Photos of various causes. Women smiling at a radio studio, one in a wheelchair. torso of a woman wearing pink with a bright pink ribbon, a person's back with painted words "love shouldn' hurt", group of people in Filipino cultural regalia, two little Latina girls smiling, wearing pink shirts and eyeglasses.

Causes to Observe in October
Learn about 5 certified organizations


You may already know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but there are so many more!

We’ve made your search a little easier by compiling Our Promise’s Certified nonprofits that support these various causes.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year since 1968, September 15th to October 15th has been recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Check out our interview with La Familia Counseling Center here.

 Learn about more Certified Latino community nonprofits here.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The effects of COVID-19 stretch beyond the virus itself. Since the stay-at-home orders this year, some state domestic violence hotlines have experienced more than a 50% drop in calls. This doesn’t mean that intimate partner violence has been curbed – it means that victims are not comfortable reporting their partners. (According to New England Journal of Medicine article.)

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to provide domestic violence resources.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

This year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA.​ Each October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988, and changed the commemoration to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.​

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to support the employment of people with disabilities.

Learn more about NDEAM during our interview with Resources for Independent Living on Oct. 8)

Filipino American Heritage Month

Filipino Americans are the second-largest Asian American group in the nation and the third-largest ethnic group in California, after Latinas/os and African Americans. The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California.

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that support the Filipino American community.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Founded in 1985, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.​

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to provide breast cancer resources.

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