We're so excited to celebrate our wedding with friends and family, and we hope to use the happy occasion to raise money for causes that are close to our hearts. If you were thinking about buying us a gift, please consider donating to one of these non-profits instead - or if you have a cause that is important to you, feel free to contribute to that and let us know! Here's some information on our charities:
BARD COLLEGE - We both work at Bard and are deep believers in its mission, which serves students here in New York, throughout the U.S. at Bard's High School/Early Colleges and prison education programs, and around the world at Bard's schools in the West Bank, Berlin, Bishkek, Budapest, St. Petersburg, and elsewhere. A donation helps keep the lights on - in both a literal and figurative sense - at this institution we love so much.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD - In the Fall of 2017 we ran the New York Marathon together (well, Mackie a few minutes ahead of David) to benefit Planned Parenthood. The support that this organization provides to people who often have nowhere else to turn is incredibly important.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH - In times of turmoil here in America and around the world, we admire the important work that Human Rights Watch does to raise awareness about important issues and advocate for those in need.
VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO - Whether you contribute to VPR or any local independent news source, these organizations do crucial work and rely more and more on donations. David's sister, Jane, works at VPR - so a donation here could shorten the length of this year's pledge drive!
ASPCA - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a wonderful organization that helps in rescue, adoption, and welfare. Mackie's sister Hannah is a veterinarian and knows well the good that the ASPCA does every day!