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Causes to Observe in January


Collage of photos: Martin Luther King, Jr., a closeup of an eye with glaucoma, hands reading Braille, a pregnant woman's torso, a white appearing man wearing safety goggles mentoring a young Black man wearing goggles.

The new year is a great time to start learning about important causes and health-related observances as well as the nonprofits that support them. We’ve made your search a little easier by compiling Our Promise’s Certified nonprofits that support these various causes.


National Poverty in America Awareness Month

More than 40 million Americans live in poverty, but we can eradicate poverty. As Nelson Mandela said, “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.” While poverty is a complex social issue, you can make a significant difference through workplace giving.

Search Certified Nonprofit organizations that work to eradicate poverty by providing:

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is a time to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. More than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

Search Certified Nonprofit organizations that focus on cancer research and support for patients and survivors.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is also an important time to spread the word about glaucoma, a sight-stealing disease. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.​

Learn about the Glaucoma Research Foundation here.

National Birth Defect Prevention Month

About 1 in 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect each year, according to the CDC. Common birth defects include congenital heart defects, cleft lip and left palate and spina bifida.

Learn about the March of Dimes activities for National Birth Defect Prevention Month here.

Click here to find and support your local March of Dimes.

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002 by President George W. Bush to encourage people to contact their mentors directly to express appreciation, become a mentor in their own community, make a financial contribution to a local mentoring program, or post a tribute on social media.

Search Certified Nonprofit organizations that list mentoring as a vital function of their work.

World Braille Day – Jan. 4

World Braille Day is celebrated annually on January 4th in honor of Louis Braille, the inventor of braille who was born on this day in 1809.  The day also serves as a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for people who are blind or have low-vision.

Learn about organizations that serve people who are blind or have low-vision.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Jan. 18

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Search for Certified Nonprofit organizations that work in human rights.

Please remember that Our Promise donors are able to make a donation to ANY nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status. Find thousands of other nonprofit organizations certified through Our Promise. Find more here.