Every year we give about $12,000, spread around three, sometimes four charities. This list hasn't changed for several years::
(1) The Fistula Foundation, which basically heals African women who've been hurt during childbirth and now constantly leak urine and feces. Their families and villages banish them, thinking it's a curse from god, and the surgeries give them their lives back.
(2) 826 Valencia Founded by author-and-other things Dave Eggers, 826 (named for its address in downtown SF) tutors and mentors public school students in writing and reading, and publishes the books that come of it. Click on the link, learn about it, and you'll be as impressed... as we are.
(3) The Carter Center
The Carter Center tackles the difficult, ugly, and often dangerous causes that other groups ignore. It is solely responsible for nearly wiping out guinea worm disease in Africa; and expects the wipeout to be complete within 3 years. The Carter Center is efficient (using only one staff member per location/cause, and giving the skills and tools and funding so that native groups can wage the fight themselves). There is so much more, too. Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter ride their bicycles four to six days a week when they're home in Georgia. That has nothing to do with anything, but you might find that interesting. cartercenter.org We give The Carter Center $2,000 to $2,500 every year.
There are so many other worthy charities, as well as hundreds of unworthy ones. That we know, but we try to stay focused, so our contributions actually matter. No reason to give $1.00 to each of 12,000 charities. Who does that help?WE'RE RELUCTANT TO FUND YOUR BIKE RIDE TO RAISE AWARENESS. The $ would have to come from these charities. You are free to try to make your case, but we're skeptical from the get-go. We always encourage you to fund your own adventures, as we do ours!