Hello PRSI Friends, As the year comes to a close I am thinking about giving to charities, as I usually do. I usually do not spend much time researching charities, and instead I lazily give throughout the year to whatever causes my friends ask of me to give. This year I kicked in some money towards a friend running a race for ALS, another friend riding a bike race for MS, my local brewery raises money for cystic fibrosis, my colleagues collect for a local legal services charity, and more smaller ones I cannot remember. I read that many charities received a surge in donations following the Trump/Pence election win, as people are concerned that Trump and Pence will cause harm to journalistic free speech, to reproductive rights, to the LGBT community, to privacy protections, to the health of our air, land, and water, to the digital rights. This giving awesome, as I am sure the charities will be able to put the money to good use and they will spread it out over time. But I also read that the surge was relatively short. Let's see if the PRSI community here can raise some money for good and important charities that are dedicated to ensuring the Trump/Pence administration will have a hard time harming the things we love and taking away our rights. So here is my idea: A PRSI donation challenge. I have selected 3 charities that have causes and missions that I believe are important, and ones that I believe those who oppose Trump and Pence can relate to. All the charities are proper 501(c)(3) charities, so the donations are tax deductible. All the charities have a 4-star or better rating on CharityNavigator.org. The selected charities further have large national networks, so I believe they will be able to spend it wisely and in the right areas. I will match your donations up to $1000. I will divide the $1000 between the 3 charities in the same proportion as the PRSI community decides based on their own giving. So if you all decide to only give to one of the charities, then I will give to only that charity; or if you all decide to split it evenly among all 3, then I will split it evenly among all 3. I also welcome other MacRumors PRSI lurkers to step up and add to my match, if they are able. Anyone willing to throw in another $1000 on top of my mine? Together we can grow the matches, and make the most out of small donations. Please donate to one or more of the following charities and I will match your gift up to $1000 total! American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation https://action.aclu.org/secure/make-tax-deductible-gift-aclu-foundation-1 "As a supporter of the ACLU Foundation, you help spearhead innovative and groundbreaking civil liberties litigation and public education."CharityNavigator: 4/4 stars; 85.2% of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers. (Note the ACLU Foundation is the tax-deductible charity, the non-foundation ACLU also participates in lobbying efforts and thus donations are not tax-deductible. Donations to the ACLU Foundation will not used for lobbying.)Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Donation2?df_id=15743&15743.donation=form1 "Donate to the NRDC to help protect the air, land, and water from forces of pollution and corporate greed. Your donation will help us save wildlife and wild places by sponsoring some of the hardest hitting cases and campaigns in defense of nature."CharityNavigator: 4/4 stars; 83.6% of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) https://supporters.eff.org/donate "Protect digital privacy and free expression. EFF's public interest legal work, activism, and software development preserve fundamental rights."CharityNavigator: 4/4 stars; 74.9% of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers. ** In order for me to make the matching gift, please donate and then make a PDF or take a screenshot of your email receipt. Forward the PDF or screenshot to me via MacRumors PM, or email it to email@example.com, and I will tally it all up for the matching. ** I will keep the donations completely anonymous. I will keep track of the total amounts donated to each charity below, but I will not post who donated and how much. If you want that known, make a post yourself of use the survey above. I will make the matching donation on December 31, 2016 at approximately 3PM eastern. The challenge ends at that time. Happy Holidays Everyone!