that work.’ Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

Donate to Child Help ~~ Read Susie’s interview

Angela Donner from Library Girl Reads and Reviews nominated Christel House International

Christel House builds and operates learning centers in impoverished neighborhoods with the goal of creating sustainable social and educational impact. Our holistic approach includes: quality education, nutritious meals, regular healthcare, life skills training, character development and work-study opportunities, as well as empowerment programs for parents and community members. At Christel House, children are taught the importance of caring, sharing and making a difference. As a result, the positive lessons learned by Christel House children are carried home, to impact the families and communities we serve.

Donate to Christel House International ~~ Read Angela’s interview

Naomi Blackburn from A Book and A Review nominated Dogs on Deployment

Dogs on Deployment was founded by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, who serve in the US Navy and US Marine Corps respectively. They started Dogs on Deployment in June 2011. As a dual-military family, the founders have been in situations where they needed a program like Dogs on Deployment. Alisa had orders to move to Quantico, Virginia where she was to attend six months of military training. At the same time, Shawn, was to be deployed. Neither could care for their beloved dog, JD. They were lucky enough to have family to rely on, but recognized the need for a program which would help others who found themselves in a similar situation. Thus, Dogs on Deployment was born.

Donate to Dogs on Deployment ~~ Read Naomi’s interview

Alicia Justice from Ali’s Bookshelf nominated the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati

The Epilepsy Foundation leads the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by seizures.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has been in existence since 1953, assisting people with epilepsy and their families in meeting their multiple health and social needs. We provide direct services to optimize each person’s understanding of epilepsy and to  improve their methods of coping with epilepsy in all facets of their lives.

Donate to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati ~~ Read Ali’s interview

Krystal from Live to Read nominated the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 69 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 140,000 meals every day.

Innovative training programs and initiatives developed by the Food Depository also work to provide men, women and children with the tools necessary to break their individual cycles of poverty.

Donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository ~~ Read Krystal’s interview

Suzie Welker from The Bunny’s Review nominated the House Rabbit Society

The House Rabbit Society believes that ALL rabbits are valuable as individuals, regardless of breed purity, temperament, state of health, or relationship to humans. The welfare of all rabbits is our primary consideration. In line with our mission, we are against the exploitation of rabbits. Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who require mental stimulation, toys, exercise, environmental activity, and social interaction (from, as appropriate, people, other rabbits, or other animals).

Donate to House Rabbit Society ~~ Read Suzie’s interview

Kelsey Opsahl from Kelsey’s Book Corner nominated the Humane Society of the Lakes

It is the mission of Humane Society of the Lakes to provide services for abandoned, stray or unwanted animals while they await lifelong homes.

Our vision is that all animals are cared for with dignity and respect.

The Humane Society of the Lakes operates a no kill shelter for homeless animals of the Becker County area. Space is limited. Animals are taken in as room is made available when others find their forever home.

Donate to The Humane Society of the Lakes ~~ Read Kelsey’s interview

Kriss from Cabin Goddess nominated the Interior Aids Association

IAA’S mission is to reduce the spread of HIV by providing meaningful and effective education and prevention services to individuals and groups who may be at increased risk; and to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS by providing early intervention, case management, and other support services.

Founded in 1988 by a group of concerned Fairbanksans, the Interior AIDS Association, is the only community-based, nonprofit organization in interior Alaska that focuses solely on HIV related prevention, case management, and other support services.

Donate to the Interior Aids Association ~~ Read Kriss’ interview

Kristin from Better Read Than Dead nominated Kidd’s Kids

At Kidd’s Kids, our primary goal is to provide chronically ill and/or physically challenged children (ages 5 to 12) with an unforgettable adventure! Throughout the year, we work hard to raise the funds necessary to send these special kids on an all-expenses paid, fun-filled, vacation to Walt Disney World® in Florida. Most of our funding comes from donations made by listeners to the Kidd Kraddick In The Morning radio show, corporate sponsors, and various fundraising events.

Each year, we sponsor approximately 50 children and their families (including siblings between the ages of 5 and 16) for the trip, or as many as the Kidd’s Kids Board may deem appropriate under the circumstances. The Board will work with such sources as it deems appropriate to select children based upon the nature and severity of their illnesses, their ages, and the status of their financial needs.

All aspects of the trip are coordinated by Kidd’s Kids. All funds raised go directly to cover the cost of sending the children and their families to Walt Disney World®, administrative expenses of Kidd’s Kids, and to sustain an endowment fund for the purpose of providing long-term growth and stability for the charitable programs of the Kraddick Foundation. The Kraddick Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, founded by nationally syndicated morning show personality Kidd Kraddick. The Kidd’s Kids program is based on the premise of making a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs.

Donate to Kidd’s Kids ~~ Read Kristin’s interview

Anita from Anita’s Desk nominated the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was created in 1984. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals.

Donate to The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ~~ Read Anita’s interview

Donna from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave nominated the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now-to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.

We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Donate to the National MS Society ~~ Read Donna’s interview

Kerry-Ann from Reading A Little Bit of Everything nominated the Red Cross

Hurricane Sandy has caused extensive flooding, damaged buildings and infrastructure and left thousands of people homeless in the Caribbean and United States.

In Cuba, over 343,000 people were evacuated, and around 150,000 homes were damaged. In Haiti, around 17,000 people were evacuated, including people still living in camps after the 2010 earthquake.

Between 40 and 60 per cent of houses in the most affected areas of Jamaica have roof damage, and crops have been severely damaged. The Dominican Republic saw over 17,500 people displaced, with more than 3,500 houses flooded.

Fierce winds and flooding along America’s coastline shut down transportation, forced people to evacuate and left 7.5 million people without power.

Across all these countries, the Red Cross is providing people with essentials such as food, water, healthcare and shelter. We are calling for funds to help countries that have been significantly affected by the storm. Money raised will be used to address the greatest unmet need.

Donate to the British Red Cross ~~ Read Kerry-Ann’s interview

Amanda Chambers from Living, Learning, and Loving Life also nominated the Red Cross

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:

  • Disaster Relief
  • Supporting America’s Military Families
  • Livesaving Blood
  • Health and Safety Services
  • International Services

Donate to the American Red Cross ~~ Read Amanda’s guest post

A.B. Shepherd from A.B. Shepherd’s Reinvented Reader nominated the Royal Flying Doctor Service

Every day in many ways the Royal Flying Doctor Service takes the finest care to Australia’s furthest corners so that anyone who lives, works or travels in remote and rural Australia can enjoy the best of health.

Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, find out more about how we deliver both 24-hour emergency services and everyday essential health care.

Donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service ~~ Read A.B. Shepherd’s interview

Coral from Alchemy of Scrawl nominated the charity ‘Seva’

Seva is an international health organization working to build sustainable programs in underserved communities around the globe.

The name Seva (say-va) is the Sanskrit word for “selfless service.”

Seva was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians, and compassionate individuals, all dedicated to the alleviation of suffering in the world.  Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy.

Donate to Seva ~~ Read Coral’s interview

Sharon from Beck Valley Books nominated the Stroke Association

We provide high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers.

Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That’s one person every five minutes. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.

Donate to the Stroke Association ~~ Read Sharon’s interview

Catherine Coffman from Cat’s Thoughts nominated Worldbuilders

Worldbuilders is a charity founded by author Pat Rothfuss in order to use the collective power of readers, fellow authors and book lovers to make the world a better place.

During the Worldbuilders fundraiser, Pat blogs about the cool book donations we receive from authors and publishers (and all the other cool swag from artists, webcomics, etc.) Everyone who donates to Heifer International through Pat’s Heifer team page is eligible to receive one or more of those cool books and swag at the end of the fundraiser. Worldbuilders also matches donations made to Heifer during the period of the fundraiser.

All year round, we run The Tinker’s Packs where you can find cool merchandise inspired by Pat’s books, as well as foreign editions from various fantasy and sci-fi authors and more recently some of our cool projects like Lee Moyer’s Literary Pin-up Calendar. Profits made by the store go to Worldbuilders.

Donate to Worldbuilders ~~ Read Catherine’s interview

Amanda Chambers from Living, Learning, and Loving Life nominated the Wounded Warrior Project

Vision: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.


  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project ~~ Read Amanda’s interview