Friday, November 20, 2009

Abe's two alternatives

a cool autumn breeze by Janine Dupree

We shall meanly lose or nobly save the last hope of earth. ~Abraham Lincoln

I've listed below some charities awarded four stars (highest rating) by Charity Navigator-  "Your Guide to Intelligent Giving":

Click the Charity Navigator link above for detailed rating information on these and many more charities. It's really eye-opening to see the ratings for these organizations. And yes, there are some with zero stars; the NAACP is one of them.

Links below take you to individual charity websites. For your holiday giving, please consider making charitable donations in the names of friends and family members in addition to or in lieu of gifts. I certainly found some new ones for my 2009 holiday gift-giving.

Amazon Conservation Team 
The Adirondack Council
American Forests
Beyond Pesticides 
Center for Biological Diversity
Council on the Environment of New York City
Earth Day Network
Earth Justice
EDF: Environmental Defense Fund
Grand Canyon Trust
Greenpeace Fund
Heal the Bay (Santa Monica CA)
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
NRDC: Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nature Conservancy
Oregon Environmental Council
Rainforest Alliance
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Union of Concerned Scientists
World Resources Institute

Alliance for Global Justice
Jane Addams Peace Association
United States Fund for UNICEF

American Bird Conservancy
Bat Conservation International
Big Cat Rescue
Jane Goodall Institute
Pollinator Partnership
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Snow Leopard Trust
Ducks Unlimited
The Elephant Sanctuary
Center for Great Apes
Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Wild Salmon Center
Wildlife Conservation Network
World Wildlife Fund

Dogs for the Deaf
Guide Dogs of the Desert
Humane Farming Association
The Humane Society of the United States

The Archaeological Conservancy
The New York Public Library
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Cultural Survival
Family Violence Prevention Fund

The BELL Foundation (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
Chez Panisse Foundation
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
The Juilliard School
Portland Schools Foundation
Teach for America
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Boys Town
Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation

Armed Services YMCA
Volunteers of America
Army Emergency Relief
Delancey Street Foundation
Farm Aid
Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society
Operation Homefront
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Portland OR



La Belette Rouge said...

What a fantastic resource. Thanks for sharing this list.

Darlene said...

All of those charities are very worthwhile. I can't donate much so I contribute to the local Food Bank. I know my money is going directly to the people and not administration.

Now I think my pet charity will have to be my daughter who is running out of money and hasn't found a job yet. She is one of those faceless people the rich fat cats use as a statistic.

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Lydia! That image is perfect! Losing on the downward sweep and saving on the upward reach!
Last year I got my great nieces membership in a marine animal conservancy (The name eludes me right now.), but it was great for the girls: It had toy dolphins and coloring books. I'll give these a run-through! Thank you!
I left you a mesage at Phivos's (and mine)! xxox

kj said...

this is totally wonderful, lydia. it gets the gift giving gears moving in a good direction.

i;ve always given my daughter support for some charity in her christmas stocking and even at her most self absorbed, she's always be proud of that!


Lydia said...

@Belette- You betcha. Happy Giving!

@Darlene- The local food bank is so important. We have an auto deduction from Michael's pay for ours.
Your second paragraph really brings it all close to home: the financial stress and burden rippling outward (but not upward). Might you post your daughter's resume at your blog? I wish her all the best, and your two granddaughters, too, as this must be difficult for them.

@Margaret- I've used a site that sends stuffed animals and certificates, but am not sure which one. It's why I'm glad to have found the Charity Navigator, so I can be informed and organized.
Thanks for your message at Travelling blog!

@kj- That's a great idea to use the stocking in that way. You didn't indicate how young your daughter was when you started doing it, but what a great way to impress upon a child the needs of others. :)

JonathanAquino said...

Speaking of causes, I grabbed the Prince rainforest badge. I hope you don't mind

Lydia said...

@Jonathan- Mind? I think that's fantastic! Spread the word, most definitely.

Kathleen said...

Lydia--this is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for taking the time to post this list.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is a wonderfl and so interesting and useful information! Warm regards.

Lydia said...

@Kathleen- My pleasure. I'm glad you like the idea.

@Phivos- I'm happy you are glad to know about this resource. :)



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