06 Jul August Advocacy
With summer beginning to wind down, August has three key opportunities to learn more about giving: International Youth Day, World Humanitarian Day, and Women’s Equality Day. International Youth Day takes place on the 13th and aims to bring awareness and support to children facing societal, cultural, and legal issues. A week later on the 19th is World Humanitarian Day, dedicated to honoring humanitarian workers’ efforts to improve the lives of people in disadvantaged communities. Women’s Equality Day is on the 26th and commemorates the anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. This day revolves around creating equal opportunities for women through legislative action and improvements to education systems. The charities highlighted below are just a starting point and we encourage you to look further into organizations advocating for these causes.
International Youth Day
August 13 was first proclaimed International Youth Day by the UN in 2000 to bring recognition to the challenges children face all around the world. It brings awareness and support for children who are struggling with issues from child poverty to lack of education and beyond. Charities involved are working to create more opportunities for children in disadvantaged areas of the world by providing support through education, advocacy, and resources. International Youth Day hopes to help children achieve their full potential and work toward a better future.
Save the Children works in over 100 countries through direct aid and support to give children a life in which they grow up healthy, educated, and safe, no matter where they are.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) that ignite the power and promise of youth in communities across the country.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is dedicated to advancing cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment for all children.
World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day first began in 2003 when an attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq killed 22 humanitarian workers. Since then, the United Nations dedicated August 19 to recognizing all of the sacrifices and achievements of humanitarian workers worldwide. Each year, the day is assigned a theme, with 2023’s theme being “The Human Race” in an effort to bring people together from all walks of life.
Action Against Hunger is working to achieve zero hunger through collaborations with communities, foundations, and governments to take decisive action and create lasting change.
Americares is dedicated to creating and supporting sustainable programs that help strengthen local health centers of disadvantaged communities and communities affected by disasters.
CARE is an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls to ensure equality through action.
Women’s Equality Day
Since 1920, when the 19th amendment was ratified and women finally gained the right to vote, August 26 has been dedicated to fighting for women’s equality. On the 50th anniversary of women’s voting rights, the National Organization for Women called for a nationwide “Strike for Equality” which led to Congress officially recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The charities referenced are still working toward a future where women have equal access to opportunities in their daily lives through advocacy in the government, mentorship programs, and direct support.
Equality Now uses the law to protect and promote the human rights of all women and girls through reforming, challenging, and applying laws that aid women.
Girls Inc utilizes its network of local nonprofits in 350 cities across the United States and Canada to achieve its goal of supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls to a brighter future.
Women for Women International supports global communities by investing in women survivors of war and conflict by providing them with valuable social and economic skills.
While these vetted charities are by no means an exhaustive list of organizations you can support, we hope it can help serve as a starting point. If you’re a company interested in learning more about our giving tools and resources, please reach out to us via the form below.