causes we support

African Wildlife Foundation

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The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. We believe that protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its people – and for over 45 years, we have made it our work to help ensure that Africa’s wild resources endure. Founded in 1961, the AWF boasts a staff that is 80% African, and is dedicated to conserving elephants, mountain gorillas, lions and other threatened species. AWF’s tool kit includes land and habitat protection; species-specific conservation projects and partnerships with local communities to create solutions which allow people and wildlife to coexist.


American Ballet Theatre

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Recognized as a living national treasure, American Ballet Theatre annually tours the United States since its founding in 1940, and has performed abroad as the U.S. Cultural Ambassador by Presidential appointment, re-affirming its role as America's National Ballet Company®. As ABT's major education component, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre serves approximately 300 students and encompasses a pre-professional division (ages 12-18) and Children's Division (ages 3-14). It aims to provide the highest quality ballet training, consistent with the stylistic requirements of American Ballet Theatre, and to provide dancers with a rich knowledge of classical technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. The curriculum of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is ABT's National Training Curriculum, which combines scientific principles with elements from the classic French, Italian and Russian schools of training.


American Community Gardening Association

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The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.

ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands. The Association supports community gardening by facilitating the formation and expansion of state and regional community gardening networks; developing resources in support of community gardening; and, encouraging research and conducting educational programs.


Architecture for Humanity

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Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. The organization works to build a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, AFH brings design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed. Each year 10,000 people directly benefit from structures designed by Architecture for Humanity. AFH's advocacy, training and outreach programs impact an additional 50,000 people annually and their clients include community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions, and foundations.


A's and Aces

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A’s & Aces' mission is to provide academic assistance, life skills, and tennis instruction to New Orleans public school children in a safe and secure environment. The organization serves over 500 children through in/after-school and summer programming.


CARE

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Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. CARE's six decades of experience show that when you empower a girl or woman, she becomes a catalyst, creating ripples of positive change that lift up everyone around her. That's why girls and women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for everyone. We also work with girls and women to promote social justice, respond to emergencies and confront hunger and climate change. Last year CARE worked in 87 countries and reached more than 97 million people around the world. 




DonorsChoose

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DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, created DonorsChoose.org in 2000 so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Its mission is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist. The organization's vision is a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.


Embrace

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The Embrace mission and vision are simple ones. The Infant Warmer is the first in a line of affordable products that Embrace will innovate for low income communities. The organization is not alone in this fight to decrease infant mortality. In 1990, world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit pledged to reduce the deaths of children under 5 years of age by two thirds by 2015. The Embrace Infant Warmer is an innovation that will help families save their children, and governments work towards the United Nations Millennium Development goals.


The Envision Foundation

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Seeing the world through a camera lens gives kids a new perspective, changing the way they view their communities and the world around them. The Envision Foundation uses photography and digital media to empower teenagers in Haiti, China and the US, giving them a vital outlet to share their stories. We think that's excellent exposure!


Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

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Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® (FTBC), a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/CFDA Foundation, marshals the goodwill and services of every element of the fashion industry to raise public awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.


Girl Up

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Girl Up envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. The organization gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.


Girls Write Now

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Girls Write Now is the first organization to combine mentoring and writing instructions within the context of all-girl programming. Since 1998, it has given  more than 3,000 at-risk girls from New York City's under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe place to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community. While half of New York City's youth fail to complete high school, 100% of Girls Write Now seniors graduate and move on to college -- bringing with them awards, scholarships, writing skills, and a new sense of confidence. In 2010, their students were awarded a total of 30 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Girls Write Now is distinguished by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as one of the top after-school arts and culture programs in the nation.


GlobalGiving

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GlobalGiving is a leader in global philanthropy, providing a robust online marketplace linking donors to high-quality development projects around the world. Since 2003 GlobalGiving has helped catalyze lasting change by making it possible for over 120,000 donors to support thousands of innovative social entrepreneurs and organizations addressing social and economic problems in their communities. 


Grassroot Soccer

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Founded by former professional soccer players in 2002, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and life skills curriculum to youth. Translating research into action and leveraging the excitement around professional soccer, GRS attracts and engages young people through schools, community outreach, and social multimedia. GRS has educated more than 300,000 kids via its ‘Skillz’ curriculum, and is a leader in the sport for development movement.


Greyston Foundation

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Greyston Foundation is a national model for comprehensive community development. Greyston uses entrepreneurship to solve the problems of the inner city and reduce reliance on external funding sources. Greyston programs reach 2,200 community members annually.


Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

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HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is the international migration agency of the American Jewish community. The organization provides rescue and refuge for persecuted and oppressed Jews around the world. In recent years, as the population of Jewish refugees has diminished, HIAS has directed its expertise to assist refugees and immigrants of all backgrounds. HIAS also advocates in Congress for fair and effective policies affecting refugees and immigrants. Since 1881, HIAS has assisted more than 4,500,000 people worldwide. 


Honey Bee Research Fund

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The UC Davis campus has had an active bee research program for 76 years. It is one of the oldest in the country. This unique research and teaching facility is essential because honey bees are so important for pollinating most agricultural crops. Honey bees are as vital to many crops as water, fertilizer, and sunlight. For example, almonds cannot be grown at all without bee pollination. Healthy bees in abundant populations require a research staff to solve continuing problems concerning nutrition, breeding, pathology, parasitology, toxicology, behavior, cultural techniques, and general management practices under field conditions.


International Rescue Committee

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.


Inveneo

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More than 2 billion people in the developing world live in rural and remote communities that lack basic access to information and communications technologies, such as telephony, computing, and Internet access. Access to these technologies, directly or via service organizations, can improve their lives in simple yet profound ways. Inveneo's mission is to get the tools of information communications technology, such as computers, telephony, and Internet access to those who need it most — people and organizations in rural and highly underserved communities of the developing world.


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. 


KaBOOM!

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KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. KaBOOM's mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. KaBOOM! ultimately envisions a place to play within walking distance of every child in America. In saving play, KaBOOM! is helping create: Healthier, happier, and smarter children, greener cities, better schools and stronger neighborhoods. To date, KaBOOM! has built over 1,800 playgrounds, saving play for over 3.5 million children.


Kids Against Bullying (part of PACER.org)

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Every year 13 million kids in America are bullied. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through the use of creative, interactive resources. It has three helpful websites that offer a wide variety of free resources teachers, students, and families can use to address bullying in schools, the community and online:   KidsAgainstBullying.org is for elementary school children, TeensAgainstBullying.org is for middle school and high school students; and PACER.org/bullying is for parents, educators, and other concerned adults.


Kitchen Community

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The Kitchen Community, the philanthropic arm of The Kitchen Restaurants, creates open-source designs for modular, experiential Learning Gardens for elementary schools across the country. Designed by Jen Lewin Studio, Learning Gardens are an extension of the classroom and an enhancement to the school playground and designed to be a place kids want to play in and teachers want to teach in, thereby creating a long-term, positive investment for the school and community.


The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic

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The primary focus of The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic is to provide health care access to these otherwise hard-to-reach populations residing in the coastal regions of Lake Tanganyika. Using green technology and practices to outfit and run a well-founded marine vessel with modern medical facilities and accommodations supporting a full medical staff and crew, the Floating Health Clinic will provide desperately needed health care access to individuals and communities who otherwise would not benefit from basic healthcare services, much less cutting-edge medical care.


The List Project

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The List Project is a non-profit operating in the U.S., founded with the belief that the United States Government has a clear and urgent moral obligation to resettle to safety Iraqis who are imperiled due to their affiliation with the United States of America. The List Project has two pillars. First, help as many of the hundreds of Iraqis on its constantly-expanding List make it to the United States through a groundbreaking partnership with several of the country's top law firms and over 150 attorneys. Second, provide a "cushion" for resettled Iraqis upon their arrival to America by building an integration support fund to help defray emergency expenses, and helping them find meaningful employment through our expanding network of partnerships.


National Park Foundation

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The National Park Foundation enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. The National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service.


National Women's History Museum

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The Museum researches, collects and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in a context of world history. The museum will use innovative and engaging means including permanent and online exhibits, educational programs, and outreach efforts to communicate the breadth of women's experiences and accomplishments to the widest possible audience. The sharing of this knowledge will illuminate and encourage women and men, people of all classes, races and cultures to move into the future with respect, equal confidence, greater partnership, and opportunity. 


Operation Gratitude

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Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale in the Military Community by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Operation Gratitude Care Packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.   Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Financial Donations, Operation Gratitude provides all Americans  a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.


Operation Shower

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Operation Shower® is about celebrating, honoring and showing love to military families. Operation Shower's mission is to provide joyful baby showers for military families to ease the stress of deployment. For military families who are expecting a new baby and are experiencing or have recently experienced deployment, Operation Shower accomplishes its mission through hosting amazing baby showers; delivering high-quality products; creating a shared experience; bringing recognition to military families; and working with individuals and companies to provide them an opportunity to show their appreciation and love for military families.


OrchKids

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Through the OrchKids initiative, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is providing opportunities for personal development to Baltimore's most vulnerable children. The organization's aim is to help them overcome the social challenges that they face, including poverty, crime and failing public schools. Many similar music education programs focus solely on developing professional musicians; however, the BSO is committed to serving its community and helping to develop the well-rounded citizens of tomorrow through music.


PeacePlayers International

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PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an innovative global organization that uses sport to unite and educate young people in divided communities. PeacePlayers International was founded in 2001 by Sean Tuohey, on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” PeacePlayers International currently operates programs in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus, and the Middle East that bring together thousands of children to form positive relationships, develop leadership skills, and improve their futures. Over the past six years, the organization has worked with over 45,000 children. PeacePlayers International is led by global network of youth leaders who work together as coaches, mentors and facilitators.


Room To Read

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Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe they can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  The organization works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.


Save The Whales

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Save the Whales works to educate children and adults about marine mammals, their environment and their preservation. Founded in1977 when Maris Sidenstecker was 14 years old, the organization focuses on educating the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment. Save the Whales believes children, the future of the planet, need to be empowered and know that their actions can promote change.


Sea Turtle Conservancy

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the world's oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. The organization was founded in 1959 by world-renowned sea turtle expert Dr. Archie Carr to save sea turtles from eminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. Headquartered in Florida, the organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through research, education, advocacy and the protection of their natural habitats.


See Jane

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Six years ago, while watching children's entertainment with her young daughter, Academy Award winner Geena Davis noticed a remarkable imbalance in the ratio of male to female characters. From that small starting point, Davis commissioned the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment. The research showed that in the top-grossing G-rated films, there were three male characters for every one female - a statistic that still has not improved. SEE JANE is a program of theGeena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that utilizes research, education and advocacy to engage the entertainment industry, parents and the public to recognize the need for gender balance in movies, TV, and other media aimed at children 11 and under.


The Smithsonian's National Zoo

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The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has been studying giant pandas for 30 years, both in the wild and in captivity. With as few as 1,600 pandas left scientists need to learn quickly how to save them from extinction. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is the dedicated partner of the National Zoological Park raising money to support its worldwide science and conservation projects.


Special Olympics

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Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.  


Sunshine Kids Foundation

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The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, the organization is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.


Tailored for Education

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Founded in 2011, Tailored for Education strives to increase school enrollment in developing countries by providing children with school uniforms. For millions of children around the globe, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. By providing these children with locally made uniforms, Tailored for Education creates an opportunity for a better life for themselves and their families.


TechnoServe

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Climbing out of poverty in the developing world takes more than hard work; it takes economic opportunities. Entrepreneurs create these opportunities by identifying and capitalizing on good business ideas. TechnoServe helps them turn their visions into reality. The organization's programs focus on developing entrepreneurs, building businesses and industries, and improving the business environment. Over the course of four decades, TechnoServe has learned what does and doesn't work. Its scaled-up initiatives and expansion into new industries and regions build upon and adapt our successful business models and programs.


Toys for Tots

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The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Toys for Tots goal is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources –  children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.