Tzedakah

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty” –Maimonides

American Boychoir School
My alma matter (‘88), the American Boychoir School is arguably the preeminent boys choral music program in the United States.  While not technically a charity, the world is certainly a better place because of the efforts of this school.

A Spring of Hope
A non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that builds wells and clinics in rural African schools. Wells not only provide clean drinking water, but the essential tool needed for self-sustainability and a promising future. Schools with water can provide their students with food from their gardens and sell the surplus vegetables so the school can purchase its necessary supplies. Water makes schools more inviting to students and encourages education in healthy environments.

Adopt a Minefield
Adopt-A-Minefield® is a campaign of the United Nations Association of the USA, which engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the United Nations effort to resolve the global landmine crisis. The Campaign helps save lives by raising funds for mine clearance and survivor assistance and by raising awareness about the landmine problem. The idea behind Adopt-A-Minefield® is both powerful and simple. Designed to move beyond the political and policy debates typically associated with banning the use of landmines, the Campaign provides a practical solution to the tens of millions of mines that contaminate the world and to the countless survivors of landmine accidents.

American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

Charles and Dorothy P. Preston Scholarship Fund
My family’s scholarship fund, designed for women returning to university studies, through Miami University (please indicate the Charles and Dorothy P. Preston fund by name)

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Financing Peace Project
The Financing Peace Project aims to promote stability in war-torn regions of the world by revitalizing local economies with micro-loans to small business. We strive to act as brokers between the thousands of ready investors in the United States and those in need of short-term capital to regenerate their economies and expand their business in the developing world.

Florida Atlantic University Foundation
My alma mater (B.A. Political Science ‘02; M.A. Political Science ‘04). Since 1964, Florida Atlantic University has grown from a local university to a leading national research and teaching institution.

Heifer International
A nonprofit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty. It provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.

International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance

Jewish Federation of South Florida
Since 1979, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has been one of the most trusted names in local philanthropy, raising funds to further the welfare of Jews right here, in Israel and in more than 60 countries around the world. Sometimes, that means feeding people and rescuing them from harm’s way. Other times, it means helping residents re-connect with their Jewish heritage. For donors, it means being part of one strong, unified family dedicated to improving the lives of others

Kiva
Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. Please view my Kiva Lender Page, as well as my students’ Financing Peace Project page on Kiva.

Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

WLRN
South Florida Public Radio

WNYC
New York Public Radio

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