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It’s Giving Tuesday! Some Suggestions for Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we’re passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.

So, if you haven’t yet decided who’s getting your charitable giving yet, we’d love to suggest these worthy non-profits!

Electronic Frontier Foundation – want to lend “support for building privacy-enhancing tools, stopping illegal government surveillance, fighting censorship, protecting the open web, and more?” Contribute to EFF’s “Power Up” campaign, where they have matching donations today up to $203,137.

Arts Out Loud – want to help “make arts education more accessible to LGBTQ young adults?” Contribute to Arts Out Loud’s inaugural “Dream Out Loud” scholarship program crowfund, which ends TOMORROW. Disclosure: I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m on the board of this organization, so you should know about that relationship.

Trans Lifeline – want to support an organization “dedicated to the well being of transgender people” that runs “a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people?” Consider donating to this amazing organization that provides the hotline and other resources in the U.S. and Canada.

EMILY’S List – believe that there need to be more women involved in U.S. politics? Donate to EMILY’s List and help them back worthy, progressive female candidates so that they have the resources they need to win their races and make change!

Black Lives Matter – believe, well, that black lives matter, and that this is an important point to assert in today’s sociopolitical climate? Give generously to this collective that is continually putting themselves on the front lines in the fight against racism.

Indivisible – think that we could all stand to be a little more active in the democratic process? Indivisible has been teaching us all how to be more engaged in politics at the local, state, and federal levels for the past year, equipping us with the tools we need to resist. Donate to help them continue the work they do.

conPRmetidos – it might not be in the news as much right now, but the people of Puerto Rico are still suffering and rebuilding after Hurricane Maria. Consider giving to conPRmetidos, an organization located in Puerto Rico and run by Puerto Ricans both on the island and as part of the diaspora that is doing targeted work on the ground.

Remember that your giving doesn’t have to be limited to today. The winter holiday season is a wonderful time to let your generosity shine through as you prepare for the new year. Got any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former Mary Sue assistant editor from 2015-18. Teresa's returned to play in the TMS sandbox as a freelancer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.