Part 4: The Gift of Giving

By: Christine Hopwood

Now is the perfect time of year to consider supporting the nonprofits and philanthropic organizations who dedicate their work to making the world a better place for all. If you’re inclined to use your earnings for a meaningful cause in the name of your loved ones this holiday, here are a few organizations we know, love, and admire:


Last Minute Dog Rescue

This donation and foster-based rescue saves the lives of unwanted and forgotten dogs who find themselves on the streets or in the euthanasia line in Texas’s kill shelters. View their adoptable dogs here, or, you can donate here.





Mwebaza Foundation

This Boulder County nonprofit connects school communities in Uganda and Colorado to share cultures and collaborate on ways to combat global issues like clean energy.

Instead of purchasing more stuff, support a great cause this holiday season with a tribute gift for your family and friends who also enjoy giving back! Upon purchase, you’ll receive a certificate to stuff down a stocking or tuck into a card.

Learn more here. Donate here. @mwebazafoundation





United World Challenge

Our badass friend Tez is rowing from Hawaii to Australia solo, raising awareness to the crisis of ocean plastics. With your support, the United World Challenge will accelerate the work of building river barriers in the most polluted regions of the world, preventing plastic from flowing to the sea. Every dollar raised prevents 30 bottles from entering our oceans. Learn more in our article covering all things Tez on the Adventure Log. Donate here. @unitedworldchallenge






Sungai Watch

Founded in Bali by siblings Gary, Kelly and Sam; Sungai Watch is a massive step in our fight against plastic pollution. This organization is the official non-profit partner of the United World Challenge. Help with the installation of barriers in polluted rivers by donating to Sungai Watch directly here. Learn more about their mission here.







Project Athena

John Waller is raising money for cancer survivors to experience their wildest adventures through his foundation, Project Athena. His organization provides travel expenses, coaching, equipment, and most importantly, the encouragement and life-affirming transition from Survivor to Athlete. Read more about John and his mission in his article on the Adventure Log here. Donate to Project Athena here.






Brave Trails

Los Angeles based, with a mission to help build the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders. With a variety of summer camps, meet ups, trips and access to queer-based therapists, this is a safe place for our LGBTQ+ youth.  You can learn more about Brave Trails programs here and donate towards their cause here.