Gift Guide 2016: Do Gooders

Just in case you want to eschew the crass commercialism this year and make a donation to a good cause, we list a few favorites here.

American Civil Liberties Union


The nonpartisan, non-profit group has called on Donald Trump to reconsider his promises to ban the entry of Muslims into the United States, punish women for accessing abortion, and change libel laws to restrict the press. They'll need funds to challenge Trump in court.

Baltimore Algebra Project

Democratic, student-run program that provides one-on-one math tutoring for middle and high school students—and gives them a voice in protecting their rights, such as an adequately funded education. 235 Holliday St.,

Baltimore Free Farm

A collective that provides space for individual gardens and collects and gives away produce, dry goods, and bread from grocers that would otherwise be thrown away. 3510 Ash St., (410) 575-4233,

Blue Waters Baltimore

Works to keep Baltimore's waterways clean and healthy by monitoring water quality, planting trees, educating residents, and advocating in Annapolis. 3545 Belair Road, (410) 254-1577,

CASA de Maryland

Advocates and expands opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in Maryland and surrounding areas by providing services like employment placement, legal help, and literacy training. 2224 E. Fayette St., (410) 732-2694,

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

An independent conservation organization that uses education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration in an effort to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, (888) 728-3229,

DRU/Mondawmin Healthy Families Inc.

Provides support to families with pregnant women and young children through home visits, resources, and educational opportunities. 2100 Eutaw Place, (410) 225-3555,

Elev8 Baltimore


Helps kids in East Baltimore in grades 5-8 through school-based health services and summer and after-school learning programs. 1701 N. Gay St., (410) 381-7171,

Health Care for the Homeless Inc.

Provides case management, mental health services, dental care, and primary medical-care services to homeless people in Baltimore. 421 Fallsway, (410) 837-5533,

House of Ruth Maryland:

A refuge and resource for victims of domestic violence. Provides counseling, youth resource services, legal help, and information on shelters. 2201 Argonne Drive, (410) 889-7884,

Jubilee Arts

Provides arts classes including dance, pottery, and community art to the residents of Sandtown-Winchester, Upton, and surrounding neighborhoods. 1947 Pennsylvania Ave., (410) 728-1199,

Kids Safe Zone

A safe place to play and learn for children in Baltimore's Penn North community. 1622 N. Carey St., (410) 728-2080,

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

Dedicated to creating change in Baltimore through policy.

Maryland Food Bank

Nonprofit hunger relief organization that Distributes food to residents in need throughout the state of Maryland. 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, (410) 737-8282,

Moveable Feast

Provides nutritious, home-delivered meals, nutritional counseling, medical transportation, and a culinary training program for people with life-threatening or "life-challenging" conditions, such as HIV/AIDS or breast cancer. 901 N. Milton Ave., Baltimore, (410) 327-3420,

No Boundaries Coalition

A resident-led advocacy group that organizes around such issues as public safety, police accountability, and food access.

Planned Parenthood

Provides health screenings, birth control information and access, and—yes—safe and legal abortions. 330 N. Howard St., (410) 576-1414,

Power Inside

Works to serve women who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression by providing harm-reduction interventions to women at risk, including those in jails and prisons and those on the street. 325 E. 25th St., (410) 889-8333,

Sierra Club

National group dedicated to protecting this country's natural resources through advocacy, education, and organized outings. 7338 Baltimore Ave., Suite 102, College Park, (301) 277-7111,

TurnAround Inc.

Provides counseling and support services to victims of rape, incest, and domestic violence. 401 Washington Ave., Suite 300, Towson, (410) 377-8111,

Wide Angle Youth Media

Provides youth with media education to create photography, films, and graphic design about their communities through after-school programs, in-school opportunities, and summer workshops. 2601 N. Howard St., Suite 160, (443) 759-6700,

Youth Empowered Society

Founded by formerly homeless youth, YES is dedicated to the prevention and elimination of youth homelessness. YES Drop-In Center, 2315 N. Charles St., (410) 235-7744,