There are a number of large and well-known environmental organizations (e.g., NRDC and the Sierra Club) and other broad-based sustainability groups that do very good work. But there are also many lesser-known, smaller, or more issue-specific environmental organizations that I believe also deserve attention and financial support. You might not have heard of all of these groups before, but they’re worth knowing about. They include:
It was difficult to narrow down my long list of favorite organizations to this small set; there are so many other effective organizations and initiatives that deserve support, as well. If you have a favorite organization to recommend, please mention it in the Comments section.
Remember that you can always give a donation to a group or a cause in honor of someone else—as a gift. It’s a wonderful type of gift to give for the holidays or any other occasion. You can also give someone a charity gift card (such as the TisBest Charity Gift Card) that allows the recipient to spend the funds on a charity of their choice.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention a few other non-profit groups that are near and dear to my heart, though they are not directly related to environmental issues. I hope you will look into and support some of these groups, as well:
- Animal Place (consider sponsoring/”adopting” a rescued farm animal)
- Farm Sanctuary (consider sponsoring/”adopting” a rescued farm animal)
- Gentle Barn (consider sponsoring/”adopting” a rescued farm animal)
- SPCA International (Global Animal Rescue)
- Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
- Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
- Tick-Borne Disease Alliance
- Verified Voting
- Election Protection
- Common Cause
- Center for Media and Democracy (PR Watch, ALEC Exposed, etc.)
Also consider making donations to local organizations that serve your community (e.g., food banks, shelters), as well as to local and nationwide public radio/TV programs and other non-profit media outlets.