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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Massachusetts


Each week, Charity Navigator visits a new state and features a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people, animal, and communities there.

Did you know Massachusetts is home to almost 300 highly-rated charities?! We're talking about a few of them here, but you can learn more about the rest of them at Charity Navigator


Massachusetts Audubon Society (Lincoln, MA)
☆☆☆☆
Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts

Established in 1896, the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Mass Audubon) is the largest conservation organization in New England, working to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife. Mass Audubon cares for more than 37,000 acres of conservation land, provides educational programs for 200,000 children and adults annually, and advocates for sound environmental policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Their statewide network of 57 wildlife sanctuaries welcomes visitors of all ages and serves as the base for their conservation, education, and advocacy work as well as providing people with much-needed places for recreation and relaxation, and a home for more than 150 endangered and threatened native species.

Berkshire Humane Society (Pittsfield, MA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Helping animals and people since 1992

Founded in 1992, the Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is an open-admission animal support organization with a twofold mission: to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation; and to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach. In addition to their primary mission of sheltering animals, the BHS conducts many vital programs that benefit the people of their community, including, free educational programs for local school children, a pet-food bank for economically distressed pet owners, and assistance for The Elizabeth Freeman Center in providing abused women with a safe haven for their pets during crisis.

Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Discover the power of play

Boston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. It is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. They promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to the collective well-being and future prosperity.

On the Rise (Cambridge, MA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Safety, community, and advocacy for homeless women

On The Rise's mission is to support the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness. In a physically and psychologically safe environment, they build the relationships and provide the tools that each woman needs to rise to her potential. On The Rise annually reaches and assists nearly 400 of the most highly marginalized and socially isolated women. They use a relational model designed to offer respect, dignity, connection, information, guidance, and hope to women who have fallen through the cracks of our social service system. They meet each woman where she is, help her build on her strengths, and partner with her on her journey from surviving, to living, to thriving.

South Shore Habitat for Humanity (Weymouth, MA)
☆☆☆☆
30 years of service

South Shore Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. South Shore Habitat for Humanity was founded in Norwell in 1986 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We serve 35 cities and towns south and southwest of Boston. South Shore Habitat for Humanity stands for working together, partnering with families to improve their housing, both locally and around the world. The impact of decent and affordable shelter unites everyone.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of Massachusetts.

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