Organizations that feel like family
Supporting organizations that are doing important work in the world is one of my greatest passions. Below you’ll find those that are most near and dear to my heart.
An organization dedicated to finding treatments and cures for ALS, Augie’s Quest was founded by Augie Nieto who is best known for his role in shaping today’s fitness world as the co-founder and CEO of Life Fitness. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and quickly realized that this condition lacked the critical support and widespread research need to find effective treatments and cures. On a mission to find a cure, he co-founded Augie’s Quest. Through events, partnerships, and fundraising activities around the globe, he continues to raise money to fund cutting edge ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
ChildrensRights.org is a national watchdog organization advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children in the United States. With too many children living in dangerous situations or languish in institutions being shuffled between multiple homes or torn from siblings, Children’s Rights was founded to use the law to hold governments accountable and to defend thousands of kids when the foster systems fail. They’ve initiated child welfare reform in more than a dozen states and as a result kids are safer nationwide.
Help Us Adopt
A national non-profit, Help Us Adopt is a grant program that helps couples or individuals with the cost of their adoptions regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, marital status, or sexual orientation. Husband and wife co-founders Becky and Kipp Fawcett found there to be very little financial assistance with adoption when their attempts at natural pregnancy and IVF failed to bring them a child they so deeply desired. Not only that, but there was no organization in existence that would help families complete their adoptions, only grants that allowed families to continue the adoption process. So, they founded HelpUsAdopt.org to fill an important void in world of adoption.
The Alzheimer’s Association
Founded in 1980 by a group of family caregivers and individuals interested in research, the Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national, and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With chapters across the nation, the organization reaches millions around the world to pioneer for critical research, educate others about cognitive health and prevention, and provides essential resources both online and in-person for those in need.
The Humane Society
Acting as the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, The Human Society provides hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year. They are driving transformational change in the United States and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts, and wildlife trade. It’s thanks to organizations like The Human Society that my dog Zara was rescued and brought to the set of the Today Show, where it was truly love at first sight. My life wouldn’t be the same without her.