Donating for Social Issues

Organizations that align with your values

The results of climate change go far beyond the extinction of wildlife and the damage we see to rain forests, coral reefs, and wetlands. Some of the most pressing reasons for addressing environmental issues stem from the damage that they cause marginalized groups and impoverished societies.

Many experts believe that in order to tackle climate change as a whole, many societal changes - like better family planning and worldwide improvement in women’s education - must be made in order to reverse harmful trends.

These are a handful of organizations that are leading the way in making these changes:

Women Empowerment

The Small Enterprise Foundation

The Small Enterprise Foundation is a non-profit devoted to empowering women in South Africa to start and run their own small businesses. In past years it has made GiveWell’s list of top nonprofits, being recognized as an organization that has the highest potential to make positive change.

Project Drawdown lists woman owned businesses in third world countries as the #62 solution necessary to address climate change.

Learn more at www.sef.co.za/ 

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is an international organization devoted to addressing access to maternity care and family planning. 

Learn more at everymothercounts.org/

Social Justice

Indigenous Environmental Network: Defend + Protect + Renew

Throughout the world, indigenous people fight to protect their homelands from environmental destruction. The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is a group of grassroots indigenous people who focus on environmental and economic justice issues. IEN works to empower indigenous people to protect their “sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both their people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities”.

Learn more at www.ienearth.org

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally and campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
“We investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. We lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.“ Amnesty International support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Learn more at www.amnesty.org/ 

Where to find out more

GiveWell: Make your dollar go further

Givewell.org is a website started by a group of hedge fund analysts, and applies the same financial rigor to nonprofits, trying to assess how much good they will do with your money. 

It is a great source for review and finding organizations to support. 

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania offers recommendations about where donations will have the greatest impact. It examines a variety of important areas such as the empowerment of women and girls, early education and global health.