Feeling powerless? You can make a difference!
Donate! And tell us about it!
In the era of Trump, it is easy to feel as if there is nothing you can do. But most Americans are in the top 1% of the world income distribution, meaning that there is so much you can do. You have the power to feed children, save the rain forest, send girls to school, and provide emergency medical care to those who need it!
None of us can change everything, but most of us can do something!
We recommend donating to Hope– a poverty relief organization in Addison county serving 600 people per month–as a good place to start. This way we can move money where it is most unequally distributed right here where we Middkids live and go to school. Click here or on Hope’s logo to donate.
Don’t want to donate to Hope? This is a Moving Money Campaign, so as long as you’re engaging in some form of progressive wealth redistribution, we will count your contribution to another organization toward our overall goal. ! At the bottom of the page is a list of other great organizations to which you might donate. And again, let us know! Wherever you donate!
We want to do $2,000 of good in the world before the end of final exam period (May 19)! Help us get there! We will fill up this thermometer as move toward our goal!
First and foremost, of course, is to move money! Protest and marches are wonderful expressions of solidarity, but they rarely translate into concrete action. This campaign is meant to be one that can have a tangible effect on the world around us. Second, our mission is symbolic. Any amount of money given symbolizes a commitment to combatting inequality. It is a recognition that we do have the power to make some change and a commitment to do so.
Suggested Places To Donate!
- Donate locally or to a community you are familiar with.
- Donate to highest-impact projects. Some projects are less intuitive than others, but some projects are proven to be more effective than others and consistently have the greatest impact per dollar.
- For example, deworming programs can keep children in schools and improve their health, and micro-savings projects can lift people into higher relative income in their communities.
- Programs like BRAC employ, train, and empower local women to provide holistic, community-oriented, high-needs health solutions in their own homes and are an example of well-functioning, community-based healthcare.
- There is nothing intrinsically wrong with donating to organizations that are close to your heart — be that your hometown hospital or your alma mater. When donating to wealthy institutions, however, make sure that you state that your money should be earmarked for programs that help support those students who face structural forms of oppression. You might consider donating, for example, to those programs that deal with: : financial aid,, student health insurance, support for undocumented students, or student activism that is directly related to eradicating oppression.