Jane and I have reached a point in our lives where we no longer buy into the consumerist mentality that drives our economy. We often joke with each other that we are not the target demographic. We're not into fashion, we don't get a new car every two years, and we really try to live within our salary. Couple that with the fact that we're middle aged and have most of the stuff we already need, and you can see that we're not "shoppers." And we're really not into the $20 gift card swap. All of this makes us difficult to shop for, so last year we started asking for gifts to charities of our choice.
Today, I found out that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also hosts a website that certifies charities which do not fund animal experiments with the Humane Charity Seal of Approval. The site is overseen by The Council on Humane Giving.
Member organizations of the Council on Humane Giving include:
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Medical Research Modernization Committee
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
American Anti-Vivisection Society
In Defense of Animals
National Anti-Vivisection Society
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Last Chance for Animals
Beauty Without Cruelty
International member organizations:
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Europe
Humane Charities Australia
And while I'm hesitant to suggest any charity in particular, this site provides a good jumping off point if you're looking for charities which might appeal to vegans.