Editor’s note: One very important aspect of a free society is charity. Organizations that do good and people who need help rely on the giving of others to sustain themselves. Since we at TOL advocate for a free society, we also advocate for giving, particularly around the holiday season. With that spirit in mind, we are going to spend this week telling you about our favorite charitable organizations to help guide some of your end-of-the-year giving. Check out Crissy’s recommendations! If you’re hankering for more giving, check out the rest of our giving series!
There is an organization for every shade and flavor of personality type, and an uncountable number of causes and non-profits worthy of donation. Children (and probably animals) are always remembered, the economy and threat of future instability forgotten. It’s not exactly a cheery topic, so you can hardly blame people for not reminding everyone about the national debt in their Christmas cards. But, if you happen to be the type of person who is fed up with the current political climate and eager to see sweeping changes in government, you can still make a difference this holiday without annoying all your in-laws. Invest in a student activism organization – it’s like investing in the future.
There are several student organizations that exist with the sole purpose of educating students about economic freedom and fiscal responsibility, and mobilizing them to in turn educate their fellow students. Having worked with many of them as a field representative for the Leadership Institute, I can honestly say some are better than others. If your charity of spirit drives you to make a contribution to this cause, here are three of my favorite national organizations, in no particular order:
1. Young Americans for Liberty
Young Americans for Liberty is an issues-based organization that is proud to say they are “the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses.” These chapters focus on doing a lot of political activism events on campus, like free speech walls or national debt signs, but they also will host debates and bring guest speakers on campus. YAL hosts an exclusive national convention in D.C. every summer and a handful of regional conferences that strive to give students the tools they need to be effective activists committed to “winning on principle.” I got my start in the liberty movement by joining YAL, but I’m not biased at all when I say they are truly great at what they do.
2. Turning Point USA
This organization concentrates on educating the youth about fiscal responsibility, free-markets, and capitalism. Turning Point is still new and developing, but they have an active columnist page and several student chapters sprouting up, mostly in the Midwest. They are unique in that they also help students form groups at high schools, and many of the college chapters that form start student papers, using the written word as a means of activism. TPUSA is gaining momentum as a non-profit and has the potential to fill the need for a solely pro-capitalism student group.
3. Students For Liberty
Students For Liberty does have student chapters on campus that will host debates and dabble in activism, but that is not the focus of the organization. In their own words: “SFL is not a top down, chapter based, or membership organization. Instead SFL functions as a network of pro-liberty students from a wide diversity of locations and backgrounds.” This organization fundamentally exists to empower students who support academic, intellectual, and economic freedom. Thousands of students come every year to the international convention they host in DC in February, many of whom are not inclined towards student activism or working in politics but still wish to know more about economic freedom.
Investing in the people who are aligning themselves to fight on our side (that is, the people who will fight for everyone’s rights) in the political arena is like giving every American a gift this holiday season. It’s an easy way to make a difference, and I don’t want to be a holiday buzzkill but, have you seen the national debt lately?