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there worthy of attention.
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Completing more than
300 domestic adoptions each year, American Adoptions is currently one of the
largest domestic adoption agencies of its kind in the United States. We
are a fully licensed, non-profit domestic adoption agency that works across the
Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is our
nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and
communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties
guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the
United States. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to
improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
for AIDS Research (amfAR)
amfAR's mission is to
prevent HIV infection and the disease and death associated with it and to
protect the human rights of all people threatened by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers
and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide
network of nearly 1,000 chapters and Blood Services regions dedicated to saving
lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Americans for the
Americans for the Arts
is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in
America. With 45 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving
local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate
in and appreciate all forms of the arts. We provide extensive arts
industry research, and information and professional development opportunities
for community arts leaders via specialized programs and services.
As a non-profit disaster relief and
humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares provides immediate response to
emergency medical needs, as well as supporting long-term humanitarian
assistance programs for all people around the world, irrespective of
race, creed or political persuasion.
vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights
enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international
human rights standards.
Sclerosis Association (ALS Association)
The ALS Association symbolizes the hopes of people everywhere that
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis will one day be a disease of the past –
relegated to historical status, studied in medical textbooks, conquered
by the dedication of thousands who have worked ceaselessly to understand
and eradicate this perplexing killer.
Television Network (AETN)
The mission of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is to
offer lifelong learning opportunities to all Arkansans; to supply
instructional programs to Arkansas' schools; to provide programming and
services to improve and enhance the lives of Arkansas' citizens; and to
illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas and the world.
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.
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The nation's leading industry based HIV/AIDS
fundraising and grant-making organization. BC/EFA's grantmaking has
two emphases. The first is
The Actors' Fund of America. BC/EFA currently supports five major social
service programs at The Fund, each of which provides direct assistance to
entertainment industry professionals and performing artists who are dealing with
a variety of problems, including AIDS, HIV, and HIV-related issues.
Boys & Girls Clubs of
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation
and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are
at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know
that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more.
Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys
and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We
place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped
with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families
and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's
community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread
of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic
opportunity and protect natural resources.
charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water
into impoverished communities. In less than 2 years, we have funded more
than 600 projects in 11 nations that will provide 250,000 people with
We are a national not-for-profit charitable organization that recruits
foster and adoptive families for special needs children who have been
waiting the longest for a "forever" family. We have brought together
more than 5,000 children and families in our 35 years of service.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in
1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices
heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders
accountable to the public interest.
Campaign Committee (DCCC)
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) serves as the
official national Democratic campaign committee charged with recruiting,
assisting, funding, and electing Democrats to the U. S. House of
Representatives. We provide services ranging from designing and helping
execute field operations, to polling, creating radio and television
commercials, fundraising, communications, and management consulting.
The Democratic Party is committed to keeping our nation safe and
expanding opportunity for every American. That commitment is reflected
in an agenda that emphasizes the security of our nation, strong economic
growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security,
honest government, and civil rights.
Campaign Committee (DSCC)
Our mission is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate. We
are the largest organization committed to electing a Democratic Senate
in the country. From grass-roots organizing to candidate recruitment to
providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all
year, every year to increase the number of Democratic Senators.
Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The Depression and
Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national
organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization
fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these
life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools
and information written in language the general public can understand.
Developments in Literacy (DIL)
inception in 1997, Developments in Literacy (DIL) has given hope to many
young Pakistani children by bringing them the gift of education.
Literacy rates in Pakistan average 49% nationwide and in remote rural
areas can be as low as 0.5% for women. It is one of the few countries
where illiteracy is on the rise, and is ranked second in the world for
having the most out-of-school children (6.5 million), according to a
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
With more than 1.2
million members, Disabled American Veterans is an organization of disabled
veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and
their families. The organization accomplishes this goal by providing free
assistance to veterans in obtaining benefits and services earned through their
military service. It is fully funded through its membership dues and public
contributions. It is not a government agency and receives no government funds.
dedicated to addressing the scarcity and inequitable distribution of learning
materials and experiences in our public schools. DonorsChoose.org will improve
public education by engaging citizens in an online marketplace where teachers
describe and individuals can fund specific student projects. We envision a
nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.
The Dorough Lupus
Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization. The Foundation's
goals are to aide in research, educate the public and to provide financial
assistance to organizations helping individuals living with Lupus who cannot
Earth Island Institute
Life on earth is imperiled by human degradation of the biosphere. Earth Island
Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the
biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. Through
education and activism, these projects promote the conservation, preservation,
and restoration of the Earth.
The Borneo Project
(a project of the Earth Island Institute)
The Borneo Project is an environmental justice initiative that partners
with indigenous organizations and communities to permanently protect and
manage ancestral rainforests.
Global Service Corps
(a project of the Earth Island Institute)
Global Service Corps (GSC) is a nonprofit international volunteer
organization that provides volunteer opportunities for people worldwide
to live and work abroad in developing countries. We care about people.
We care about the earth. We learn and we teach.
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to
protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of
this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy
environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and
strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations
Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation creates a future of hope for children
and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS, providing care and
treatment to people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new
treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses.
Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all
people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air,
clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems. We are
guided by scientific evaluation of environmental problems, and the
solutions we advocate will be based on science, even when it leads in
FINCA provides financial services to the
world’s poorest families so they can create their own jobs, raise
household incomes, and improve their standard of living. We deliver
these services through a global network of locally managed,
Free Kibble and
Free Kibble Kat
Freekibble.com's primary mission is to provide good, healthy food to
dogs and cats to those shelters who are working so hard to see that none
of them go hungry - they need our help. We'll continue to provide free
kibble to the Humane Society of Central Oregon and now we're expanding
to add more shelters in need of free kibble. Furrytale Farms on
Bainbridge Island is next, and many more to follow!!!
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
The Gay & Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair,
accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a
means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
Since 1991, Victory
has successfully helped elect hundreds of openly LGBT candidates to Congress,
state legislatures, school boards, city councils and more. Through world-class
programs and nonpartisan training, we also provide these new leaders with the
skills and contacts they need to make the most of their influence and access.
Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
The Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school
community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health
Crisis (GMHC) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based
organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Our
mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain
and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment
and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority.
Girls and Boys
Girls and Boys Town, the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a
leader in the treatment and care of abused, abandoned and neglected
girls and boys. Throughout its 88-year history, the nonprofit,
nonsectarian organization has provided these children with a safe,
caring, loving environment where they gain confidence to get better and
learn skills to become productive citizens. Girls and Boys Town alumni
have gone on to become successful in all facets of life.
As a global organization, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial
worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.
Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is
Healthy Heart Club
The Brian Littrell
Healthy Heart Club for Kids® will educate children and their families regarding
the benefits of adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle. Through education,
promotion and caring the Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club for Kids ® fulfills
its mission of nurturing heart conscious families while being instrumental in
creating healthier communities.
Heifer envisions a world of communities living together in peace and
equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Heifer’s mission is
to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the
earth. Heifer's strategy is to “pass on the gift.” As people share their
animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources,
and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is
created that reaches around the globe.
As America's largest
gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national
voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies
Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests
strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public
understanding through innovative education and communication strategies.
Humane Society of the
The Humane Society of
the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection
organization—backed by 10 million Americans, or one in every 30. Established in
1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that
will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty,
exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the
I Love Schools
iLoveSchools.com is a
free donor-matching service for education! School teachers build WishLists of
equipment, materials and supplies; anything they need for their classroom.
Donors locate teachers through our WishList search and offer their donations of
new or used items or the cost of the teacher's WishList.
International Campaign for Tibet
Campaign for Tibet works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the
people of Tibet.
International Rescue Committee
Founded in 1933, the
International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation,
protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for
those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
Committed to restoring dignity and self-reliance, the IRC is a global symbol of
hope and renewal for those who have taken flight in search of freedom.
Born as a direct
response to the more than 100 million children languishing in orphanages and
foster care around the world, Kidsave’s single focus is creating permanent
families and connections for older children in need. Kidsave works to draw
attention to the plight of institutionalized children and the need for every
child to have a family or a caring mentor. So far, we have found permanent
families and mentors for more than 2,000 older children, ages 5 - 18.
Lambda Legal is a
national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil
rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV
through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has
fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public
policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring
vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure.
The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state
and local levels.
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-governmental organization founded
in 1945 to respond to the needs of communities devastated by World War
II. Since then, it has evolved from a relief agency shipping material
resources to war-torn Europe to an agency that works with partners
worldwide to respond to emergencies, seek lasting solutions to rural
poverty, and work for peace and justice for all.
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)
progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively
monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the
works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to
unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible
odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to
people in 100 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North
America, Europe and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ
3,400 staff worldwide and reach nearly 14.4 million people in more than
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a
dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at
conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million
National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the
political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons
and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
than thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the leading
national advocate for personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose.
NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to develop and sustain a
constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman
the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of
reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing
healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
National AIDS Fund
NAF supports over 400 grassroots
organizations annually which in turn provide HIV prevention, care and
support services to underserved individuals and populations most
impacted by HIV/AIDS including communities of color, youth and women.
The National AIDS Fund connects national and local funders, scientists,
and community based organizations. With its Partnerships, it invests
more than $8 million annually in HIV/AIDS grant making to agencies
for Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)
Tolerance.org is a
principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and
creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity.
If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your
workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start — and continue —
Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today,
the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its
legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
NCLR is a national legal resource center
with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and
their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, and
public education. In addition, NCLR provides representation and resources to gay
men, and bisexual and transgender individuals on key issues that also
significantly advance lesbian rights.
National Center for
The National Center for Transgender
Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending
discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and
advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By
empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence
policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for
transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
Coalition for Sexual Freedom
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is a national organization committed
to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that
advances equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative
sexual expression. NCSF is primarily focused on the rights of consenting adults
in the SM-leather-fetish, swing, and polyamory communities, who often face
discrimination because of their sexual expression.
National Gay and
Lesbian Task Force
Founded in 1973, the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation (the Task Force) was the first
national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy
organization and remains the movement's leading voice for freedom, justice, and
equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create
a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and
identity where all people may fully participate in society.
Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS
Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about
MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops
people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. We help each person
address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of
National Organization for
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of
feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing
members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring
about equality for all women.
National Women's History
Founded in 1996, the National Women's History Museum is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit educational institution dedicated to revealing, presenting,
and celebrating the rich and diverse history of women's contributions
that have shaped American culture and society. The Museum will be
established in Washington, D.C., where the world's most prominent
museums and monuments are located.
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the nation's most effective
environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of more
than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and
wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
The Nature Conservancy
The mission of The
Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities
that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters
they need to survive.
campaign was created in 2006 by the UN refugee agency. The goal of the campaign
is to give more than nine million children better access to education, sport and
technology by 2010. The ninemillion.org website exists to raise funds, but also
to give voice to those who often go unheard, allowing visitors to see pictures
of the camps where children pass much of their lives, read refugee children's
stories and understand what refugee children's lives are like.
Oxfam America is a Boston-based international development and relief
agency and an affiliate of Oxfam International. Working with local
partners, Oxfam delivers development programs and emergency relief
services, and campaigns for change in global practices and policies that
keep people in poverty. Oxfam America works on the scene, helping people
gain the hope, skills, and direction to create a new future.
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual,
throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the
individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect
and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential
to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must
be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy.
was created for all people around the world who want to end poverty. It
was started in January 2007 by a private individual (John Breen) and has
no political, religious, or corporate affiliation. Please also visit our
sister site for world hunger, FreeRice.
For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice through the UN
World Food Program to help end hunger. Improving your vocabulary can
improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even
greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human
beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the
world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.
We fight for
openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of
consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable
energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for
strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe,
effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
Search and Give
Give is a site where you can help generate donations for the charity or
school of your choice, by searching the Internet. You simply sign up,
select a charity or school, and use the Search and Give site to search
the Web. For every search from the Search and Give site, your charity or
school earns a penny. You may generate a maximum donation of 500
searches per month. Microsoft will then make an annual donation to that
charity or school.
Legal Defense Network
Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and
policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of
military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and related forms of
Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGE is the
world's oldest and largest non-profit agency dedicated to serving
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior citizens. Since its
inception, SAGE has pioneered programs and services for seniors in the
GLBT community, and countless organizations across the U.S. (including a
number of independent SAGE affiliates) have turned to SAGE for support
in developing programs for GLBT seniors in their communities.
The Sierra Club's
members are more than 750,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature,
we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is
America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental
Villages is an independent, non-governmental and social development
organisation, which has been active in the field of children's needs,
concerns and rights since 1949. Its activities focus on neglected and
abandoned children and orphans, as well as disadvantaged families. If a
child cannot stay with his/her biological family, his/her right to care,
protection and equal opportunities should still be guaranteed.
This is a
movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global
community. Join the 1,134,200 supporters of the Stop Global Warming
Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders
freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors
to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.
Komen for the Cure
Komen for the
Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer
survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure
quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to
events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1
billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit
funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
Legal Defense and Education Fund
have been subject to pervasive discrimination that has kept them, with rare
exceptions, hidden from public view. While this discrimination has begun to
lessen, transgender people still experience much prejudice and violence. TLDEF
is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression
and to achieving equality for transgender people.
United Farm Workers
Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of
every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence
decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn
the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world
organizations, and unique among those working with the young. We believe
that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human
Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to
provide a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide.
Waterkeeper Alliance supports and empowers member Waterkeeper
organizations to protect communities, ecosystems and water quality;
promotes the Waterkeeper model for watershed protection worldwide; and
advocates for issues common to Waterkeeper programs.
In performing their military service, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met
enormous challenges. But at home, they often face difficulties
they didn't anticipate. Finding a job. Furthering their
education. Or living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other
psychological problems. You can help them transition back to
We're spirited people protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through
the potent combination of science, advocacy and education. We
deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with
all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and
water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts.
Helping Others (WHO)
The WHO Foundation was established in 1993 and born from the philosophy
of Women Helping Others. The Who Foundation reaches out, on grass-roots
level, to women and children whose needs have been neglected and are
underserved. Since its inception, the Who Foundation has granted over
$3.5 million to over 310 charities in 45 states and Puerto Rico,
touching the lives of more than 350,000 women and children in need.
Known worldwide by its panda logo, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads
international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats.
Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the
globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2
million members in the U.S. and another 4 million worldwide, WWF is the
world's largest privately financed conservation organization.