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Causes to Observe in December
'Tis the Season for Compassion


December hosts plenty of important causes and health-related observances. We’ve made your search a little easier by compiling Our Promise’s Certified nonprofits that support these various causes.

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World AIDS Day – Dec. 1

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward ending the HIV epidemic.

Search Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

National Handwashing Awareness Week – Dec 1 – 7

December 1 – 7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week. According to the CDC, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Especially now during the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading.​

Search Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to support public health.

Learn more about the CDC’s Handwashing Campaign here.

Human Rights Day – Dec. 10

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

Learn more about Human Rights Day here.

Human Rights Month

Universal Human Rights Month, a time for people in the United States and around the world to join together and stand up for the rights and dignity of all individuals.​ 

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that work in human rights.

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

On Dec. 25, 2018, 35 people died in drunk driving crashes.Every December since 1981 has been proclaimed National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, in an effort to curb the increase of drunken driving deaths in the United States.

Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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