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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Highly-Rated Charities Protecting Our Environment


Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of ten highly-rated organizations working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we're celebrating the fact that the flowers and trees are finally blooming, the grass is green again, and the air is warm. We're talking about ten of the top charities in our environmental cause area.

The charities work on a spectrum of issues related to our environment, like sustainable agriculture and environmental policy. Keep reading to learn more!

Rural Advancement Foundation International, USA
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Dedicated to sustainability, equity, and diversity in agriculture

The Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA (RAFI-USA) cultivates markets, policies, and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms. While focusing on North Carolina and the southeastern United States, we also work nationally and internationally. RAFI is creating a movement among farm, environmental and consumer groups to ensure that: family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income; everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society; air, water, and soil are preserved for future generations; the land yields healthy and abundant food and fiber that is accessible to all members of society; and that the full diversity of seeds and breeds, the building blocks of agriculture, are reinvigorated and publicly protected.

Trees Atlanta
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Protecting and improving Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta has been a prime force in addressing Atlanta's tree loss, creating increased green space, and conserving our city's trees. We have planted and distributed more than 100,000 shade trees, cared for more than 120,000 trees, recruited thousands of volunteers and educated an average of 3,500 children and adults annually about the importance of urban trees and how to plant and properly care for them. In addition to planting trees and educating the community, Trees Atlanta works with communities and municipalities to restore Atlanta's remaining forest spaces through its Forest Restoration program. Trees Atlanta has also begun work on a 22-mile linear arboretum along the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of unused rails encircling the city.

The Conservation Fund
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Conservation working for America

At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. We have the highest program allocation - putting 97% of our resources toward mission - and lowest fundraising costs in our field and continue to outperform our efficiency and effectiveness. Since 1985 we have protected more than 7.5 million acres of land, working in all 50 states; we've preserved forests, deserts, parks, waterways and every type of landscape in between. From historic places that tell the story of America to helping communities grow smarter, greener cities, our work benefits all Americans.

Ecology Center
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Working for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play

The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded by community activists after the country's first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future. The Ecology Center works for a just and healthy environment through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and demonstration projects. Today, our major programs are: Climate and Energy; Environmental Education; Environmental Health Project; HealthyStuff.org; Land Use; and Recycle Ann Arbor.

Greater Yellowstone Coalition
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People protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) was founded in 1983 to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We emerged as a nationally known advocate for the idea that ecosystem-level sustainability and science should guide the management of the region's public and private lands. This vast ecosystem includes twenty million acres of wild country that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, parts of six national forests, three national wildlife refuges, and state and private lands in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. We work to protect the land from mining, oil and gas, and other such human developments; to ensure rare and imperiled wildlife are sustained, including grizzly bears, bison, wolves and cutthroat trout; and in the face of climate change, to implement adaptation strategies to give wildlife the best chance of survival in an uncertain future, such as by restoring degraded habitats and protecting climate sensitive habitats and species.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
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Collaborating across borders to secure climate justice and defend human rights in communities around the world!

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) gives public interest lawyers and scientists around the world the skills and resources they need to protect the environment through law. More than 300 grassroots lawyers and scientists in 70 countries participate in the ELAW network. By giving our partners the legal and scientific support they need, ELAW helps challenge environmental abuses and builds a worldwide corps of skilled, committed advocates working to protect ecosystems and communities for generations to come.

Center for Biological Diversity
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Because life is good

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. The Center has six program areas: Biodiversity, Climate, International, Oceans, Wildlands, and Urban Wildlands. The Center looks forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world's most critically endangered animals and plants.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
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Ensuring a living resource for all generations

The mission of the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to: "conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife."

Amazon Conservation Team
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Conserving biodiversity, health, and culture in greater Amazonia

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded in 1996 by the world-renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin and noted Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal. Observing the lack of attention paid to indigenous rainforests, comprising over 25% of the Amazon basin, Dr. Plotkin and Ms. Madrigal created an organization based on a unique strategy: biocultural conservation, which rests on the conviction that the people who best know, use, and protect biodiversity are the indigenous people who live in tropical forests. By partnering with indigenous tribes to map, manage, and protect the most isolated rainforest regions, ACT protects the biodiversity, culture, and health of the Amazon's ecosystem-the flora, the fauna, and the people.

Rocky Mountain Institute
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Creating a clean, prosperous and secure energy future

Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) vision is a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, forever. Our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources. RMI's style is non-adversarial and trans-ideological, emphasizing integrative design, advanced technologies, and mindful markets. Our strategic focus, executed through specific initiatives designed to take our work rapidly to scale, is to map and drive the transition from coal and oil to efficiency and renewables. We work extensively with the private sector, as well as with civil society and government, to create abundance by design and to apply the framework of natural capitalism.

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