Today, on Giving Tuesday, we pause to contribute to charitable organizations that are meaningful to us. Keeping these groups in mind is important year-round, of course, but today is set apart on the calendar-right after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday-as a reminder to donate during this giving season.

Every person’s heart is pulled a different way for their giving-as I said in my presentation to an equine studies capstone class at the University of Kentucky a few weeks ago, if everyone’s heart was bent toward one cause alone, we’d live in a boring one-dimensional place.

If you’re looking for a place to make an impact, here are some options I’ve visited or worked with. Some are local to me here in Central Kentucky, while others are international

organizations whose work I have seen in person at their facilities. And here are some others I’ve highlighted in the past.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is a multifaceted program dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional. and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. http://www.ckrh.org/

The Donkey Sanctuary exists to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules, and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration, and support, and by promoting lasting, mutuall