We’ve all done a few things we’re probably not too proud of. But there’s still time! You can make up for some of your bad choices this past year by donating to one of several charities we’ve found that address a variety of shameful transgressions. And don’t worry: All the charities we’ve picked have four star ratings from Charity Navigator, which means that the money you give will actually go to the cause you’re trying to support (and not just to administrative costs and office supplies). So think about what crimes you’ve committed this year, and donate accordingly (we promise we won’t tell on you) — and start the year with a clean slate!
SIN: You feel bad about listening to so much Chris Brown this year.
ATONE: Equality Now advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through our global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that governments enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls.
SIN: You watched “Tosh.o” (accidentally).
ATONE: The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN also offers a national abuse hotline, works to educate lawmakers and elevates the visibility of the domestic violence crisis.
SIN: You forgot to recycle once or twice or every time.
ATONE: World Care provides humanitarian relief by recycling surplus materials and supplies to create usable resources for health, education and sustainable communities worldwide.
SIN: You really wanted to take in that stray cat but were just way too allergic.
ATONE: Animal Friends is an animal shelter and rescue center serving thousands of animals in the Pittsburgh area.
SIN: You love cute animals but also can’t live without steak.
ATONE: Farm Sanctuary offers farm animals protection with sanctuaries in New York and California.
SIN: You’ve turned up the heat, or turned down the air, with impunity.
ATONE: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute educates Congress on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and advances innovative policy solutions
SIN: You’ve thrown away perfectly good food and made your mom sad.
ATONE: Feeding America provides meals for low income families. Their food bank network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year.
SIN: You’ve taunted the lions at the zoo.
ATONE: Big Cat Rescue protects and provides sanctuary for lions and tigers and all other wild cats.
SIN: You were irresponsible with your birth control, but still made it out of 2012 baby-free.
ATONE: Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health care services and education to women and girls and their families.