There are so many organizations that make a huge difference. I'm not suggesting that my cause, mental health (bipolar), is any better than any other cause. It's just the one that impacts me most directly. I did a little research on mental health organizations. This is the best article that I could find on this subject.
I wanted the organization to have a simple mission that I could clearly articulate. I also wanted 100% of the money to go towards mental health.
I ended up choosing the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Since 1987 the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has funded over $380,000,000 worth of brain research. That's more than any other non-governmental organization. These grants to scientists all over the world have led to many mental health breakthroughs and innovations. Brain research is critical to understanding the causes and treatments of all mental illnesses including bipolar. Certainly all of these mental health innovations cost a pretty penny? Well two family foundations cover all of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation's overhead.
There are 2 ways on Amazon that you can contribute to mental health, a cause that affects about 20% of the population. Both ways are free and easy.
1. I'm not breaking any new ground here because this has been around a long time. Many people use it to contribute money to their schools. Just clink on this link. You'll choose your organization.
Each time that you shop check the URL and make sure it says Amazon Smile. If you type "smile" you should see the correct URL.
2. You may or may not know that Amazon has a Local Associates program for small local businesses. It's certainly nothing to write home about, but I have my own Amazon page because I'm super small and super local. I've listed some fitness products that I use and like. When you shop on my page, you are shopping for a great cause. Here's the link to my page.
If you are shopping with a mobile device, you can use this qr code to access my page as well.
The good thing is that you don't have to shop from my list. That would be very limiting and extremely one dimensional. You can shop for anything. You will have the same great shopping experience as you always do on Amazon. Much like Amazon Smile, when you return to my page make sure that you see the correct URL. It should say "michaelfitlife".
3. Smile versus Local Associates. With Smile a half of one percent (0.5%) goes to your cause. You can do better and your money will go farther on Local Associates.
Click on the link below. Please scroll down until you reach Table 1 - Fixed Standard Program Fee Rates For Specific Product Categories. You can earn up to 10% on eligible purchases. If you scroll down again to Table 2 -Bounty Events And Special Program Fees, you can earn $3 to $5 on services that Amazon provides.
If you decide to do Local Associates, please let me know so I can thank you and keep you up to date on how much money we have raised for mental health.