Donating & Volunteering: One Dozen Charities

While this is certainly not an inclusive list of great and worthy charities, it is a list of charities that we recognize for excellence, commitment to mission, passion for change, and dedication to cause.

Beads for Education:

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The mission of BEADS for Education is to improve the status of women in Kenya through women's business development and girls education. Our goal is to provide an education that will develop leaders for the family, community and the nation. Since 1993, BEADS has supported these programs and now sponsors more than 320 girls who are usually the first in their family to complete elementary school. Girls are sponsored from 4th grade through college. College graduates include the BEADS Country Manager and several teachers who all work in their home regions. Our college girls are now studying veterinary science, forestry, CPA, teaching, community service, nursing and more.


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Defending Dignity, Fighting Poverty

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Doctors without Borders:

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

Friends of the Congo:

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The Friends of the Congo (FOTC) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The FOTC was established at the behest of Congolese human rights and grassroots institutions in 2004, to work together to bring about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire.

The Friends of the Congo is led by people of African ancestry and others of goodwill. We believe that with strong support from friends of the Congo throughout the globe , the vast human and natural resource potential of the Democratic Republic of Congo can serve as an instrument to meet the great needs of the people of Congo and Africa.

Habitat for Humanity:

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Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

Harlem Children's Zone:

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Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is an innovative and unique community-based organization, offering education, social-service and community-building programs to children and families since 1970.

MAP International:

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Founded in 1954, MAP International promotes the total health—physical, economic, social, emotional and spiritual health—of impoverished people in over 115 countries through: provision of essential medicines; promotion of community health development and prevention and mitigation of disease, disaster and other health threats.

Oxfam International:

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Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Partners in Development, Inc.:

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Partners in Development, Inc. (PID) strives to help the extreme poor attain independence and whole life improvement. PID combines a variety of programs to achieve community transformation in places where hope is often lost in the cycle of poverty.

Through child sponsorships, small business loans, housing opportunities and medical care we aim to transform communities so they can be self-sufficient. Our work is currently focused in the neediest sections of the Caribbean and Central America.

Pennies for Poverty: 2Cents 4 Change, Inc.:

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Founded in 2008, Pennies is a 501C3 nonprofit run by volunteers on an annual budget of less than $2,000 whose mission is to end poverty in Newburyport, MA by 2025.

The Carter Center:

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Founded in 1982, the Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.


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WildlifeDirect is a joint program of WildlifeDirect Inc., a US registered non for profit organization, and Africa Conservation Fund (UK), a UK registered charity. Both charities are founded and chaired by African conservationist Dr Richard Leakey, who is credited with putting an end to the elephant slaughter in Kenya in the 1980s.

Throughout Africa conservationists are carrying out critical work to protect wildlife and habitats, under difficult, isolated and often dangerous conditions. WildlifeDirect was established to provide support to these conservationists via the use of blogs—this enables anybody, anywhere to play a direct and interactive role in the survival of some of the world's most precious species. We believe that the Internet provides an unprecedented means of bringing the remarkable efforts of these dedicated people to the attention of the world.

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