In my area, there are a few organizations that I support because of what they mean to my family members. Food Share Ventura, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Aut2Run (autism support) and Child Fund (education support for children in Iran).
My top two are World Central Kitchen, because everyone needs and deserves a delicious hot meal; and ADRA, as they dedicate 90% of their monetary donations to causes such as disaster relief, clean water, and more.
I regularly support ADRA, ACS and occasionally World Central Kitchen. The former because they are connected to my faith and easy to donate to them because they are a line item when I submit tithes and offerings. Giving to them is part of my regular offering.
DEBRA MC KINNEY BANKS CUADRO
I support ADRA and Christian Children’s Fund. ADRA because of its worldwide reach and impact and the fact that Adventists are attached to it. I think it allows us to share our beliefs if asked. Christian Children’s Fund, due to its global reach, provides basic necessities and education through high school. I have personally seen the impact of this organization.
We give primarily to Christian ministry nonprofits because spreading the gospel is of the utmost importance to us. For humanitarian organizations, we tend to give Christians: Salvation Army, Canvasback Missions and Toys for Tots. Because we love animals too, we donate to the ASPCA and Best Friends, as well as the World Wildlife Fund and Audubon. And to support the environment, we occasionally donate to National Parks, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Sierra Club.
My favorite humanitarian organization that I really like is ADRA. As a missionary, I have seen firsthand what a difference they make.
MICHAEL W. CAMPBELL
We support Revive Community Care, which was founded by the compassionate hearts of young adults from the Younger Generation (YG) church. This local organization responds to the needs of people in our community. World Vision: CHOSEN – we love empowering children in the process of caring relationship and trusting the integrity of their organization. And of course, ADRA – we have a long-standing relationship with them and are working in partnership with them right now to bring aid to Ukraine.
A. ALLAN MARTIN
I support many health care societies – Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses; Ear, Nose, and Throat Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, American Association of Nurse Practitioners; and Nursing Hearts, Inc. As a family, we also support Ronald McDonald House and Christalis. The one I’m most excited about is the Aleyamma Kuruvilla Nursing Scholarship Fund, which I started in 2020 through the Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation. To date, we have sponsored 37 nursing students (100% of tuition) for their education.
We love giving to Portland Adventist Community Services – a food bank, dental clinic, and thrift store that our conference hosts in downtown Portland. I had the privilege of volunteering there several times. I’ve seen what the staff are like behind the scenes, and it’s a place where I feel like we’re making a difference. And I’ve seen where the money goes, to the people in my town who need it most.
Financially: I have always admired ADRA for its willingness to help without evangelizing. Occasional donations led to signing up to become an ADRA Angel with a small monthly donation. Physically: I got involved in the ACR-DR and I took training in warehouse management. So far I’ve been deployed to Oregon following fires; and after flooding in southwestern Montana, compiled and distributed cleanup buckets at two multi-agency response centers. We have helped homeowners clean their homes and clear flooded storage units.
I support Compassion International. My husband and I sponsored a boy from Ghana until he was out of the program, and now we are sponsoring a little girl from the Philippines. I also sponsor our local SPCA. Children and animals need protectors and supports. Helping is both a privilege and an obligation. We are called to follow Christ’s example, so this is one small way I can do that.
I normally support ADRA. My criteria are simply what touches my heart and how the spirit moves me. I believe that with my meager contribution, ADRA has a better ratio of dollars to what is donated or used for the cause. I am also impressed by their geographical distribution, which allows them to react quickly. It’s important to me because it makes me feel like I’ve made a difference.