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and for all others with Open Minds

(Webmaster's comment: Some of these charities below are religious charities. So What! What's important is helping others, not worrying about who's organized the help. It's good people that matter and what they do to help others that matters, not what their religious beliefs might happen to be. The two religious charities below allow one to target one's contributions to specific goods or services, thus you can be reasonably assured that you're not sending boxes of bibles, but providing goods or services that will really help people.)

World Vision - Donate Animals as a Charitable Gift
World Vision
Donate an animal. Give the gift of an animal like a goat, chicken, cow, pig, bull, or sheep to make a life-changing difference for a child in need. Animals can provide families with nourishment, vital income, fertilizer for crops, and much more.

Heifer International - Farm Animal Donations - Charity Ending Hunger and Poverty
Heifer International
Farm animal donations help reduce hunger and poverty. Equip communities with sustainable tools that enable them to provide for themselves. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.

(Webmaster's comment: The above two charities are my favorites. People receiving these gifts do not just kill the gift for food right away. You give a chicken and you not only give eggs, you give more chickens. You give a cow and you not only give milk, you give more cows. Chickens can live 10 productive years, that's a lot of eggs and more chickens, Cows can also live 10 productive years, that's a lot of milk and 10 more cows. Sheep provide wool and make more sheep. Goats make more goats and goat milk makes cheese. Water Buffalo make the difference between back-breaking work and plowing. So do an ox and a plow. Donkeys, camels, llamas, alpacas, pigs, ducks, geese, rabbits, fish, bees; all these gifts of animals continue giving your gift for their entire life span.)

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. They provide independent, impartial assistance to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. They also reserve the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, Doctors Without Borders received the Nobel Peace Prize.

4-29-16 Kunduz hospital bombing 'not a war crime' says Pentagon
Kunduz hospital bombing 'not a war crime' says Pentagon
A US air strike that destroyed a medical charity's clinic in northern Afghanistan, killing 42 people, was not a war crime, the Pentagon has said. Confirming disciplinary charges against 16 US service personnel, General Joseph Votel said the "tragic strike" was due to human and technical errors. A US gunship mistook the hospital at Kunduz, run by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), for a building that had been seized by Taliban fighters. No-one will face criminal charges. But as the error was "unintentional", it did not constitute a war crime, Gen Votel said, an accusation MSF has previously levelled at the US. The United States has previously attacked Doctors without Borders facilites in error. They are easy targets!) (Webmaster's comment: Medecins sans Frontieres is Doctors without Borders. When is America going to stop their terrorist campagin against the innocent people of Afghanistan? Doctors without Borders is a worldwide charity that supports doctors helping the sick and wounded all over the world. This is not an innocent mistake. This was a deliberate terrorist attack by American gung-ho military brutes on a target complete incapable of doing anything but screaming as they die. What heroes we are!)

The Compass Center
The Compass Center
Guiding Renewal and Recovery from Sexual and Domestic Violence in Sioux Falls, SD. The Compass Center offers many programs to help individuals with rape and domestic abuse issues. Their goal is to help break the cycle of violence wherever it exists.

Children's Inn: Love, Hope, Safety
Children's Inn: Love, Hope Safety
Children's Inn is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977 that provides 24 hour, free services for women, children and men who are victims of family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, neglect, or sexual assault in Sioux Falls, SD.

Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota
The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota is an accredited State Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and represents local children’s advocacy centers (CACs) in South Dakota.
CACSD Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota
1-605-951-5174
Locations:
Sioux Falls 1-605-333-2226
Rapid City 1-605-343-2811
Pierre 1-605-224-3229
Fort Thompson 1-605-245-2471
Pine Ridge 1-605-867-5643
2015 Statistics on Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

(Webmaster's comment: The above three charities are local organizations. They help women and children that are suffering from rape, domestic abuse and domestic violence. Given the magnitude of this problem in South Dakota and in Sioux Falls they need as much support as you can give them.)

ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU
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, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.

Amnesty International USA - Protect Human Rights
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world's largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

Human Rights Watch - Defending Human Rights Worldwide
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. It works to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council - The Earth's Best Defense
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. It works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. NRDC is the earth's best defense.

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Nature Conservancy - Protecting Nature, Preserving Life
Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy protects Earth's natural resources and beauty. Its conservation efforts are driven by its members. Their Mission: conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Environmental Defense Fund - Finding Ways That Work
Environmental Defense Fund
About Environmental Defense Fund: We're dedicated scientists, economists, attorneys and other professionals. We believe economic prosperity and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. EDF protects the Earth's resources using smart economics, practical partnerships and rigorous science. Our members help us tackle urgent problems.

(Webmaster's comment: One of the most effective methods of giving to these organizations is an automatic monthly donation using a credit card. For as little as $20-$30 a month you can have a continuing significant and positive impact on the lives of people that need help, or a continuing significant and positive impact for a cause that you believe in. It really is the way to go.)

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Charities for Sioux Falls Free Thinkers
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