5 Nonprofits to Support This New Year

If you’re still wondering what your New Year’s Resolution should be, why not consider making an effort to support a nonprofit organization that sponsors a cause dear to your heart? If you’re not sure how to find a reputable nonprofit, you can always peruse Charity Navigator, a website that seeks to guide intelligent giving by rating thousands of charities across the globe. Or you can check out this article on Time Moneyland, which provides links to several ‘intelligent giving’ sites, ‘top ten’ lists and advice on how to be smart about donating.

We’ve compiled a short list of nonprofits we are particularly fond of, which support a variety of causes. Hopefully, these organizations will inspire you to give back while journeying forward in the New Year. From the Culture-ist family to yours, we wish you a year filled with love, happiness and goodwill!

 

1. Charity: Water– a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The organization uses simple and sustainable methods such as building freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters to give millions of people across the globe access to clean drinking water.

 

2. GOD’s CHILD Project– Founded in 1991 by human rights activist Patrick Atkinson as an international nonprofit organization, the project seeks to break the chains of poverty through education and formation. GOD’s CHILD currently operates in Guatemala, El Salvador, Malawi, India and the United States organizing a range of programs which include rehabilitating malnourished infants, schools for impoverished children, medical and dental clinics, the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP), technical training centers and homeless shelters.

 

3. Map International– A global health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities. This nonprofit has been recognized for its 99% efficiency rating, and for “responding to the needs of those it serves by providing medicines, preventing disease, and promoting health to create real hope and lasting change.”

 

4. Woman for Women International: This organization “provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.” Its mission is to “change the world one woman at a time.”

 

5. International Rescue Committee: “The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.”

 

** Because we care about the planet and all its creatures, here are two of our favorite nonprofits that protect wildlife and delicate ecosystems:

Sea Shepherd

Rainforest Alliance

 

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