Before record breaking heat overtook the Bay Area, news of Hurricane Harvey's landfall in Houston filled my inbox and social media feeds with alarming news and calls for donations-- everything from organizations raising funds to help stranded pets to non-profits requesting much-needed baby diapers. In deciding which nonprofit to support, I asked myself three questions: Which have a record of effectiveness and integrity? Which is in alignment with my values? And, perhaps most importantly, which have the most meaningful and sustainable impact on the crisis and people affected.
Yesterday I received this email from the Executive Director, Kathleen Rest, Ph.D., MPA, of the Union of Concerned Scientists. This comprehensive message outlines the devastating situation and offers suggestions of places to make donations. Based on these recommendations, I made a donation to Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (#tejasharveyfund), the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston.
I hope you will join me in doing what you can now and as the situation unfolds. And, here at home in the Bay Area, stay cool this holiday weekend.
Sustainable Silicon Valley