Even though 2016 has seemed pretty bleak at times (in our opinion, 2016 was really kind of an asshole), it’s also important to take a step back and appreciate what we have. Appropriately, of course, you can do so with your family and friends on this most-delicious of holidays.
In keeping with Humboldt’s long tradition of generous philanthropy, you might consider donating some of your hard-earned cash to organizations throughout the county in hopes of giving back. Or at least in hopes of wiping away the guilt of all the booze and food you imbibed today.
Whatever your motivation may be, there are some important things to consider when deciding on which organizations you want to support. As you’ve probably heard, THC isn’t too fond of the Humboldt Area Foundation because of their political activism and their financially irresponsible – some might say crooked – handling of generously given funds.
We’ve talked about HAF’s issues in depth before, and you can refresh yourself through some of these THC flashbacks:
But most importantly, THC thinks it’s important to make sure people are aware of other fantastic organizations in the area which would benefit more from direct donations rather than your gift being funneled through HAF. And even if you’re dead-set on giving money to community organizations that manage funds and grants in the same manner as HAF, there are better options around.
Here’s a ridiculously incomplete list of organizations that would benefit greatly from your donation and in turn provide direct benefits to our community. (We say incomplete because there are many, many more groups in Humboldt to donate to; please feel free to add to our list in the comments.)
The McLean Foundation – Similar in practice to HAF, but there’s a world of difference. The amount of money they keep for their own costs is negligible compared to HAF, and they are committed solely to grant-making and supporting local non-profits. Not so much into starting their own political activist groups a la HAF.
The Boys and Girls Club of Humboldt – Self explanatory entry; give money straight to Boys and Girls Club and help them continue the great stuff they do with kids. Don’t let organizations like HAF skim off the top of your donations.
Humboldt CASA – What CASA really needs is volunteers to be advocates for children, but it’s also easy to donate some cash to help their efforts. CASA kicks ass for at-risk kids in Humboldt. You can help them do it.
Redwood Discovery Museum – Our kids always loved this place, and it holds a special place in our hearts.
Redwoods Rural Health Center – We’ve got it on good authority that the service RRHC provides to the rural community in SoHum is invaluable. Help people get access to the services they need.
Redwoods Women’s Center – Important stuff! Keeping mamas and their babies healthy.
Sequoia Humane Society – Show our furry friends and the people who care for them some love. P.s., it’s a well known fact that puppies and kittens can’t stand nefarious and greedy organizations like HAF.
Okay, we have tired ourselves out – the sheer size of our meals is beginning to weigh us down. Plus it’s time for Fido and crazy uncle Everett to fight over the wish-bone. Always entertaining stuff at THC’s holiday hootenannys.
Please, enjoy your Thanksgiving – and be sure to tell us which organizations you’d choose to support in the comments below!