We try to keep the hardworking people protecting wildlife and habitat in mind all year around, but on Giving Tuesday many corporations will double your gift to nonprofits to encourage charitable giving. So let’s all take advantage of this great time to be generous! Here are some organizations doing good work for science and the environment.
The Alongside Wildlife Foundation
This organization founded by Dr. David Steen provides critical funding to researchers studying wildlife. The grants the AWF provides help with field research, outreach, and many other aspects of wildlife conservation science. If you’d like to learn more about The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, visit their website www.alongsidewildlifefoundation.org.
Skype A Scientist
Have you ever wanted to sit down and have a Q & A with an expert in the field you’re studying? Well, that is exactly what Skype a Scientist offers! Their goal is to connect scientists with classrooms all over the world. While they aren’t a nonprofit, we think they are doing some really great work of making science more accessible for children. You can learn more about them at their website, www.skypeascientist.com, and purchase some very cool merch to support their mission.
The Nature Conservancy does important work to conserve habitat and fight against climate change. They have chapters in every US state, so no matter where you live you’re probably close to one of their beautiful preserves. Find more information at www.nature.org.
National Center for Science Education
If you’re interested in giving children access to the best science education possible, you should definitely check out the National Center for Science Education. They especially focus on teaching evolution and climate change science. The NCSE also monitors and helps communities fight against local policies and state legislative bills threatening accurate science education. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can visit their website www.ncse.com.
Your Local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Some of the most tireless and dedicated animal lovers we’ve ever met are those who rescue, rehabilitate, and (hopefully) release injured and orphaned wildlife. Animal Help Now located at www.ahnow.org is a great place to find your local wildlife rehabilitation center. There’s no better way to help the critters in your own neighborhood!
Your Local Land Trust
Donating to your local land trust is a great way to conserve wilderness close to home. These organizations not only preserve habitat and provide ecosystem services they also provide accessible nature escapes close to home. If you are not sure if you have a land trust near you, you can use www.FindALandTrust.org to find one!
The smallest animals often play the most important roles in an environment and the Xerces Society works to protect them. They help to educate the public and build habitat for pollinators. We love their educational resources! To learn more about the Xerces Society, go to their website www.xerces.org.
Defenders of Wildlife
Every wild animal needs a good lawyer! The Defenders of Wildlife take on the courts and work on Capitol Hill to ensure our wildlife has the protection it needs. They work to retain endangered species laws as well as to keep corporations from encroaching on public lands. To learn more about Defenders of Wildlife, go to their website www.defenders.org.
This organization promotes outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all! Outdoor Afro was founded to help connect the African American community with natural spaces. Encouraging leadership in environmental education and outdoor recreation, they have active networks in 30 US states. To find the network nearest you, go to www.outdoorafro.com.
Advocates for Snake Preservation
We love snakes. We’re sure a lot of you love snakes. But let’s face it, snakes don’t have the best PR. Advocates for Snake Preservation works hard to improve public perception of our slithering friends. To help them in their mission, consider adding them to your Giving Tuesday donations. You can visit their website www.snakes.ngo to find out more.