While doing Google research to generate my list of charities, I saw a lot of discussions leaning one way or the other on the subject of pagan charities. Either we don’t need specifically pagan-run charities, or we do. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of middle-ground discussion.
On the one hand, who but pagans and pagan-friendly people would donate to an obviously pagan charity? Unfortunately, there are too few friendly non-pagans in this world, probably fewer than we like to think. Could an openly pagan-run charity even be able to thrive? One or two charities that I found (see the links below) have been around for more than a decade, which is a good indication that there is the possibility of success. But with so few charities to begin with, it’s difficult to tell.
On the other hand, a pagan charity would promote an image at odds with the image many people seem to have of pagans–that of the evil devil worshipers. But then we get into issues of proselytizing. Many religious charities do appear to proselytize and promote their religion or their version of their religion. Since [the majority of] pagans don’t proselytize, it opens the question of whether an openly pagan charity would be proselytizing or not.
Circle Sanctuary has a list of pagan charities and groups that hold charitable events on their website. I checked to make sure all the links are still good. The links for Lovecry and Correllian are bad, however, but they might be able to be found elsewhere. There are a number of charities that are interesting and a number that have the word “pagan” in their names.
Theologies of Immanence have a list of pagan-friendly charities on their website that are friendly to pagans (duh) but which aren’t strictly pagan or necessarily operating from general pagan religious views.
Now for my schtick about giving: although the holidays are over for now, please don’t forget that there are people out there who are in need at all times of the year. Believe me, I know full well that the times are hard right now for many people. But giving to others, even just a few dollars, can help to make a difference. A few dollars can buy a bit of food for a hungry person. You don’t have to give a lot to help someone; just give what you can, when you can, and that will always be enough.