With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are
in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the
battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and
cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
Second Inaugural Address, 1865
With Charity For All
We all know about charity: "Now abideth faith, hope, and charity. But the greatest of these is charity."
If you have a smartphone or a desktop computer
to call your own and to read this on, then you are rich enough to support charitable acts,
because despite Lincoln's yearning for "a just and lasting peace," there remain
fanatics who do not want a world at peace unless they get to rule that world, and
many people in this world who lack such luxuries as smartphones, and even millions who lack the
freedom to use them as they choose.
That said, there are more worthy causes to support than weeks in the year, so unless you
are quite rich you will have to choose the causes that best align with your view of how
the world should be.
Here are some causes that I support or have supported. The list is mostly in alphabetical order.
- Amnesty International,
prominent defenders of individuals unjustly imprisoned.
the history book of the internet and of our time.
Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF)
Canadian Diabetes Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- EV Society (Ontario)
- Lets Encrypt is an NGO that offers free TLS certificates
to small organizations. "TLS Everywhere" is very worthwhile to ensure a robust Internet.
- Makers Making Change
- March for Science
advocating for awareness and research for Prostate and other mens' health issues.
- The Natural World:
Nature Conservancy Canada
Ontario Nature (formerly F.O.N.)
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
350.org, advocating for the climate
World Wildlife Foundation
"Providing the gift of remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby."
- The OpenBSD Foundation supporting OpenBSD development
- OMAZE is a fundraiser for hundreds of charities/NGOs, and offers "omazing" prizes to contributors.
- Open Streetmap, a free map of the world
- Pen International
- Photographers Without Borders,
providing photo and video documentary resources to NGOs around the world.
- Plan (Foster Parents Plan)
- Planned Parenthood
- Reporters Without Borders
- Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)
Big-ticket Fundraiser Lottery
PMH 5K Run
- The Guardian: Support Independent Journalism
- Toastmasters is the world leader in helping people
develop speaking and leadership abilities.
- United Way
- University Health Network,
operators of Toronto General Hospital,
and several other hospitals and research agencies.
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia of the world.