Help Future Geeks with these Five Education Nonprofits
The holidays are a time for giving – and I don’t mean handing over our hard-earned cash to Disney for more Star Wars merch. My fellow geeks, ‘tis the season to proudly share our lives with those in need.
Looking for a way to end the year by making a difference in a young geek girl’s life? Here are 5 nonprofit organizations that are doing wonderful things for girls’ and boys’ education in the USA and around the world, and how you can help.
She’s the First supports 568 female scholars in 11 countries by providing the academic tools and mentorship they need to advance their education.
Mission: “She’s the First provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.”
How you can help: Sponsor a scholar by donating directly to her cause, help the organization raise funds and awareness, or shop at the She’s the First store.
Donors Choose is an online database that helps teachers raise funds for classroom projects and allows individuals to choose classroom projects to support. The website’s search function makes it easy to find and fund projects by geographic location, school subject, resource type, age group and poverty level.
How you can help: Find a local classroom project that needs funding and donate the amount of your choice.
Mission: “DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.”
Girls Inc. is a network of local nonprofit organizations that serves 140,000 girls across the USA and Canada. The programs assist girls in achieving academically, leading healthy lives, managing money, navigating media messages and discovering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Mission: “Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.”
How you can help: Donate or volunteer for your local Girls Inc. office, or help the Public Policy Office at Girls Inc. advocate for policies that will protect girls’ rights.
Child Empowerment International provides educational programs and health care for children in war-torn areas.
Mission: “Our mission is to challenge the cycle of poverty in areas of civil unrest through empowering and educating marginalized children.
How you can help: Give to help cover costs of disaster relief and care, sponsor a child, or plan a volunteer trip.
Khan Academy creates online video classes in math, science, economics, computing, the arts, and even test taking. The programs aren’t just for children - anyone can watch the educational material for free! The information is continuously being translated from English into various languages.
Mission: “To provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”
How you can help: Donate to keep Khan Academy running, help review curricula or help translate the classes into your native language. More information here.