53 Writers and Bloggers on Where They Give


Giving Tuesday

By Estelle Erasmus

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Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make room for #GivingTuesday – a global rally for great giving  which falls on December 2nd this year.

I’m proud to be a social media ambassador for Giving Tuesday.

What I like about the movement is that no one charity is supported–each person chooses who to support and how, whether it’s a tweet, a donation, volunteering, giving time, or socially sharing on either a virtual or physical level.

Here is a short video about Giving Tuesday.

In honor of #Giving Tuesday I tapped into a slew of my friends and colleagues to find out where they like to give.

I’ll start:

I like to give to Mothers & More. I’m a past president where I served on the board of directors, and a current member of the nonprofit’s advisory council.

The mission of Mothers & More is to connect mothers through a virtual and local network throughout the United States, and to  provide  programming and national community for moms through all stages, phases and transitions of motherhood.

Here is the link to donate

Mothers & More will be holding an online Expo from January 25th through January 31st, where there will be keynote speakers (on flexible job options, money mastery, how to raise a thoughtful communicator in a digital world), as well as demos (cooking, meditation, fitness, relaxation) and giveaways.


At Lighthouse Gala
At the Gala for the Lighthouse Guild last night at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. The LightHouse Guild supports care and education for people who are blind or vision impaired, including those who are multi-disabled.


Another pet charity of mine is The Lighthouse Guild which supports care and education for people who are blind or vision impaired. I attended the gala last night at the Plaza with my husband (pictured above), and they do such wonderful things to support and rehabilitate people with sight problems.

Here are the rest of the wonderful organizations to check out and open  your wallet for or volunteer at based on recommendations from 53 fabulous and talented women (please follow them on their blogs and sites).

Giving Roll Call

Lauren Apfel of Omnimom  for  Cancer Research UK

Gina Badalaty of mom-blog  for National Autism Association

Nina Badzin for The Wounded Warrior Project (helping injured veterans).

Esti Berkowitz of Prime Time Parenting for Masbia Soup Kitchen (they feed healthy and fresh food to not only the Jewish community but other communities as well).

Carla Birnberg for Mayan Families ( provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala through education and community development programs).

Helene Cohen Bludman of Books Is Wonderful for Best Friends Animal Society

Ciaran  Blumenfeld of Momfluential  for Kids Save

Lisa Carpenter of Grandma’s Briefs for Feeding America (particularly their Child Hunger Ends Here campaign).

Melissa Chapman  of Married My Sugar Daddy for Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue

Rita Cheng for Independent Awakening

Cathy Chester of An Empowered Spirit for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 

Ava Chin for NY Foundling (a shelter which serves at risk families and children).

Jessica Rubin Cohen of Eat. Sleep. Be for The Arbor Day Foundation (which provides resources for the nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care).

Val Curtis of Bon Bon Break for It Pays to Promote (on Bon Bon Break

Margit Detweiler of  TueNight for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Cindy Dudas of Whatever Works for The Jetty Rock Foundation (this charitable organization was formed in June of 2013 as a direct result of Jetty’s massive Sandy Relief efforts).

Holly Rosen Fink of The Culture Mom for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Nancy Friedman of Hip To Housewife  for  DonorsChoose.org (see what great teachers need for their students).

Kim Jorgensen Gane of  GANE Possible for The Readiness Center (located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this community resource tries to break the cycle of poverty by helping prepare and educate families by supporting their children’s education).

Stephanie Giese of Binkies and Briefcases for Seemingly Obvious  (Stephanie says: “We are not a registered non-profit, but we are working with the American Psychological Association on this project)”.

Sharon Greenthal of Empty House, Full Mind for The National Bullying Prevention Center

Lisa Heffernan of Grown and Flown for Neighbors Link (an organization that strengthens the whole community by actively  enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants).

Randi Horwitz of SocialEyesNYC  for The American Cancer Society

Sheryl Kraft of My So-Called Midlife  for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Fred’s Team

Wendy  Kaufman of ABCs and Garden Peas for My Sisters Circle ( a charity that provides mentors for underprivileged girls in Baltimore).

Susan Maccarelli of Pecked to Death by Chickens and Beyond Your Blog for The Wounded Warrior Project

Jennifer Maidenberg of Yadda Yadda for FARE (food allergy research & education).

Lois Alter Mark of Midlife at the Oasis  for The Elephant Sanctuary

Carla McDonald of  The Salonniere  for Feeding America

Cissy Mecca of Underwear in Our Kitchen for Epilepsy Foundation

Judith Newman for LearningSpring School  (a place for children on the autism spectrum to learn and grow).  To donate go here.

Avital Norman Nathman of The Mamafesto for The Lilith Fund

Elizabeth Norton of  EduVAcation  for ActivationReACT

Jennifer Oxenford of Philly Fun 4 Kids for Alexs Lemonade Stand

Anne Paris of Not A Supermom for CARITAS (provides food, shelter, and case management to homeless families and homeless people in the churches in and around Richmond, Virginia).

Lisa Pisano of Mom A La Mode for Stand Up To Cancer

Kathy Radigan of My Dishwasher’s Possessed for The American Cancer Society

Jordan Rosenfeld of Write Livelihood  for Unravel Pediatric Cancer

Debra Rutt of The Harried Mom for  Action Against Hunger (a NJ-based food pantry)

Ellen Seidman of Love That Max for Reaching for the Stars (which funds cerebral palsy research)

Tina Creaney Seitzinger of Life Without Pink for Kaboom

Jo-Lynne Shane  for Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia

Kristin Shaw of Two Cannoli for Safe Place

Aliza Sherman for G(IRL)s 20  (a global platform that economically empowers girls and women all over the world)

Charlene Smith for National Race Amity (in U.S., which promotes race reconciliation and understanding ) and in South Africa for NKosi’s Haven (supports Gail Johnson’s work with HIV infected mothers and their children).

Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy  for   The 2014 Thanksgiving Project

Marcelle Soviero  of Brain, Child for Girls Write Now

Allison Slater Tate for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Whitney Wingard of Mommies with Style  for The Kolbe Fund ( they provide funding for people traveling to Philadelphia and Wilmington for treatments for their kids).

Linda Maltz Wolff of Carpool Goddess  for Pancreatic Cancer Network

Aliza Worthington of The Worthington Post  for Casey Cares Foundation (they provide comfort and relief for critically ill kids and their families).

Nicole Yniguez  of Mommy Tips by Cole  for  Talk About Curing Autism

Kathy Zucker of Mom Condo Living   for  Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Thank  you everyone who participated in this post. I really appreciate you sharing your favorite organizations and charities to give to.

So get ready and join us on  December 2nd.

Because to give of yourself is the best way I know how to make a difference in the world.

Happy GivingTuesday, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Where do you give?


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30 thoughts on “53 Writers and Bloggers on Where They Give”

  1. Wow, what a list! If there is anyone out there who needs information on where to give, I think they could do worse than to consult this list! Thanks so much for putting it together, for promoting these worthwhile charities, and for shining a light on bloggers who care!

    Where do I give? I give locally and I support Public Broadcasting.

  2. What a great way to celebrate #GivingTuesday Estelle! Love this round up of women and the causes they like to support! So honored to be a part of the list – thanks for including me!

  3. This is a great list and I appreciate all the time you put into preparing it.
    We have our favorite charities and always participate in Giving Tuesday as well as doing what we can all year.
    I am interested in the Lighthouse Guild and will look into it. My husband’s good friend is blind and so is my baby nephew.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks for participating Esti and providing your wonderful charity. So important to help feed people who can’t take care of themselves.

  4. Thank you for posting so many charities in one place! I will be tweeting this out so others who don’t have specific charities can find one here!

    1. Thanks for participating and sharing your fabulous charity Lois. I love elephants. They are such smart and sensitive animals.

  5. Estelle, this is a huge undertaking and I thank you for not only including me but for sharing all the giving possibilities out there.

    1. Sheryl, thanks so much for participating. Your charity is such an important one to include in the mix, because breast cancer affects so many women.

  6. Estelle – this is a terrific list of varied causes!!

    I’d like to add 1 of mine since I don’t think anyone on the list highlighted Mental Health.

    Please consider NAMI – the national alliance on mental illness – for #GivingTuesday – the national non-profit or your local chapter (I’m on the board of NAMI Montgomery Maryland)

    NAMI does amazing work to support people living with Mental illness & their families.

    Thanks to all who give to a cause near and dear to them!

  7. I would love for you to also list the SCDAA. I’ve been blogging for more than 4 years and I am on a mission to help support research for Sickle Cell Disease. Did you know that the most prevalent genetic disorder in America is Sickle Cell Disease? Unfortunately, research and funding for this disorder doesn’t get an adequate amount of funding. To help raise awareness, I dedicated a blog post everyday in the month of September to help increase people’s understanding about the disease. I urge people to please help support the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. Sickle Cell Disease affects people world-wide and needs our support.

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