Nonprofits and Charities Supporting Cerebral Palsy, Disability, and Maternal Health
The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday, a yearly tradition that encourages individuals to make helpful contributions to the organizations they support. This year, consider donating to one of these amazing groups that works to strengthen the disability community, assist vulnerable families, and heal sick children. Read more about these causes below!
Cerebral Palsy Nonprofit Organizations
- Cure CP: Founded by two families impacted by cerebral palsy, this non-profit uses all donations help to fund research that focuses on new therapeutic treatments for cerebral palsy.
- Reaching for the Stars: Donations to this foundation help support cerebral palsy research, and build an awareness of this condition through advocacy and education.
- The Cerebral Palsy Foundation: By giving to this organization, you will support better medical interventions and treatments for people of all ages with cerebral palsy.
- United Cerebral Palsy (UCP): There are many ways to give to UCP; you can give a traditional monetary donation, volunteer your time, or even recycle your old vehicles.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
- The Arc: The Arc is a national organization with many local chapters. Donations to The Arc help to protect the rights of people with disabilities and ensure full inclusion within their communities.
- Advancing Opportunities: This organization focuses on helping people with disabilities of all kinds participate fully in all aspects of their lives. Donations are used to fund advocacy, accessibility, and educational and family support.
- American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD): This organization promotes policy, research, and education that supports the human rights of individuals with disabilities. Donations can be made in support of the general operations or of a specific cause.
- VOR: VOR is a nonprofit that advocates for high quality care and accessible living for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Donations are used to promote advocacy work and to help people with disabilities access high-quality care.
- Best Buddies: Best Buddies provides one-to-one friendship, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Donations can help them continue to create these opportunities.
Neonatal and Pediatric Brain Injury Organizations
- Holton’s Heroes: Donations to this organization go to support the Holton’s Heroes mission to provide children who suffered from brain injuries with therapeutic resources, educational information, and important resources for their families.
- Brain Trauma Foundation: The Brain Trauma Foundation is a nonprofit that works to improve the outcomes of those who suffer from brain injuries. Donations can support research into prevention and treatment of these injuries.
- The Baby Alex Foundation: By donating to this foundation you can help support pediatric brain research at some of the leading research institutions in the world.
- Brain Injury Association of America: This association advances awareness, research, treatment, and education about brain injuries, and works to improve the quality of life for those impacted by a brain injury. Donations to this group can help to provide support and change to these families.
Prematurity Charities and Organizations
- March of Dimes: Donations to March of Dimes help to allow researchers at their Prematurity Support centers to continue finding answers for moms and babies who endure prematurity.
- Miracle Babies: This foundation works to help families who struggle financially due to their newborn’s NICU care. Monetary donations can be given to support these families, and you can also take part in their Holiday Give Drive.
- Graham’s Foundation: This group provides support, advocacy, and research to improve the lives of preemies and their families. Donations can help thousands of preemies and their families this year.
- Hand to Hold: This organization provides parents of preemies with a peer support system, so they do not have to endure the journey alone. Donations can be made in several forms, and can significantly benefit the lives of families with premature babies.
- Mother’s Milk Bank: This organization collects breastmilk from women all over the country to provide for premature babies in need. Uniquely, this group accepts donations of breastmilk or money to support their cause.
NICU and Neonatal Support Organizations
- Save Babies Through Screening Foundation: This foundation helps to ensure that all babies receive comprehensive newborn screenings in order to identify and prevent harmful injuries and diseases. Donations can help to continue their vital work, and pave the way for additional research.
- New York State Perinatal Association: NYSPA advocates for top quality in the perinatal setting and promotes education and research that supports this goal. Donations are used to continue their mission to ensure the best birth outcomes possible.
- Newborns in Need: Newborns in Need works to combat conditions of poverty and illness that impact the lives of newborns. Donations can be used to provide support and purchase resources for these newborns and their families.
- Project Sweet Peas: This project supports parental involvement and awareness in the NICU. Donations can be used to promote family-centered care, care packages, peer support, and much more.
- NICU Helping Hands: This program provides education and support for families during a NICU stay. Donations go to help expand support services and education for these families at no cost to them.
- State-by-state resources: Check out this guide to find out about more charitable or nonprofit organizations that support neonatal outcomes in your area!
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Support Organizations
- Hope for HIE: This organization provides support to families of children with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Your donation can help to support families in hospital, medical outreach initiatives, family outreach, and more!
Education and Learning Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities Association of America: This group works to support the many American students with learning disabilities. Donations can help to train teachers, advocate for students, and create opportunities for children with learning disabilities.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: This group focuses on advocating for and supporting people with learning disabilities. By giving to this group, you can support their mission for equal opportunities and equal rights in the classroom.
- Eye to Eye: This program provides youth mentors for those with learning disabilities. Donations can help to fund this initiative as well as advocate for the support and inclusion of children with learning disabilities in the classroom.
- Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: This program sets out to educate and support parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Donations work to give these parents access to the resources and educational materials they need to benefit their children.
- National Head Start Association: The NHSA is nonprofit committed to providing all children with equal opportunities, regardless of their circumstances at birth. The group has many funds into which donations can be made; many of these work to help the lives of those who suffer from educational and learning disabilities.
Mobility and Adaptive Equipment Charities
- AMBUCS: This organization is dedicated to improving mobility and providing independence for people with disabilities. Donations can be made to support a variety of causes and can help individuals with limiting disabilities move independently.
- Adaptive Design Association: This group works to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the adaptive technology they need to live and succeed. Donations can help benefit the academic, vocational, and developmental success of people with disabilities.
- The Mobilityworks Foundation: This foundation offers transportation services to people with disabilities and their families. Donations are used to support their mission of accessible transportation and vehicle modifications for people with disabilities.
Adaptive Recreation and Athletics Organizations
- Special Olympics: The special olympics is dedicated to providing athletic opportunities for people with disabilities. To help support the joy, confidence, and fulfillment of their athletes, and to raise awareness about the community, consider donating.
- Outdoors for All Foundation: This program provides year-round facilities for children and adults with disabilities that allow them to enjoy many therapeutic and recreational benefits. Donations can help to lower tuition fees, provide scholarships, and help with general costs.
- Disabled Sports USA: Their mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in community sports, recreation, and education programs. Donations make it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy this amazing experience by providing instructors, equipment, support, and more.
- National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD): This center offers many year-round recreational and therapeutic activities for children and adults with disabilities. Donations can help the NSCD to continue to subsidize their program so that these opportunities are available to anyone who wishes to participate!
Maternal Health and Support Organizations
- Preeclampsia Foundation: This foundation helps the thousands of women and babies who are impacted each year by preeclampsia. Donations can help to improve diagnosis, management, and prevention through cutting edge research.
- Group B Strep International: This group helps to raise awareness and prevent the occurrence of group B strep in babies and your donation could help support this mission.
- Homeless Prenatal Program: This program works to break the cycle of childhood poverty. Donations can be used to ensure that optimal services are provided to families at no cost.
Other Pediatric Health and Disability Aid Organizations
- Friendship Circle International: This program brings together children of all kinds to foster meaningful friendships and relationships. To support their mission to provide happiness and companionship for children with disabilities, consider donating.
- Parents Helping Parents: PHP is dedicated to creating a world where parents can easily find and utilize support and resources as they raise their children with disabilities. Donations are used to ensure equal access for children and families regardless of ability.
- Federation for Children with Special Needs: This group provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities. By giving to this group you can help continue their mission to promote equality and support for those with disabilities nationwide.
- Parent 2 Parent USA: This group provides emotional and informational support for families of children with disabilities. Donations can help this organization promote access, quality, and leadership for Parent 2 Parent support across the country.
- Planned Giving to the CDC Foundation: The CDC Foundation provides hundreds of programs throughout the world that benefit the health and wellbeing of people of all kinds. If you are interested in donating you can select a health priority and help provide for their program.
- Family Voices: This group seeks to achieve family-centered care for all children with disabilities. Donations are used to provide families with resources, experience, expertise, and more.
- Children’s Health Fund: This group helps provide essential medical care to children living in poverty. Donations can help ensure that children who need medical and mental health services are able to receive the best care possible.
Do you have a favorite disability group? Do they accept donations? Let us know, and we’ll include them in this list!