It’s a fact: donations to charities increase every year around December. Perhaps, with so many holidays crammed into the end of the calendar year, people are just in a more generous mood? Or, more cynically, the public is seizing their last chance to make a tax-deductible write-off. Whatever the reason, now is a good time to think about your favorite charities and non-profits, and we’re here to guide you to the wateriest ones.
In the past, we’ve promoted local groups and groups that work directly around issues related to the LA Aqueduct. Admittedly, we’ve even plugged ourselves a few times. But this year, we’re going to try something new and take a more global outlook toward charitable giving.
Charity:Water may not have the name recognition of some more famous charities, but that doesn’t mean their work isn’t worthwhile. With Better Business Bureau accreditation and a reported 83 cents to their programs out of every dollar donated, Charity: Water will give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to providing infrastructure to deliver clean, safe drinking water to communities in need.
Other groups that give clean water to those without include Living Water International and Wine to Water. Both also have their full information on the BBB website, and while their numbers aren’t quite as impressive as those of Charity:Water, they’re still solid charitable choices.
Taking a moment to be a little bit selfish, most of California’s drinking water comes from Sierra snowmelt, and most of Los Angeles’s water importation methods begin in or around Yosemite National Park. So if you want to make sure your drinking water remains clean and safe (not to mention preserving trails and monuments for our outdoors enjoyment) consider making a donation to the Yosemite Conservancy.
And to narrow our scope even more, did you know there’s a non-profit committed to preserving the Pacific Crest Trail? The Pacific Crest Trail Association works to preserve and protect the land the trail passes through, including securing easements and Federal protections to ensure the trail won’t be subject to development or pollution. The Pacific Crest Trail runs roughly parallel to the LA Aqueduct (and then some) and our crew met plenty of PCT hikers during our shoot –so let’s do them a solid and preserve their trail?
When you give the gift of water, you give the gift of life. What could possibly be better than that? So as you settle in to enjoy your holiday season, think of what you’re giving and spare a few dollars to continue to conserve the drop.