Today is #GivingTuesday and there are so many charities to give to.  How do you choose?

I think we all must give with our own heartstrings in mind.  What causes pull at you?

My personal top picks:

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

My family knows from experience that the people who run and volunteer at this organization are making a difference for those who are homeless or living in poverty.

BinderCon (Out of the Binders, Inc.)

This awesome non-profit helps women and gender non-conforming writers learn, network, and grow. They are working to balance the huge gender gap in the journalism and literary worlds. (I also work and volunteer for this organization.)


1888 is a local 501 (c) 3 literary and cultural organization, founded by my friend & colleague, Kevin Staniec. They develop educational programs, produce collaborative projects and publish literature from around the world.

UNAIDS (Today is also World AIDS Day)

Fighting one of the worst diseases on our planet, UNAIDs is working to END AIDS in our generation.

The Global Fund for Women

This organization campaigns for  women’s right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage.

Arts Orange County

This organization supports and builds awareness for the arts in Orange County, CA

Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)

This charter public school offers exceptional arts and academic education to children in varying arts disciplines, regardless of their economic status.

Donate through their Hearts for the Arts campaign >

And hey, if you aren’t in a position to donate today just help spread the word. Every voice matters and every dollar counts for these worthwhile organizations.