Get involved in your community, country, and the world by channeling your preferred causes and goals!
Pick your Focus:
- Anime And Manga Studies - Focuses on news and articles on the academic studies of anime and manga. It's owner also does a symposium an Anime Expo
- Comics Research - A curated guide to books and resources about comics books, comics trips, and fannish information. Open to contributions of material and suggested resources.
- Video Games
- Video Games
- Able Gamers - A charity that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through video games, including charity work, consultation with gaming companies, and more.
- Special Effect - Helps people with disabilities play video games with special technology and a variety of fundraisers. Takes donations and runs events.
- B.I.G. Books - Recycles used books for those in needs.
- Book Aid - Supports African Libraries with books and librarian training.
- Book Harvest - Collects used books and distributes them to children in need.
- Books Abroad - Promotes literacy and a focus on sustainable escapes from poverty. Recycle used books, and focuses on getting people involved.
- Books Through Bars - A multi-state effort, located in Philadelphia, to provide educational books to people in the prison system
- Books To Prisoners - A US charity that sends free books to prisoners across the Unitied States, with a focus on self-improvement, education, and stopping recidivism.
- Bookshare - An international charity to make book access easier for people with challenges via digital accessibility, publicity, and technology.
- Borderline Books - UK-based organization collecting overstocks and damaged books and distributed them around the world.
- First Book - Collects and distribute books to programs and schools that serve children in low-income families in the US and Canada.
- GBA Ships - Runs a floating book fair - literally, a ship. A great way to help reach people around the world - and also works with community groups for supply aid and community care.
- International Board On Books For Young People - A non-profit that brings books and children together, focusing on international understanding, access, quality, support, research, and human rights.
- Little Free Library - An organization promoting building local, personal "little free libraries" to promote reading and community.
- Milk And Bookies - Promotes literacy and book access by encouraging children to engage in book giving and related events.
- Reach A Reader - An organization that provides donated children's and YA books that also promotes authors!
- Reader To Reader - A public charity that brings books to under-resourced schools and libraries, as well as public libraries. They focus on the poorest communities.
- The Book Bus - The Book Bus gets books to people who'd normally not have access to them in various countries around the world. They're always expanding their focus, and do educational programs
- Heroes Alliance - Cosplayers who use their skills for charity and community events.
- Superheroes For Hospice - A New Jersey hospice fundraiser held twice a year, raising money via comic auctions.
- DataKind - Helps connect data experts with good causes - and they're looking for help from data techs, managers, and more!
- Free Geek (Portland) - A Portland nonprofit that recycles used computers and parts to provide computers and job training to those in need.
- Free Geek Chicago - A Chicago nonprofit that recycles used computers and parts to provide computers and job training to those in need.
- Little Geeks - A Canadian charity that refurbishes donated computers, and gets them to children in need.
- Motor City Free Geek - A Detroit nonprofit that repairs and recycles computers, teaches and educates, and works on Open Source.
- Austin Browncoats - An Austin-based group of Firefly fans deeply engaged in charitable work, especially on women and children's issues.
- Fans-Harry Potter
- The Harry Potter Alliance - A chapter-based alliance of HP fans engaged in charitable works, with a heavy emphasis on social justice and leveraging fandom for the greater good.
- Fans-My Little Pony
- Bronies For Good - A Brony organization that runs and allies with various worthy causes.
- Fans-Star Wars
- Cloud City Garrison - Part of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming club, the Garrison is famous for their charity events. Worth inviting, being part of, and supporting!
- Kirkland Geek Gala - A geek event that raises funds for Seattle Children's Hospital via Extra Life.
- Video Games
- Donate Games - Partners with publishers and collects donations of games and equipment, then re-gifts items or sells them when appropriate to raise money.
- Extra Life - A gamer organization that supports the Children's Miracle Network via personal sponsorship.
- Gamers For Giving - Michigan's largest game charity event, a game tournament that supports Gamers Outreach Foundation
- Gamers Outreach - A game industry charity organization that uses game events to raise money to set up game kiosks in hospitals and support the troops.
- Games Aid - A UK video Games charity that's an umbrella for many other charities helping the disadvantaged. Raises money via activities, auctions, and more.
- Gaming For Good - A platform where you get games for donating to charity - with revenue going to Save The Children.
- Gaming Worldwide - Harnessess the power of gaming to get people involved in events, charities, and more.
- Get Well Gamers - A foundation to bring video games to children's hospitals in the US.
- Get Well Gamers UK - A foundation to bring video games to children's hospitals in the UK
- Global Gaming Initiative - Delivers positive mobile games - and then contributes 50% of the proceeds to appropriate causes.
- Indie Games For Good - Indie Games For Goods raises money for Child's Play by focusing on Indie Game marathons.
- Mario Marathon - A yearly all-Mario gameathon to support Childs Play.
- Video Games
- Crystals For Life - Does RPG speedruns to benefit the JDRF and their work on Type 1 diabetes.
- Desert Bus - Since 2007 Desert Bus has been raising money for Child's Play via webcasting marathons of the infamous never-ending bus driving game "Desert Bus."
- Game To Aid - A charity that raises money via broadcast video-game marathons, often with various creative (and at times painful) themes.
- Games Done Quick - Does game speedruns to raise money for charity.
- Gaming For Others - Raises money via grueling gaming marathons. They push themselves for money - for others!
- Gaming For Others - A UK group that does marathons for charity, and works with Special Effect.
- Hyrule Hustlers - Video game enthusiasts who sponsor Childs Play and run Zelda-based events and marathons.
- Marathon Gamers - A gaming marathon group tha does marathons for charities.
- One Big Game - A nonprofit that raises money by selling games.
- U-Pick Video Game - Raises money for charity via marathons where others pick the games.
- Video Game Nightmarathon - Does Halloween-themed and horror game marathons for charity.
- Code For America - An alliance of coders and citizens that innovate on technology, draft policies, and create apps to help citizenship.
- Science Cheerleader - A site focusing on Cheerleaders who chose science careers, promoting science awareness, and where the former can promote the latter, all with good humor and a serious mission.
- Citizen Science Alliance - A collaborative effort of scientists, software developers, and educators to promote and organize citizen science and citizen science projects, as well as science awareness. Their projects are tracked in Zooniverse.com.
- Scientific America's Citizen Science Page - Scientific American's resource for citizen scientists, listing projects and updates. A good way to find something to fit your interests.
- SciFiles - Uses grassroots, micro-donations, and showcasing vetted projects to promote scientific advancement - with a heavy emhpasis on civilian science.
- SciStarter - A site to find, join, and contribute to scientific endeavors. Contains a large database of citizen science projects for you to check out.
- Zooniverse - The Citizen Science Alliance's website for hosting citizen science projects. A good place to go and find specific projects to get involved in.
- The Hero Initiative - Being in comics can be a tough road, and this organization helps support comics creators in need.
- Hackerspaces.org - A site dedicated to hackerspaces, from the latest news, to tools to make one, to lists of one you can join. Great to find people of a like mind so you can work together.
- The Artifice Club - A Steampunk club that supports creatives as a nonprofit, especially with events. Has a strong media presence
- Geeks 4 Consent - Spreads the word on cosplay =/= consent, petitions conventions for proper policy, and more.
- Reading With Pictures - A nonprofit advocating using comics in the classroom to promote literacy and education. Researches comics and their role, collaborates with artists for content, and partners with educators.
- The Comic Book Project - A literacy program that gets young people involved in creating comics to boost skills, awareness, and engagement.
- Black Girls CODE - Introduces girls from underrepresented communities to coding. Focuses on community outreach, education, and technology awareness
- Code 2040 - A nonprofit assisting communities of color by creating paths for education, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology.
- Coder Dojo - A network of volunteer community programming clubs for people 7-17 to help them learn how to code.
- Computer Clubhouse - Sponsored by Intel, this organization uses technology and technology training to help people from underserved communities. Focuses on developing a network of "Clubhouses"
- Hack The Hood - A nonprofit that helps low-income youth of colors into tech careers by having them build websites for businesses in their communities, teaching them both technology and business skills.
- Kids Learning Code - A Canadian non-profit that focuses on helping young people learn technical skills in a supportive atmosphere.
- ScriptEd - ScriptEd provides coding skills and professional experiences to under-resourced youth, focusing on developing careers.
- Teens Exploring Tech - Focusing on men of color from low-income communities, Teens Exploring Tech teaches coding, life, and community skills.
- Yes We Code - #YesWeCode is an outreach and training program with the goal of training 100,000 low-opportunity young people to be coders
- Donors Choose - An online charity that helps you fund education intiatives in a project stile.
- MIT Open Courseware - Classes available online for free - from MIT. Sadly the major way to get involved is to donate, but it's a good cause.
- Stated Clearly - Stating science simply to make the facts clear - and counter misinformation.
- The Hidden Genius Problem - An Oakland-based nonprofit that encourages technological skills and entrepreneurship for young men of color.
Electronic Reuse and Recycling
- Close The Gap - Takes computer donations from european countries and refurbishes them for emerging nations. Also works to recycle unusable equipment safely.
- Computers With Causes - Takes donated computers and either gets them to charitable programs, or sells them for funds used to go to programs
- PCS For Schools - Refurbishes and upgrades donated computer equipment and uses it to bridge the technology gap in schools
- World Computer Exchange - A US and Canadian non-profit that reduces the digital divide with education, donated computers, and more.
- AZ StRUT - Arizona chapter of Students Recycling Used Technology, an organization that supports learning, refurbishing and donation of electronics, and proper recycling of electronics.
- Cell Phone Bank - Takes donations of cell phones and recycles them for use as emergency phones.
- Cell phones For Soldiers - Provides refurbed cell phones and more to soldiers so they can keep in touch.
- Green Electronics Council - A nonprofit focused on environmental leadership in electronics
- Hope Phones - Outfits global health care workers (part of Medic Mobile) with donated cell phones
- Komputers4rkids - Focused on Southern California, the goal of Komputers4rkids is to bridge the digital gap in technology, and they accept electronic donations to help do it.
- National Center For Electronics Recycling - A nonprofit that works to build and coordinate initiatives to improve electronic recycling.
- Silicon Valley StRUT - California/Silicon Valley chapter of Students Recycling Used Technology, an organization that supports learning, refurbishing and donation of electronics, and proper recycling of electronics.
- Step Initiative - The Step Initiative takes a long-term view of understanding, planning for, recycling, and avoiding e-waste.
- The Christina Foundation - Promotes technology reuse and helps connect people with local organizations and individuals that need their donations.
- Wireless Foundation - Recycles used cell phones and focuses on stopping family violence
- Marine Conservation Institute - An organized, sustainability-oriented institute focused on protecting marine ecosystems. Heavily driven by partnerships, alliance, and outreach.
- Nerds For Nature - And all-volunteer organization that brings together communities, scientists, and technologists to understand and preserve nature, including hands-on projects. Located in California.
- Oceana - An international organization focused on sealife preservation and marine issues
- Project Noah - A software platform that brings citizen scientist together in various projects to record and preserve biodiversity and understand nature.
- Skeptical Science - A site dedicated to explaining the science of global warning. Always looking for help in donations or paper review.
- World Wildlife Fund - Focuses on preserving and protecting wildlife and related environmental and pollution issues.
- The Box Scene - A nonprofit organization focused on representation of people in media
- Platform - A nonprofit working to increase the participation of under-representted people in the "innovation economy." Has an annual conference and works with YesWeCode.
- Tech Access - Nonprofit focusing on providing students of color access to STEM careers via setting expectations, providing role models, and access.
- We Need Diverse Books - Focus on promoting diverse narratives in children's literature. Reaches out to individuals and groups in children's publishing, and is always looking for people to help out.
- Anita Borg Institute - A historic institute to assist women in technical careers, fostering innovation by ensuring a broad range of people in technology. Provides a variety of services and ways to get involved.
- Girl Develop IT - A nonprofit that provides accessible programs for women who want to learn coding.
- Girls Learning Code - A Canadian non-profit that focuses on helping young women learn technical skills in a supportive atmosphere.
- Girls Teaching Girls To Code - A Bay Area program where women in CS teach Bay Area high school girls to code.
- Grace Hopper Celebration - Produced by the Anita Borg institute, this is a celebration of women in computing.
- Ladies Learning Code - A Canadian non-profit that focuses on helping people learn beginner technical skills in a comfortable, social way.
- Made With Code - Promotes women in coding with projects, events, and mentoring. Has several alliances and supporters.
- Mothercoders - An organization focused on helping mothers get tech-savvy and up-to-date for this economy
- National Center For Women And Information Technology - Focuses on correcting gender imbalance in technology, and bringing the balance of diversity to the industry.
- Rails Girls - A worldwide group that works to empower women with technology.
- The Ada Initiative - An organization that supports women in technology, with a heavy emphasis on codes of conduct, training, and an embrace of open source.
- Geek Feminism - A blog on women's issues in geekdom, as well as other human/civil issues in that sphere. Also has excellent news roundups.
- Geek Girl Dinners - Promotes geek girl friendly events, resources, and connection.
- She's Geeky - An SF Bay organization that provides events and and conferences around the USA for women in STEM>
- Tech Girls Canada - Provides national leadership for the various industry groups in canada encouraging women in tech careers.
- Women Rock Science - A blog about women in science, from resources to history to recent discoveries.
- Video Games
- Girls Make Games - A series of international summer camps encouraging girls to explore the world of video games.
- Girls Write Now - Supports future female writers with mentoring, advice, and more.
- The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund - A non-profit organization focused on protecting the First Amendment rights of everyone in the comics/publishing/reading chain. Provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance and education.
Geeks Of Color
- Con Or Bust - Focuses on helping geeks of colors and creators of color attend conventions.
- Comics For Heroes - Gets comics to people who can't normally get them, from troops overseas to kids in hospitals.
- Critlcal Care Comics - Distributes comics to kids in hospitals to make their stay easier!
- Code For Progress - A community that trains IT professionals, provides residency, and helps people get involved in communities and causes.
- Coders 4 Charities - Holds regular events to rally coders to help non-profit organizations.
- Team CosLove - Military veterans giving back to community events using their love of cosplay.
- Geek Market - A philanthropic company in Ottawa that provides markets for geek artisans, promotes community, and raises money for charities.
- Centennial Challenge - A NASA event to help develop new space technology.
- Penny 4 Nasa - A group working to raise awareness of NASA, get increases in funding, and promote space exploration.
- Planetary Society - Sponsors charities, events, advocacy, and projects to promote space exploration.
- Engineering for Change - A community to connect engineers, governments, social scientists, and more to share knowledge and solve problems in a sustainable way.
- Engineers Without Borders Canada - A nonprofit Canadian organziation that supports sustainable community engineering projects around the world.
- Engineers Without Borders USA - A nonprofit US organziation that supports sustainable community engineering projects around the world.
- Beneftech - A nonprofit that focuses on accessible technology that address social issues.
- Video Games
- Childs Play - The famous organization that provides games and consoles for hospitalized children.
- GameConfs - A privately-run website that tracks and provides guides to games-related conference. Open to contributions and assistance.
- Games For Change - Aids the creation and distribution of socially impactful games that act as tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.
- Genes In Space - A game that uses game data and environments to "gamify" analyzing cancer data.
- The Museum Of Art And Digital Entertainment - A mix of museum, lectures, and classes to promote game history and awareness, located in Oakland, California.
- Librivox - Librivox makes free audiobooks of public domain works - using volunteers.
- NaNoWriMo - Everyone knows National Novel Writing Month, but they're an organization that relies on organizers, donations, and more - and that's your chance to get involved!
- Operation Hammond - A network of medical professionals and trained people that provide medical services for conventions and staff training.
- Cartoon Art Museum - A museum for all forms of cartoon art, performing preservation, displays, events, and more. Established in 1984, it has a permanent home in San Francisco.
- Digital Comics Museum - An enormous archive of researched, curated, public domain golden age comics available free - and always open for donations and assistance!
- Wonder Woman Museum - A museum dedicated to Wonder Woman - and sponsors various charities as well.
- Computer History Museum - A Silicon-Valley based museum of comptuer history, complete with exhibits, programs, and many volunteer opportunities.
- International Internet Preservation Consortium - An international organization focusing on improving tools, standards, and practices of web archiving and preserving information. Reports, events, and memberships are available.
- Internet Memory Foundation - A non-profit focusing on preserving the internet for heritage and cultural purposes, and develops a lot of technologies and projects. There's opportunities to get involved.
- Science Fiction
- Eaton Collection of Science Fiction And Fantasy at UC Riverside - A large collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and utopian literature - including fanzines, magazines, and more.
- Gunn Center for The Study of Science Fiction - Located in the University of Kansas, this is an entire center for studying SF with a larger archive, fan and professional works, and resources.
- Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library - Originally founded from a donation by SF pioneer Jack Wiliamson, this collection has expanded over time with many historical contributions.
- Northern Illinois University SFWA Collection - A depository for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Of America.
- Syracuse Unviersity Pulp Literature and SF Collection - A collection of rare pulp and SF novels, related papers, and more.
- Video Games
- Atari Party - A Californian organization that hosts events with hands-on use of classic Atari game consoles. Always looking for volunteers - and you can always found your own!
- California Extreme - A convention of video game and pinball enthusiasts where the actual machines are brought into one big arcade. Includes panels and other events - and accepts volunteers.
- Digital Games Museum - An archive of games and game memorabilia that does shows and displays. Based in San Jose, California, but open to support from anywhere.
- The International Arcade Museum - A giant database of games that you can help with! Also contains huge archives of past relevant magazines and more. They even hope to build a physical museum someday!
- Video Game History Museum - A video game history museum that covers a wide variety of subjects, histories, games, and focuses
- The Digital Human Library - A resource (for Canadian teachers) that provides people to be digital and remote experts. Worth joining, inviting, and emulating - something great to try at a convention.
- The Human Library - A site encouraging human libraries, where people act as living books. The site encourages and instructs organizers. Something for geeks to try at cons, clubs, and more.
- The Internet Archive - A non-profit, online internet library, always looking for volunteers.
- Public Library Of Science - An organization dedicated to making scientific work available via Open Access, and has a variety of initiatives.
- Geeks Out - A site for gay geeks that focuses on both geek and lgbt issues, with it's own attitude. Always looking for supporters!
- Comics For Kids - Collects and donates comics to kids, with a focus on literacy and developing creativity.
- Reading with Pictures - Promotes literacy with the use of comics in the classroom. Heavily oriented towards ways to get involved!
- Words Travel - Scholastic's national literacy program for incarcerated parents and their children.
- Worldreaders - Brings digital books to those in need, with a focus on Africa.
- Alaska Literacy Program - An Alaska-based literacy charity with an emphasis on training and certifying teachers and tutors to impart reading, writing, and speaking skills.
- Behind The Book - New York Based organization that focuses on literacy programs and access to authors for underserved schooles
- Believe In Books - Supports literacy programs, scholarships, grants, and book distributions in northern New Hampshire and western Mane.
- Book Ends - A nonprofit focusing on empowering children through literacy and a focus on leadership in communities.
- Bring Me A Book - Serving underserved communities with portable libraries, teaching read-aloud skills, and more.
- Family Reading Partners - A coalition of people and organizations that promotes literacy via family reading practices.
- Florida Literacy Coalition - Florida-focused group that supports adult education, adult literacy, and family literacy throughout the state. Many opportunities to get involved
- International Book Project - Uses sustainable programs and partnerships to combat illiteracy on a global scale - with the goal of ending it.
- Kids Need To Read - A charity promoting a culture of reading, providing books to various institutions, especially those that support disadvantaged children.
- Literacy Kansas City - A Kansas community-based literacy effort that uses research to ensure their programs are maximally effective.
- LitWorld - A global nonprofit that does on-the-ground solutions to address literacy.
- Lullalee - Lullalee promotes reading, literacy, and social change, including the use of e-learning and technology.
- Might Writers - A Philadelphia organization that supports writing and literacy by providing free classes and teaching.
- ProLiteracy - Focuses in safe, strong, sustainable socieities by building literacy around the globe with a variety of initiatives.
- Raising Readers in Wyoming - A wyoming-based organization that provides children with books, and parents with 'prescriptions' for reading, to promote literacy.
- Reach Out And Read - A nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote literacy and school readiness in pediatric care with parental advice.
- Read Indeed - A nonprofit literacy organization, inspired by Maria Keller, that collects and distributes books to children.
- Reading Is Fundamental - The largest children's literacy nonprofit in the United States, working with kids, parents, and community to bring the benefits of reading to children.
- Reading Partners - Promotes literacy via one-on-one coaching and a structured curriculum
- Room To Read - Focuses on literacy and gender equality around the world, working with local communities and governments.
- Stan Lee Foundation - An organization that builds alliances among various groups to promote literacy.
- The Reading Tub - A volunteer-run nonprofit promitng family literacy.
- Tracy and Clerenda McGrady Foundation - Founded by the NBA All-Star and his wife, the foundation focuses on multiple, world-wide literacy projects.
- Video Games
- Military Gamers - A community and support network for military and former military gamers from the US military. Promotes healthy gaming and support.
- Operation Supply Drop - A military gaming charity that delivers video game care packages for American and American allied soldiers in both combat zones and military hospitals.
- Raspberry Pi Foundation - It's not just easy-to-access technology, but the Raspberry Pi foundation also promotes a variety of community and educational activities.
- Limbitless Solutions - Technologists of all kinds coming together to develop low-cost/free prosthetic solutions!
- FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science And Technology - An international organization focusing on inspiring young people in science and technology. There's programs, events, and plenty of ways to volunteer and get involved.
- The Science Olympiad - An organization promoting science events - the science equivalent of track meats. With a huge amount of tournaments and resources, there's always a way to get involved.
- Wonder Writers - A charity that promotes writing and writing skills for young people from grades K-12.