Monday, December 17, 2007

FlyFishMagazine's Charitible Giving Guide

Tis the season for gift giving and we know that many fly fishers are also very generous when it comes to charitable giving. With that in mind we have put together a list of a few charities that we feel are deserving of our hard earned money.

Trout Unlimited & the Federation of Fly Fishers - both of these are great organizations that do tons to support conservation and the sport of fly fishing. We suggest membership in one or both.

Stripers Forever - When we first visited this website we thought that we had already donated but then we realized that it was stripers and not something else similarly spelled from our younger, single days. Stripers Forever is a non-profit dedicated to game fish protections for striper.

Project Healing Waters - This fine organization helps with the rehabilitation of our wounded soilders through participation in the sport of fly fishing and fly tying.

Casting for Recovery - provides fly fishing retreats designed for women who have or have had breast cancer.

Not fishing related but worthy none the less:

Kiva - Kiva is a favorite of the Editorial wife. You don't exactly donate money via Kiva but rather deposit it and then pick entrepreneurs in third world countries to lend in to in the form of micro loans. When the person pays the loan back you can lend your money out again.

Touch The World Ministries - TTWM is a faith based non-profit headed by a fly fisherman, my father, Rev. Homer Murdock. It is one of my favorite charities because I have personal knowledge of the work they do and know that the money given goes to help needy people all over the world. Their current project involves building 19 homes in Mawagala village, Uganda. The village has been ravaged by Aids and the houses will be built for children many of whom have lost both parents to the disease.

These are just a few of my favorite charities presented for your consideration this Christmas season. I could never attempt to list all the worthy causes of interest to the fly fishers among us so feel free to leave your own suggestions via the comment section.

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