#GivingTuesday Giving Guide

As you may know, today is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday, which first began in 2012, is a movement to encourage and promote giving - on an international scale - at the beginning of the holiday season. 

We're personally planning to donate to some of our favorite organizations that impact maternal and infant health (you can check out our picks below), a cause we're deeply passionate about, and we thought it might be helpful to share a list of organizations that you might consider donating to, too! Who are you donating to today? Let us know in the comments below!

Evian's Picks: Oxfam, Every Mother Counts, La Leche League International

Cristina's Picks: Action Against Hunger, Breastfeeding USA, Children's Health Fund

 
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Each of these organizations works tirelessly to support, promote and protect maternal and infant health in the United States and around the world through education, advocacy and action.

 

Project Night Night - Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children 12 and under who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during their time of upheaval.

Children's Health Fund - Children's Health Fund supports America's most disadvantaged children by expanding access to primary health care, reducing health barriers to learning, and improving the health and wellbeing of children through advocacy and public education efforts. 

Homeless Prenatal Program - HPP works with families - particularly women and children - to help end the cycle of childhood poverty.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Working tirelessly to reduce inequality, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on poverty, health, education and more to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. They build partnerships that bring together resources, expertise, and vision—working with the best organizations around the globe to identify issues, find answers, and drive change.

Human Milk Bank of North America - HMBNA promotes the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding across the United States.

Heifer International - Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Your donations - gifts that allow impoverished families and communities to purchase animals - provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

Best for Babes - BFB helps expecting and new moms & babies by supporting their capacity to run educational, awareness-building, marketing and advocacy breastfeeding initiatives. They focus on making sure expecting mothers are prepared for breastfeeding, know what to expect, and have the tools to overcome any hurdles. 

Every Mother Counts - Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. They inform, engage and mobilize audiences to take actions and raise funds to support maternal health programs worldwide. 

Action Against Hunger - Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. They save the lives of malnourished children, ensure everyone can access clean water, food, training and healthcare and enable entire communities to be free from hunger. In the past year, Action Against Hunger's global network served 14.7 million people in nearly 50 countries and spent $.93 of every dollar donated on programs.

Breastfeeding USA - The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.

Good+ Foundation - The GOOD+ Foundation partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated goods and services. Since their founding, Good+ Foundations' primary goal has been to provide low-income parents with essential tools – cribs, car seats, strollers, diapers – to maintain the health and safety of their children.

Newborns in Need - Made up of volunteers across the United States, NIN is dedicated to making sure that the teen mom, the stressed family, the mother overwhelmed in sadness is supported in the first moments of the child’s life. The “911” for babies, NIN operates across the United States to offer baby items to those families who need help. 

La Leche League International - LLLI exists to help mothers worldwide breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Oxfam - Oxfam’s mission is to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. They uphold human rights and help people engage directly in the crucial decisions that affect their lives. 

Shot@Life - Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life-saving vaccines. Through education, advocacy and fundraising, they strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live.

Help a Mother Out - Help a Mother Out works to improve baby and family well-being by increasing access to diapers for families in need. A family’s access to a reliable supply of clean diapers, which can be cost-prohibitive, reduces the risk of infectious disease outbreaks, improves baby’s health and comfort, and enables baby’s participation in early care and education programs. 

UNICEF - For 70 years, across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF defends the rights of every child by decreasing infant and child mortality, providing education, focusing on nutrition for babies and children, addressing policies and advocating for inclusion to make the world a safe place for all children, and much more. 88.4% of every dollar donated goes directly to programs.

1000 Days - The first 1,000 days of life impacts lifelong health physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The 1,000 Days organization targets the growing challenge of malnutrition around the world and in the U.S. to ensure children get off to the strongest start in life starting with good nutrition for mothers during pregnancy and lasting throughout the early years of child development.