A Note from Jen:
I ONLY endorse charites with pristine track records, who make sure over 87% of every dollar donated goes directly toward the cause! With so many charities being exposed for fraudulent activity, I suggest you do your research before donating!
Here is a list of all of the charities I fully endorse and am blessed to support whole-heartedly! I hope you will join me in fighting against child abuse, human trafficking, child pornography, the world water crisis, homelessness, and helping our neighbors! While the charities focused on human trafficking seem similar, each one is involved in a different stage of the fight: preventative and reactive. Varying between working with the victims directly, to getting involved with policy makers.
"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
The A21 Campaign exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through a comprehensive system of preventative measures, victim protection, prosecution of violators, and strategic partnerships.
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.
The average age of trafficking victims is 12 years old.
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. Every thirty seconds, someone is forced into this type of bondage—modern slavery.
Jen Lilley, has partnered with Childhelp to spread awareness and help victims of child abuse and neglect!
Child abuse kills more children in America than accidental falls, choking on food, suffocation or fires in the home!
For 58 years, Childhelp has been working from coast to coast to prevent child abuse, and help children and families recover from abusive situations.
Jen and her husband Jason are currently licensed foster parents through Childhelp's foster and adoption agency.
On average, 90 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs helping children!
In nearly 58 years of operation, Childhelp Programs have helped over 11 million children.
Childhelp has a flawless reputation and track record, and the founders have been nominated for 9 Nobel Peace prizes! The proof is in the puddin
Text CHLP5 to the number 20222 to donate $5 or text CHLP to the number 56512 to donate $10.
If a child you know is being abused, call:
Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America's children from the ravages of prostitution. They are one of the few charities that deals with the aftermath of child prostitution in the United States.
The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. They provide free taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America's child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in our home. Their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from vile, dominating pimps.
Their home features an on-site school and college placement program. After youngsters complete their rigorous and comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates.
WHY CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT?
87% of every dollar donated goes directly toward the program with an additional 6% allocated for fundraising.
35 years of solid track record!
Since 1979, Children of the Night has rescued over 10,000 American children from prostitution in the United States—that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking programs combined!
In the last three decades, Founder Dr. Lois Lee has raised over $40 million to provide these crucial services. And her track record is impressive — Children of the Night graduates have gone on to become lawyers, executives and educators, among other professions.
PHOTO: Jen Lilley with Dr. Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption. Through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®, the Foundation gives funds and provides training to adoption agencies in the U.S. and Canada. The agencies hire adoption professionals who implement the Foundation’s proactive Child-Focused Recruitment Model targeted exclusively on moving America’s longest-waiting children from foster care into adoptive families.
The Foundation works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers, provides free resources about foster care adoption and raises awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements and events.
WHY DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION:
Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent family.
No child should linger in foster care or leave the system without a
Every child is adoptable.
You can give the gift of family
These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility
ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. ECPAT-USA belongs to an international network of organizations in 73 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Their Mission is to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA does this in three primary ways:
ECPAT-USA advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution;
ECPAT-USA promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
ECPAT-USA educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
94% of every dollar donated goes directly toward the program!
Over 20 years of solid track record!
ECPAT-USA became the first American non-profit to work on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
They advocate for protective laws & policies. Responsible for the PROTECT Act, making it possible for the U.S to prosecute Americans for having sex with children in other countries.
The Innocent Justice Foundation leverages high technology solutions to help rescue millions of American children who are being sexually abused and prevent future abuse. They work to enable the investigation and prosecution of every child pornography offense in America by taking requests for help from overwhelmed law enforcement agencies, and help the public understand the true nature and scope of child pornography crimes and victims in the U.S.
WHY INNOCENT JUSTICE?
This a charity with an immediate solution and results!
96.5% of all donations go toward the solution!
The United States is the #1 producer and consumer of child pornography in the world and American kids are the main victims!
Law enforcement doesn't have the tools they need to arrest these perpetrators! That's where IJF steps in...with HUGE SUCCUESS: 93-95% of child pornography prosecutions lead to conviction or guilty pleas.
One in every five children in the United States are sexually abused
"Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
Project Orphans exists to provide care to orphans, vulnerable children, powerless young-women, and broken families located in Uganda, Africa. They provide many different types of services to the communities they serve.
Their work in Uganda, Africa includes:
Child advocacy - ensuring the children their organization meets grow up in a loving family and are protected properly
Women empowerment - shaping a brighter future for young-women who have been raped, abused or neglected and empowering them with trade-skills, farming techniques and employment
Relief work - keeping people alive thorough nutritional aid or medical services
Spiritual mentorship - we are dedicated to introducing people to the real Jesus and showing them their hope in their heavenly father
At Project Orphans, they take a long-term approach to what they do and go beyond simple involvement in the lives of the children and people they serve.
They believe that every life matters and our passion is to see those they work with follow their heart, pursue their dreams, receive the love of the Father, and live life with purpose!
WHY PROJECT ORPHANS?
100% of all public donations are used directly to support the orphans and homes. This includes one -time gifts, monthly re-occurring gifts and sponsorships. Specifically for Education, Healthcare, School supplies, books, uniforms, clothing, utilities and transportation.
100% of our administrative and operating costs are fully funded by private donors, events and other profits. This includes but not limited to payroll, professional fees, office fees and supplies, credit card fees, events, marketing, travel, shipping, printing, and postage.
I donated the initial proceeds of my debut album to supporting Project Orphans and giving a child they serve life saving heart surgery. Trust me, I did my research. They're incredible!
World Vision works working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. For good. They're focused on transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of children. They provide emergency relief that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster.
They promote justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among whom we work. They partner with churches to contribute to spiritual and social transformation. They create public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement, and prayer. They're smart, efficient, and have a proven track record.
WHY WORLD VISION?
Ok, I know only 85% of every dollar donated goes toward the cause, and that falls slightly below my standards, but I made an exception for World Vision because the work they're doing is remarkable! They don't give a man a fish, they teach him how to fish. They're in it for the long haul and their work is proven.
If you're like me, and you're plumb tired of the outrageous level of commercial consumerism surrounding Christmas, put the reason back in the season, and World Vision can help. Since I learned about World Vision, I've been donating goats, chickens, and ducks to villages who need it in honor of a loved one. It's an awesome gift to give the people you have no idea what to get :)
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:11
PHOTO: On tour for the Thirst Project at The University of Florida!
Why Water Projects?
Almost 1 billion people on our planet do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. This means that women and children spend thousands of hours annually walking to collect dirty water from puddles, ponds, and swamps, which causes them to suffer from easily-preventable water-related diseases. Diarrhea and Dysentery kill more people every year than AIDS, Malaria, and all World-Violence combined.
These charities build freshwater wells in developing nations and impoverished communities to provide people with safe, clean water. 100% of all public gifts go directly to building freshwater wells.
Why Feeding America?
97% of your donation goes toward the solution!
Every dollar you donate helps provide 8 meals to families struggling with hunger.
As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, their food bank network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors in all 50 states.
Why The Los Angeles Mission?
Because I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves. I believe in giving generously to those who cannot repay you.
The LA Mission has been in operation for over 75 years and they're still providing hope, help, and opportunity to men, women, and children in need!
I urge you to research the homeless shelters in your area and get involved! You won't regret it!
There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slum housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need.
Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. We provide shelter and housing assistance to help these families recover.
PHOTO: Working the table saw (no joke!) at the Habitat for Humanity build. Click the right and left arrows to see more pics.