Year End Giving: Ladybud Magazine Reader Favorites

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It’s almost 2015 but not quite yet! That means it’s time for end-of-year giving. While there are over a million charitable organizations from which to choose, Ladybud Magazine asked readers and staff to suggest a few that are their favorites. Some of the organizations might be recognizable but we’ve made a special effort to include mostly lesser-known but just as deserving organizations that help a broad spectrum of humans find love, support, sustenance and freedom. Thank you for taking a look and your consideration in helping organizations we know have had an impact on making this world a more wonderful place. –Ladybud Magazine Staffgiveget

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:
Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. Those policies have failed, and continue to fail, to effectively address the problems of drug abuse, especially the problems of juvenile drug use, the problems of addiction, and the problems of crime created by criminal control of illegal drug sales.

For information on how to contribute to LEAP, please click here.

Parents-4-Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition. They strive to defeat the social stigma surrounding adults who use cannabis responsibly. P4P supports a parent’s choice to use medical cannabis to treat their children’s illnesses. Their work helps families with cannabis related issues through education, direct action and organizational support. They also are known for their Holiday Toy Drive that has been extended until Dec. 31st to help struggling refugee families as well as those whose parents were wrongly imprisoned for cannabis.

For information on how to contribute to Parents4Pot, please click here.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS):
Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS envisions a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits. MAPS relies on the generosity of individual donors to achieve their mission. Research into the beneficial potential of psychedelics again being conducted under federal guidelines, but no funding for this research is yet available from governments, for-profit pharmaceutical companies, or major foundations. That means that the future of psychedelic and marijuana research depends on individual donors and family foundations.

If you are interested in making a donation to MAPS, please click here.

Fair Shake Re-Entry Resource Center:
Fair Shake is dedicated to supporting the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated people into society. Fair Shake is dedicated to reducing the recidivism rate through personal and community focused ownership and engagement opportunities for inmates and former felons in connection with families, employers, property managers, corrections and communities.

To learn more about how financial support helps the Fair Shake mission, please click here.

heartExceptional Care for Children (ECC):
Exceptional Care for Children is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 that improves the lives of technology-dependent children and their families through skilled nursing, transitional and palliative care. They are a haven for healing fragile bodies when improvement is possible, and a refuge for nurturing vulnerable spirits when a cure is unattainable. Exceptional Care for Children works hard to provide children who are medically fragile and have technology-dependencies with the opportunity to grow up in a home-like environment, rich with opportunities and experiences outside of a hospital. Support ensures that this organization will continue to be a haven, a refuge and a home to children and their families. One hundred percent of generous tax deductible donations directly benefit the children who call Exceptional Care for Children home.

To find out more about tax deductible donations for ECC, please click here.

Community Rocks:
Community Rocks is a  non-profit organization established to to strengthen community, build confidence and educate. They promote self-expression, cross-cultural education and environmental awareness with every event, project and performance primarily featuring children. 100% of the proceeds go to supporting Community Rocks.

If interested in supporting Community Rocks, please click here.

American Civil Liberties Union:
The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.

To help preserve freedoms and advocate for more, please consider support to the ACLU by clicking here.handcuff woman

Students for Sensible Drug Policy:
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors. they create change by bringing young people together and creating safe spaces for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policy. Founded in 1998, SSDP comprises thousands of members at hundreds of campuses in countries around the globe.  Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.

To find out more about supporting SSDP, please click here.

Denver Kids Incorporated:
Denver Kids, Inc. exists to support Denver Public Schools (DPS) students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments to successfully complete high school, pursue post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community. Their vision: Every student counts. Every student graduates.

Denver Kids Inc. is a 501(c)3 (EIN # 84-1244211). Educational counselors interact with school personnel, families, mentors, and various community members and agencies to provide support for their students to help them reach their full potential.

To find out more about supporting this organization, please click here.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children:
LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. They build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and advance racial and gender justice in all their work.

Their strategies include legal support, trainings, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships.

To give support to LSPC, please click here.

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP):

GRASP was founded to help provide sources of help, compassion, and understanding for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. There are many excellent support organizations that help grieving parents, partners, siblings and children in all manner of deaths but not one to address the addictions of substances whether it is alcohol, prescriptions or illicit drugs.  To many it is not realized or accepted that addictions are as much a disease as any other medical illness. A misconception is that overdose deaths are suicides. In most cases, this is simply not true. Current Executive Director Denise Cullen and GRASP’s VP & CFO, Gary Cullen, lost their only son to Jeff to addiction and have dedicated their lives to helping others cope with similar losses.

To find out more about supporting GRASP, please click here.

Rosenberg Fund for Children:
The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, public foundation that makes grants to aid children in the U.S. whose parents are targeted, progressive activists. They also assist youth who themselves have been targeted as a result of their progressive activities. Since its start, the RFC has awarded almost $5.5 million to benefit close to a thousand children in the U.S. whose parents have been targeted because of their involvement in progressive movements including the struggles to preserve civil liberties, wage peace, safeguard the environment, combat racism and homophobia, and organize on behalf of workers, prisoners, immigrants and others whose human rights are under threat.

Find out more and to learn how to support RFC, please click here.


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Vote Hemp:
Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and free market for industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Their ultimate goal is having hemp grown on a commercial scale in the U.S. once again and for the crop to be able to be processed here as well. Vote Hemp educates people on the issues surrounding hemp, register voters, and build coalitions. Vote Hemp is working to shift federal regulation of industrial hemp farming out of the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and get hemp farming regulated on the state level. Vote Hemp also works to defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp commerce or imports.

To find out more about supporting Vote Hemp, please click here.

Operation Grow4Vets:
The mission of Operation Grow4Vets is to help reduce the staggering number of Veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose. They provide Veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain or grow their own marijuana for treatment of their medical conditions. Operation Grow4Vets raises awareness by enlisting the public’s aid and support in ensuring that all injured and wounded Veterans receive the respect and dignity of life that they deserve. With volunteer and organizational help, Operation Grow4Vets provides veterans with unique products, programs and services designed to assist them in living with injuries sustained while protecting our freedom. Operation Grow4Vets is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Colorado. To date, Operation Grow4Vets has been funded primarily by their founders. As the result of massive media coverage, they now receive dozens of requests for help from veterans each day. They need your help to support America’s heroes — please consider making a donation today. 100% of donations go directly to veteran programs.

To help support their mission, please click here.

Feeding America:
At Feeding America, they invest 98 cents of every dollar donated directly into programs that help people across the country access the food they need to live an active, healthy life. Feeding America network provides food to more than 46 million people facing hunger in the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. They’ve secured nearly 4 billion pounds of food annually, which provides 3.3 billion meals directly to individuals and families in need.

Interested in helping feed the hungry? Please click here to find out more about Feeding America.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
In 1987, a small group of caring individuals had a vision: establish a private source of support for suicide research and education, and essential suicide prevention efforts could be sustained into the future. These founding families—each of whom had lost a someone to suicide—joined with scientists to create what today is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP. Before AFSP, there was no national-scope not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

If interested in supporting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, please click here.