For many people, the holiday season is synonymous with charitable giving. In fact, the last few months of the calendar year are referred to as the “Giving Season” in the nonprofit sector. In addition to generously donating to charities during the Giving Season, many people opt to give to charities in a gift recipient's name, instead of a physical gift. If you're looking for worthy organizations to contribute to this year, on behalf of yourself or another, consider donating to one of the safe driving charities mentioned below.
National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving (NFTSD)
Founded in 2008, the National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving works with communities and local government to educate and promote teen safe driving. The goal of the NFTSD is to teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving and have them become positive influences on their peers, in an effort to significantly curb the number of teen automobile accidents each year.
We Save Lives
Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), is at the helm of We Save Lives, a nonprofit organization aimed at reducing the number of highway safety issues in the areas of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. Founded in 2013, We Save Lives works at the local, state, national, and international levels to build community, in addition to promoting safe driving education.
Twenty-one-year-old Casey Feldman was a pedestrian on the street when she was struck and killed by a distracted driver, reaching for an item in his vehicle while driving. An offshoot of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, and founded in 2009, EndDD aims to save lives from distracted driving through advocacy, education, and action. EndDD boasts a roster of more than 500 speakers located across the country.
People Against Distracted Driving (PADD)
Begun by the grieving family of Nikki Kellenyi, who died in an automobile accident as a passenger in a car with a distracted driver, People Against Distracted Driving is a multi-layered nonprofit organization promoting safe driving. In addition to educating communities about safe driving practices, and partnering with local, state, and federal government agencies, PADD provides support for victims and the families of victims who have lost loved ones through distracted driving.
Impact Teen Drivers
Impact Teen Drivers has been dedicated to changing the culture of driving since its inception in 2007. By educating teen drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving, Impact Teen Drivers aims to reverse preventable automobile accidents and change the way future generations prepare to get behind the wheel.
The organizations listed here are just a sampling of the many nonprofit safe driving organizations committed to educating the public about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. Through continual safe driving education and advocacy, these organizations aim to significantly reduce the number of preventable automobile accidents occurring each year as a result of distracted driving. Consider contributing to one of these organizations when you're planning your holiday giving this year, as your support can help save lives.
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