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September: Causes to Support

Published September 6, 2023 | by Groundswell | 6 mins read

September recognizes Hispanic Heritage, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Suicide Prevention, Hunger Action, and World Alzheimer’s Awareness.

Nonprofit organizations of all sizes and across geographies are working on the frontlines to support causes and the communities most impacted – through direct programming, research, advocacy and much more. They rely on the support from donors to sustain their important work. 

Join the Groundswell movement to learn about and support these nonprofits and countless others found on the Groundswell app.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 – October 15 to celebrate the contributions that generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to American history, society, and culture. 

The 2023 theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is ‘Prosperity, Power, and Progress’, recognizing the significant strides of Hispanics in the economic, political, and social growth of the U.S. Across the country, communities come together during this time in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively impacted and enriched our nation and society. Many local and national nonprofits are working to empower, protect and support Hispanic and Latino communities across the country – and consider supporting their important work.

  • Canal Alliance exists to break the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants and their families by lifting barriers to their success – by educating, empowering, supporting and partnering with immigrants and their families to meet their needs.
  • La Casa De Las Madres responds to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and gives survivors the tools to transform their lives. 
  • Hispanic Federation empowers and advances the Hispanic community, supports Hispanic families, and strengthens Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, & economic empowerment.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month helps bring awareness to pediatric cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, approximately 9,910 children and 5,280 adolescents are expected to be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2023. And more heartbreaking, approximately 1,040 children and 550 adolescents will die from these diseases in 2023. 

Researchers around the world continue to pioneer new therapies and explore the root causes of the disease, driving progress that could reveal cures or improved outcomes for patients. Consider supporting this cause by donating to these charities.

  • St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
  • National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding and developing novel research and clinical trials to find less toxic, more effective treatments for childhood cancer. 
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand is changing the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week raises awareness about suicide, educating the public about its prevention, and reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues. The CDC’s provisional data for 2022 show a record high of 49,369 suicide deaths, the highest number on record and about 3% above the toll in 2021. 

Donating to nonprofits dedicated to suicide prevention is crucial because these organizations often rely on donations to fund programs that provide immediate help to those in crisis, such as hotlines and emergency interventions. Nonprofits also engage in long-term prevention efforts, including educational programs in schools and workplaces to teach people about the warning signs and how to help. 

  • The Jed Foundation protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.
  • Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month is a time to stand together to build awareness of and take action to fight hunger, which is a very real issue for over 34 million Americans each and every day, including 1 in 8 children. Hunger is the distress that comes from not having enough food which leads to a multitude of other problems, including health decline, developmental delays, behavioral issues, and decreased productivity. 

Food banks, pantries, and other food-serving nonprofits all across the country are working tirelessly to ensure those in need of food can get it. Please consider supporting them today – even a few dollars can go a long way towards providing food for those who need it most.

  • Feed the Children is dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow—all while providing food and assistance to help them today.
  • Global Foodbanking Network advances and unites food banks to nourish the world’s hungry.
  • Feeding America partners with a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.

World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

In September, people and organizations from all around the world work to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that persists around Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementia. And although progress has been made in advancing research around causes and treatments, there is still so much to be discovered about these complex disorders.

Please consider supporting these or other organizations that exist to fund cutting-edge research, and support patients as well as their families and loved ones.

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