10 Trustworthy Oil Spill Charities

July 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

The crisis in the Gulf of Mexico has led millions of people to consider making donations of some sort to the people, wildlife, and ecosystems of the affected areas. Unfortunately, there are those ready and willing to take advantage of people and their compassion in any situation which has once again become apparent in the wake of this tragedy. We are finding that the scope of this disaster is beyond even the most pessimistic of predictions and there is little hope of capping the well head in the foreseeable future. The following is a list of 10 trustworthy organizations that have already been established as valid charitable organizations you might consider sending your donations to.

1. National Audubon Society – Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

2. Friends of the Earth – Friends of the Earth has been defending the environment and fighting for a healthy and just world for 40 years.

3. National Wildlife Federation – The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization.

4. The Nature Conservancy – The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

5. United Way – The United Way Gulf Recovery Fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives devastated by the disaster by addressing educational, financial and health-related challenges.

6. Environmental Defense Fund – Environmental Defense Fund was founded in 1967 by a small group of scientists.

7. Defenders of Wildlife – Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

8. American Bird Conservancy – ABC’s mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

9. Natural Resources Defense Council – The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

10. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research -The mission of Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is to achieve excellence in the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild birds, with the goal of returning healthy birds to their natural environment.

There are a lot of Charities proclaiming to help those most in need right now, but if you are unsure of an organization take the time to research it. These are a couple of sites you can use to discover more about the Charity of your choosing.

1. Charity Navigator – Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.

2. Foundation Center – The Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy.

This disaster has far reaching consequences. Do not leave it up to BP to clean and restore our ecosystems and the livelihoods of those who depend on this resource. Their are those who are beginning to tire of the media and attention paid to this catastrophe (including said media), but we have a certain responsibility to ourselves and the Earth to begin the healing process. This is an opportunity to change our habits, if we do not do it now, when will we…and what more will it take. Please donate what and if you can.

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