10 of the Best Eco-Friendly Charities - Earth Day 2015

project: greenify logo

Project Greenify is brought to you by the Direct Energy family of brands, and they’re dedicated to bringing a new perspective along with cool and insightful tips to help make the world a little bit greener. We felt that the following article by Project Greenify was perfect for those looking for charitable organizations that they can get involved, or donate to on Earth Day, and year-round!

There are countless non-profit organizations around the US each with their own missions to help the environment in one way or another. With so many available, how do you know which ones are legit and actually fulfill their mission statement? Below is a list of 10 top environmentally friendly non-profit organizations gathered from various sites such as Charity Navigator and squidoo.com.

  1. Wildlife Conservation Network. This eco-friendly non-profit organization protects endangered species and preserves their natural habitats.  WCN partners with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and gives them the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence.  100% of any donation can be designated to the conservation of a specific species if requested.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (67.78 out of 70)
  2. The Sierra Club. It is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. It was created to preserve and protect the rapidly developing California landscape, though it has now expanded to saving lands worldwide.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (67.69 out of 70)
  3. The Conservation Fund. This non-profit tops the eco-friendly charts for protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways. Plus, 94% of their funds go towards program costs so you aren’t left wondering where you money went if donating to this organization.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (67.16 out of 70) (they’re one of the highest rated charities).
  4. The World Land Trust - US. This international conservation non-profit was established to save rainforests and other threatened tropical habitats that are critical for preventing immediate species extinctions. They have saved over 4 million acres of endangered habitats in 17 countries.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (63.74 out of 70)
  5. Ecotrust. This non-profit has a mission to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equality, and environmental well-being.  For example, they created FoodHub, which is an online marketplace designed to connect wholesale buyers and sellers of regionally grown food. Donating to this cause is worth your money as 84% of its funds go towards program costs.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (62.19 out of 70)
  6. Earthjustice. “Because the earth needs a good lawyer.” This eco-friendly non-profit public interest law firm has a mission to legally protect the environment. It makes sure the environmental laws are being passed and upheld.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (60.94 out of 70)
  7. Environmental Defense Fund. This eco-friendly non-profit takes on most urgent environmental threats to the climate, ecosystems, people’s health, and more and then fights them by combining science, economics, and law to find practical and lasting solutions.  They scored high on Charity Finder and uses 79% of their funds for program expenses.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars (60.42 out of 70)
  8. The National Conservancy. From climate change and rainforests to anything in between, this eco-friendly, non-profit organization is committed to taking on tough issues facing conservation efforts today. To date, they have protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide, making it one of the largest eco-oriented charities in the world.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars (56.84 out of 70)
  9. Greenpeace. This world renowned eco-friendly organization uses lobbying and research to reach its environmental protection and conservation goals. From protecting oceans, forests, and wildlife to working towards no new nukes, no issue is too tough for Greenpeace to go after.
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars (55.40 out of 70)
  10. National Geographic Society. The key to this eco-friendly organization’s conservation approach is to show the planet’s natural beauty so people will appreciate it. In addition to conservation, National Geographic supports exploration and scientific research through grant programs and public projects.

Note: Charity Navigator offers free charity ratings to enable donors to access relevant information before they make a donation to an organization. There, you can see if your money really is going to a good cause.

Information provided by Project Greenify. To ready the full article click here.

Earth Day image