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35 great charities to consider for this Earth Day

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    35 great charities to consider for this Earth Day

    Earth Day is a global event that was started 48 years ago. This year, Earth Day is dedicated to ending plastic pollution, but the Earth Day Network's mission is still to broadly positively impact the environment worldwide. So where should you direct your energy or money this year? We put together a list of 35 charities to consider in a time when private support for environmentalism is key to continuing progress in reducing climate change and supporting the environment. 

    This list was taken from Charity Navigator by selecting charities in their environmental category that have 4/4 star rankings and work on a national level.  All mission statements and rankings were pulled directly from this site

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    #35. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

    Misson: In order to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) strengthens laws, policies, and practices affecting fish and wildlife conservation by leading partnerships that influence decision makers.

    Charity Navigator score: 90.15 (86.08 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: http://www.trcp.org/

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    #34. Land Trust Alliance

    Misson: The Land Trust Alliance works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. Founded in 1982, we work with the national land conservation community - comprised of 1.5 million dedicated land conservation professionals, volunteers and supporters - to quickly, effectively and permanently save our most valued natural places across America. The Land Trust Alliance believes that if we focus our combined efforts to increase the pace, quality and permanence of conservation, we can turn the tide and ultimately change the way that land development takes place in America. Today, the result of our work has been the creation of a vibrant, national movement of 1,700 organizations which has now conserved over 37 million acres.

    Charity Navigator score: 90.35 (86.96 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: https://www.landtrustalliance.org/

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    #33. Waterkeeper Alliance

    Misson: Waterkeeper Alliance's mission is to strengthen and grow a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone's right to clean water. Today, Waterkeeper Alliance is made up of over 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents. They are the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water and their goal is swimmable, drinkable and fishable water everywhere. They accomplish this by holding polluters accountable and connecting local Waterkeeper organizations worldwide.

    Charity Navigator score: 90.71 (87.5 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://waterkeeper.org/

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    #32. Environmental Integrity Project

    Misson: The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws. We have three objectives: 1) To provide objective analysis of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects the public's health; 2) To hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; 3) To help local communities in key states obtain the protection of environmental laws.

    Charity Navigator score: 90.71 (87.5 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/

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    #31. Union of Concerned Scientists

    Misson: The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.14 (88.14 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Cambridge, MA

    Website: https://www.ucsusa.org/

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    #30. Sierra Club Foundation

    Misson: The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy. We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.23 (87.98 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: San Francisco, CA

    Website: https://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/

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    #29. Land Stewardship Project

    Misson: The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) was founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop sustainable communities. Made up of farmers as well as rural and urban residents, LSP works together to: secure a healthful food supply; preserve soil, water, and wildlife; support diversified, profitable family-sized farms; organize communities for positive change; hold corporations and governments accountable; and create a new sustainable vision for our food and agriculture system. Our work is concentrated in four areas: community based food and economic development, Farm Beginnings, policy and organizing, and stewardship science.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.31 (94.52 financial, 89 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Minneapolis, MN

    Website: https://landstewardshipproject.org/

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    #28. Bioneers

    Misson: Founded in 1990, Bioneers provides a forum and social hub for education about solutions presented through the Bioneers Conference and our programs. Our media productions leverage this content to reach millions of people around the nation and the world with our award-winning radio series, Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature; anthology book series; television programs; and our interactive website. The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum where you can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. Social and scientific innovators focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. In 2008, more than 12,000 people attended our main Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California and 18 local Beaming Bioneers satellite conferences across the country.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.42 (94.88 financial, 89 accountability)

    Headquarters location: San Francisco, CA; Santa Fe, NM

    Website: http://www.bioneers.org/

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    #27. National Park Foundation

    Misson: The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America's national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is rooted in 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 mission is to directly support the National Park Service.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.52 (88.4 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: https://www.nationalparks.org/

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    #26. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

    Misson: The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. As the leader in sustainable recreation practices, the Center is training a nation of outdoor advocates to put Leave No Trace principles into action. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center will ensure the long-term health of our natural world.

    Charity Navigator score: 91.79 (89.11 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Boulder, CO

    Website: https://lnt.org/

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    #25. League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

    Misson: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Education Fund strengthens the capacity of the environmental movement to mobilize citizens as informed voters and advocates for sound environmental policies, thereby increasing the influence of the environmental majority on the national, state, and local levels. We identify those citizens with environmental values and encourage their full participation in the political process. We enhance the capacity of environmental organizations to become fully engaged in the democratic process. We build and amplify the grassroots political power of the environmental movement by maintaining a network of partner organizations equipped with top-quality tools and training to defend and win strong environmental policies.

    Charity Navigator score: 92.02 (97.5 financial, 89 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: https://www.lcvef.org/

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    #24. Environmental Law and Policy Center

    Misson: The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) is the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC's multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.

    Charity Navigator score: 92.08 (89.54 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Chicago, IL

    Website: http://elpc.org/

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    #23. LightHawk

    Misson: LightHawk flies to save the earth. Why LightHawk Exists - We know that excellent conservation work can be done with aircraft - and that most conservation groups don't understand how. And, once they do, it seems unaffordable to them. What We Do - Our conservation professionals identify significant conservation issues with and work with leading conservation partner organizations. We co-design effective flight campaigns where aviation can quickly accelerate the work to more quickly achieve significant outcomes. How We Do It - Once campaigns are designed, we leverage a nationwide network of more than 280 highly experienced volunteer pilots to flights affordable by donating their time, aircraft, expertise and fuel. We provide flight to our partners without charge because of the charitable support of our pilots. Conservation Portfolio - Conserving Landscapes, Protecting Oceans and Coastlines, Ensuring Species Survival, Safeguarding Rivers, and Guiding Smart Growth

    Charity Navigator score: 92.09 (88.82 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Fort Collins, CO

    Website: https://www.lighthawk.org/

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    #22. National Audubon Society

    Misson: The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. Audubon is making progress protecting habitat on-the-ground, while its public policy office in Washington, D.C. connects Audubon with Congress, the executive branch, courts, and mass media to ensure our great natural heritage endures for generations.

    Charity Navigator score: 92.34 (89.6 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: http://www.audubon.org/

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    #21. Clean Ocean Action

    Misson: Founded in 1984, Clean Ocean Action (COA) is a broad-based coalition of over 115 active boating, business, community, conservation, diving, environmental, fishing, religious, service, student, surfing, and women's groups. COA works with these Ocean Wavemakers to clean up and protect the waters of the New York Bight from Montauk, NY, to Cape May, NJ. With continuous, relentless efforts COA uses research, education, and citizen action to empower people and convince our elected officials to protect our marine resources for today and for future generations.

    Charity Navigator score: 92.6 (89.54 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Highlands, NJ

    Website: http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=334

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    #20. Environmental Defense Fund

    Misson: Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. What distinguishes EDF from others is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet, focusing on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations-as well as with business, government and communities-and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

    Charity Navigator score: 92.89 (90.78 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://www.edf.org/

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    #19. Beyond Pesticides

    Misson: Founded in 1981, Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Beyond Pesticides has historically taken a two-pronged approach to the pesticide problem by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non-chemical and least-hazardous management alternatives. The organization's primary goal is to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives.

    Charity Navigator score: 93.36 (90.62 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: https://www.beyondpesticides.org/

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    #18. Earthjustice

    Misson: Founded in 1971, Earthjustice fights to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, protect people's health, advance clean energy, and combat climate change. As the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, we take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We have more than 100 attorneys in 13 regional offices and satellites, an international program, and communications and policy teams. We partner with hundreds of organizations, tribes, and communities-whom we represent free of charge-to take on the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change.

    Charity Navigator score: 93.37 (91.12 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: San Francisco, CA

    Website: https://earthjustice.org/

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    #17. Ceres

    Misson: Formed in 1989, Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. Ceres' mission is to transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ceres' vision is of a world in which business and capital markets promote the well being of human society and the protection of the earth's biological systems and resources. Ceres advances its vision by bringing investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders together to encourage companies and capital markets to incorporate environmental and social challenges into their day-to-day decision-making.

    Charity Navigator score: 93.57 (94.2 financial, 93 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Boston, MA

    Website: https://www.ceres.org/

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    #16. Property and Environment Research Center

    Misson: PERC - the Property and Environment Research Center - is the nation's oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through markets and property rights. Research is at the heart of PERC's work followed by outreach and education. Formed in 1980, PERC applies economic thinking to environmental problems. Research and policy analysis will remain a cornerstone of PERC's agenda. Current topics of research include public lands management, water marketing, timber, endangered species, fisheries preservation, conservation easements, environmental entrepreneurship, and land use issues. Located in Bozeman Montana, PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism (FME).

    Charity Navigator score: 93.71 (92.06 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Bozeman, MT

    Website: https://www.perc.org/

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    #15. As You Sow

    Misson: As You Sow (AYS) promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. AYS engages in dialogue with selected companies, file shareholder resolutions, mobilize investor coalitions, and conduct unique shareholder solicitation initiatives to raise awareness and promote more responsible corporate behavior. Their efforts are targeted at creating large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices.

    Charity Navigator score: 93.98 (92.5 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Oakland, CA

    Website: https://www.asyousow.org/

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    #14. Coral Reef Alliance

    Misson: Founded in 1994, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a member-supported organization, dedicated to protecting coral reefs by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships. CORAL works with communities to identify and solve conservation challenges; changes attitudes and behavior through education and training; provides resources to strengthen conservation efforts; and creates incentives for sustainable tourism. Like rain forests, coral reefs are invaluable resources for scientific research, with the potential to provide raw materials for lifesaving medical treatments. Reefs and their associated mangrove and sea grass ecosystems buffer coastlines from the destruction of devastating storms, and they provide rich economic opportunities through tourism and fishing.

    Charity Navigator score: 94.05 (91.59 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Oakland, CA

    Website: https://coral.org/

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    #13. Acadia Center

    Misson: Acadia Center is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the clean energy future. Through research and advocacy, it works to empower consumers and offer real-world solutions to the climate crisis for all.

    Charity Navigator score: 94.16 (91.75 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Boston, Hartford, New York, Providence, Rockport

    Website: https://acadiacenter.org/

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    #12. Conservation Lands Foundation

    Misson: The mission of the Conservation Lands Foundation is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.

    Charity Navigator score: 94.44 (96.44 financial, 93 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Durango, CO

    Website: https://conservationlands.org/

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    #11. Environmental Research and Education Foundation

    Misson: EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that funds and directs scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit www.erefdn.org.

    Charity Navigator score: 95.59 (93.77 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Raleigh, NC

    Website: https://erefdn.org/

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    #10. Appalachian Mountain Club

    Misson: Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Northeast region. We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world. Our 16,000 volunteers, 500 full time and seasonal staff, and 200,000 constituents are central to our mission. Our staff offers outdoor experiences and programs through our Northeast and Mid-Atlantic lodging destinations; our 12 volunteer-led chapters located from Maine to Washington, D.C. offer local outdoor activities and skills workshops. Staff and volunteers maintain over 1,800 miles of trails, support our conservation policy and research efforts, and get rural, urban and at-risk youth outdoors.

    Charity Navigator score: 95.85 (94.97 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://www.outdoors.org/

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    #9. Appalachian Trail Conservancy

    Misson: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

    Charity Navigator score: 96.47 (96.01 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Harpers Ferry, WV

    Website: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

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    #8. Natural Resources Defense Council

    Misson: The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.

    Charity Navigator score: 96.56 (97.24 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://www.nrdc.org/

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    #7. National Forest Foundation

    Misson: Our National Forests span 193 million acres from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Truly "The People's Lands," these forests, grasslands, deserts and snow-capped mountains are our most cherished outdoor spaces and offer unparalleled recreation opportunities. They support local economies, provide critical natural resources, clean our water and air, and host wildlife. The National Forest Foundation is the only conservation organization dedicated to improving these lands for today and for future generations. Our efficient, effective and creative approaches to restoration reach millions of Americans annually. We accomplish our work through grant programs, signature conservation campaigns, tree planting, helping communities work together, and inspiring millions of Americans each year.

    Charity Navigator score: 96.66 (97.5 financial, 96 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Missoula, MT

    Website: https://www.nationalforests.org/

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    #6. Friends of the Earth

    Misson: Friends of the Earth and our network of grassroots groups in 77 countries fight to create a more healthy, just world. Our current campaigns focus on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives. Friends of the Earth U.S. is also a part of Friends of the Earth International, the world's largest grassroots environmental network. Our dedicated staff fights to protect the rights of all people to live in a safe and healthy environment, both at home or in countries around the world. Our campaigns demonstrate our belief that the fight for justice and the movement to protect the health of the planet are part of the same struggle.

    Charity Navigator score: 97.13 (97.27 financial, 97 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Website: https://foe.org/

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    #5. Rocky Mountain Institute

    Misson: Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) vision is a world thriving, verdant, and secure, for all, for ever. 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.

    Charity Navigator score: 97.36 (96.27 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://www.rmi.org/

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    #4. The Conservation Fund

    Misson: At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining 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 for 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.

    Charity Navigator score: 98.23 (97.5 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Arlington, Northampton County, VA

    Website: https://www.conservationfund.org/

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    #3. Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA

    Misson: 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.

    Charity Navigator score: 99.97 (99.97 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Pittsboro, NC

    Website: https://rafiusa.org/

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    #2. PATH Foundation

    Misson: Founded in 1991, The PATH Foundation is an organization with a mission to develop a system of interlinking greenway trails through metro Atlanta for commuting and recreating. In just fifteen years, PATH has developed more than 100 miles of trails throughout northern Georgia and has become a nationally recognized model for trail-building success. PATH's linear parks have become part of the landscape in urban and rural areas, in affluent and impoverished communities. PATH trails are bringing people together from all races, ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds.

    Charity Navigator score: 100 (100 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: New York, NY

    Website: https://www.path.org/

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    #1. Environmental and Energy Study Institute

    Misson: EESI is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. Our Perspective: The climate crisis is urgent. The solution is achievable. A healthy climate and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand. Energy prices must reflect their true costs. U.S. leadership is essential. EESI was founded by a bipartisan Congressional caucus in 1984. EESI serves as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environment solutions.

    Charity Navigator score: 100 (100 financial, 100 accountability)

    Headquarters location: Washington, DC

    Website: http://www.eesi.org/

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