Civil Rights & Responsibilities

Charity & Social Action

Click to Donate : The Hunger Site
Games for Charity : — Free Rice (vocabulary)
Charitable Search Engines : DogpileGoodSearch

Charity Ratings
America’s 50 Worst Charities (article, June 2013)
America’s Worst Charities (list, Nov. 2013)
You’ve given them more than $1 billion. They’ve given almost nothing to the needy. A report from the Tampa Bay Times, and a good guide to what to look for and who not to donate to.
Better Business Bureau: For Charities and Donors
From here you can check out a business or charity, see charity reports and standards, make inquiries or complaints, use the resource library, and more. Includes all the reports and information from the former site.
Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America’s premiere independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities. Publishes annual Holiday Guide.
Website of a nationally prominent charity watchdog service whose purpose is to help donors make informed giving decisions. Includes the Charity Watch: Top-Rated list. (Formerly known as the American Institute of Philanthropy.)
FTC: Charity Scams
Information from the Federal Trade Commission on smart giving, avoiding fraud, and knowing where your donation is spent.
GiveSpot has extensive links to charity-related sites, including sites that evaluate charities, lists of charities, resources for activists, helpful information, and more.
GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
GuideStar provides information about the operations and finances of nonprofit organizations and has a special section with advice and guides for prospective donors.

General Information
20 Ways for Teenagers to Help Other People by Volunteering
Suggestions and links to various types of volunteers opportunities. Great ideas, easy-to-naviagate site.
Making a Difference
NBC Nightly News’ “good news” series about individuals and organizations that are changing their communities for the better.
The Nonprofit FAQ
A compilation of frequently asked questions, and their answers, based on on-line communications about nonprofits (mostly in the United States of America) beginning in the early 1990s.
Making a Difference
There are millions of individuals making a difference who are not rich or famous. This section is for that unheralded community… Grom the Christian Science Monitor.

Charity & Social Action Sites
A private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. …providing ‘micro’ loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses…
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation evolved from a young cancer patient’s front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fundraising movement to find a cure for childhood cancer.
American Red Cross
International Committee of the Red Cross
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA
Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization … focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination…. .
The Carter Center
The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Join us in creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities is the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities.
A central platform that connects likeminded people, whatever their interests, and enables them to exchange information, share ideas, and collectively act to address the issues they care about.
Child’s Play
A game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.
Children’s Defense Fund
The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is to … ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Digital Wish
Digital Wish helps you put technology in the hands of teachers to inspire students in every classroom. Prepare today’s students for tomorrow. Works on the Kiva-style model of donating to specific teachers/schools for specific projects.
Direct Relief International
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world. We work to strengthen the in-country health efforts of our partners by providing essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment.
Distributed Computing
Users contribute spare computing cycles to a larger project by letting programs run in the background on their home computers. Such projects include:
BOINC: Berkeley Open Infrastructure (science and medicine)
Distributed Computing Active Projects (directory)
Folding@Home (medical science)
Do 1 Nice Thing
Suggestions of one nice thing you can do each week to make the work, or your part of it, a better place.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
Teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals … choose projects to fund.
EDAR: Everyone Deserves a Roof
Provides unique mobile shelters to those living on the streets all around us.
Feeding America
The nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. … Our network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. (Formerly “America’s Second Harvest”)
Grameen Foundation
Grameen Foundation provides micro-lenders in poor communities access to the capital they need to make micro-loans to women who are working to develop or expand a small business.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
International Medical Corps
For more than 25 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva supports microfinance foundations throughout the world.
Kopernik not only connects the individual donors to organizations/entrepreneurs in developing countries, it also brings an additional, and very important actor into the equation – the technology provider, thus promoting innovation in solving development challenges.
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation – Central New York
Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.
Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 36 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people.
Modest Needs
An award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts …. by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford … short-term emergency expenses …
National Council of Catholic Bishops: Justice, Peace, and Human Development
Information on social justice issues, including action needs and opportunities.
Nazareth Farm
A Catholic community of volunteers inspired by the Gospels and Social Teachings of the Church and focused on prayer, community, simplicity, and service. We are devoted to developing relationships and eliminating sub-standard housing through home repair in rural West Virginia.
Network for Good
Website designed to make it easier, more convenient and more compelling than ever to donate money, volunteer time and speak out on issues.
Nothing But Nets
Help fight malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa, by supplying mosquito nets to those too poor to afford them.
Save the Children
When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs…. [and] works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.
School Fundraising … Adopt a Classroom
By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support.
School of the Americas Watch
SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
Shelter Box
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.
Slavery (Modern) and Abolition
— see Civil Rights.
Toys For Tots
Toy for Tots is a national program which collects and distributes toys to needy children at Christmas. Site includes guide to local programs.
United Nations Development Program
An organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 177 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
United We Serve is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own.
US AID – U.S. Agency for International Development
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting: economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
Connects volunteers with organizations.
WHY – World Hunger Year
WHY is a leading advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. WHY challenges society to confront these problems by advancing models that create self-reliance, economic justice, and equal access to nutritious and affordable food.
Youth Service America
YOUTH SERVICE AMERICA (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people.


Child Labor & Child Slaver
AntiSlavery Society: Child Labor
AntiSlavery Society: Child Slaves of South Asia
Across the world, millions of children do extremely hazardous work in harmful conditions, putting their health, education, personal and social development, and even their lives at risk.
Child Labor Coalition
A national network for the exchange of information about child labor; provide a forum and a unified voice on protecting working minors and ending child labor exploitation; and develop informational and educational outreach…
Chocolate and Child Labor
The Clothes on Your Back; Factory Kids video
Report looking at the situation of children working in clothing factories in Bangladesh. (The Toronto Star, Oct. 2013)
CRIN: Child Rights Information Network
Guided by our passion for social and legal change, CRIN is building a global network for children’s rights. We press for rights, not charity, and advocate for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children.
Global March Against Child Labour
A movement to mobilise worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free, meaningful education and to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
U.S. Dept. of Labor: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)
U.S. Dept. of Labor: Wages and Hour Division: Child Labor
U.S. Dept. of Labor: Bureau of International Labor Affrairs: Child Labor
Information about child labor in the U.S. and abroad.

Child Soldiers
Amnesty International: Child Soldiers
Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children are recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a variety of other armed groups. Includes articles and personal stories.
BBC: Children of Conflict
There are an estimated three hundred thousand child soldiers around the world. Every year the number grows as more children are recruited for use in active combat. Here you can listen to these children explain how they became soldiers, what stops them from leaving and how some have managed to build new lives for themselves.
Child Solidiers International
Child Soldiers International works to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their demobilisation and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration.
Human Rights Watch: Child Soldiers
News, reports, and commentary about the plight of child soldiers.
IRIN: In-Depth: Child Soldiers
Ongoing look at the plight of child soldiers with reports, videos, and personal accounts.
UNICEF: Child Combatant
Links to UNICEF articles and reports about child soldiers.
United Movement to End Child Soldiering
UMECS supports secondary school and higher education for children and youth affected by conflict together with school-based peace education and counseling and guidance programs, and helps to build a culture of peace to prevent new wars.
Wikipedia: Military Use of Children
Detailed article about military use of children in war, including as child soldiers.

Child Welfare
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.
Children’s Defense Fund
We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
We are a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of abused and neglected children who depend on them for protection and care.
Juvenile Law Center
A national nonprofit public interest law firm that advances and protects the rights and well-being of youth in the child welfare and justice systems by using legal advocacy, publications, projects, public education, and training to ensure those children receive the protection and services they need to become productive adults.
We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
UNICEF: Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse
Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is an integral component of protecting their rights to survival, growth and development.
Youth Advocate Program International
YAP International works to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child labor, the use of children in armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the practice of incarcerating children as adults.

Civil Rights & Human Rights Civil Liberties
Annotated links to websites about various civil liberties issues.
The American Civil Liberties Union has information on a wide range of social issues from criminal justice to free speech to religious liberty to workplace rights.
Amnesty International /
Amnesty International USA
Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization … focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination….
Center for Media Literacy Reading Room
Online articles about issues such as media violence, television and children, and values and the media.
Current issues in civil rights, focusing on policy and legislation, with hate crime information and statistics, and the “Civil Rights Monitor” journal online.
Civil Rights Suite
As current debates surrounding civil liberties, immigration, and changing demographics increase, CHSA is at the forefront of the movement to examine the historical impact of the Chinese American fight for equality on our society.
Digital Freedom Network
DFN supports classically liberal ideas in both the economic and the political realm. We seek to eliminate human rights violations through the implementation of the principles of freedom; robust property rights, free markets, rule of law, and legitimate democracy.
EPIC – Electronic Privacy Information Center
A public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. Website includes an Online Guide to Privacy Resources.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History believes that students must be trusted to examine history in all of its complexities, including its legacies of prejudice and discrimination, resilience and courage.
GlobalLex: International Human Rights Research Guide
Links to documents, international organizations, news sources, and educational websites.
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, this special collection includes hundred of articles (mostly in .pdf format) from the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1957 through the present.
Human Rights (video)
What exactly are Human Rights? Who is responsible for protecting them? And do they really apply to all people? These are the question the newest animated Video clip in the WissensWerte series deals with.
Human Rights Watch
Information about human rights around the world today.
Introduction to Social Policy
This set of web pages offers a brief outline of key topics and issues in Social Policy.
IPL: Social Issues and Social Welfare Resources
Annotated links about various social issues.
NAACP – Natioanl Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
A global information network developed to support communication media of the people, by the people and for the people — everywhere. Its goal is to help build a more just, global society, through its partnership community.
Pace e Bene: Campaign Nonviolence
Campaign Nonviolence is a new, long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence –making nonviolence an obvious and natural way of living and of fostering a world that works for all. They also have a Facebook page.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
This organization has among its goals to raise consumers’ awareness of how technology affects personal privacy. They have guides on a variety of privacy-related topics including online privacy, identity theft, and other issues.
Project Implicit
Project Implicit blends basic research and educational outreach in a virtual laboratory at which visitors can examine their own hidden biases via an interactive test.
Public Agenda Online
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization which supplies information about current social and political issues. Great source for quick facts and figures.
Race: Are We So Different?
Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, the RACE Project explains differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race.
Racial Profiling
The ACLU’s Campaign Against Racial Profiling fights law enforcement and private security practices that disproportionately target people of color for investigation and enforcement. We represent individuals who have been victims of racial profiling by airlines, police, and government agencies.
Social Statistics Briefing Room
Federal statistics about crime, demographics, education, and health.
Daily news about groups and individuals working for tolerance and fighting hate; Guidebooks for adult and youth activists; Practical resources for parents and teachers; and Entertaining and educational games for young children.
Tracked in America
This documentary Web site explores more than two centuries of surveillance in America. Included are two hours of audio interviews, 300 photographs, and 25 personal stories beginning in 1917.
Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF is a global humanitarian relief organization providing children with health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
United Nations – Human Rights
United Nations – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
News, treaties, research guide, and other information on human rights.
United Nations Refugee Agency
News, publications, and statistics about refugees from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Understanding Prejudice
Web site for students, teachers, and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice … (with) more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations.
U.S. Dept. of State: Human Rights
Reports and information on human rights worldwide.
WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
World Values Survey
A worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change.
WWW Virtual Library: Human Rights
Annotated links to sites about human rights and humanitarian affairs.

Civil Rights Era (1950-70)

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
A commemorative look at one of the most important pieces of legislation of the civil rights movement: the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with Congresswoman Alma Adams. From the Library of Congress.
A Brief History of Jim Crow
‘Jim Crow’ was a derisive slang term for a black man. It came to mean my law that established different rules for blacks and whites. First passed in the North long before the Civil War, such laws were based on the theory of white supremacy.
Brown v. Board of Education
Civil Rights Digital Library
The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.
The Civil Rights Documentation Project
A detailed timeline covering civil rights from 1963-1965 in the U.S.
Civil Rights Resource Guide
From the Library of Congress, a wide variety of material related to civil rights, including photographs, documents, and sound recordings.
Crossroads to Freedom
Crossroads to Freedom connects a digital archive of materials from the Civil Rights era in Memphis, TN … We have over 70 oral history interviews, along with Judge Russell Sugarmon’s papers, the 1962 Hearings of the Commission on Civil Rights and more.
Finishing the Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Era
Free online video series from NBC News.
Freedom Riders
From WGBH, a companion website to a film which tells the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, this special collection includes hundred of articles (mostly in .pdf format) from the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1957 through the present.
Martin Luther King Jr. – More Than A Dream
From Discovery Education, a documentary presented in short video chapters about the history of the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
National Civil Rights Museum
Virtual tour of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Riding Freedom: 10 Milestones in U.S. Civil Rights History
Discusses the Freedom Riders and other important events in the history of U.S. civil rights. From the Britannica blog.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Companion to the PBS series.
Say Brother
Say Brother, now known as Basic Black, is WGBH’s longest running public affairs television program by, for, and about African Americans. The archival collection, consisting primarily of broadcast programs and original footage, dates between 1968 and 1982.
Stories of Freedom and Justice
A retrospective about the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins of 1960.
Television News of the Civil Rights Era
This site aims to collect, digitize, and present in streaming video format over the World Wide Web television news footage from the period and to make these valuable materials available to scholars, teachers, and students.

Modern Slavery

International organization to fight modern slavery, including bonded labor, child slavery, trafficking, and other sorts of forced labor.
Anti-Slavery Society
Information on slavery, forced labor, child labor, and exploitation around the world.
Free the Slaves
Our mission is to end slavery worldwide. We believe that ending slavery is an ambitious–and realizable–goal.
Global Slavery, by the Numbers
Article and infographic from the New York Times. (March 2013)
Human Trafficking Search
Interactive maps and news about slavery, child labor, and human trafficking issues.
A non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day human bondage and to promoting a non-politicized, bias-free human rights community.
Products of Slavery
Interactive map showing where slavery is involved in the production of everyday items.
Slavery Footprint: Made in a Free World
Offers the eye-opening “How Many Slaves Work For You?” quiz, showing how many products and services we take for granted are made by forced labor.
U.S. Dept. of Justice: Human Trafficking
US DOJ information on modern slavery and human trafficking in the United States.
What is Modern Slavery? Investigating Human Trafficking
A March 2012 article from the New York Times.
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