Black Friday Sale for Making Things Better

I spent some time researching a lot of different environmental agencies. I checked all the agencies on multiple charity rating sites. Below are the ones that rose to the top out of a much larger list! That said, this list is not exhaustive. If you have any to add that you’ve researched & found to be good, please add them in the comments. 

Sierra Club National, great ratings, founded in 1892, excellent track record. I like this one because America is such a huge polluter that donating to a national organization seems very important.

Union of Concerned Scientists International, great ratings, “scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems”

Earthworks International, great ratings, “dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions”

Natural Resources Defense Council International “works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.” Love that they have a focus on environmental justice. This org was not accredited on BBB Wise Giving but it has been getting a ton of press and was highly rated on a number of other rating guides.

ACLU National, great ratings. This is a civil rights org but I can’t recommend them enough – “worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”  

For donating: if you can, do a reoccurring donation, even $5 a month helps. Consistent monthly donations organizations plan their budgets. If you don’t have the money – giving your time is arguably MORE impactful. Reach out to them to find out what you can do locally.

Check the effectiveness of most charities at these sites:

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (needs membership after viewing a few)