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Ten Green Charity Organizations

Updated on February 14, 2012

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 with approximately 94% of their funds going towards program expenses.

The famed granite walls of Yosemite National Park John Muir helped rescue

The famed granite walls of Yosemite National Park John Muir helped rescue
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.

Help save the earth by donating to one of the important green charities on this lens! They need your help!

Help save the earth by donating to one of the important green charities on this lens! They need your help!
Help save the earth by donating to one of the important green charities on this lens! They need your help!

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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      SteveKaye 6 years ago

      These organizations are the true conservatives in that they are working to preserve the environment that we depend upon for our future. Thank you for preparing this list.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Great topic. I just did one on John Muir, Founder of Sierra Club. Insired by nature ! Congrads on your Squidoo trophy. Going for my next. What is creativity ? Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank for this lens

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      EndeavourToys 6 years ago

      Thank you for promoting green charities!

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      CarynJSwift56889 6 years ago

      love nature, love world

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      HomepageHeroes 7 years ago

      You have some terrific charities listed. A good resource lens, well written. I am going to lensroll it a couple of my lenses. Thank you.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great lens! I had to bless it!

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      LensSeller 7 years ago

      What a wonderful find! Many of these organisations are new to me being a "Brit" so thanks for the knowledge.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm out and about for the Angels April Fools' Day Quest and leaving

      ~ Squidoo Angel Blessings ~

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      Jack 7 years ago

      Blessed by the Charities Squid Angel.

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      I-sparkle 7 years ago

      An excellent lens for resource information, as always.

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      The environmental work group would be a great addition to the list.

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      SilverMagpies 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with information about great organizations. Thanks for posting so much valuable content in 1 place.

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      yourgoldenfuture 7 years ago

      lovely lens

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      Very helpful info!

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      ToTheBrimm LM 7 years ago

      Lensrolled this to my Ding Darling lens; hope you don't mind.

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      greenlife17 7 years ago

      I like greenpeace, and the brave things they do for the benefits of the environment. I also love the National Geographic Society, very educational and rewarding. I would love to join the two, only I'm here in the Philippines, and I think that wouldn't be possible.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I have featured this lens on Giving Charity for Christmas Gift Guide

      Thanks for the help!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Great collection! I am going to feature this lens on my upcoming lens which encourages people to give presents that say "a contribution has been given in your name" for Christmas!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Thanks for compiling this green charity list. Makes it easier to select one from the many we places we can donate some/all Squidoo earnings or to make a direct gift. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Great info, I had not heard of all of these. It's nice to know what organizations will actually put your money to good use.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE greenpeace ! apparently my dad was part of their first protest!


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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Well explained and detailed page about green organizations! thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Which green organization would be best to support to encourage recycling and those efforts. I thought maybe earth justice to encourage more laws re: recycling. I want to support a green company in my business, but am not sure which one to choose.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A great collection of green organisations, nicely laid out.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i think this site deserves a thank you for giving people who want to be green a little guidance. Ihave wanted to make donations to the green organizations but had no clue who any of them were. I hope with all my heart that more young people like myself will take an interest in the things that really matter such as our vastly diverese planet. Today's children and youth are the future and i believe if we start young we can make a true inpact in this world. In my eyes every generation should do something to make a positive difference in their world. They should learn from the bad they see in their world and change it for the better. and that's why i feel strongly about being green. Sorry for leaving such a long note .

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for putting this resource together.

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      Earth_Friend 8 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      rocknrod 9 years ago

      Fantastic, information. Great collection of green charities. I will link this to my twitter group

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      TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

      Great lens on a sensible and powerful subject. Many of these organizations work to improve our life on this planet and deserve our support. Well written and nicely laid out.

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Very interesting information on green charities. Welcome to Living the Green Organic Lifestyle.

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      Zion 9 years ago

      Wow! Your lens is fantastic! I really like it so I gave you 5*. Keep up the god work!..

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      Zion 9 years ago

      Wow! Your lens is fantastic! I really like it so I gave you 5*. Keep up the god work!..

      Please try to stop by my Top 3 Home Based Businesses lens. I would really much appreciate if you could rate mine too!

      Thank you so much!


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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Great info on some wonderful organizations!


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