For the last four months of 2017, The Crown Jewel will be giving 10% of profits to organizations benefitting and supporting women in the US and around the globe.
How did we identify the following 9 charities?
First, we chose a local organization to partner with. We are so excited to fund an additional Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award for 2018! Each year, the Soroptimist chapters of the Rogue Valley give out several Live Your Dream Awards to local women who are the breadwinners of their family and who are enrolled in school or vocational training to better their life. These are women in our community who have the courage and determination to turn their lives around, and The Crown Jewel wants to be there to help provide support and encouragement to them by adding funds for an additional award.
Next, we wanted to choose organizations that supported women in the US and around the globe, and that were each exemplary in their field. We chose issues that were paramount to improving the lives of women - such as healthcare, domestic violence, and education - and we chose the most effective organizations, or those with the highest ratio of funding going directly to programs. What's more, each aligns perfectly with The Crown Jewel's values of lifting up women and bringing meaning to their everyday lives.
We highly recommend you take a look at any one of these charities and consider supporting them in your own way, or by shopping at The Crown Jewel.
LOCAL WOMEN AND GIRLS
Soroptimist International of Medford, Ashland, and the Rogue Valley
Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Locally, the Soroptimists are involved with such projects as support for breast cancer patients, the Live Your Dream Awards, University scholarships, an elementary school STEM and leadership program, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program. soroptimistrv.org
AmeriCares: 99% of funding goes to programs
When an earthquake, hurricane, violent conflict, or other disaster strikes in the U.S. or abroad, AmeriCares provides urgent necessities like medicine, doctors, food, tents, water purifiers, and baby formula. Currently focusing on the damage done by Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey, this charity has given over $10 billion in aid over the past 30+ years. In addition to disaster relief, the organization delivers humanitarian support year-round, such as the funding of a family-health clinic in El Salvador — the first to offer the country's women access to mammograms — and Youth for a Healthy Haiti, which provides health education and family planning for young Haitian women ages 15 to 25. Reporter Ann Curry, model Naomi Campbell, and singer Wyclef Jean are among AmeriCares' vast legion of supporters. americares.org
V-Day: 92% of funding goes to programs
Active in 81 countries, V-Day works to end violence against women and girls. Its hallmark? The Vagina Monologues, put on by volunteers to raise funds for local antiviolence groups. In countries where shows aren't possible, V-Day gives grants for programs — such as the V-Day Safe House in Kenya, which helps girls escape female genital mutilation. V-Day has raised over $30 million in eight years and boasts support from celebs like Rosario Dawson and Marisa Tomei. vday.org
Save the Children: 90% of funding goes to programs
Ten million children under 5 die each year, including 4 million newborns. A critical goal of Save the Children? Saving the lives of these infants in 18 of the world's poorest countries by providing infant vaccinations and health care for pregnant women. Sponsor a child for $28 a month, or earmark your dollars for initiatives, like educating girls or providing microloans for women. savethechildren.org
Polaris Project: 88% of funding goes to programs
While seniors at Brown University in Providence, Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman were shocked to learn human trafficking was taking place in their neighborhood. The issue, which they had associated with foreign countries, became personal. They founded Polaris Project in 2002 — modeling their strategy on the grassroots spirit of the Underground Railroad — to combat trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. polarisproject.org
Breast Cancer Research Foundation: 90% of funding goes to programs
Are you at risk for breast cancer? If you're a woman, the answer is yes, says BCRF, which awards research grants — $22 million in 2005 alone — to experts seeking new prevention methods and treatments. Its funds have been behind some of the field's biggest discoveries — including the finding that women of African ancestry often have a form of breast cancer that is genetically distinct from that of women of European descent. bcrfcure.org
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI): 88% of funding goes to programs
The world's percentage of HIV-positive adults who are women is rising. Why? In countries with rampant sexual violence and unequal rights, women often don't have the option to abstain from sex or ask their partners to wear condoms. IAVI — which funds research to develop an AIDS vaccine with pharmaceutical and biotech companies, universities, and governments worldwide — stresses that a vaccine could be taken without a partner's permission, thereby giving women more control over their health. iavi.org
National Partnership for Women and Families: 87% of funding goes to programs
Sexually harassed at work? Afraid you'll lose your job because you're pregnant? There are now laws to protect you, thanks in part to the National Partnership. This group has fought for every major policy advancement that has helped women and families in the past three decades. The group fights for national legislation but can help individuals find resources needed for their own battles. nationalpartnership.org
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): 92% of funding goes to programs
RAINN, the country's largest antisexual-assault organization, runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE). The hotline — in addition to a live online chat option on their website — provides sexual-assault victims with free, confidential services 24/7. Tori Amos, for one, is a big supporter. rainn.org
Marie Claire's 10 Best Charities. Lindsey Pollack, www.marieclaire.com. May 4, 2007.