Charities by deity: Egyptian pantheon

From Whizzer's Place

Offering to the gods and goddesses is an important part of Egyptian religion.  How can a naturalist honor this tradition?  One possibility is to give to a charity related to a deity’s symbolic or mythical concerns.  This page compiles charities relevant to deities.

General correspondences and suggested charities are given for each deity, but these listings do not, and cannot, reflect the full range of nuance for each deity tradition; they only attempt to give starting points for research.  Resources for evaluating charities include Charity Navigator and GiveWell.

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Table of Contents

  • General (all deities)
  • Amun
  • Aset (Isis)
  • Bast
  • Bes
  • Djehuty (Thoth)
  • Geb
  • Hapi
  • Heru (Horus)
  • Hethert (Hathor)
  • Ma’at
  • Min
  • Nut
  • Ptah
  • Ra
  • Sekhmet
  • Seshat
  • Set
  • Sobek
  • Tawaret
  • Wesir (Osiris)

General

Some nonprofits are broadly applicable; either their initiatives address a vast range of concerns, or the nature of their organization makes them in some way appropriate for nearly any deity.

  • Mercy Corps – a team of 3700 professionals helping turn crisis into opportunity for millions around the world; a vast list of programs addresses nearly all areas of humanitarian concern
  • Heifer International – giving livestock as an economic base to struggling families in developing countries; recipients agree to pass on offspring and knowledge to others; donating specific animals allows a correspondence to the traditional sacred/sacrificial animals of deities, thus making this charity broadly applicable to any deity that would have received animal sacrifices in ancient times

Amun – royalty, sovereignty, creation, ram

  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Aset (Isis) – mother, magic, soveriegnty

  • Marriage Equality
  • Nike Foundation – works to get girls on the international agenda and drive resources to them; researches the critical importance of girls in the developing world; finds the best programs for girls
  • The Girl Effect – initiative of the Nike Foundation communicating the importance of girls as agents of change in the developing world
  • Desert Flower Foundation – fighting female genital mutilation
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) – tackles the complexities of the world’s most pressing problems – poverty, hunger and disease – by demonstrating that a focus on women and gender is necessary for lasting social and economic change; mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world; works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs
  • BRAC – works to fight poverty in the developing world through a broad set of services ranging from education to health care, emphasizes poor rural women as agents of change
  • Global Grassroots – supports women affected by violence in Rwanda, Darfur, and eastern Chad bordering Darfur; trains women in personal transformation, social entrepreneurship, and project building; also provides seed funding to graduates with quality projects, a list of which can be seen on their web site; founded by Gretchen Steidle Wallace of the film The Devil Came On Horseback.
  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Doctors Without Borders– an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – a worldwide mission to help victims of conflicts and internal violence, whoever they are; efforts help people affected by armed conflict in some 80 countries in 2009; Sudan is currently the organization’s largest humanitarian operation, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The American Red Cross – the Red Cross in America
  • Oxfam International – a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change; working in development, emergencies, advocacy, campaigning, and policy research; campaigns in health, education, agriculture, climate change, arms control, and trade.
  • TRAMIL – Not an official charity, but a program with a mission “to validate scientifically the traditional uses of medicinal plants for primary health care.”
  • Plants for a Future database – including medicinal plants
  • NothingButNets.net – mosquito nets for malaria-infested countries in east Africa
  • Operation Blessing International – a variety of aid options including water purification and wells, HIV/AIDS, and more.
  • Broadway Cares – mission is to utilize the unique abilities of entertainment industry to raise awareness for and fight HIV/AIDS.  Efforts address both actors with HIV/AIDS and all those suffering from the disease.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell

Bast – children, pregnant mothers, musicians, excess, including sexual excess

  • Broadway Cares – mission is to utilize the unique abilities of entertainment industry to raise awareness for and fight HIV/AIDS.  Efforts address both actors with HIV/AIDS and all those suffering from the disease.

Bes – infants, children, laughter, dancing, happiness, fertility, dwarf-like stature

Djehuty (Thoth) – time, writing, wisdom

Geb – earth

Hapi – Nile, life, fertility

Heru (Horus) – hawk, rulership, victory, justice

  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Hethert (Hathor) – women, arts, healing, mother

  • Marriage Equality
  • Nike Foundation – works to get girls on the international agenda and drive resources to them; researches the critical importance of girls in the developing world; finds the best programs for girls
  • The Girl Effect – initiative of the Nike Foundation communicating the importance of girls as agents of change in the developing world
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) – tackles the complexities of the world’s most pressing problems – poverty, hunger and disease – by demonstrating that a focus on women and gender is necessary for lasting social and economic change; mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world; works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs
  • Desert Flower Foundation – fighting female genital mutilation
  • BRAC – works to fight poverty in the developing world through a broad set of services ranging from education to health care, emphasizes poor rural women as agents of change
  • Global Grassroots – supports women affected by violence in Rwanda, Darfur, and eastern Chad bordering Darfur; trains women in personal transformation, social entrepreneurship, and project building; also provides seed funding to graduates with quality projects, a list of which can be seen on their web site; founded by Gretchen Steidle Wallace of the film The Devil Came On Horseback.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Doctors Without Borders– an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – a worldwide mission to help victims of conflicts and internal violence, whoever they are; efforts help people affected by armed conflict in some 80 countries in 2009; Sudan is currently the organization’s largest humanitarian operation, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The American Red Cross – the Red Cross in America
  • Oxfam International – a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change; working in development, emergencies, advocacy, campaigning, and policy research; campaigns in health, education, agriculture, climate change, arms control, and trade.
  • TRAMIL – Not an official charity, but a program with a mission “to validate scientifically the traditional uses of medicinal plants for primary health care.”
  • Plants for a Future database – including medicinal plants
  • NothingButNets.net – mosquito nets for malaria-infested countries in east Africa
  • Operation Blessing International – a variety of aid options including water purification and wells, HIV/AIDS, and more.
  • Broadway Cares – mission is to utilize the unique abilities of entertainment industry to raise awareness for and fight HIV/AIDS.  Efforts address both actors with HIV/AIDS and all those suffering from the disease.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell

Ma’at – truth, justice, order, right

  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Min – fertility

Nut – sky, heavens

Ptah – architecture, sculpture, engineering

Ra – sun, light, life, heat, power

  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Sekhmet – lion, appropriate action, especially appropriate violence or destruction

  • Fisher House – helping military families
  • Operation Homefront – supporting our troops and helping the families they leave behind
  • USO – The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform.
  • War Child International – works to help children caught up in the horrors of war
  • Iraq Foundation – raises awareness for the suffering of Iraqi people and raises funds which are then given to institutions and organizations in Iraq to aid children, refugees, and widows.
  • Oxfam International – a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change; working in development, emergencies, advocacy, campaigning, and policy research; campaigns in health, education, agriculture, climate change, arms control, and trade.
  • Moral Heroes – inspiring the hero in you by telling the stories of heroes from around the world, from the past and today
  • ChangeMakers.net – encouraging social innovation.  Changemakers is building the world’s first global online “open source” community that competes to surface the best social solutions, and then collaborates to refine, enrich, and implement those solutions. Changemakers begins by providing an overarching intellectual framework for collaborative competitions that bring together individual social change initiatives into a more powerful whole.

Seshat – scribe, libraries, writing, notation, census, accounting, record-keeping

Set – storm, thunder, desert

Sobek – crocodile, protection, healing and vengeance over the wrongdoer

  • Fisher House – helping military families
  • Operation Homefront – supporting our troops and helping the families they leave behind
  • USO – The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform.
  • War Child International – works to help children caught up in the horrors of war
  • Iraq Foundation – raises awareness for the suffering of Iraqi people and raises funds which are then given to institutions and organizations in Iraq to aid children, refugees, and widows.
  • Doctors Without Borders– an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – a worldwide mission to help victims of conflicts and internal violence, whoever they are; efforts help people affected by armed conflict in some 80 countries in 2009; Sudan is currently the organization’s largest humanitarian operation, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • The American Red Cross – the Red Cross in America
  • Oxfam International – a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change; working in development, emergencies, advocacy, campaigning, and policy research; campaigns in health, education, agriculture, climate change, arms control, and trade.
  • TRAMIL – Not an official charity, but a program with a mission “to validate scientifically the traditional uses of medicinal plants for primary health care.”
  • Plants for a Future database – including medicinal plants
  • NothingButNets.net – mosquito nets for malaria-infested countries in east Africa

Tawaret – hippo, childbearing women, infants, children

Wesir (Osiris) – dead, judge, justice

  • International Peace Institute
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Witness – “Uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.”
  • Amnesty International – a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all.
  • The Carter Center – established by former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter; promotes peace, human rights, and fights disease; credited with the near eradication of guinea worm disease; given a high evaluation by Givewell
  • Genocide Intervention Network – educational network empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide; in addition to advocacy, programs work actively to protect civilians on the ground, currently in Darfur and Burma.
  • Aegis – campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide; activities include research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media, and humanitarian support for victims of genocide; offices in the UK Holocaust Centre and Rwanda
  • Human Rights Watch – independent organization reporting on human rights issues around the world
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
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