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We uphold various Thanksgiving holiday traditions every year, from sweet pies and hearty meals to that annual brisk walk taken after the big feast. This year, how about we start a new tradition? It’s simple — pick a nonprofit that celebrates women’s leadership or encourages sustainability, and take part in a little holiday charitable giving. The following nonprofits encourage women to obtain and sustain independence, and draw awareness to other important causes (sustainability and health) that affect women around the world.

Nonprofits for Women, Organization that Help Women

Building Community Bridges, Inc.

BCB’s founder, Enyonam Nanevie, started BCB in 2006. BCB’s mission is simple: Empower female villagers in West Africa and help women gain roles of power to improve village sanitation, village and villager cleanliness, and install sustainable water pumps. The organization aims to “elevate the quality of life in underserved rural villages in West Africa by building clean-water pumps, new schools, and medical clinics.”

Extra bonus: BCB helps villagers install solar powered water pumps.

Donate to Building Community Bridges by clicking here or visit the organization’s cause page.

The Shriver Report

Run by Maria Shriver, The Shriver Report sheds light on how Alzheimer’s affects women caregivers, female advocates and people living with the disease.

“The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, demonstrates that women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. According to the Alzheimer’s Association Women and Alzheimer’s Poll unveiled in the report, women are almost two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer’s and comprise 60 percent of the unpaid caregivers for family members and friends with Alzheimer’s.”

Donate to the Alzheimer’s association by clicking here.

Women for Women

Women for Women International’s work is invaluable in today’s world. The organization “provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.”

Career Closet and Dress for Success

Both of the above organizations help women attain the tools needed to enter the workplace and concern women leadership. Each organization provides women with professional business attire and other important career tools (how to overcome a lack of education, how to develop a career).

Girl Effect is another nonprofit to check out that specializes in women’s leadership.

Green Nonprofit

SustainableWorks — Environmental Education and Action

Sustainable Works strives to show people how to green their lives. The organization has information on how to green a business, community, residential home and school.

The green nonprofit provides: “hands-on, interactive, educational experiences, serving as a liaison between governments, institutions, businesses and individuals and fostering community development.”

Lastly, check out an awesome green invention, created by a woman, that’s helping women overseas.

image: mckaysavage

note: the author of this post volunteers for BCB.