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September Awareness Holidays

Summer’s almost over and we’ve got some poignant holidays to spotlight, from different types of cancer to sexual assault and suicide prevention. Get ready for a big month!

Plus henceforth, we will be noting which nonprofits are trending among Shop for Good users — take a look đź‘€

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month & Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

  • Children’s Tumor Foundation (U.S.): A medical foundation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF).
  • [TRENDING] American Cancer Society (U.S.): The American Cancer Society is leading the fight for a world without cancer. We’re finding cures and doing so much more.
  • [TRENDING] Make-A-Wish America (U.S.): Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.
  • [TRENDING] St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (U.S.): Advancing cures and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Healthy Aging Month & 9/26 Family Health & Fitness Day

  • [TRENDING] Family House (U.S.): Founded in 1981, Family House provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital.
  • [TRENDING] Baby2Baby: Baby2Baby’s mission is to provide children living in poverty, ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing & all of the basic necessities they deserve.
  • Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (Canada): Strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for children and families in the Toronto Native Community.
  • Kids Play International: To promote gender equity through sport and the Olympic values in post-genocide impacted countries.
  • Women in Need Inc. (WIN) (U.S.): Win provides safe housing and critical services to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness.
  • Women’s Sports Foundation (U.S.): Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is a national charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through physical activity.
  • Women Outdoors (U.S.): Women Outdoors is a national network of diverse women who are engaged in the enjoyment of outdoor activities.


Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

  • Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (U.S.): Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance is the leading organization in the world fighting ovarian cancer, while supporting women and their families.
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) (U.S.): The mission of the NOCC is to save lives through the prevention and cure of ovarian cancer and to improve quality of life for survivors and their caregivers.
  • Stand Up To Cancer: Raising funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

  • Prostate Cancer Foundation: The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research globally.
  • Movember Foundation: changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on prostate and testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
  • Men’s Health Network: reaching men, boys, and their families with health awareness and disease prevention tools.


Happy Healthy Cat Month

  • [TRENDING] Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue: Every day adult and senior cats with treatable medical and behavior conditions are euthanized. GIVE ME SHELTER’s goal is to rescue these cats and place them into loving permanent homes.
  • Best Friends Animal Society: BFAS is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.
  • Hope for Paws (U.S.): We save stray animals from the streets to the deserts and all neighborhoods in between who are facing a life of misery and imminent death. 
  • EveryCat Health Foundation: the world’s only nonprofit focused solely on feline health, awarding grants for groundbreaking research that benefits every cat, every day.


National Service Dog Month & Responsible Dog Ownership Month

  • [TRENDING] Dogs Without Borders: DWB rescues stray and abandoned dogs from local shelters and as far away as Taiwan and Mexico.
  • [TRENDING] The Humane Society of the United States (U.S.): The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals.
  • Dogs Trust: On a mission to improve the lives of dogs across the United States – and around the world.

National Disaster Preparedness Month (U.S.)

  • Project Hope: Working on the front lines of the world’s health challenges, partnering hand-in-hand with communities, health care workers and public health systems.
  • Khalsa Aid International: Providing support around the world to victims of natural and man-made disasters such as floods, earthquakes, famine and war.
  • Embers Foundation (U.S.): Addressing wildfire prevention and education, real-time natural disaster response, and recovery nationwide.
  • Wildland Firefighter Foundation (U.S.): Provides help to the families of wildland firefighters who have lost their lives or are injured in the line of duty.
  • American Forests (U.S.): Leading the movement to reforest America, from cities to large, rural landscapes.
  • [TRENDING] American Red Cross (U.S.): The American Red Cross provides lifesaving blood products for patients at about 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. through generous volunteer donations.
  • [TRENDING] ASPCA- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (U.S.): The ASPCA is routinely on the ground conducting water and land rescues throughout areas impacted by storms like Hurricane Ida. They also offer emergency animal sheltering for communities and homeless animals impacted by devastating disasters.


9/5 International Day of Charity

  • [TRENDING] Global Fund for Women: Global Fund for Women is a champion for gender equality, standing up for women and girls to be strong, safe, powerful, and heard. Since 1987, we have funded nearly 5,000 groups in 175 countries, helping to win rights for millions of women and girls.
  • [TRENDING] COVID-19 Response Fund (WHO/UN): To support WHO’s work to track and understand the virus and ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies.
  • Refugees International: Advocating for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people.
  • Refugee Council Of Australia: The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and people seeking asylum and those who support them.
  • Refugee Womens Alliance: ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services to refugee and immigrant communities throughout King County, Washington (USA).
  • Native American Rights Fund (U.S.): Providing legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation.


9/8 Literacy Day

  • Reading is Fundamental: RIF is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content and resources to make an impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.


9/10 World Suicide Prevention Day

  • The Loveland Foundation (U.S.): Showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls and helping them receive therapy support.
  • Mermaids (U.K.): Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families in the UK since 1995.
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society (Canada): A British Columbia (Canada)-wide non-profit organization dedicated to providing First Nations emotional and cultural support services.
  • HIR Wellness (U.S.): We’re establishing a social justice-informed and culturally rooted Intergenerational Healing Approach™ that improves mental health and wellness outcomes for Indigenous and underserved communities.
  • KidsTLC (U.S.): KidsTLC is one of Kansas City’s largest organizations providing children with a continuum of care through innovative and successful psychiatric treatment, community outreach, outpatient behavioral health, autism and wellness programs. 
  • Children’s Helpline (Australia): Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-25.
  • [TRENDING] National Alliance on Mental Illness (U.S.): NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals affected by mental illness can build better lives.
  • [TRENDING] Mental Health America (U.S.): MHA is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness.
  • [TRENDING] Black Women for Wellness (U.S.): A multi-generational, community-based organization committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls.


9/11 September 11th (U.S.)

  • [TRENDING] Wounded Warrior Project: Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
  • Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund: Assisting active & wounded U.S. Army Rangers & their families with recovery, health, wellness & other programs where government funding falls short.
  • Veterans Support Foundation: Established in 1991, Veterans Support Foundation was founded by and for veterans. They are committed to serving the unaddressed needs of today’s veterans and their families.
  • Veterans Puppy for Life Organization: They believe in the phenomenal power of a puppy to heal a wounded soul, wounded from the trauma of war, military service, or public service


9/22 RAINN (Anti-sexual Assault) Day

  • Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN): The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S.
  • HIR Wellness (U.S.): We’re establishing a social justice-informed and culturally rooted Intergenerational Healing Approach™ that improves mental health and wellness outcomes for Indigenous and underserved communities.
  • Women Empower US: Empowering women struggling in all areas of their lives such as, but not limited to mental/physical abuse, prostitution, depression, anxiety.
  • Women at Risk International Foundation (Nigeria): Founded in response to the high incidence of sexual violence, rape and human trafficking occurring amongst young girls and women across Nigeria.
  • Women For Afghan Women (Afghanistan): 20 years strong, Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is dedicated to securing, protecting and advancing the rights of Afghan women and girls.
  • Kids in Crisis (U.S.): The agency’s mission is to protect infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis. To this end, Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency shelter, prevention programs in local communities, and advocacy throughout Connecticut.
  • Sexual Assault Center (U.S.): The Sexual Assault Center’s mission is to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education and advocacy.
  • [TRENDING] Futures Without Violence: For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. 


9/22 American Business Women’s Day (U.S.)

  • Buy from a Black Woman: Helping educate, empower and inspire Black Women business owners and the people who support them.
  • Women Thrive Alliance: Women Thrive Alliance was a global feminist advocacy network with one goal: make gender equality a reality.
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization: A grassroots movement that empowers, celebrates and supports women in business worldwide.
  • Women’s Global Empowerment Fund: The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to support women through economic, social and political programs, creating opportunities while addressing inequality; strengthening families and communities.
  • Women Who Code (WWC) (U.S.): Women Who Code is a global non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. It aims to provide an avenue into tech, empowering women with skills needed for professional advancement, and providing environments where networking and mentorship are valued.


9/28 World Rabies Day

  • Lanai Cat Sanctuary: giving feral cats a home for life and protecting the island’s many endangered birds.
  • EveryCat Health Foundation: the world’s only nonprofit focused solely on feline health, awarding grants for groundbreaking research that benefits every cat, every day.

September is a wonderful time to give back — and experiment before the holidays to see which causes and campaigns your audience resonates with best. Use these September awareness holidays as a jumping-off point to be known for your values, not just your products.

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