Year of Giving // March
If you missed last month’s post, make sure to check it out for the full rundown on what I’m doing with the year of giving. Here’s the quick version: There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on right now, and I want to do some good and give back in some way to organizations I think are doing good work in my community and in the world.
So, for the rest of the year, I’ll be picking a different charity each month to donate a quarter of my monthly affiliate sales earnings to. One of the ways I earn money through my blog is through affiliate sales, which means that I sometimes make a small commission if you purchase items after clicking certain links on my blog. My commission is at no extra cost to you, either, so it’s a great way for people to contribute a small amount to charities that are important to them without making a direct donation (I know a lot of people are feeling donation fatigue lately). Amazon is the primary way I make affiliate earnings, so if you click my uniquely coded Amazon links before you make an Amazon purchase, I will receive a small commission of 4 to 6 percent of the sale’s total. And then a quarter of all of my monthly earnings will go to the month’s charity.
To be picked as a charity for the year of charitable giving, the charity must have a 4/4 rating on Charity Navigator. Thank you to everyone who helped out with donations for last month’s charity—and HUGE thanks to my dear friend Sara’s pledge to match my donation, we were able to donate a total of $124.06 to the Humane Rescue Alliance in February! Now let’s talk about March’s charitable organization.
March // Physicians for Reproductive Health
I’m shifting gears a bit for this month’s charity to focus on an issue I’m really passionate about: women’s health. Although it shouldn’t be a controversial topic, these days it is more controversial than ever. If you’re already a supporter of women’s reproductive health and rights, I hope this post opens your eyes to a new charity you hadn’t heard of before. If you’re not a supporter, I hope I can sway you by talking about the good work that this (and many other similar) organizations are doing. 🙂 This month’s organization I’m spotlighting is Physicians for Reproductive Health.
Why did I choose PRH for March? Because I believe that women should be able to easily access the reproductive care they need and make decisions about their bodies after serious and sometimes difficult conversations with their doctors.
(Side note! After writing this post, I saw that two of my favorite celebs in the whole world love PRH too, John Oliver and Olivia Wilde! Come on guys. That’s a good sign.)
Unlike other charitable groups that promote women’s reproductive health and rights, PRH is a bit different because it is made up of solely medical doctors. While a large number specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, many are pediatricians, fertility doctors, family physicians, cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, and more. The group’s purpose is to unite the medical community and concerned supporters to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, especially in economically disadvantaged communities.
PRH was established in 1992 and works globally but maintains an organizational presence in New York, California, and Washington, D.C. The organization is steered by a board of directors comprised of leading physicians in reproductive health care, as well as resident and medical student representatives. Because of their extensive knowledge and experience, physicians play a distinctive role in reproductive health care, particularly as it relates to evidence- and facts-based decision-making. Unfortunately this role is often excluded in favor of more inflammatory commentary about reproductive health, which is why it’s so important that groups like PRH are using scientific expertise and their patients’ real-life experiences to influence legislation, medical practice, and public opinion.
Another thing I like about PRH is that they provide tools to empower physicians to remain informed, speak up, and take action about reproductive rights. They advocate for reproductive health as a core part of all medical curricula and train doctors to educate other health professionals on best practices in reproductive and sexual health care.
If you want to learn more about PRH and make a direct donation, you can check out their website here.
HOW YOU CAN HELP ME RAISE MONEY
If you’d like to help me raise money for the Physicians for Reproductive Health, all you have to do is make sure to click my Amazon link before doing your Amazon shopping! It will put a cookie in your browser with a tracking ID, and I’ll earn between 4 and 6 percent of your total sale at no extra cost to you. If you already have a cart of goodies, click the link and refresh your browser before you place your order.
HERE IS THE LINK YOU NEED TO CLICK. HAPPY SHOPPING, AND THANK YOU!