Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feel-Good Giving

Once again, we present our annual list of comics and film-related organizations that can use your support. Check them out, then consider making a monetary donation, offering an in-kind contribution, or giving a gift membership (or all three). Remember: donations are often tax-deductible. Happy holidays!

The Actors Fund offers social services and financial assistance to those in the performing arts

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University houses more than a quarter of a million original cartoons as well as the largest collection of newspaper comic strip tear sheets and clippings in the world.

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is the only museum in the western United States focused on the preservation and exhibition of a variety of original cartoon and comic art.

The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont offers two-year courses in the art of cartooning with the aim of helping students self-publish and market their work.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., celebrates the life and career of the late Peanuts creator.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund works to promote free speech and advocates against censorship of comics through educational outreach, advocacy, and legal aid.

Child’s Play provides video games and toys to children in hospitals around the world.

The Film Foundation supports efforts to preserve and restore motion pictures.

The Hero Initiative provides emergency financial help to cartoonists and comic book creators.

Created by Jillian Kirby, granddaughter of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby, the Kirby4Heroes Campaign supports the efforts of the Hero Initiative.

The National Film Preservation Foundation awards grants to museums and other institutions working on protect America's film heritage.

The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles and New York City explores the history and cultural impacts made by television, radio, and emerging outlets.

The Society of Illustrators, which also includes the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), in New York City promotes the art of illustration through it exhibitions and programming.

The Toonseum in Pittsburgh exhibits original cartoon art and hosts a variety of related events year-round.

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco chronicles the life story of the famed animator and director.

(Image: Richie Rich (Macaulay Culkin) riding high after making a few online donations to his favorite nonprofits. Warner Bros.)

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