Charity of the week
When inspired by a cause they believe in, teenagers can be a potent force of energy. Do Something (do something.org) harnesses that enthusiasm and empowers teens to create positive change by helping them organize and execute social justice and charitable campaigns in their communities. The organization, which has teamed up with young people in every U.S. state and across 131 countries, offers step-by-step action plans for campaigns that do not require money, a car, or an adult to launch. A “Prom for All,” for instance, encouraged teens to run a dress drive to donate prom dresses, and the recent “Game-Winning Drive” initiative helped teens donate more than 44,000 pieces of sports gear to underserved kids. Since its founding in 1993, Do Something has helped 5.5 million teens create change in their communities.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.