above photo by Sharon Mccutcheon
There are many wonderful charities regionally and abroad that do good work, charities we’ve all heard of: Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood, ACLU etc.
We will not be donating to these.
Instead our monthly tithings will go to organizations that fly a bit more under the radar. We will highlight lesser known charities to give them a boost and also to increase local awareness of the wide variety of charitable organizations both within our own communities and worldwide. All of our donation recipients will be heavily vetted to meet the highest standards of integrity, effectiveness, and fiscal transparency. We will be choosing 12 charities a year by committee. If you would like to join our charitable giving research team, or if you have a suggestion, please get in touch.
Every month 25% of our events’ proceeds will be donated though our tithings program.
We are a nation of immigrants on stolen land. The least we can do now is honor our words. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Avalon North donates 25% of it's proceeds from events and workshops to a different charity every month.
Our July tithing is RAICES.
Please consider adding to our donation using the easy peasy link below.
Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.
During the month of June, 25% of event proceeds will be donated to the NYC based
Ali Forney Center
Please consider joining in our donation drive by clicking the donate link
"Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.
Our organization's namesake, Ali Forney, was a gender-nonconforming teen who fled his home at 13. He entered the foster care system where he was bounced around to several homes, and was beaten and abused. Ali ended up living on the streets at the age of 15. Ali was dedicated to helping other young people and publicly advocated for the safety of homeless LGBT youth. Tragically, in December of 1997, Ali was murdered in Harlem—shot in the head and left for dead.
Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, in 2002 Carl Siciliano founded the Ali Forney Center (AFC) in memory of Ali. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program."
Avalon North is proud to support the efforts of The Ainu Women's Conference-Menokososhi in Japan. Run by Ryoko Tahara, this organization seeks to keep centuries-old Ainu traditions alive through collaborative arts and performative work, while simultaneously working against long-held discriminations against this indigenous population.
25% of proceeds from all April events at ::Avalon North:: will go to the National Mama’s Bail Out Day just in time for Mother’s Day
Read the 2018 statement by National Bailout
“This Mother’s Day we are bailing out mamas in cities around the country to give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families. National Mama’s Bail Out Day is coordinated effort by more than a dozen organizations to reunite families on Mother’s Day and bring attention to the true costs of money bail and mass incarceration. In the tradition of literally buying our people’s freedom, we are setting Black women and femmes free from the jaws of incarceration.
The impact of money bail on Black families cannot be understated. The two billion dollar bail bond industry is profiting from the separation and destruction of Black families. At least 80 percent of women caged behind bars are mothers and most of them are not found guilty. Many never will be. Yet, they are still in jail and separated from their families because they are simply too poor to afford bail. We are taking Black matters into Black hands and bailing out unconvicted women across the country.
Last year, we were able to bail out over 100 Black moms and caregivers. This year we are going even further. In February, we published a toolkit so communities across the country could join our efforts. Individuals and organizations across the country have been signing up to free Black mamas and they need your support.”