Please learn about these lesser-publicized organizations changing our world for the better, one human at a time.

A Little Help
A grassroots organization registered in the US working to improve the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan. Please don't forget our young women in these countries where it is still dangerous to be a woman!

Charity Navigator
A kind of non-profit data-base of background information.

Common Cents
In 1993, we created one of our Studio Gifts for this group because at the time we were blown away when we realized they had collected over $200,000 worth of pennies that year to assist school programs in the city. They've grown and flourished since then.

DIVAS (Digital Interactive Visual Arts Sciences) for Social Justice
Founded by recent grads of the Hunter IMA/MFA program, Divas for Social Justice aims to bridge the digital divide by combining media literacy and cultural awareness for young women of color.

Elders Share the Arts
We're so proud to have supported this group with a Studio Gift in 1994. Their tag line is "linking generations through creativity" and they're changing our world, one story at a time.

Free Tibet
If you're glad you're not a Buddhist living in Chinese occupied Tibet, you're right.

Fresh Youth Initiatives
If you live in NYC and want to help our city's young people, learn about the work Fresh Youth Initiatives has done. The Illuminated Wall Plaque we created in 1995 was dedicated to their superb efforts.

GirlSource has been unleashing the potential of girls from low-income families for more than nine years. It was begun by Lynn Gordon, the inventor (among other things) of the "52 Ways to..." card decks you see in bookstores.

Global Exchange
Founded in 1988, Global Exchange is dedicated to environmental, political and social justice around the world.

GreenMarkets of New York
If you live in New York, support local business! You'll be happy you did as gas prices soar.

The Isaacs Center
Founded in 1964, The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a Meals-on-Wheels pioneer in NYC. They were the inspiration behind our beautiful 1991 Bread Gift.

Orphans of Rwanda
ORI is dedicated to helping orphans and other socially vulnerable people in Rwanda to pursue their education and ultimately become leaders for social and economic development there.

RAWA is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977.

The Rosemary Pencil Foundation
Gillian Rose, one of my dear and respected colleagues, began this organization to help further educate children in Third World countries, starting in Malawi in Southeast Africa.

Sempervirens Fund
One of the many good things this group does is foster public participation in activities such as reforestation and trail projects. Our Tree Gift in 1990 was dedicated to them. At the time, they were one of the few groups of their kind. They've managed to grow both trees and awareness for almost 18 years.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded by Morris Dees in 1981 was created in response to a resurgence of Ku Klux Klan activity. Today it tracks the activities of more than 500 racist and neo-Nazi groups.

Vital Voices
Vital Voices Global Partnership identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

Makes thousands of volunteer opportunities available online. A fantastic resource.

Union Settlement Association
Creating education and human services programs that really make a difference locally. In 1995 we dedicated our Illuminated Wall Plaque to this group (as well as Fresh Youth Initiatives) for making things brighter for all of us.

Urban Women's Retreat
A safe house for victims of domestic violence, Urban Women's Retreat provides 90-day shelter for battered women and their children, individual/group counseling, psychotherapy referrals and housing.

A much larger Domestic Violence site contains a broader geographical assistance list:

Union Square Awards
The Union Square Awards program was established in 1998 by an anonymous donor to support innovative grassroots activists projects and organizations responding to pressing social issues in New York City. A wonderful gift to the NYC community.