On this #GivingTuesday, Digital Mountaineers is proud to be giving back to some amazing organizations who are doing amazing work in both our local and nationals communities. Do you have the impulse to help but you’re not sure where to donate? Let us help with that! Our team has assembled a list of fantastic 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that we love, and hope that you’ll support, too!
If you are unable to contribute this year, get to know the organizations in this list and bookmark them for next year! Awareness is currency, so by sharing information about these organizations, you are helping further their mission!
Tip: Use Charity Navigator to see how your money is being spent at the organizations you support. Charity Navigator was founded in 2001 by Pat and Marion Dugan, who are passionate about charitable giving and social investing, but witnessed tons of reports of scandals at local and national charities. Pat and Marion created an unbiased source of information that provides charitable givers and investors the tools necessary to make informed decisions.
Project Drawdown: a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
The Gentle Barn: They stand up for the innocent and help animals and children alike remember that they matter. They open people’s hearts to the connections with nature. They open people’s minds to what is happening around us. And they inspire people to be an integral part of the solution.
RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Undies for Everyone: Underwear is the most forgotten item of clothing when donating. They provide new underwear for those in need, providing a sense of dignity and hygiene for those that need it most.
Algorithmic Justice League (AJL): Technology should serve all of us. Not just the privileged few. Join the Algorithmic Justice League in the movement towards equitable and accountable AI.
The TransLatin@ Coalition (TLC): Founded in 2009 by a group of Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex (TGI) immigrant women in Los Angeles, California, as a grassroots response to address the specific needs of TGI Latin@ immigrants who live in the United States.
Red Hawk Native American Council: A not-for-profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. The Council educates the general public about Native American heritage through: singing, dancing, theater, works of art, and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.
The Trevor Project: The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ & questioning youth.
Hope for Paws: Hope for Paws is a 501 C-3 non-profit animal rescue organization. We rescue dogs, cats and other types of animals suffering on the streets or neglected in the wild. Through rescue and education, Hope For Paws works to raise awareness for abandoned animals.
Doyon Foundation: Established separately from Doyon, Limited, Doyon Foundation provides educational scholarships and opportunities to all Alaskan Natives that are Doyon shareholders. As a Doyon member himself, our CEO was fortunate to be a scholarship recipient. Help Doyon continue to support students in their academic and career endeavors.
Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC): Dubbed “a living cultural center,” ANHC truly embodies the broad and diverse cultures of Alaska Native people. Providing workshops, educational & interactive tours, and hands-on classes, ANHC has been educating folks since 1987.
United We Dream: United We Dream works to empower people to develop their leadership, organizing skills, as they fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country, and plays a vital advocacy role in assisting DACA recipients.
LOCAL MOUNTAIN ORGANIZATIONS (SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST)
Rim of the World Educational Foundation: The mission is to raise funds to support high quality educational programs that enhance student achievement. Our vision is to enrich the potential of students in order for them to be successful and productive members of society.
Arrowhead Arts Association: Arrowhead Arts Association is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) corporation that enriches the quality of life of the residents, youth, and visitors of the San Bernardino mountain communities by sponsoring and promoting quality musical performances and music education and scholarships for local youth from kindergarten through
Blue Jay Jazz Foundation: Its mission is to build music appreciation and promote audience development to secure the future of jazz as a performing art, and support music education in the San Bernardino Mountain communities.
Hearts & Lives: Hearts & Lives addresses the needs of residents in the Rim Mountain Communities through case management, education, direct services and referrals; collaborating with governmental and non-profit community resource providers.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council: Fire Safe Councils are about more than “fire”, we are about public safety. We collaborate with other organizations in our endeavors: COP’s, CERT, Neighborhood Watch, Veterans, Red Cross, and all the government agencies. Our primary role is education and communication – where ever there are meetings we can be there
to share valuable information in advance of the disaster.
Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities: Rebuilding Day in April has been our main program since our inception in 1994. After a careful selection process, community volunteers refurbish 5 to 8 homes each year. We also offer an Emergency Repair program that handles problems that can’t wait for our annual Rebuilding Day. The Home Modification Program installs grab bars, smoke and CO alarms and other safety devices throughout the year.
Rim of the World Historical Society: The mission of the Rim of the World Historical Society is to promote, collect, and preserve a broad knowledge of mountain history essential to a basic quality of life in an increasingly diverse society.
Rim of the World Interpretive Association: ROWIA’s mission is to raise public awareness of and inspire active interest in the San Bernardino Mountains through nature-focused educational activities. Our vision emphasizes caring for the National Forest, including area treasures such as Heaps Peak Arboretum.
San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust: The San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust acquires open forest space and wildlife habitats on within the San Bernardino National Forest to ensure lasting public enjoyment of the natural mountain environment.
Save Our Forest Association: Formed in 1988 by ordinary citizens outraged over the management of the public forest lands in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the exchange of valuable forest open space out of public ownership, into private hands. SOFA has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public benefit corporation since 1992, and works to preserve the quality of mountain life.
Soroptimist International of Rim of the World: Soroptimist International is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Learn about some of our outstanding programs and club projects and how we are working together with the community to improve the lives of women and girls.
Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club: We are an active, 50+ Senior Citizens Club located in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club offers a host of activities, programs, and even
Mountain Counseling & Training: Our mission is to revolutionize the lives of individuals, families, and organizations by helping them to discover and operate within their strengths, and when needed, helping them to overcome specific challenges.
Mountain Homeless Coalition: A relatively new nonprofit on the mountain, Mountain Homeless Coalition helps to provide our neighbors experiencing homelessness with resources they need. This includes housing assistance, employment resources, and a plethora of connections to related resources. Being the only organization addressing homelessness on our mountain, Mountain Homeless Coalition could use your support.