Funding The Resistance in the Age of Trump

The Washington Monument. (photo © Stephen Trimble)

My wife, Joanne, and I spent some time researching the best charities to fund the good fight in the Age of Trump. Here’s our list of top picks for national organizations. These match the issues we care about most, and the fundamental rights we think will be most endangered. You would have others, but we hope this will give you all some ideas for those last-minute end-of-year donations — and on into the next year and the next.

Steve & Joanne’s picks for charities to fund The Resistance

Center for Public Integrity (4 stars; 90% rating; 85% to programs)

“To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.”

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

“We seek to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.”

ACLU Foundation (4 stars; 94% rating; 85% to programs)

Tax-deductible: gifts to the ACLU Foundation support litigation, communications, advocacy, and public education to advance civil liberties. Non-deductible donations to the ACLU proper support lobbying and advocacy in legislatures, in addition to the work of the Foundation.

Advancement Project (4 stars; 92% rating; 87% to programs)

“A next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. We exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.”

National Council of La Raza (4 stars; 91% program expenses)

“The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.”

Equal Justice Initiative (4 stars; 100% rating; 91% to programs)

“Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”

National Immigration Law Center (4 stars; 91% programs)

“Dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.”

The Campaign Legal Center

“The premier election law experts, the only organization in the field exclusively dedicated to working through the entire cycle of democracy reform.”

Center for Reproductive Rights (4 stars; 93% rating; 80% to programs)

“Dedicated to the advancement and protection of reproductive rights as fundamental human rights.”

Planned Parenthood Federation (4 stars; 90% rating; 75% programs)

“Delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information.”

J Street Educational Fund 3 stars; 90% to programs)

“Educates and mobilizes for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people.”

International Rescue Committee (4 stars. 92.4% programs)

“Helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.”

Earthjustice (4 stars; 93% rating; 80% to programs)

“The legal backbone for the environmental movement — the attorneys and legal strategists for both national and community organizations.”

350.org (4 stars; 88.6% programs)

“Building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.”

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (4 stars; 92% rating; 84% to programs)

“Defends America’s redrock wilderness.”

NRDC (4 stars; 83% prgms; 96% overall)

“Combines the power of two million members and online activists with the expertise of 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.”

(ratings from Charity Navigator)