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10 Non-Profit Donations for December

The Forrest Four-Cast: December 27, 2016

American Red Cross. Climate change means that natural disasters are more and more likely as we move forward. No one is better at mitigating these unfortunate situations than the Red Cross.

Austin Habitat for Humanity. I was invited to join the Board for AHFH last spring. Watching this organization help tackle the city’s affordable housing problem has been an incredible journey.

Central Texas Food Bank. What was formerly known as the Capital Area Food Bank has moved into a larger office and embraced an even more expansive agenda for erasing hunger.

Goodwill Central Texas. Yes, Goodwill re-cycles and re-sells gently used consumer goods. Much more significantly, they gently re-habilitate lives that have gone a tad astray.

Kenyon College. My alma mater’s liberal arts approach to education helped inspire our programming strategy at SXSW, where creativity is encouraged in more than 20 different tracks.

Knowbility. A longtime supporter of SXSW, this Austin-based 501-C3 dedicates itself to making the Information Age (and all its devices) more accessible to all users.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Props to the amazing work being done at MLF by Alan Graham, who was named 2015 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

The Parents’s Circle Family Forum. I became aware of this group that facilitates Middle East peace, reconciliation and tolerance after the incredible presentation by Robi Damelin at the 2016 SXSW Community Awards.

The Poynter Institute. In the wake of November 8 and all things Fake News, the profession of journalism must be rebuilt from the ground up. If anyone can do this, Poynter can.

The Salvation Army Austin. The recent touchdown antics of Dallas Cowboys’ rookie Ezekiel Elliott have helped make the Salvation Army relevant again. This is a win win in my playbook.

The most important message of the holiday season is that giving is better than receiving. Please share your time, talent or treasure with the people and organizations that are most important to your life!

Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.

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