As we near year’s end, many charitable organizations and nonprofits are amping up their fundraising efforts. As we all know, the holiday season is the time of year when most people do their annual giving. In fact, according to a 2012 GuideStar Survey, 50.5 percent of the organizations surveyed said that they received the majority of their contributions between October and December.
It is also this time of year that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the Nobel Peace Prize to the person who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses,” according to Alfred Nobel’s will.
Yesterday, two people were named the 2014 recipients for their commitment to their causes and for living according to their beliefs of making the world a better place for women and children.
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani 17-year-old and advocate for female education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, and 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi, a campaigner for an end to child labor from India were joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
These two exceptional people have not just talked the talk, but walked the walk. While so many charities focus on year-end giving, Yousafzai and Satyarthi have constantly advocated for many who don’t have a voice. And they don’t do this just at Christmas, they have dedicated their lives to it.
While many Americans donate their time and money once a year to organizations that help countries like Pakistan and India “industrialize” and “modernize,” what many don’t realize is that these “third-world” countries have advocates who are making a significant difference by being the voice for those who aren’t heard.
Here are some of the accomplishments of this year’s recipients:
Malala Yousafzai: Yousafzai, an activist for female education, is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Learn more about Yousafzai here:
Kailash Satyarthi: Satyarthi of India is a children’s rights advocate and an activist against child labor.
Learn more about Satyarthi here.
As we prepare for the wave of year-end giving, let’s keep the endeavors of Satyarthi and Yousafzai in mind. While we won’t all be setting out to end child labor and fight the Taliban, it is important to recognize the year-long, lifelong passions of bettering the world that so many dedicate their lives to.
Don’t hesitate to give to a cause you care about. Take a stand and give any time of the year. In the words of Yousafzai, “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.”