PROSOCIAL LINKS

(last updated: September 2010 by Lauren Cauldwell) 

INTRODUCTION

When I wrote The Banality of Good and Evil: Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition (Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press: 1999), I inserted a "List of Prosocial Sources on the Web," feeling that the Internet would become the major source for knowledge in the next generation. My suspicions proved correct; students readily submit papers with URLs as footnotes. This is a good thing, for the Internet allows us to discover new knowledge more quickly as well as to update the knowledge we offer more efficiently.

Some of the sources I listed in Banality in 1998 when that section was written became obsolete; others disappeared; and many more new sources developed as the web sprouted like Jack's beanstalk. Accordingly, when I taught this material in the fall of 1999, a scant few months after publication of the book, I asked students to check my list, to offer new listings, and then to draw up categories. This website, entitled Prosocial Links represents the work of their hands modified by me. I wish to thank the students of my "Evil" class for their help in this and, at the same time, invite anyone who visits this site to send me corrections and additons which I will put up as soon as I have time (reldrb@emory.edu).

In grouping these websites into categories, I have had to create rubrics and make decisions about what belongs where. To be sure, many of these wonderful organizations should be categorized under two or three rubrics, and I have done so for a few. Further, as the list expands, new categories will have to be created to keep the individual rubrics from becoming too big and for the purpose of clarity. The work is far from perfect or systematic. I expect to keep this page updated and I welcome suggestions.

Most importantly, I hope that this website will serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration to those who visit it.

Many, many thanks to Lauren Caldwell, a former student, who put in the time to update these pages.

 

 WEBSITES BY CATEGORY

BUSINESS AND PHILANTHROPY (see also VOLUNTEERING)

http://www.socialinvest.org/

Website detailing Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for individuals, corporations, universities, hospitals, foundations, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, churches, and synagogues. SRI incorporates the investor's financial needs as well as the investor's impact on society. This site details how one can get information and consultation on SRI, as well as some statistics about the socially responsible investing movement and its growth.

http://www.bsr.org/

Site of Business for Social Responsibility, an organization for businesses concerned with demonstrating respect for ethical values, people, communities, and the environment through socially responsible business policies and practices. They hold very good conferences with business leaders who speak on their work. It is expensive to join, though not for a corporation.

 

http://www.echoinggreen.org/

Echoing green applies a venture capital approach to philanthropy by providing seed money and technical support to individuals creating innovative public service organizations or projects that seek to catalyze positive social change. The concept is to invest in projects at an early stage and provide support to help the organizations grow beyond start-up. Goals include improving the leadership of nonprofit organizations, encouraging business leaders to contribute to society through social enterprise, and to educate more people about social enterprise.

http://www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/

Harvard Business School initiative to create two way learning between the business and the social sector. Strategies such as practice based research, educational programs, products for nonprofit organizations and their leaders, learning and service opportunities for the School's MBA students, and programs for HBS alumni and other business leaders are employed to support lifelong engagement in social enterprise. Site mostly details HBS's effort towards this goal, but can be a model or an associate for schools interested in starting similar programs.

http://www.worldbank.org/

Literally a world bank made up of five closely associated financial institutions, the World Bank provides loans and other financial services only to the poorest countries. The World Bank organization strives to help people help themselves and to stimulate economic growth. Their goals are big, but they are dedicated to long term help and development, not short term fixes.

http://www.charities.org/

America's Charities' goal is to provide member charities with the necessary resources to meet needs impacting human service, health and education, civil and human rights, and the environment.

http://www.charitywatch.org/

Web home of the, American Institute of Philanthropy which provides a charity watchdog service and gives tips for giving wisely. If you become a member, they send a quarterly report on how about 400 charities spend their donated money.

 

http://www.actiondonation.org/articles/Charity_during_a_disaster.html

A page on charities that help people during disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, fires tornadoes and floods.

http://www.guidestar.org/index.html

A database of over 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States, with info about their operations and finances. You can donate online and also find charities that need volunteers.

http://www.unitedway.org/

This is the website of the United Way of America. It contains links to local United Way organizations, and it shows how the United Way system works.

http://www.giraffe.org/ziv_tzedakah.htm

Site of the Ziv Tsedakah Project which combines the Giraffe philosophy with Jewish charity. This site needs to be developed.


EDUCATION (see also CHILDREN)

http://www.giraffe.org/

Site of the Giraffe Project. One of the best site for prosocial resources on the net. The Project, designed to give publicity to people "who stick out their necks" to do good, is described together with profiles. The K-12 curriculum for prosocial education is also displayed alongside television programming and publications. They also have great links to individual "Giraffes" and other organizations dealing with: the dangers of tobacco, environmental hazards, performers who go to hospitals, prevention of sexual abuse and abduction, racism, the arts, disabilities, and hunger. The links page (/links.html) also includes a section for children!

http://education.une.edu/educating-the-whole-child/

A look into the Whole Child Initiative which promotes making sure that all of a child's  needs are met in school educationally, intellectually, physically emotionally and socially so they can grow into a complete person.

http://www.compact.org/

Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service. The organization's intent is to make the goal of colleges and universities to prepare students to be active, committed, and informed citizens and leaders in the community. Presidents, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to promote a renewed vision for higher education, support the civic development of students, and make the campus an active and engaged member of its community.

http://www.aips.org/

The American Institute for Public Service presents the Jefferson awards which were started to rebuild public trust and encourage community involvement by saluting the "Best of America" -- today's heroes. The award is presented on two levels: locally and nationally. On the local level the award is presented to people who do extraordinary things without expectation of reward. They are nominated through a nationwide network of 51 media sponsors, radio stations, newspapers, and cable systems. These media sponsors solicit nominations of individuals who work to better their communities through volunteer and community service. On the national level the recipients are individuals whose public service has impacted the country as a whole.

http://www.alternativebreaks.com/

Break Away's mission is to promote service on the local, regional, national, and international levels through break oriented programs which immerse students in often vastly different cultures, heighten social awareness, and advocate life long social action. This nonprofit organization serves as a national resource on alternative break programs. Break Away's vision is to have every college student in the nation participate in an alternative break program during their undergraduate careers.

http://www.kindnessinc.org/

Dr. Chuck Wall, Ph.D. promotes committing random acts of kindness as a way to end senseless violence. They recognize that kindness does not need to be premeditated or planned, but people should commit to perform at least one random act of kindness daily. This program is promoted and modeled in classrooms.

 

http://www.nsee.org/

The National Society for Experiential Education works towards changing the face of education as we know it. This organization emphasizes experiential learning as the best way for kids to learn not only required material, but also key concepts for living a prosocial life. This website discusses its service learning ideals, and provides many links for the different facets of the long-standing organization.

 

http://www.ethics.org/

Home page of the Ethics Resource Center -- dedicated to being "a leader and catalyst in fostering ethical practices in individuals and institutions." They have a Character Development program for schools and a Consulting and Technical Assistance Program designed to inject ethics into the workplace, community, and industry.

 

http://www.hospitalaudiences.org/

Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1969. The goal of HAI is to provide access to the arts by bringing people who are isolated from the cultural mainstream as a result of a medical condition to cultural institutions, or by presenting the arts directly to them while they are in the institutions. HAI has a second goal that it wishes to accomplish through the arts. Using the arts as its medium, HAI wishes to bring life-saving information and decision-making skills regarding critical public health issues, (such as HIV / AIDS, TB, violence prevention and homelessness) to the public as well as those living in housing for special populations, mental health facilities, hospitals, and shelters.

http://www.adbusters.org/home/

Their goal is education. They want to help show others what is exactly going on behind the noise of promotion. Adbusters also has their own ad agency that will take up an individual or group advertising needs if the cause is right. The goal is to motivate and educate. Get people moving away from their lazy lives that just accept what's thrown at them by the large corporations.

http://www.eq.org/

EQ is devoted to emotional intelligence. Their goal is to learn about emotional intelligence which is that which «motivates us to pursue our unique potential and purpose, and activates our innermost values and aspirations, transforming them from things we think about to what we live." In other words, from in the head to outside of it an into action.

 

http://www.nylc.org/

The NYLC's goal is to implement change in the way schools are run. They operate under the idea that service learning is and should be an integral part of youth and growing up. NYLC will teach or provide teaching aids to an individual's school to help the teachers motivate the students to participate in their communities.

http://www.americaspromise.org/

Colin Powells' organization is dedicated to helping every child in America achieve success in their lives. At the core of their program are five promises:

1. an ongoing relationship with a caring adult -- parent, mentor, tutor or coach

2. an safe place with structured activities during non-school hours

3. a healthy start

4. a marketable skill through effective education

5. an opportunity to give back through community service.

 

http://www.wiseskills.com

The site of Wise Skills, a character education program for K-8.

http://www.facing.org/

Site of Facing History and Ourselves, an organization, with a regular journal, that draws up school units on human rights and social justice based on material from the shoah. They are sometimes attacked for "using" the shoah but their efforts are highly to be commended.

 

STUDIES ON ALTRUISM

http://www.humboldt.edu/~altruism/altru.htm

Site of the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute run by Professors Samuel and Pearl Oliner. The project, which is the main source for systematic knowledge of people who rescued Jews during the holocaust, is described, publications listed, and plans displayed.

http://www.altruists.org/about/altruism/

A guide that helps define and explain Altruism in an effort to re-establish it as a social norm.

http://www.humboldt.edu/~altruism/further.htm

Links page of the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute. Very broad range of interests, biographies, studies, etc.

http://www.emory.edu/UDR/BLUMENTHAL/index2.html

A collection of my own articles on the subject of doing good and evil. Some precede the publication of The Banality of Good and Evil: Moral Lessons from the Shoah and Jewish Tradition, and some grow out of that work.

 

FOR CHILDREN (see also EDUCATION)

http://www.connectforkids.org/

Guide for parents who want to help their kids do prosocial acts. The site gives advice and lists local chapters all over the U. S.

http://www.cwla.org/

Child Welfare League of America is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's families. This site contains the web's first National Data Analysis System (NDAS), housing child welfare statistics. Includes links to: Publications, Programs, Conferences & Trainings, Consultations.

http://www.nhsa.org/

The National Head Start Association is a private not for profit membership organization representing the 835,000 children, upwards of 170,000 staff and 2,051 Head Start programs in America. The website provides information on membership, meetings & events, research & evaluation, government affairs and publications. The NHSA's main concern is with early childhood development.

http://www.areyouintoit.com/

Are you into it? is a program for kids who care. It provides ideas about how to volunteer and also gives categories that might be of interest, i.e., violence, racism, hunger, education, etc. This is a place for children, young and old, to post their volunteer stories and make their own web page. It is linked with the 4-H organization which was designed to teach better home economics and agricultural techniques.

http://www.edweek.org/

This center conducts research, develops programs, and supports educational change that fosters children's ethical, social, and intellectual development.

http://www.caseyfamilyservices.org/

This organization serves children, families, and communities in need in various activities.

http://www.conductdisorders.com/

This organization gives support and helps to serve parents who have children afflicted with ADHD, AD, ODD, CD, Depression, OCK, RAD, Bi-polar disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Conduct Disorders.

http://www.nichcy.org/

NICHCY is a national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability related issues. Children and youth, from birth to age 22 are their primary focus.

 

http://www.bbbsi.org/

Web home of Big Brothers Big Sisters International, a program promoting caring relationships between two people. In this program people learn how to be intimate with someone and how to foster a loving, caring relationship.

 

http://www.standupforkids.org/

An organization dedicated to helping get kids off the street. The program runs entirely on volunteer work. You can register to volunteer online. There are a lot of good stories about how kids are helped posted on the site.

 

http://www.nationalcasa.org/

This website deals with a different CASA than the one listed above. Here, CASA is actually the National CASA Association, which stands for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. This organization began as a result of concern over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information. It utilizes trained community volunteers to speak for the children's best interest in court.

 

http://www.stopschoolviolence.com/

This group supports improvement of the "zero tolerance" rule as well as enforcement of it within every high school. They teach tolerance to students in order to suppress school violence, providing advice and seminars on mediation.

 

 

VOLUNTEERING (see also BUSINESS AND PHILANTHROPY)

http://www.cool2serve.org/

The Campus Outreach program has initiated in order to get college students involved in community service and prosocial action and ideals. The premise is that college students have the abilities and the energy to do great things for the future world in which they will live. Instead of living inside a the university bubble, they spread the sense of urgency necessity for students to participate in the development of these ideals in our society, and provide a forum in which to become active.

http://www.impactonline.org

Site of an organization that cultivates and aids volunteering on line, including a matching service for volunteers and those in need -- a real data base of volunteers.

http://www.servenet.org/

This site is committed to the ideals of service, empowering individuals and strengthening institutions. It wishes to become a resource center for 200+ organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for youth to serve locally, nationally, or globally. Provides youth service organizations and media with information and research on the best practices, resources, and opportunities in the field of youth service nationally, or globally. Provides youth service organizations and media with information and research on the best practices, resources, and opportunities in the field of youth service.

http://www.idealist.org/

Idealist is a "project of action without borders." You can search or browse through a database of 20,000 nonprofit organizations in 140 countries, learn about jobs and internships with these organizations, learn about volunteer opportunities, and learn of different tools for nonprofit organizations.

http://www.internships.com/

A commercial site that produces books on internships and temporary employment in various places in the United States.

http://www.voa.org/

Site of Volunteers of America, one of the oldest human service organizations in the US with roots in Christian mission. They service the elderly, poor, disabled, victims of substance abuse, and ex-offenders.

 

http://www.guidestar.org/index.html

A database of over 620,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States, with info about their operations and finances. You can donate online and also find charities that need volunteers.

 

http://www.peacecorps.gov/home.html

Home of the United States Peace Corps, a body that enables young people to spend two years abroad helping in underdeveloped countries. Thousands of graduates have gone on to distinguished careers in public service.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS, REFUGEES, PEACE

http://www.amnesty.org/

Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards. In particular, Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience; ensure fair and prompt trials for political prisoners; abolish the death penalty, torture and other cruel treatment of prisoners; end political killings and "disappearances"; and oppose human rights abuses by opposition groups (drawn from the site). The site details information on the organization's activities and instances of human rights violations, as well as providing a place for people interested in getting involved to volunteer.

http://www.ifor.org/

The International Fellowship of Reconciliation is an old interfaith peace and justice organization. IFOR has carried on programs and educational projects concerned with domestic and international peace and justice, nonviolent alternatives to conflict, and the rights of conscience. It has affiliates in over 40 countries. This website lists a series of programs, periodicals, education & training, as well as providing the list of affiliates by country.

http://www.yap.org/

Youth Action for Peace. Finally, a site designed for the younger ones! YAP has been around since WWI, and is an international movement. There are three main types of activities carried out by YAP: volunteer exchanges, seminars and training, and, peace and development education.

 

http://www.globalpeaceservices.org/

Global Peace Services USA is a movement to create a professional peace service by promoting education and skills-training for men and women based on the philosophy of active nonviolence. This program equips people to:

*manage, resolve, and transform conflicts

*provide preventive measures against the eruption of violence

*help rebuild and sustain communities suffering from violence

*protect the environment and help reclaim damaged ecosystems They have working groups in education, link creating, religious dialogue, military dialogue, united nations, and Africa.

 

PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH (see also CHILDREN)

http://www.dwb.org/

Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, is the world's largest independent international medical relief agency aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man made disasters, and others who lack health care due to geographic remoteness or ethnic marginalization. They have publications, areas on how to help this effort, volunteer information, and special reports of pertinent world news. When the medical assistance is not enough to save the lives, Doctors Without Borders will speak out against human rights abuses and violations of humanitarian laws.

http://www.korrnet.org/

Site of East Tennessee branch of the National Coalition Building Institute. The national office has no website at this time. The goals of the organization -- prejudice reduction, multiculturalism, antidiscrimination, etc. -- are explained and local workshops listed.

http://www.caseyfamilyservices.org/

This organization serves children, families, and communities in need in various activities.

http://www.conductdisorders.com/

This organization gives support and helps to serve parents who have children afflicted with ADHD, AD, ODD, CD, Depression, OCK, RAD, Bi-polar disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Conduct Disorders.

http://www.nichcy.org/

NICHCY is a national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability related issues. Children and youth, from birth to age 22 are their primary focus.

 

http://www.crime-prevention-intl.org/

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) is international organization that focuses on the reduction of crimes, violence and delinquency. This group works with other cities to implement programs to teach tolerance and crime prevention.

 

 

http://www.duila.org/

Drug Abuse is Life Abuse provides education and support for the youth in urban cities teaching them about the dangers of drugs and gangs.

http://www.seva.org/

A non-profit organization that takes the medical advancements of the western hemisphere and takes it to those in the east who are not as technically advanced and for those who cannot afford treatments of this kind. They claim not to be a "hit and run" service that comes in and leaves, but as a group that works with the community for as long as needed.

 

http://www.hospitalaudiences.org/

Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1969. Thc goal of HAI is to provide access to the arts by bringing people who are isolated from the cultural mainstream as a result of a medical condition to cultural institutions, or by presenting the arts directly to them while they are in the institutions. HAI has a second goal that it wishes to accomplish through the arts. Using the arts as its medium, HAI wishes to bring life-saving information and decision-making skills regarding critical public health issues, (such as HIV / AIDS, TB, violence prevention and homelessness), to the public as well as those living in housing for special populations, mental health facilities, hospitals, and shelters.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/dvp.htm

This CDC run program aims towards the prevention of violence. Included in their goals are youth violence, abuse, and suicide. Statistics are given to show the prevalence of these issues, and as a result, the impact this program may have on our societies. A list of current projects is given, as well as a list of links to articles and publications pertaining to these issues.

http://www.secondwind.org/

Second wind is focused on showing respect for and enhancing the quality of life of senior citizens.

http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/

Greenpeace creatively and constructively confronts global environmental issues.

http://www.adultchildren.org/

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization is a nonprofit agency organized to maintain services for those seeking the means for dealing with the emotional disease of family alcoholism. The sites provides access to workshops, meetings, and literature.

http://www.phf.org/

The Public Health Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. Building on 30 years of experience, PHF assists health agencies and other community health system organizations by providing objective information in areas such as health improvement planning, understanding and using data, and improving performance.

http://www.stopschoolviolence.com/

This group supports improvement of the "zero tolerance" rule as well as enforcement of it within every high school. They teach tolerance to students in order to suppress school violence, providing advice and seminars on mediation.

http://www.stopthehate.org/

This site is a task force designed to expose crimes of injustice. Visitors may share in their experiences of hate crimes and are given advice. This site also suggest programs to end hate crimes.

http://www.splcenter.org/

Home of the Southern Poverty Law Center which, among many things, keeps KlanWatch on the Klu Klux Klan and other hate groups.

http://www.hatewatch.org/

HateWatch is an educational resource combating online bigotry. This site is a great source for going through the myriad sources of disseminated hate on the web. Although it raises issues about free speech and the darker side of the web, it is an excellent locator of sites to be concerned about.

 

http://www.injury-settlement-guide.com/hate-crimes-injury-guide.html

Laws, cases, statistics, and psychology on all kinds of hate crimes on groups across the spectrum.

 

HUNGER, POVERTY, AND HOMELESSNESS

http://www.thehungersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/HungerSite

The Hunger Site allows a visitor to the web page to click on a button to donate free food to those in need (sponsors pay for your donations which you can make once every day). The donated food is distributed through the United Nations World Food Program. Additional help can be given if one decides to find more companies who are willing and financially able to sponsor the hunger site for ten days or more.

http://www.usa-people-search.com/content-helping-the-homelessa-comprehensive-collection-of-resources.aspx

Helping the homeless- A comprehensive collection of resources on the problem, statistics, health issues, laws, shelters and programs aimed at helping the homeless.

 

http://www.heifer.org/

The Heifer Project offers hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant by providing heifers and education as to their care. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing, and communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. The project also teaches farmers sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques. The program is designed so that a family's heifer's female calves are given to other needy families so that they too can become self sufficient. The program now offers more than just cows and the web site details the project, and offers an opportunity for volunteers to offer help financially or through service.

http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/hunger.html

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) supplies food for hungry people, seeds, tools and training for agriculture, and aids in the development of poor countries. UMCOR helps people start small businesses and supports water, reforestation, literacy, and health programs in its long term effort to eradicate poverty. The web site describes the organization and its goals, as well as providing information to those who are interested in helping or donating funds.

http://www.bread.org/

Bread for the World is a 25 year old Christian organization dedicated to ending world hunger. 44,000 members strong, they focus on the power of citizenry to positively affect support policies to eradicate the root causes of hunger. This site provides links to such issues, as well as providing links to publications and Congress. Included are tips on how to help, and the basic issues concerning hunger.

http://www.hungerhurts.org/

This organization strives to bring attention to those who are in need. This group tries to educate and motivate people to get involved in preventing hunger. They began after hearing about a story of a boy who was sad after a lecture on the food groups. When asked why he was sad, he said that he was hungry. When asked why he didn't eat the night before, he replied, "It wasn't my turn."

 

http://www.habitat.org/

Site of Habitat for Humanity which builds houses for the poor all over the world.

 

http://www.cnt.org/

Home of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. They develop self-sufficient neighborhood economies, teaching appropriate technologies to help create a sustainable environment on the local level. Rooted in Chicago, it has a housing abandonment warning system for Chicago's neighborhoods and an initiative to re-craft the relationship between metropolitan areas and the federal government.