Charitable Giving

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild regularly takes a break from pondering “the Good” to do some. In addition to the philanthropy of its individual members, UPG contributes more than $75,000 each year in the form of donations, products and services, and grants in support of a variety of organizations and causes:

Brooklyn Bail Fund

By paying bail for New Yorkers who can’t afford it, The Brooklyn Bail Fund is keeping people out of jail, protecting the presumption of innocence, and proving that cash bail is not only unjust, but also unnecessary.


Women for Afghan Women

WAW is an organization committed to ensuring the human rights of Afghan women and children. Established before 9/11, WAW offers services to Afghan women and children both in the US and Afghanistan. Some of their most impressive work, however, has gone on in Afghanistan (even in Taliban strongholds, like Kandahar) where they have built schools, family guidance centers (read “shelters”) and a burn ward and treatment center. WAW is a great group of incredibly committed people working for the disenfranchised of Afghanistan.


Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women through music education, volunteerism, and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.


Treatment Action Group

The Treatment Action Group is an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for AIDS. TAG works to ensure that all people with HIV receive lifesaving treatment, care, and information.


Room to Read

Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and to support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.


Reproductive Health Access Project

RHAP is a small organization that is making a unique, critical contribution to women's reproductive health. Every single donation RHAP receives goes toward their education initiatives and support of clinicians doing important work all across the country.


Red Hook Initiative: We Are the Change

RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth. In partnership with community adults, they nurture young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community and society.


The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

For more than 100 years, The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has provided direct assistance to struggling New Yorkers. The New York Times Company pays the Fund's expenses, so all contributions go directly to provide services and cash assistance to those in need.


New York Classical Theater

New York Classical Theatre creates and reinvigorates audiences for the theatre by presenting free and accessible productions of popular classics and forgotten masterpieces in non-traditional public spaces throughout New York City. Doing what the Public Theater was originally created to do (but no longer does), New York Classical Theatre brings excellent, free, well-produced theater to the open air of NYC. If you haven't seen a production yet, go! It’s one of our favorite NYC activities.


Fistula Foundation

Fistula Foundation is dedicated to ending the suffering caused by the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula.


Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. The reasons for gun violence are complex, but real change on a few issues could save lives.

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private, international association that provides medical and humanitarian assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.

The Center For Justice and Accountability

We were so impressed with the international justice cases this organization took on. They focus on the disempowered worldwide, and win compensation for the victims of egregious wrongs. CJA is one of the only organizations to successfully sue war criminals living in the US or who have assets there. Check them out and consider giving to them, too. With a tiny budget they've made significant strides towards international accountability and universal justice.

Brooklyn Public Library

An invaluable public library in the heart of Brooklyn (which The Philosophers Guild calls home), their holdings provide the Guild with many resources we need to develop the products you love!

Jewish Voice for Peace

JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.


Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. AI conducts investigative missions throughout the world and monitors the state of human rights in more than 150 countries.

The 5 Gyres Institute

The 5 Gyres Institute empowers citizens to become leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution.

UPG also gives to many schools, libraries, and community organizations.



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