Curriculum Resources

Service-Learning : Organizations for Donations

Action Against Hunger

As tomorrow’s world leaders, students have the unique ability to be powerful agents of change. This is why Action Against Hunger is reaching out to youth all over the world to join a growing movement to fight global hunger. 247 West 37th Street, 10th Fl., NY, NY 10018. 212-967-7800. info@actionagainsthunger.org. www.actionagainsthunger.org.

ActionAid

Schools can sponsor a child or make a financial donation directly to ActionAid to help eradicate poverty and injustice in twelve countries. 1420 K Street Northwest, Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202-835-1240. www.actionaidusa.org.

American Lung Association

Volunteer in events such as an Asthma Walk or Stair Climb in your school or community. Contact your local Lung Association office for opportunities. 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004. 202-785-3355. www.lungusa.org.

American Red Cross

Create a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to help support disaster relief, shelters, and emergency communications. Before engaging in any fundraising activity on behalf of the Red Cross, you must receive written authorization. 2025 E Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20006. 800-REDCROSS. www.redcross.org.

American Refugee Committee

Helps survivors of war and disaster. Schools can create their own fundraising program to raise awareness and money. 615 First Ave NE, Ste. 500, Minneapolis, MN 55413. 612-607-6495. www.arcrelief.org.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Hold an animal supplies drive in your school to collect and donate animal food, crates, blankets, toys, etc. for the ASPCA. 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128. 212-876-7700. www.aspca.org.

Americares

Delivers donated medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to people in need locally and in 90 countries. Donations are accepted online and can be given to the general fund or specific campaigns. 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. 800-486-HELP. www.americares.org.

Best Friends Animal Society

Contributions help tens of thousands of animals both at the sanctuary at Best Friends and through outreach and rescue programs nationwide. 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741. 435-644-2001. www.bestfriends.org.

CARE

Create a fundraising group on the CARE Network online to help disadvantaged women globally, fight poverty, and help CARE deliver emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters. P.O. Box 7039, Merrifield, VA 22116. 800-521-CARE. www.care.org.

Chances for Children

Provides the financial and strategic support for existing orphanages and schools in Haiti. Donate supplies such as food and cleaning supplies or hold a fundraiser to make a financial contribution. Also, Kids for Kids – Hope for Haiti is a nationwide school coin drive occurring each February to raise funds that assist in repairing and rebuilding schools in Haiti. 20343 N. Hayden Road, Suite 105-114, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 480-513-3373. www.chances4children.org.

Charity Navigator

Evaluates the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities. Under My Charities, flag charities of interest, compare and organize charities, share your charities with others, and access historical data of each charity. 139 Harristown Rd., Suite 201, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. 201-818-1288. www.charitynavigator.org.

Charity: Water

Water for Schools is a student-led campaign to raise awareness and funds for water projects at schools in developing nations. Create a fundraising group on the website for donors to make contributions electronically and monitor how your money is being used by water projects. 200 Varick Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10014. 646-688-2323. www.charitywater.org/schools/index.php.

Global Giving

Lists over 1,000 global grassroots charity projects for orphanages, schools, and natural disaster aide. List your own project or search causes by topic or location. Make a donation and receive regular updates on how your gift is being used. 1023 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202-232-5784. www.globalgiving.org.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Host a clothes drive at your school to collect gently used clothing. Proceeds help fund career services and other community-based programs for people with disabilities or disadvantages. Contact your local Goodwill store for guidelines. 15810 Indianola Dr., Rockville, MD 20855. 800-741-0186. www.goodwill.org.

Hugs For Our Soldiers

A class or group can adopt a deployed soldier, marine, sailor or airman and send him or her care packages, letters and cards. P.O. Box 532, Vonore, TN 37885. www.hugsforoursoldiers.org.

National Park Foundation

Donations to the “National Parks Disaster Recovery Fund” help parks in the aftermath of a disaster. 1201 Eye Street NW, Suite 550B, Washington, D.C. 20005. 202-354-6460. www.nationalparks.org.

Pennies for Peace

A class or group can create a campaign online to support the purchase of educational resources for students in developing countries. It educates students about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time. Also includes: K-12 curriculum, implementation guide, printable maps, stickers, posters, and promotional videos. P.O. Box 7209, Bozeman, MT 59771. 877-585-7841. www.penniesforpeace.org.

Pennies for the Planet, The National Audubon Society

Students collect pennies to help save wild places and wildlife. An educational kit contains a participation form, poster, and educator’s guide. 225 Varick Street, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10014. 800-813-5037. www.togethergreen.org/p4p.

Room to Read

Signature fundraising campaigns for schools help increase the global literacy rate. Examples include Small Group Big Change, Give Up to Give Back, and Read-a-thon. Also, for every Zak the Yak book you purchase, the organization donates 10 of these books to children in need around the world. 415-839-4400. www.roomtoread.org and www.zaktheyak.org.

The Gavi Campaign

Donations help increase access to immunization in developing countries. 1776 I Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006. 202-478-7743. www.gavialliance.org.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation

A non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. You can organize a special music fundraiser at your school to help raise money for schools that do not have a music program. 1515 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10036. 212-846-7600. www.vh1savethemusic.com.

Tuesday’s Children

Donations support individuals who were directly impacted by September 11, 2001 and those affected by terrorism around the globe. Tuesday’s Children provide support at each and every stage of life through innovative, needs-based programs and mental health support. 390 Plandome Road, Suite 217, Manhasset, NY 11030. 516-562-9000. www.tuesdayschildren.org.

UNESCO

Donations support efforts to improve education and children’s lives globally. Students can also send cards and letters to children around the world in need. 2121 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 6200, Washington, D.C. 20037. 202-663-0026. www.unesco.org.

UNICEF

UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, and emergency relief in over 150 countries. Students can make monetary donations, purchase UNICEF cards and gifts, or become a volunteer. 125 Maiden Ln., New York, NY 10038. 800-FOR-KIDS. www.unicefusa.org.

United to End Genocide

Students raise money to help refugees return home to Darfur safely, humanitarian aid groups reach those in need, and security forces keep the peace. 3246 Solutions Center, Lockbox #773246, Chicago, IL 60677. 800-917-2034. www.endgenocide.org.