Ten Green Charity Organizations
Green Charity Organizations Dedicated to Helping the Environment
There are thousands of environmental agencies and organizations that you may have heard of, but which ones should you donate to? And who uses their funds appropriately?
We've listed some of the most well known charities along with links to their Charity Navigator ratings. Also listed are some organizations that you can donate your lens royalties to right here on Squidoo, like EcoTrust and EarthJustice. Some have fared very well, while others (that are very established) have surprising results.
The Conservation Fund
America's partner in conservation
The Conservation Fund is the nation's foremost environmental organization dedicated to protecting America's most important landscapes and waterways. They're also one of the highest rated green charities on charitynavigator.org with approximately 94% of their funds going towards program expenses.
The famed granite walls of Yosemite National Park John Muir helped rescue
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.
Simply put, Earthjustice makes sure that environmental laws are passed and that they're being abided by. To see how Earthjustice fared on Charity Finder, read all about it here.
EcoTrust is an organization that believes economic systems and ecological systems are intertwined. This means that the prosperity of the environment depends on the prosperity of the society around it. EcoTrust encourages conservation of rainforests by ideas like promoting local farmers' products, thereby reducing the strain on local watersheds. A whopping 84% of Ecotrust's funds go towards benefit program costs.
The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, making one of the largest eco oriented charities in the world. The Nature Conservancy is a green charity that covers all bases, from climate change to invasive species. Curious on where their money is spent? They've done quite well, read all about it here.
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National Wildlife Federation Alaska
Inspiring America to protect wildlife for our children's future
National Wildlife Federation Alaska Natural Resource Center works on all issues impacting Alaska from global warming, sustainable tourism and clean energy, youth education and the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. While the National Wildlife Federation protects all things wildlife, not just Alaska, you can donate your Squidoo earnings to the National Wildlife Federation Alaska, a definite bonus! Not a Squidoo member yet? You can write a lens on any subject of your choosing and have the royalties benefit the charity of your choice! Click here to get started! Here's NWF's Charity Navigator rating.
Environmental Defense Fund
Partnering with businesses, governments, and communities to find practical environmental solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund supports the necessary research of scientists involved in Strong Science, as well as tapping smart business practices to bring about lasting environmental progress. A very high rating on Charity Finder, using 79% of their funds to program expenses.
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The Sierra Club
Enjoy, Explore and Protect the Planet
Of all "green" charities, The Sierra Club might come to mind first. It's the oldest environmental organization in the United States, founded by major conservationsist John Muir. Inspired by the beauty of Yosemite National Park and the coastal Redwoods of California, Muir helped establish The Sierra Club to preserve and protect the rapidly developing California landscape (which has now expanded to saving lands worldwide). You can see The Sierra Club's rating on Charity Navigator here.
Promoting solutions essential to a green and peaceful future
Greenpeace was established in 1971, uses lobbying and research to achieve environmental protection and conservation goals. From global warming to whaling, Greenpeace isn't afraid to tackle any issue that threatens the planet by peaceful means.
Here's their evaluation on Charity Navigator to see where they spend their money.
National Geographic Society
Inspiring people to care about the environment
What better way to get people to care about the planet than showing them its natural beauty? That's the National Geographic Society's approach to conservation, but it's not just an environmental organization.
Through geography, archaeology and natural science, the National Geographic Society illustrates the vivid, cultured world we live in.
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