As businesses emerge and real estate properties crowd in metropolitan areas, The Trust for Public Land continues their march in conserving land and creating beneficial centers for the benefit of human and its enjoyment.

The organization is a non-profit charitable institution that has more than 5,300 conservation projects in the 47 states as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico. Their advocacies fall into three major categories: Parks for People, Land and Water and Working Lands. The goal of the organization is to create land areas that are solely used for the public benefit. They especially target their efforts in emerging cities where the population is increasing and public locations are starting to diminish.

Through the efforts of The Trust, citizens are able to enjoy a location that is intended for human enjoyment. They have helped in the creation of city parks, river and waterfront access, natural areas, trails and productive farms and forests.


As people in power tend to abuse their authority, several organizations have come to the aid of the oppressed. One of the non-profit organizations that focus their efforts in safeguarding the human rights of every individual is Human Rights Watch.

Founded in 1978 as Helsinki Watch, this American non-government organization was created to keep an eye on the Soviet Union’s compliance with the Helsinki Accords. The group has been in the spotlight in the 1980s for its contribution in the transformation of the region in the Soviet Union and its nearby European partners. It has shed light to some of the violations made by the government through its method of public shaming and naming of those who are in power.

As the organization branched out, its scope of coverage also increased and its region in protection also expanded. The Helsinki Watch was later on followed by the Americas Watch which gave birth to several other “Watches” in various regions. The Watch Committees which is comprised of the Helsinki Watch, Americas Watch, Asia Watch, Africa Watch and the Middle East Watch was united under one umbrella using the name Human Right Watch in 1988.

This charitable organization has championed its cause of protecting the basic human rights of everyone. They strongly oppose violations in any form, especially capital punishment and discrimination basing it on sexual orientation. They are also a strong supporter of the freedom of the press and freedom of religion.

The oppressed have greatly found an ally in the form of Human Rights Watch. The group has strongly aligned their advocacies with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They publish any form of violations around the world based on the International Human Rights norms. Serving the world and existing as “the voice of justice”, the organization keeps their headquarters in the Empire State Building in New York City.


Another strong advocate of women’s rights is Global Fund for Women. This non-profit organization is based in San Francisco, California and funds various initiatives for women’s human rights around the world.

Anne Firth Murray, a Kiwi, together with Laura Lederer and Frances Kissling founded the organization in 1987. Their first funding which amounted to $31,000 was awarded to eight grantees. The funds they put up are raised from various sources which include fundraisers and private sponsorships. Part of the milestone of the organization is their Legacy Fund, which was created in 2005. As a woman-centered group they make donations to women-led organizations which amounts to $8.5 million annually. This fund is known today as the largest endowment in the world that’s completely dedicated to women’s rights.

The works of the organization circles around 7 issues and initiatives, including, access to education, civic  political participation, economic & environmental justice, social change philanthropy, health & sexual rights, women dismantling militarism and peace & gender violence.


As the world’s natural resources start to dwindle, several organizations start to conduct research and check on the long term impact of this depletion. Resources for the Future is one of those non-profit organizations that take a look at the alarming rate of drying up of our natural resources.

The group strongly focuses on environmental, natural resources and energy issues and conducts independent researches in high hopes of mitigating the issue. These researches are primarily done through social sciences and economics and covers the four corners of the world. It was in 1952 that the organization got created under the behest of U.S. President Harry S. Truman in 1951 to come up with a Materials Policy Commission to check and evaluate the natural resources needed by the country. The task was taken on by the chairman of Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), William S. Paley. In his report Resources for Freedom: Foundations for Growth and Security, he made strong recommendations to come up with an organization that would analyze the much needed resources of the country.

The recommendation in turn, got realized in the form of Resources for the Future, which became the first organization to exclusively devote their efforts to natural resources and other environmental issues. Initial grants of the organization came from Ford Foundation, and the focal points were the scarcity of natural resources and the country’s dependence on importing these materials. Several scholars of the group have become central figures in the world’s effort to wield environmental policies worldwide. Some of the bright names include Allen Kneese, John Krutilla, Marion Clawson and Hans Landsberg. These individuals have left  a mark in the world’s efforts in imposing policies to help protect the environment.

One of the most recent researches that Resource for the Future has taken on is their initiative rolled out by their Center for Energy Economics and Policy. This effort seeks to identify the risks involved in the hydraulic fracturing of shale formations. In addition, this project also seeks to provide recommendations for responsible development.


The Henry Ford Health System was founded in 1915 by automobile pioneer Henry Ford. It is a non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by CEO Nancy M. Schlichting. The non-profit is also guided by a volunteer team of affiliate and advisory boards for additional leadership.

Operating medical centers, hospitals, and one of the country’s biggest group practices, the Henry Ford Health System has over 1,200 physicians covering more than 40 specialties. Its flaship, Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, is categorized as a Level 1 Trauma Center recognized for excellence in cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, sports medicine, cancer treatment, orthopedics, and multi-organ transplants.

With over 23,000 employees in its fold, the Henry Ford Health System is ranked as the fifth largest employer within metro Detroit and also one of the most diverse. As one of its state’s anchor institutions, it proudly generates over $1.7 billion every year in revenues.


Cleveland Clinic, formerly called the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is a non-profit multi-specialty academic medical center in Cleveland, Ohio, currently considered as one of the top four hospitals in the country according to the U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1921, the medical center was started by four physicians with the aim of providing patient care, medical education, and research in an ideal medical setting. Having grown to become one of the biggest private medical centers in the globe, the Cleveland Clinic saw over 3.2 million patients in 2009 alone, with close to 80,000 of those visits resulting into hospital admissions.

Patients come in from all over the US and the world, receiving care from about 2,800 staff scientists and physicians and 1,300 residents representing 120 specialties and subspecialties in the medical field. From 1994 to 2013, the Cleveland Clinic was ranked as the top destination for cardiac care in the US. In its efficiency, the medical center was dubbed as having the likeness of a car factory.

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is where the medical center does all its translational, laboratory-based, and clinical research, receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health and other supporters. With over 1,300 residents and fellows, the graduate medical education program in the Cleveland Clinic is one of the biggest in the US. The medical center’s new medical school opened in 2004, called the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The medical program’s curriculum was devised by Cleveland Clinic staff to provide proper mentoring and training to a new generation of physicians.

Aptly ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country for demanding and complex situations, the Cleveland Clinic boasts of 14 specialties, each one ranking among the best in their specific fields. These include: heart and cardiac surgery; urology; digestive disorders; rheumatology; nephrology; orthopedic surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; respiratory disorders; endocrinology; ophthalmology; gynecology; oncology; otolaryngology; and geriatrics.


With the leadership of Ralph Nader, Public Citizen was able to grow from a small organization into a trusted non-profit consumer rights advocacy group. Created in 1971, the group remains operational through the contributions and dues of its members and supporters.

It is in Washington, D.C. that they hold their company base. They also have their Austin, Texas branch that is still operational. The organization has five divisions, namely, Health Research Group, Global Trade Watch, Congress Watch, Energy and Public Citizen Litigation Group. These divisions advocate the public interest before the three branches of the US government. The organization exists to promote corporate accountability and strong government regulation. Their main focus areas are nuclear power, healthcare and transport.

Public Citizen is in not connected with any partisan political activity. The group remains to be neutral when it comes to providing support for running public officials. They remain true to their goal of “ensuring that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.”


Another environmental champion in the United States is Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law organization that dedicates its cause to environmental issues. The group was once named as part of the 100 Best Charities in America by Worth Magazine. They have also received a four star rating from Charity Navigator for their transparency and in their dealings and dedication to their goals.

Founded in 1971, the group operates nine regional offices across the United States, communications team, a policy team and an international department. Their main office is located in San Franciso, California. The organization is best known for their tagline “Because the earth needs a good lawyer.” During an online contest in 2009, their tagline emerged as one of the best non-profit taglines out of a total of 1,702 competing entries.

Earthjustice was originally created as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. With their advocacy of providing legal representation, they changed their name to Earthjustice in 1997. More than 700 clients have been represented by the group as of January 2009. Among their clients are the American Lung Association, World Wildlife Fund, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Everglades and Maine Lobstermen’s Association. As a non-profit organization, they do not charge their clients and strongly relies on individual donations and from foundations to keep their cause running. They are also not tied up with any government institutions or any corporations.

Currently, the organization is involved in their three major program areas: climate and energy, The Wild and health and toxics. The promotion of a stable climate and advance clean energy are the cases involved in their climate and energy areas. The Wild is in charge of taking on cases of protecting wildlife and wild lands while their health and toxics promote healthy communities.

With the existence of this charitable institution, Mother Earth has found a champion that would preserve its existence.


The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF) is an organization with the aim of providing blind individuals with the help they need that they can’t readily receive from government programs and other projects. Managed by a volunteer board, the organization is operated by volunteers and a full-time Executive Director. They help the AAF in acquiring reading matter, educating the public about blindness, providing special aid to blind individuals, and giving consultations to private and government agencies to help them better serve the blind population.

Some of the programs the AAF have in place include: The Kenneth Jernigan Lending Library (a library with more than 40,000 titles in its repository named after Kenneth Jernigan, longtime leader for the National Federation of the Blind) and The American Action Fund Free Braille Books program. Both programs lend out braille books free of charge.


Founded in 1965, the Autism Society of America was started by doctors Bernard Rimland and Ruth Sullivan with help from parents of children diagnosed with autism. Back when it all began though, the organization was known as the National Society for Autistic Children. The group’s name was changed because they want to emphasize that autistic children will grow up. Aside from simply being the oldest, the ASA is also the largest grassroots organization within the autism community. The organization has more than 50,000 members and supporters all connected through a network facilitated by almost 200 chapters within the country.

The ASA is fueled by the goal to boost public awareness about autism as a condition as well as the issues autistic individuals and their families face everyday. To achieve its goals, the organization advocates for services and programs in behalf of the autism community and boasts of being the foremost source of information about the condition. Not to mention the assistance the organization receives from volunteers every year. The ASA also publishes a print periodical called The Autism Advocate which is filled with information on legislation and research and tips on living with the condition, and a free bi-weekly newsletter called the ASA-Net.

While there is much to be done in advocating for individuals with autism, the ASA prides itself for having spearheaded numerous legislation in various states and localities, including the Combating Autism Act of 2006, the first autism-specific federal law. Operating out of a headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, the ASA is also proud to be one of the few organizations in the country to actually have individuals on the autism spectrum as active board members and in other positions of leadership within the organization. The first of these impressive individuals was Temple Grandin who served on the organization’s Board of Directors in 1988.