Organizations that promote sustainability, equity, equality, environmental conservation and protection, and energy research that meets ecological and human needs are so important right now because conditions in the world are so unequal. In America, it can be hard to find a job, but in Uganda (and many other countries) it can be hard to find clean water or food.

Charities can provide temporary aid, but very well managed ones can also provide long-term solutions that give individuals the power to provide for themselves, (or “hand-ups”, instead of “hand-outs”). These solutions involve empowering everyday people (especially the poor, dissidents, minorities, children, women, the elderly, the disabled, and others at the bottom of the social hierarchy) by providing the resources to collaborate, organize, live autonomously and without discrimination.

It’s important to note that charity is only a small part of the solution. Charities do not attack powerful institutions, the super rich, or dissolve states. Only common people can do that. But by aiding the survival of more common people through charity and volunteer work, more people can fight back against the system that impoverishes and exploits the planet.

If you want to help make the world slightly less unequal, consider contributing to one of the charities listed below. I am not affiliated with any of them, but I think they are all very responsibly run organizations with worthy causes.

If you take away anything from this website, I hope it is the central belief that water, food, shelter, healthcare, education, and freedom are basic human needs, not luxuries. Poverty, torture, mass incarceration, famine, dehydration, slavery, genocide, and widespread disease are problems that don’t have to exist. We have the power and responsibility to eliminate them and the right charities can help us reach that goal, and they exist. Below are just a few.

There are very hardworking people who understand the balance between managing resources for ecosystems and people. They exist and if you need a reason to be motivated to act know that the situation is not hopeless and you can make significant changes to your community and beyond. There are millions of people fighting every day for human and ecological rights and you can be one of them if you aren’t already.

It is very hard to quantify human efforts for ecological and social justice. They are shaped by the actions of billions of people around the world and most actions go unnoticed. I think it’s important to point to these actions as much as we can see them, support them, and amplify them.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and I will be adding to it often. Many organizations listed have international goals, but a few are just local. If you would like to suggest an addition to the list, feel free. If you think a charity should be removed, feel free to say so and state why. There are plenty of bogus charities out there and I don’t want one on here!

Elimination of Homelessness and Poverty


Clean Water

Food Security and Worker’s Rights – United Nations Environmental Program has made large solar installations in India. – Uniting Food, Farm, and Hotel Workers Worldwide Hunger Project – Currently working on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan (Boston) – Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Environmental Preservation, Food Sovereignty and Safety, Protection of Marine life, and Reducing Pollution and Global Climate Change  – Started by Wangari Maathai, it has planted 51 million trees in Kenya. – Environmental and social justice nonprofit

* – Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag – Rainforest Action Network

* – Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics – National Resources Defense Council is a grassroots movement of 1.4 million members that strives to reduce pollution, preserve natural forests, reduce global warming, aid food security and quality, and protect marine life. – This international nonprofit uses direct action to protect marine life by taking out ships that are slaugthering it. – This is not a nonprofit. But it fishes plastic waste out of the sea and melts it down to create boats. – Plants millions of trees, restores watersheds, and practices sustainable forestry. – Global Society for Ecology and a Sound Economy – Marine Conservation Society

Sustainable Energy Research and Development (This is not a charity, but a progressive company my sister worked with.)

Collaborative and Nonprofit Farms – Student’s Educational and Cultural movement of Ladakh, India – Nonprofit land trust that sustainably grows healthy food and distributes it equitably.

Human Rights, Peace, and Assistance for Refugees and Immigrants US Campaign for Palestinian Rights – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East – Engineers Without Borders – Civil Liberties Defense Center – United Nations Refugee Agency – The Humanitarian Law Project – African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights American Civil Liberties Union – Center for Constitutional Rights – Norweigan Refugee Council – International Organization for Migration – The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Indigenous Rights, Legal Defense, and Resistance to Big Oil:– Center for World Indigenous Studies

Resistance to Military Recruiting and ROTC programs – National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth – Iraqi Veterans Against the Wat – Youth Peace Literacy Project

Global Education and Resources for Learning

Reproductive Healthcare and Women’s Rights

Healthcare – radical, anti-authoritarian volunteer free clinic  – a searchable database of free clinics throughout the US

Rights of Children – – Works in 100 countries, saving children’s lives. Non-profit for burn victims

Secular Humanitarian Efforts – Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine – Freedom from Religion Foundation

Drug Law Reform – Transform Drug Policy Foundation – Marijuana Policy Project

Prison Reform and Abolition (just journalism but significant)

Abolition of Slavery

Gang Conflict Intervention and Alternatives

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Protection of Free Speech, Journalists, and Whistleblowers

Mental Health Research, Patient Advocacy Groups, and Patient Support Networks

Occupy Movements

Another way to help out is to volunteer. I’ve done a good amount of volunteering and canvassing, although I really need to do more. Nothing makes you feel better than doing something selfless. You could volunteer at one of the organizations above or other progressives like WWOOF.

I’m also looking for volunteers to help collaborate with me on cooperative farms, well sites, water treatment plants, irrigation systems, and emergency health-care sites in very poor countries. Most of these projects are still in the planning stages, but I could always use help planning and fundraising.  I’m also  planning on shooting several documentaries. If you would like further information about any of this, feel free to contact me.

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