* Donorschoose.org: Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. You can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

* Kiva: Loans that Change Lives: Kiva lets you connect with and make microloans to unique small businesses in the developing world. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

* Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: FAIR is a national media watch group/anti-censorship organization that scrutinizes media bias and advocates a greater diversity in the press. It encourages coverage of neglected news stories and minority/dissenting viewpoints.

* RightRides: Organizes volunteers to operate a small fleet of cars donated by Zipcar to ensure that women get home safely at night in NYC. RightRides is currently available every Saturday night from Midnight - 3 AM late night Saturdays (aka early Sunday morning).

* The Innocence Project: The Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law clinic providing pro bono services to their clients. This Project only handles cases where postconviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence, resulting in the release of innocent people who have been wrongly convicted.

* Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF confronts cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the networked world. Blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists, EFF fights for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations.

* The White House Project: The White House Project is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization that aims to advance women's leadership in all communities and sectors, from local leadership positions to the U.S. presidency. By filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, inclusive group of women, they make American institutions, businesses, and government truly representative.

* East River Music Project: ERMP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes the growth and development of new music, and assists in the cultural and economic revitalization of downtown Manhattan by presenting local music and attracting concertgoers of all ages to the newly-restored East River Park Amphitheater.

* Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit summer day camp serving girls aged 8-18 in New York City. The program offers girls the chance to learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform, learn about different types of music, and generally rock out. The goal is to bring girls from different backgrounds together for activities that encourage self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

* Southern Poverty Law Center: SPLC was founded by Morris Dees and Joseph Levin, who helped implement the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Some of their early lawsuits resulted in the desegregation of recreational facilities, the reapportionment of the Alabama legislature, and the integration of the Alabama State Troopers. The Center fights all forms of discrimination and works to protect society's most vulnerable members, handling innovative cases that few lawyers are willing to take. Over three decades, it has achieved significant legal victories, including landmark Supreme Court decisions and crushing jury verdicts against hate groups like the KKK and the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations. (more history)

* Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic: RFB&D provides people with print disabilities with the books they need to learn and succeed. Each year, they provide more than 250,000 recorded books to individuals in kindergarten through graduate school and beyond.

* The New York Public Library: The NYPL provides free and open access to information, education and learning. The Library provides books and information, as well as research and educational programs to the more than 25 million users each year.

* AlterNet: AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.

* CodePink: Women for Peace: CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare and education.

* Public Knowledge: Public Knowledge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group of lawyers, technologists, lobbyists, academics, volunteers and activists dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. Their first priority is to stop any bad legislation from passing laws that would slow technology innovation, pick market winners, shrink the public domain, or prevent fair use.

* American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Since 1866, the ASPCA has provided programs to prevent cruelty to animals throughout the United States, including disaster preparedness, shelter outreach, animal behavior education, and an equine program.

* WFMU (NYC 91.1 FM)
* WNYC (NYC 93.9 FM)
* KCRW (LA 89.9 FM)
* WBEZ (Chicago 91.5 FM)