Most charitable giving is done between now and the end of the year. In fact, November 29th is the global day for giving- #GivingTuesday.
That’s why I’m posting this – my top choices for wildlife donations. I want to make it easy for you to give.
Some of the best work in wildlife conservation is done by small organizations. Many are understaffed, overworked and short on funds. They are also hard to donate to. They often aren’t set up for international donations, and sometimes don’t even have non-profit status.
But there is a way to donate to them.
The easiest way to get funds to those smaller organizations is by giving your donations to Saving Wild. I will match all donations personally. Then I will do what it takes to get the money to those smaller organizations, the places it is needed most.
For an example of the unsung heroes and small organizations I am talking about check out this story I did for Africa Geographic magazine highlighting ten of my favorites.
Then, donate to SavingWild here:
If you have a bigger heart than bank account, and you shop on Amazon, here is another, easy way to help. Use Saving Wild’s Amazon link (copy it to your desk top or bookmark it) every time you shop on Amazon.
A small % of the proceeds will go to Saving Wild to donate to the smaller organizations. Every dime counts for these unsung organizations. That’s another reason I love them.
If, instead, you like giving to the larger organizations that are doing great work and are easy to donate to, here are seven (working in the USA and around the world) of my favorites.
- National Audubon Society (Birds)
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.
- Wild Aid (Illegal Wildlife Trade)
Wild Aid is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for wildlife parts and products, with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. Their mission is to end illegal wildlife trade.
- Land Trust Alliance (Wild Places)
The Alliance brings its more than 1,100 member land trusts together — and increases each one’s success by advocating for the policies and incentives that it takes to save millions of acres every year.
- Panthera (Cats)
Dedicated to conserving the world’s 36 species of wild cats, Panthera partners with local and international scientific institutions, communities, non-governmental organizations and government agencies to conserve endangered wild cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards around the world.
- The Great Apes Survival Partnership (Apes)
GRASP is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.
6. International Fund for Animal Welfare (all encompassing)
Founded in1969 and now with projects in more than 40 countries including China this organization seems to have no boundaries for it’s mission to save individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world.
7. Defenders of Wildlife (imperiled species in USA)
Defenders’ approach is direct and straightforward – they “protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions” –making a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitats.
Make your giving count!