Monday, November 28, 2016

Top #GivingTuesday Organizations to be more Green


Giving Tuesday is a day set aside for us all to come together to support our local and national not-for-profits. While we shouldn't need a special day to support great causes, it is a great reminder that the holiday giving season is not just about shopping and gift giving - it is also about giving back.
Giving Tuesday was created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

This year I am involving my kids in making decisions on which organizations to make donations to. I want to focus on environmental and parks causes so I put together the list below as a resource for my family and yours. Take a look at these great organizations that are really making a difference and consider supporting them on November 29, or any day!

National Park Service

This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. Show your support for the future of our National parks by making a donation to your favorite park or through the National Park Foundation. Our over 400 national parks preserve 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites. Your gift will help the National Park Foundation protect these treasured landscapes for generations to come.
Click here for more info and to find your park

Donate to the National Park Foundation here

The Trust for Public Land 

Creating Parks and Protecting Land for People
For over four decades, The Trust for Public Land has saved more than 5,400 special places in 48 states, protecting more than 3.3 million acres. No other organization can accomplish more with less money, so you can be sure that every dollar donated will make a difference! This year your donation will be matched dollar for dollar so your gift will make twice the impact. Learn more about the Trust for Public Land at tpl.org

Watch this fabulous video on the work TPL is doing for schools in NYC: TPL NYC Playgrounds Program
Donate to TPL today here

350.org 

An international campaign dedicated to fighting climate change, 350.org gets its name from the maximum level of atmospheric carbon dioxide — 350 parts per million (ppm) — that climate scientists agree will maintain our planet’s long-term ecological health. Now, the level is 400 ppm, and it’s rising by 2 ppm each year. This group organizes in 188 countries and strives to revolutionize the climate movement. Learn more at https://350.org/Donate to 350.org today here

Nature Conservancy 

Since its foundation in 1951, this global conservation group has safeguarded more than 115 million acres of land from development. The Conservancy works with landowners, communities and businesses to achieve conservation goals. Learn more about the Nature Conservancy at http://www.nature.org/
Donate to Nature Conservancy Here

Sierra Club 

EXPLORE, ENJOY, AND PROTECT THE PLANETThe Sierra Club, founded in 1892, has an impressive, storied history and is one of the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organizations in the United States. The group’s website is a hub of opportunities to participate in all sorts of environmental campaigns, from rallying against fracking to opposing carbon pollution. Learn more at http://www.sierraclub.org/ 
Donate to Sierra Club Here



The Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
This is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.

Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion. Learn more about Arbor Day Foundation here: https://www.arborday.org/

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