There are many admirable nonprofits worthy of your donations, but these 5 well-established, environmentally-conscious organizations scored highly on Charity Navigator.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is committed to using bipartisan environmentalism to provide solutions under the broad categories of Climate & Energy, Oceans, Ecosystems and Health. The EDF works with other organizations, businesses, government and communities to create incentives for positive environmental actions, help companies become better environmental stewards, influence policy and keep tabs on emerging issues.
This Month: The EDF is hosting a fundraiser. Sponsors will match your gifts 2-for-1 until Friday, June 16th
% of Expenses Spent on Programs: 79.1
Charity Navigator Score: 94.81
The Nature Conservancy protects ecologically important land and waters around the world. They have more than one million members, work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries. They address threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species and marine ecosystems. They use a science-based approach and pursue non-confrontational pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges.
This Month: They called attention to The United Nations Ocean Conference, taking place at United Nations’ headquarters on June 5-9. “This is the first conference, ever, of this kind on the ocean organized by the U.N. to discuss this, so that is a big milestone for the future,” said Marta Marrero, the director of ocean governance at the Nature Conservancy. “It is setting the scene for the next steps. Concretely, we have the ‘call to action.’ But, it is a good sign, and a good stepping stone.” http://bit.ly/2rXgFJN
% of Expenses Spent on Programs: 71.2
Charity Navigator Score: 84.35
The Natural Resources Defense council seeks to protect the basic elements that sustain life on earth namely – air, land and water – and to defend endangered natural places in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. They work to foster the rights of people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.
This Month: The EPA, acting in response to a lawsuit by the NRDC, reinstated a rule that will protect the public from more than five tons of mercury discharges each year from dental offices across the nation.
“EPA is taking an important step towards safeguarding Americans from a dangerous neurotoxin. The agency decided to reissue the rule, instead of defending in court the decision to withdraw it. Protecting the public—and not responding to a lawsuit—should have been motivation enough for this sensible action.” Margaret Hsieh, attorney on the Litigation team at NRDC http://on.nrdc.org/2rse4nJ
% of Expenses Spent on Programs: 83.6
Charity Navigator Score: 96.35
350.org uses online campaigns, grassroots organizing and mass public actions to oppose new coal, oil and gas projects, take money out of the companies that are heating up the planet, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all. 350’s network extends to 188 countries. It’s a way to connect with other people in order to build a collective voice. Their focus includes protesting against new fossil fuel development and offshore drilling.
This Month: 350.org has a few online petitions. One tells UNESCO to protect culture, not coal. You can sign the petition to “Protect our priceless cultural sites from coal and climate change. Issue a statement calling for a stop to all fossil fuel development that threatens World Heritage Sites, and demand[ing] governments comply with the Paris Agreement.” http://bit.ly/2rdqb7Y
There is also a petition to defend the Paris deal and climate action. It allows you to show "... support for the Paris Agreement and even stronger climate action by adding your name here. 194 other countries continue to support the Paris Deal, and many are doubling-down on their commitments. The agreement is the backbone of international climate action, and needs to be made much stronger, not weaker.” https://350.org/paris/
% of Expenses Spent on Programs: 86.4
Charity Navigator Score: 93.91
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and the wildlife they support, and conserves clean water for people and nature, with an eye toward recreationists as well.
This Month: They are highlighting that June is National Rivers Month. Find out three reasons families need healthy rivers here http://bit.ly/2sppqO5
% of expenses spent on programs: 74.6
Charity Navigator Score: 85.72
As you can see, there are a lot of good works happening in June, now go support your favorite nonprofit!