‘Tis the season to make a difference… and it's easy to do! As year-end approaches, many of us are contemplating making donations to our charities of choice. If you are interested in helping protect children from the dangers of sexual and physical abuse or neglect, may I recommend you consider one (or more) of the following organizations? Any and all contributions, whether they are $5, $500 or $5,000, are appreciated!!!
IRS reminder… charitable contributions are only deductible in the calendar year in which they are made, so December 31 is your deadline for this year!
National Children's Alliance
The National Children's Alliance (NCA) is a national accrediting organization for over 750 child advocacy centers across the United States. The NCA equips local child advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals with the training, support and technical assistance to respond appropriately and effectively to allegations of child abuse or neglect. By facilitating coordinated investigations and intervention services through the multidisciplinary team approach and through local child advocacy centers, NCA helps communities ensure that children are not revictimized by the very system designed to protect them. Click here to make an online donation to the National Children's Alliance. If you are interested in donating to a specific child advocacy center in your area, simply “Google” it by typing “Child Advocacy center in “.
Childhelp runs the National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Childhelp fields calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp's programs and services also include: residential treatment services (villages); children's advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Click here to make an online donation to Childhelp.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Otherwise known as “Missing Kids”, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® opened in 1984 to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today, NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 19 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them. NCMEC operates the CyberTipline, the 911 of the Internet, to receive reports of suspected child sexual exploitation. Since its inception in 1998, the CyberTipline has processed over 1.9 million reports concerning crimes against children, including online enticement for sexual acts, sexual molestation, child pornography and unsolicited obscene material. Click here to make an online donation to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
How do I know if a charity is legitimate?
There are literally thousands of fabulous organizations around the globe that provide various services to children and their families. To learn more about a charity in which you may be interested in supporting and to verify its legitimacy (“donor beware!”), you may want to check out GuideStar or Charity Navigator.
YOU really can help improve the world one child at a time. Consider making a contribution to an organization that helps abused or neglected children — the deadline for charitable contributions to be considered deductible on 2013 tax returns is December 31, 2013.
Working to improve the world one child at a time, Ginger has made it her life mission to raise awareness of the world-wide epidemic of child abuse. An impassioned child advocate, trainer, speaker and child forensic interviewer, Ginger can be contacted via her website “Ginger Kadlec: 4UrKids™” at gingerkadlec.com or find her on Facebook at facebook.com/gingergkadlec.
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