PDFfiller’s Favorite Charitable Organizations for 2014

It’s the time of year when we at PDFfiller are inspired to donate money, food, or volunteer time to help our favorite charities.  As we’ve done in the past, we wanted to give a roundup of the organizations we really love, in the hopes that they may inspire you!

Also, just a reminder that if you work with a charity with gross receipts less than $1,000,000 and total assets less than $2,500,000, you can use the IRS Form 900EZ to report the required statistics to the IRS.  And if you personally have donated to your favorite charity this year, remember to itemize your cash donations on your IRS Form 1040 Schedule A in order to receive a tax deduction.  Non-cash deductions should be listed on IRS Form 8283.

Vadim, CEO

His pick: Public Broadcasting Service

 

Why he backs PBS:

“We need independent press. We need the programming. And they do a great job.”

Click here to learn more about PBS  PBS

Boris, President

His pick: Trees for the Future

Why he supports Trees for the Future:

“I support Trees for the Future because they have a focused mission and a proven track record, particularly in terms of reforestation work in Haiti.  They use their financial resources efficiently while helping us to maintain environmental resources for future generations.”

Click here to read more about Trees for the Future     TreesfortheFuture

Jane, Head of Operations

Her pick: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 

Why she loves MSKCC:

“MSKCC physicians and scientists have made significant contributions to understanding, diagnosing, and treating cancer.  I support the Center because they have an A rating on charity watch, they do a ton of researching and development, and carry out a lot of clinical trials.”

 Click here to read more about MSKCCSloanKettering

Nadia, Office Manager

Her pick: Razom for Ukraine

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 Why she supports Razom for Ukraine: 

 ” ‘Razom’ means ‘together’ in Ukrainian. By organizing and coordinating the efforts of numerous volunteers in the US and  abroad, Razom for Ukraine is assisting in the building of democracy in Ukraine. Their projects include sending humanitarian  aid    to the victims of war, volunteer coordination, and organization of events aimed to raise international awareness and promote Ukrainian culture.”

Click here to read more about Razom for UkraineRazom

Michael, SEO Specialist

His pick: Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres

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 Why he supports Doctors Without Borders:

“I come from a place where we are told to study hard in the hope of one day becoming a doctor and making your family proud.  Few truly understand the meaning and responsibility that comes with being a doctor – to help others, even when it puts you at risk. Doctors Without Borders takes that responsibility seriously, and this is why I support them.”

Click here to read more about Doctors Without Borders Doctors copy

Hazel, SEO Specialist

Her pick: Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer

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Why she loves BB4BC:

“I interned for Boston Bakes for 3 months last year and I love their dessert-centric philosophy. They sell desserts to raise money for breast cancer research and work with some of the best chefs and culinary artists in the country. It’s the sweetest charity in Boston!”

Click here to read more about BB4BC  Bakes

Danny, SEO Specialist

His pick: Scituate Animal Shelter 

 Danny cropWhy he supports Scituate Animal Shelter:

“I adopted a lab mix that kept me company for over ten years. I always have huge support for no-kill shelter organizations like Scituate Animal Shelter. They have a passion for providing shelter for homeless animals which I consider a great mission.”

Click here to read more about ScituateAnimalShelter

Yalin, SEO Specialist

Her pick: English at Large

 

Why she’s all about English at Large: 

 “English At Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult  immigrants. As a foreigner, learning English is a wise way to keep making progress in terms of adapting to life in the United States. Furthermore, the demand for English language learning education is huge.”

 

Click here to learn more about English at LarEnglishge

 

 

 

Jane, Online Marketing Associate

Her pick: Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation

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Why she supports MOCF: 

 “I met the people who launched this project during my flight to Munich. They were on their way to Kenya, and they were just amazing.  The project is about building a school for poor children in Kenya to provide them with an education, food, clothes and a place to live. After talking to them, I decided to support this organization.”

Click here to read more about MOCFMargaretOkari

Neha, Online Marketing Associate

Her pick: HelpAgeIndia

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Why she supports HelpAgeIndia: 

” India is a home of more than 100 million senior citizens. HelpAge India is a voice for India’s elderly people. Dedicated to  improving the status for India’s senior citizens by providing medical services, poverty alleviation and income generation schemes in  urban and rural India.”

Click here to read more about HelpAgeIndia  HelpAgeIndia

Irini, Online Marketing Associate

Her pick: Lupus Foundation

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Why she supports Lupus Foundation: 

“I was impacted by the disease and I strongly feel the need to support research about possible cures and improvements in quality of life for other people like me.”

Click here to read more about Lupus Foundation Lupus copy

Chris, Online Marketing Associate

His pick: ALS Association

 

Why he supports ALS Association: 

 ” I support this organization because it has affected my family and several close friends.”

Click here to read more about ALS Association ALS

Amanda, Online Marketing Associate

Her pick: Partners in Health

 AmandaWhy she backs Partners in Health: 

 “I support PIH because of their approach to health as a human right, their commitment to using donations on operational costs in the field, and the important work they did addressing the ebola crisis this year. When I give money to Partners in Health, I am confident that it makes a difference for the people who need it.”

Click here to read more about Partners in Health pih 

Michael, Online Marketing Associate

His pick: Kiva

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Why he supports Kiva: 

” I chose Kiva.org because it allows people to see the good their donations are making in the lives of others. You find an entrepreneur in the developing world, learn about what they do, and give a micro finance loan. You can track the repayment progress, and the best part is that you can reuse the money over and over, because it’s a loan. People are empowered to give what they can to help others improve their own lives.”

Click here to read more about Kiva kiva

And if you’re looking for some other excellent organizations, don’t forget:

  • Greater Boston Food Bank 1 in 6 people in America face hunger every day. This is the link for Boston’s food bank, but nearly every town in the U.S. has one, and they need your help.
  • Homecoming for Veterans offers treatment, at no cost, for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a network of clinicians across the country.
  • Global Fund for Women This group works to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.
  • Reading is Fundamental Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. own no books. RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in America; volunteers distribute books, stage reading motivation activities, and promote the importance of literacy in their communities.

Now that you’ve read all about our favorite charitable organizations, it’s your turn. Share your favorites with us. What causes are important to you?