Thank you for this inspiring thread.
I wanted to reply the day it went up, but had to force myself to get off the forum and write a paper/presentation.
We give mostly to the Red Cross and to animal shelters, and groups working to preserve wild animal habitat. We give to the Phoenix Zoo because they are breeding Mexican Wolf pups which were literally on the edge of extinction until the Phx Zoo bred them and started re-introducing them back into the wild. That's hubby's influence - he adores animals.
I like this cause:
(If for some reason that link doesn't work, just go to www.karunamayi.org
and click on "charities" and then on "free hospital."
Funds go to operating a hospital in rural India completely free of charge to patients. This is a part of the world where for lack of medical care, people often have limbs amputated because small cuts get infected and there is no antibiotic care. Polio has continued to cripple thousands of people there. The hospital has already been operating on an out-patient basis and is providing basic services and polio vaccines. Please consider making a donation to the free hospital - even a small amount goes a long way, since medications there are much cheaper than what we pay here.
One of my favorite things about being married is that I can donate time and money to causes that matter to me.
I try to give back more through active engagement with the world, activism and all that - with my time and effort. Fighting so hard against Arizona's marriage amendment was the bulk of my commitment for the past 17 months. That was the biggie for me. And we're also members of national and local LGBT groups.
I would like to be more active in giving back to the greater community. Now that Prop 107 has gone away, I've got some energy left for other things now.
I appreciate this thread MD. Thanks.