Bossladies Holiday Gift Guide

Step Up Women's Network by Michelle Mishina


As the flurry of holiday shopping begins, we’d love to plant the seed for giving a different type of gift this year -- one that will be treasured just as much as anything wrapped, but will have a far greater impact.

Here are ten organizations that we think are doing wonderful work in the world. This is the second year that my family will be gifting one another contributions to these organizations. If it calls to you, perhaps you’d like to start a tradition of doing the same. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!


  • Downtown Women’s Center
    The Downtown Women’s Center provides permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability. They are based in Los Angeles.

  • International Rescue Committee
    The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

  • Every Mother Counts
    Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.

  • The Malala Fund
    Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

  • American Refugee Committee
    American Refugee Committee provides opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people, and host communities. They help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security, and self-sufficiency.

  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
    St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

  • Planned Parenthood
    Planned Parenthood’s skilled healthcare professionals are dedicated to offering all people high-quality, affordable medical care.

  • Black Girls Code
    Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding to young girls from underrepresented communities. They are on a mission to prove that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.

  • Step Up Women’s Network
    Step Up propels girls living in or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
    And one that is particularly close to my heart: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to identifying effective treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis and assisting those living with the disease.

photograph of a Step Up mentor and mentee by Michelle Mishina for Bossladies Issue 03