WHAT: A big part of F Cancer’s work is its Dyin 2 Live initiative, a wish-granting program for adults. The organization also focuses on awareness and early detection education, with the ultimate aim of reducing cancer-related deaths.
HOW TO HELP: Make a financial contribution, or donate assets (like your Dodgers box seats) to help grant a Dyin 2 Live wish.
WHAT: Programs tackle HIV transmission, providing access to treatment and battling the stigma and discrimination that accompany the disease.
HOW TO HELP: In solidarity with the cause, fashion designer and Global Goodwill Ambassador Victoria Beckham designed a T-shirt to benefit UNAIDS; direct donations are also welcome.
WHAT: Every cent of your donation goes to research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, funding clinical trials and leading to improved treatments for patient with rare cancers, which make up almost 50 percent of diagnoses in the United States.
HOW TO HELP: Consider recruiting a team for one of the cycling events. If biking’s not your thing, make a monetary contribution through the website.
WHAT: The organization provides supplies, transportation, and education to expectant mothers in order to help eliminate preventable obstetric complications.
HOW TO HELP: This season, L.A. handbag designer Clare V., designed this mother-loving tote bag, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the organization—or donate to the charity directly.
WHAT: Baby 2 Baby works with children’s hospitals and shelters in nineteen cities to deliver essentials to families in need.
HOW TO HELP: Send a check—or, if you’re in the L.A. area, volunteer at weekly sessions to sort through donated goods and assemble gift bags.
WHAT: The organization enlists names like Jeff Koons, who painted walls at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois, and the Keith Haring Foundation, which produced a mural for La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Also on board are Urs Fischer, Laura Owens, and Sam Falls, all of whom are producing art for the ceilings of Cedars-Sinai’s Children’s Health Center in Los Angeles.
HOW TO HELP: Donate to a specific project or to the charity’s operations, or become a Friend of RxArt to enjoy access to art fairs, exhibitions, and special events.
WHAT: The organization’s doctors have been dispatched to places like Syria and neighboring countries during the current crisis, and Nepal and Haiti after devastating earthquakes, in order to deliver emergency and long-term medicine.
HOW TO HELP: The fully transparent NGO earmarks 88 cents of every dollar directly for its programs. If you’re a medical professional and looking to donate time and expertise instead, consider volunteering for field work.
WHAT: KIPP is dedicated to preparing students from low-income families (who make up 87 percent of their enrollees) for college.
HOW TO HELP: Give money directly to help fund the schools; if you’re looking to donate time instead, contact a local KIPP academy to find out how you can help.
WHAT: Active in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, Step Up relies heavily on a network of mentors, with impressive results: Over the past six years, 100 percent of high school seniors active in the program have been accepted into college.
HOW TO HELP: Donate or enroll to become a mentor.
WHAT: As well as showcasing its world-class art collection, LACMA is cultural hub for the city, with programs like the regular Film Independent series (curated by Elvis Mitchell), talks, events, and free concerts.
HOW TO HELP: A fitting way for patrons of the arts to both give and get, shop the anniversary collection launched by e-commerce destination Farfetch. The site collaborated with Los Angeles–based designers like Irene Neuwirth, Rodarte, and the Elder Statesman to create clothes and accessories to benefit the museum and its programs.
WHAT: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs are a big part of the organization’s work—the Trevor Lifeline is the only national 24/7 hotline for LGBTQ youth.
HOW TO HELP: Checks are welcome, but the charity is also seeking volunteers to staff its phone and chat lines.
WHAT: Global and local programs are dedicated to causes like forest, ocean, and freshwater conservation and sustainable food research, among others.
HOW TO HELP: Consider a cash gift, or get more involved—WWF relies on members to help address wildlife and conservation issues through pledges and contacting government representatives.
WHAT: The company hosts volunteer-staffed cleanups across the country, to date extracting more than 250,000 pounds of rubbish, so you’ll be giving something more than great gear.
HOW TO HELP: Any purchase helps beautify waterways, but the company also conducts the cleanups, so it is always looking for volunteers.
WHAT: Oceana works globally on policy-based issues such as reducing the fishing bycatch in American waters, protecting seafloors and other ocean habitats, and ensuring that seafood sold in the United States is caught legally and labeled honestly.
HOW TO HELP: Donate, and take Oceana’s pledge to reduce your use of plastic (many of the world’s plastic bags end up in oceans).
WHAT: Projects range from combating illegal logging in the United States, the European Union, and Australia by supporting sustainable sources of wood to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions in India.
HOW TO HELP: Donate funds to WRI’s ambitious slate of programs.
VIOLET GREY has a file on everything from
the genius of Pat McGrath to
the best eyelash curler in the world.