Places to support, now that the Storm’s here…

These resources are provided as a starting point, sorted generally in alphabetical order. Feel free to comment and add to the list. Approved additions are in BOLD text. View the list sorted by category HERE.


See also:

Concrete Suggestions in Preparation for January 2017’s change in American government (by demographic issue, but for any interested readers) compiled and moderated by Kara Hurvitz, an attorney and advocate based out of Boston.

If YOU need help in coping with the situation, try these places:

These organizations need your support in the coming years:

Other organizations to support:

Additionally (hat tip to JH for these):

There are 6 states with only one abortion clinic. The addresses of two of them are below, in case anyone wants to throw donations their way. Missouri’s is a Planned Parenthood facility. Finding the other 3 was more than I had spoons for at the moment, but I hope to do more later.

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia
P.O. Box 20580
Charleston, West Virginia 25362

Jackson Women’s Health Organization
2903 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216

Thanks to Jezebel’s Features Editor, Joanna Rothkopf, for supplying the additional resources to my original list. Other contributors include Jo Hogan, Benjamin Cline, David Feuer, and Karl Musser.

If you’re not sure about where your money will go, check the sources below (from the Federal Trade Commission’s page “Before Giving to a Charity“). Click on the Continue Reading link to see the text, saved here in case the original page gets rewritten in the regime change.

And whatever you decide to do, stay aware. Stay safe.

Charity Checklist

Take the following precautions to make sure your donation benefits the people and organizations you want to help.

  • Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  • Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.
  • Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.
  • Check if the charity is trustworthy by contacting the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
  • Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser. If so, ask:
    • The name of the charity they represent
    • The percentage of your donation that will go to the charity
    • How much will go to the actual cause to which you’re donating
    • How much will go to the fundraiser
  • Keep a record of your donations.
  • Make an annual donation plan. That way, you can decide which causes to support and which reputable charities should receive your donations.
  • Visit this Internal Revenue Service (IRS) webpage to find out which organizations are eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.
  • Know the difference between “tax exempt” and “tax deductible.” Tax exempt means the organization doesn’t have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return.
  • Never send cash donations. For security and tax purposes, it’s best to pay by check — made payable to the charity — or by credit card.
  • Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity. Scammers often request donations to be wired because wiring money is like sending cash: once you send it, you can’t get it back.
  • Do not provide your credit or check card number, bank account number or any personal information until you’ve thoroughly researched the charity.
  • Be wary of charities that spring up too suddenly in response to current events and natural disasters. Even if they are legitimate, they probably don’t have the infrastructure to get the donations to the affected area or people.
  • If a donation request comes from a group claiming to help your local community (for example, local police or firefighters), ask the local agency if they have heard of the group and are getting financial support.
  • What about texting? If you text to donate, the charge will show up on your mobile phone bill. If you’ve asked your mobile phone provider to block premium text messages — texts that cost extra — then you won’t be able to donate this way.