This year, as with last year, I think the gift would be best applied to ensure civil rights and protection of the natural world. As such, I would like to split my donation in half between the Southern Poverty Law Center for $500, a nonprofit focused on advocacy for civil rights, and the National Resources Defense Council for $500, which aims to protect and conserve the environment and wildlife through the use of law and science. Both of these causes have received high ratings from Charity Navigator, so we know that the donations are being put to good use.
I think that the missions of these organizations are especially important in the current political climate, and would be consistent with Austin's values.
Thank you again for including us in the 12 days of Austin's Christmas. Here are our allocations:
Casa de la Luz Foundation, $250 (Katie)- I can't believe I've been working for Casa for a year now! I know I allocated money to the foundation last year but I just have to do it again. I see the foundation working in my patients' lives every day. Any time one of my patients needs something that hospice funding can't provide I turn to the foundation for items both small and large. For example one of my patients had to throw out all of his blankets and clothes from a previous bed bug issue. He had nothing for the upcoming winter, so the social worker and I put in for a small grant to get him warm blankets, sweatshirts, and jackets. Other times patients need help with their cremation costs. Another one of my patients is still able to get up and move around well, so the foundation is helping chip in a little for a super portable oxygen concentrator to help her quality of life.
Tu Nidito, $250 (Katie)- Tu Nidito is an Tucson organization that helps grieving children. According to one of our friends who is a counselor for them they do still do some pediatric hospice work. But Casa social workers often refer children impacted by the decline and death of their loved ones in our care.
Arizona Baptist Children's Services, $250 (DJ)- Our good friends Bryce and Emily fostered their daughters with the help of ABCS and eventually moved toward adopting them. We recognize that God has adopted us as His children, so we love to see that love reflected in the lives of our fostering and adopting friends and community.
Hands of Hope, $250 (DJ)- Hands of Hope is a Tucson based organization that provides a ton of free services to both men and women in the following areas: miscarriage and early infant loss support, post abortion support, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, nurse consultations, referrals to prenatal services, and support for victims of sexual assault. We see that they do a lot of good work in the Tucson community and would like to help their efforts in educating those on the preciousness of life as well as helping people heal from sexual brokenness and trauma.
In memory and affection for Austin’s love of classical music..as well as his understanding that young women’s issues are also that of young men - I request my $1,000 gift be split between the besieged and under-attack Planned Parenthood organization and the very admirable Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.
The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation is a charitable organization providing services and funding for classical music education, research, performances, and artists, to benefit listeners and learners alike.
Current projects include an instrument loan program, grants for education and career, support of classical music programs in developing nations, and creation of a supplemental curriculum of music for strings by composers of African descent.
In addition to costs covered by traditional scholarships, a young musician’s expenses as a student and as an aspiring professional can be sizable. The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation’s Grants for Education and Career provide help with expenses such as supplemental lessons, entrance fees to competitions, audition recording sessions, travel expenses for competitions or auditions, sheet music purchase, piano accompanist fees, and instrument repair and maintenance. Grants are given to young artists between the ages of 10 and 29 on the basis of great musical talent and accomplishment, artistic aspirations, serious financial need, and merit of the grant request.
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