The Top 10 Environmental Groups, Charities, and Organizations for Donations

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If you have stumbled on this article, then you are looking to protect the environment. That is very noble of you. To fight the global pollution epidemic and climate change, the environment needs all the help it can get. When you donate money to an environmental organization, you are answering a call to arms to defend the planet. In return, I give you the Top 10 Environmental Groups, Charities, and Organizations for Donations.

When you read this article, you will get a brief overview of what each of these organization does, a link to their main sites, and their mission. Of all these organizations listed, I hope that you select at least one of them for your donations. Every bit goes a long way to protecting the environment.

If you do decide to donate, I recommend you make a monthly contribution instead of a one time donation. For many nonprofits, it is quite difficult to rely on a steady stream of funding. When you make a monthly contribution, these foundations gain reliability. As a result, it allows them to better formulate projects when they have the future in mind.

In a previous article, I talked about environmental stewardship, discussing what it means to do right by the environment. If you are just getting into environmental stewardship or need a refresher, then I recommend reading it because the article will provide a brief overview of the little ways you can make a positive impact on the environment that compounds over time. Anyway, let’s get started on the article.

1. National Resources Defense Council

Founded in 1970 by a group of environmentalists and lawyers, the National Resources Defense Council “works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.” Much of the work they do focuses on litigation, enforcing America’s environmental laws and making corporations clean up their dirty laundry.

Some programs they fund include increasing green market innovation, reducing air pollution, scaling up clean energy, expanding the number of those who benefit from a clean environment, decreasing China’s carbon footprint, developing the Midwest’s green economy, and much, much more.

You can learn more about them here.

2. Conservation International

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Conservation International (CI) advances its mission of, “building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.”

To achieve its mission, the organization does so through protecting our natural wealth, fostering effective governance, and promoting sustainable production. Much of their field work takes them to bastions of biodiversity, right at the forefront of the fight against climate change where they help local communities. In places like Amazonia, Sub-Sahran Africa, Mexico, Indonesia, and China, you can find them working.

If you would like to learn more about Conservation International, then click here.

3. The Sierra Club

One of the oldest environmental organizations and located in my home state of California, the Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by the legendary trailblazer John Muir in Yosemite Valley. Its mission statement is “to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.”

Because of their efforts, the Sierra Club helped pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act, all important laws that give the US government more power to protect and maintain the environment. Most of their work now focuses on greening the US economy to stop the global pollution epidemic.

You can learn more about them here.

4. Greenpeace

Of all the organizations listed here, this is my personal favorite. Each month I donate $15 to them. Even though it is a modest amount, I hope to increase it. Their mission statement reads as follows, “Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.”

Much of Greenpeace’s work focuses on peaceful protest, exposing environmental profiteers like corporations and governments. Often times their volunteers put themselves in harm’s way to protect the environment. Among the many issues they address, they work to combat nuclear disaster, ocean deterioration, deforestation, and the global pollution epidemic.

If you would like to learn more about the organization, click here.

5. The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy seeks, “to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” Located in Arlington, Virginia, the organization is the world’s top conservation organization. In short, their work focuses on protecting land. Throughout its history, the nonprofit has often bought, received, maintained, sold, and donated land with ecological protection chief in mind.

They are also non confrontational. They work alongside governments, groups, and people in a peaceful, collaborative manner to ensure a smooth conservation process. You can find them throughout the world, impacting 72 countries across the globe.

You can learn more about them here.

6. World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) endeavors, “to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.” Its early work focused primarily on species and landscapes, but has since expanded to focus on the global environmental issues facing humanity.

The WWF works in 6 key areas, wildlife, food, climate, freshwater, marine, and forests. At the center of all their work are people. Since they are the pivotal factor in all climate related action, people must be influenced to change the trajectory of Earth’s environmental direction.

If you would like to learn more about the organization, click here.

7. The Conservation Fund

In their own words on its mission, “at the Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.” To achieve their goal, they use conservation loans, acquisition, business partnerships, infrastructure mitigation, resourceful communities, collaborative solutions, aquaculture, and forestry.

Throughout all of their projects, you can find conservation at the heart of every endeavor, forming the center piece in each venture. The undertakings they work on range from land, water, and wildlife conservation to environmental restoration and community development.

You can learn more about them here.

8. Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), “…saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.” In short, their goal is to protect wildlife. If you care about wild animals, then this is the organization for you because that is their principal purpose.

To protect wildlife, WCS engages in a number of activities. In their 2020 strategy, the organization seeks to safeguard 16 priority areas, home to 50% of the world’s wildlife. WCS scientists study wildlife to better comprehend the environmental challenges facing thousands of species. Using this wisdom, activists use this knowledge to advance environmental goals.

If you would like to learn more about the organization, click here.

9. The Trust for Public Lands

Based in the United States, the Trust for Public Lands (TPL), “…creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come,” protecting 3.3 million acres in the process since 1972. They help parks and open spaces, preserving natural beauty where it exists.

Much of their work happens alongside and in collaboration with communities, agencies, and governments, not against them. Through planning, funding, protecting, creating, and creating, TPL guides Americans through the steps to build and maintain therapeutic parks.

You can learn more about them here.

10. Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) mission is, “…to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.” All around the globe, you can find Earth moving climate systems that ensure that living things thrive on Earth. When those processes are threatened, life can no longer exist as it once did. Because of human activity, those systems are threatened.
This organization uses science and economics to find pragmatic solutions to environmental issues. Through government policies and the private sector, EDF addresses energy, climate, ocean, ecosystem, and health issues in a collaborative manner to ensure effective partnership.

If you would like to learn more about the organization, click here.

Final Thoughts

No matter which of these you choose, there is an environmental group out there for you. If, for whatever reason, you do not like any of these groups, you can always search for your favorite environmental group. When you donate to an environmental organization, you become an environmental guardian, standing your ground for the woods you love and raising your voice against the global pollution epidemic. The planet needs you.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please do share this article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

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14 Comments on “The Top 10 Environmental Groups, Charities, and Organizations for Donations”

  1. Hi Alex,

    I just found your site and I really like what I have seen so far. Thank you for putting together this list, I knew of a few of them but learned about the others. I plan on researching a bit more and maybe making a contribution.

    Might sound corny but all of my time in Boy Scouts we were taught about leaving the place better than you found it. It’s just the right thing to do. Nothing soothes my soul more than nature and I should do my part financially too. I’ll be checking out the rest of your site I’ve bookmarked it.

    Thanks again,


    1. Hey Doug,

      I appreciate the compliment. These are all excellent organizations with astounding records. I could not agree with you more on what you learned in the Boy Scouts. It is just the right thing to do. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

  2. Fantastic article. I’ve camped since I was a boy and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the great outdoors. It’s sad what is happening to our environment, seems like a lot of society just doesn’t care. It’s good people like you and these environmental agencies that have a voice and are working to help restore our environment. I will be choosing one to make a donation. Thank you so much for this great article and look forward to future ones from you.

    1. I appreciate the compliment David. I could not agree with you more on the state of our environment. It is very sad. I am glad to hear you plan to make a donation.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  3. Thanks Alex for this list this is very helpful, as I’m located in Australia I am interested in the organizations that have international reach such as Greenpeace. In Australia, I have recently come across an organization called Bush Heritage Australia which I absolutely love what they are achieving over here in this country.

    This list is helpful for my son and I to plan our 2019 giving plans – thank you.

    1. I appreciate the compliment Fleur. I have never heard of Bush Heritage Australia before. It sounds like a marvelous organization. I am glad to hear that they are doing great work though. It is interesting that you mention a giving plan. Everyone needs to be grateful. It is an important part of life.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  4. This list is a great resource! We’ve been suffering under this red tide and algae bloom in SW Florida for months and months. It’s been horrible but not just at the beach. Some days the winds shift the red tide gases far enough inland that even a trip to the grocery store can burn your throat and make your eyes water.

    My husband and I were talking about shifting our charitable donations towards more environmental causes. I’ll definitely check out the National Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.

    1. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the article Susie. I am sorry to hear about what you are going through. That red tide and algae bloom is really bad for the environment. I am surprised to hear that some days you cannot even take a trip to the grocery store without your throat burning! Wow! That is bad.

      It is a good thing you plan to shift your charitable donations towards environmental causes then. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  5. You did a good post that came with a human touch. You’ve definitely chosen a great niche.

    You’ve also put up 10 lists with a briefing each to monitor and give more weight to what the Environment Volunteers are doing. GreenPeace definitely has a better leaning when it comes to evaluating different approaches globally, and I look forward to make some donation in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing this article. Wishing you a THUMPING Success.

    1. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the article. You are right about the article’s organization. I could not agree with you more about GreenPeace. They are doing a lot. It is good to know you plan to make a donation.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  6. Thank you very much for compiling this list. I absolutely love the great outdoors. We live in a rural area now, but I lived in the city before and absolutely hated it. So many take our earth for granted and are clueless about the harm their actions are really causing.

    I will definitely be checking out your recommendations listed above. I might not be able to contribute a ton of money, but even if we all just contribute a little, it might just help to save our earth from all that ales it. I couldn’t imagine not seeing the beautiful trees, creeks, hills and wildlife when I set out on our back deck breathing in the fresh air. It brings a sense of calm like nothing else can do.

    Thank you for what you have done here my friend.

    1. Hey Lee Ann, I am glad to hear you enjoy the outdoors. You are right that a lot of people take Earth for granted. We only have one planet. We don’t get an Earth II. It is good to know you will be checking out some of the recommendations shown above. A little bit goes a long way.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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