ImageWe can be critical.

In 2008 alone we complained about the misuse of "nonplussed"; railed against web concerns that barrage us with e-mail; decried texting while driving; whined about the prevalence of "myself"; chided narrow-minded demographers; lambasted marketing jive; pitied the fools who trust spell-check more than their eyes; mocked the malapropism-prone; rejected fear-based branding; and bemoaned preposterous applications of "literally." As some of you may recall, we even griped about jam.

And I'll admit that just now we were going to launch into a jeremiad on the recasting of "impact" as a verb — is it really so hard to say "have an impact?" Instead, we're going to get all positive on your ass and accentuate some of our favorite doers of good.

As you may have heard, the 501(c)(3) contingent has been hit even harder than our for-profit brethren during these craptastic economic times. Donors both institutional and individual are holding back. If you have even a few bucks to spare, please consider the following organizations as beneficiaries of your generosity. If, though, you've got no dough but you do have some time on your hands, perhaps you might look into volunteering at one of your local nonprofits.

Editorial Emergency forewent traditional holiday gifts for its clients this year. Instead, we made a donation on their behalf to Feeding America. The name pretty much says it all.

Following are (alphabetically arranged) links to a handful of other organizations we support wholeheartedly.

  • Beyond Shelter: Combating chronic poverty, welfare dependency and homelessness.
  • The Daniel Pearl Foundation: Promoting cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications.
  • Heifer International: Ending world hunger; passing on the gift; surrounding youngsters with ducklings.
  • Kiva: Facilitating microloans to specific entrepreneurs in the developing world, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • KMG: Empowering Ethiopian women and their communities in support of their right to be free of harmful customary practices and other forms of abuse.
  • Rock For Reading: Leveraging the power of rock to inspire literacy, motivating people to enrich their lives through reading.
  • TreePeople: Helping nature heal our cities.
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