D. Gabrielle Jensen is wholly committed to the idea of using whatever platform she develops to give back to the community in any way possible. Here, you will find a list of charities the author supports and information for how you, too, can get involved.
Physical and Mental Health
To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is an organization dedicated to providing care, support, and resources to young people coping with mental health struggles, specifically addiction, self harm, and suicidal thoughts/ideations.
Dear Jack Foundation
Dear Jack Foundation was started in 2006 by singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon, following his own bout with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). As a patient, McMahon learned that, while cancer is the leading cause of natural death among adolescents and young adults (AYA, ages 15-40), it is the most under-served demographic in terms of resources and support. McMahon started the Dear Jack Foundation in response.
To find out how you can help, visit Dear Jack Foundation here.
Love Hope Strength
Founded by cancer survivors, Love Hope Strength leverages the power of music to expand the marrow registry through our “Get on the List” campaign. Through sign up events at concerts and music festivals, LHS has become the world's leading rock and roll cancer foundation. Since 2008 LHS has added over 129,000 music fans to the registry and found over 2,400 potentially lifesaving matches.
Even if you don't support LHS directly, I still encourage everyone who can to get on the bone marrow donation registry. The process is less invasive and requires less recovery than organ donation. Visit LHS for more information.
Art and Culture
Save Our Stages
In the spring of 2020, small bars and music venues were forced to close their doors, leaving tens of thousands of workers unemployed. With no money coming in from concerts and events, many of these venues have not been able to reopen as pandemic conditions lessen. The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) set up the Save Our Stages campaign to keep these small venues above water until they can return to their previous glory. Concerts are coming back but there's still a long way to go.
Little Kids Rock
Music education is often the first to suffer from public school budget cuts with little regard to the unrelated benefits. Music education and performance leads to increased comprehension in reading and math as well as increase in self-esteem and confidence. Little Kids Rock helps keep music programs alive by providing free music instruction and instruments to public school districts across the country. Their 'Modern Band' curriculum is rooted in popular music and their teaching methods are rooted in the teaching music as a language, with a heavy emphasis on composition and improvisation.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run strengthens third- to eighth grade girls’ social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills to successfully navigate life experiences. Girls in the program work to develop competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Girls on the Run was adopted as a national philanthropic benefactor by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority in 2012.