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Five Indy charities for holiday giving

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Give till it hurts! That's what they say when considering how much to donate to local charities during the holiday season. Here are profiles of five local charities that support the health and wellness of our local and global community. Consider giving more than you get this year.

Women Like us Foundation
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Women Like us Foundation

Women Like Us Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, empowering and engaging women and girls to make a difference globally and locally.  This foundation has a local and international impact.  Your donation go to support women in depressed areas around the globe and help support local program that empower young women to become future leaders.

Based on the book, Women Like Us: Real Stories and Strategies for Living Your Best Life, by Linda Rendleman, an inspirational tea and speaker series was created by Linda and Dr. Sally Brown Bassett to expand on the theme of the common threads which run through women's lives. Our stories are singular, but our passions are shared. After the initial success, the Women Like Us Foundation was created to inspire and empower women and under-served girls to make a difference globally and locally.

Our mission is accomplished in a number of ways, including implementing Women Like Us Afternoon Tea and Speakers Series, raising funds for sustainable global projects, supporting women to start their own WLU Chapters, offering short-term humanitarian trips, and through a mentoring program for high school girls.

Heifer International
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Heifer International

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth.  While this charity does not have it's home base in Indiana, it was started by an Indiana farmer.  This idea of giving livestock to help support the food sustainability of poor communities is fast becoming popular choices for charitable contributions.

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps brings sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our 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.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

The Indianapolis Foundation
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The Indianapolis Foundation

Can't decide which charity to give to? By giving to your local community foundation, you can make your donation go further.  Traditionally community foundations support multiple non-profit organizations in your community. Those organizations apply for funding each year and awards are given to the one that best meets the criteria for each grant.

As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF affiliate) was created in 1916 to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change.

Humane Society of Indianapolis
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Humane Society of Indianapolis

This local humane non-profit has been around for many years helping find homes for thousands of animals in our community each year.  It not only helps provide housing for homeless animals but is known for providing top notch humane education and spay/neuter services to help create better pet owners to reduce the number of animals needing homes.  They also provide lower cost veterinary services so every pet has access to quality care.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is an Indianapolis-based, independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that receives no government funding. We are supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, and adoption and service fees. We receive no funding or guidance from the United Way, the Humane Society of the United States, or the ASPCA. Your financial gift shows a deep personal commitment to animals in Central Indiana.Your financial gift supports our plan to end the suffering and neglect of Hoosier animals. When you donate,

  • You help us provide medical and behavioral care to cats and dogs at our shelter, and make it possible for us to save lives by not putting animals down because of space or time.
  • You’re supporting the launch of a world-class animal-welfare center featuring low-cost spay/neuter services to those most in need.
  • You make it possible for us to provide services to the community such as pet behavior help and a low-cost vaccine clinic.
Earth Charter Indiana
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Earth Charter Indiana

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. Earth Charter Indiana is committed to advancing these principles here in Indiana.

The Earth Charter Indiana is also related to other green and eco-conscious charities in Indiana including Sustainable Indiana and A Greener Indiana.  What a great way to make your gift last by supporting sustainability focused charities!!