by Malleana Ruffin, Social Media Manager, Public Interest Registry
While fathers and father figures deserve all the handmade cards, hug coupons, and neckties, why not also make a donation on their behalf to a worthy cause? Whatever Dad’s into, there’s an organization that, unlike that new Hawaiian shirt you just bought, is guaranteed to fit him perfectly. In addition to organizations that support racial justice during this painful time of division—such as Color of Change—here are some other powerful ways to make the day meaningful and inspirational for you and your Papa:
Great Outdoors, Great Dad
Give new meaning to “grassroots.” Ensure the streams and hiking paths Dad loves will continue to flourish by conservation around the world at nature.org. For beach-loving visit oceana.org and give the gift of healthy oceans. And, if your father is literally “for the birds,” help protect habitats and ensure he can listen to their songs for years to come with a donation to abcbirds.org.
Sports Fan Celebration
For the dad who never misses a game, help worldvision.org provide sports equipment for children in need around the world. You can also give the gift of helping underserved kids through online ticket donation. Or, drive out hate and bridge the divide between communities through the joy of basketball at peaceplayers.org.
He’s no Pavarotti or Prince, but this guy loves to sing. Celebrate Dad’s vocal stylings with the gift of music. Help girls rock out by building confidence and self-esteem through music creation and performance at girlsrockcamp.org; help etmonline.org ensure schoolchildren of all backgrounds and income levels receive music education; and build a more equitable system through the transformative power of hip-hop music at hhph.org.
Thanks, Doctor Dad
Whether Dad’s an M.D., a health nut, or just wants to promote healing around the world, these charities are just what the doctor ordered. Visit doctorsoftheworld.org and help provide emergency and long-term care to vulnerable people globally. Fund research, awareness raising, and the search for cures of rare diseases at rarediseases.org. And, during this time of global pandemic, give in Dad’s honor to the coronavirus response at hopkinsmedicine.org.
Pops, We Salute You
Your father served his country, now show him you want to serve, too. Fisherhouse.org builds comfort homes to house military and veterans’ families while a loved one is in the hospital. If Dad’s a dog lover, pair a veteran with a new canine best friend at k9sforwarriors.org. And, help other veteran dads by assisting thankusa.org in providing scholarships to military children and spouses.
Especially this year, there is so much good to be done in the world. Make your dad glad this Father’s Day by supporting the causes that matter to him most and helping to make the world a better place. Happy Father’s Day from PIR!