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Donors want to see their donations actually being used for the betterment of the end beneficiaries’ lives, a fact that Population Services International (PSI) works hard and works well toward achieving for them. PSI invests 94.5 cents out of every dollar into programs and projects in family planning, HIV and AIDS education, tuberculosis, and maternal health as well as in the prevention of malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and malnutrition, all of which are the greatest threats to the lives of children.

Indeed, PSI has one of the highest cost-efficiency rates in the non-government industry dedicated to the delivery of healthcare services in the developed and developing world. Now that’s one of the reasons why you should donate to PSI but, of course, the best reason is your ability and willingness to make a change in the quality of lives in the people that the organization serves.

Think of it: Your $30 will go toward an extra year in a healthy life for an individual while your $16 will provide for a couple’s family planning services for a year.

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Everything is possible - such is the motto of Possible, a non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to delivering low-cost yet high-quality healthcare to poor peoples worldwide. The organization’s pioneering new approach to healthcare services delivery, known as the durable healthcare model, combines the best strategies culled from public, private, and philanthropic models.

Transparency is also an enduring principle in Possible’s operations, thus, its good reputation among public and private donors as one of the most reliable beneficiaries of their hard-earned money. The organization’s Quarterly Impact Reports provides all of the information that interested parties will want to know about the organization and its works, such as clinical outcomes, financial status, and community health. The reports, in fact, have been hailed as a model of transparency and accountability, two aspects that every donor wants to be assured of in their donations.

Since 2008, Possible has made it possible for over 200,000 people to enjoy basic healthcare services that otherwise were unavailable or inaccessible to them. The organization works in the rural areas of Nepal in partnership with public and private hospitals and clinics as well as community healthcare, not to mention that it works via an effective referral network in place.

As part of its long-term healthcare model, Possible employs locals in its operations including its clinical and non-clinical aspects. Within its Nepal operations, majority (98%) are Nepalis, thus, ensuring that Possible’s work will continue even when it is no longer around. This is because the Nepalis undergo relevant training in healthcare services delivery the Possible way, which combines modern approaches with localized strategies.

Indeed, every dollar of your donations to Possible will be used toward making the lives of the end beneficiaries so much better. Access to healthcare services, after all, must be made possible for a better quality of life - and that’s what Possible does in Nepal.

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Heroes are real! The men and women of the Defenders of Wildlife are proof that heroes for the environment are in our midst, heroes whose work in the protection of all plants and animals on Earth particularly in North America continue to make an admirable impact on the planet. The Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit conservation organization, needs our assistance in continuing the fight for Mother Nature and, in the process, the fight for our future on Earth.

Founded in 1947 and based in the United States, the Defenders of Wildlife adopts a three-pronged approach in its role as hero for the environment.

  • Develop programs and projects to promote, protect and restore habitats and the species living therein;
  • Secure the implementation of laws, policies and regulations for the protection of animals and their habitats; and
  • Take legal action in the courts for establishing legal safeguards.

Reader’s Digest has recognized the Defenders of Wildlife as one of the best wildlife charities in 2006, an award that reinforces its reputation as a hero for the environment.

Do you want to be a hero, too? Then help the the Defenders of Wildlife!

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Few other environmental conservation organizations are as respected as the World Wildlife Fund for good reasons. The international non-governmental organization is considered the largest independent conservation organization, thanks to its over 5 million supporters around the world and its strong presence in over 100 countries with ongoing projects now numbering approximately 1,300.

Its supporters range from individuals to corporations, governments, and foundations including the World Bank, USAID, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. (Yes, even celebrities are drawn to its cause) In fact, over 50 percent of its bequests as a foundation comes from private individuals and groups, thus, underlining its popularity as a cause among the masses and the elite.

The World Wildlife Fund’s mission: To stop the degradation of the Earth and, thus, to build a future where man and nature can co-exist in harmony. As such, its programs and projects are focused on two areas, namely, increasing the Earth’s biodiversity and decreasing the footprint of humans upon it.

For biodiversity, the foundation is currently focusing on the restoration of the population in the wild and in captivity of 36 species including elephants, whales, dolphins, and tunas. For footprint, the non-governmental organization focuses on 6 areas of concern, namely, carbon emissions, grazing land, crop land, fishing, water, and forestry.

The World Wildlife Fund does not work on biodiversity and footprint as standalone concepts but in relation to a total system. Its dedicated men and women then works on eliminating the unsustainable principles and practices in the use of natural resources as well as in laws, finance, and business, among others.

Since its establishment in April 1961, the international foundation has worked with a large number of organizations in the public and private sectors. Its public campaigns are well-received because of their impact on social mindsets and on ecological systems.

Indeed, if there’s one thing that you can do toward leaving a legacy of a good Earth to your children, then donating to the World Wildlife Fund is just that thing.

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Mead Johnson was one of the subsidiaries of pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb until it was spun off as an independent business in 2009. Its founder Edward Mead Johnson was one of the co-founders of Johnson & Johnson.

The company is best known for producing the world’s most trusted brands in infant formula. It thrives in the pediatric nutrition industry and produces products that would enhance the quality of life of infants and babies. Its flagship product is Enfamil, an infant formula that has been trusted mothers and parents for years. The name Enfamil is a portmanteau of the words “infant meal”.

Since its inception in 1905, the company has created a mark in the process of child rearing. With global operations, the company’s revenue of more than $2.83 billion is drawn from its offshore operations. The business is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.

Mead Johnson is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is home to over 5,000 years of history, of human expression, and of society - and proud to be so.  The encyclopedic art museum features a staggering collection of over 3000,000 - and counting - works of art from a wide range of styles including Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and contemporary art, among others.  The museum also boasts of the best collection of paintings ever created in Western culture, a distinction that attracts millions of visitors to its galleries annually. 

Visitors have plenty of art work to appreciate, even be amazed at, in the Art Institute of Chicago, an art island set amidst Grant Park.  Its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Collection will surely impress with Claud Monet’s paintings being the stars of the show; his Haystacks and Water Lillies collections will take your breath away with their beauty. 

Other equally impressive works of art include paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Two Sisters); Paul Cézanne (The Basket of Apples); Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (At the Moulin Rouge); Henri Matisse (Bathers by a River); and Vincent van Gogh (Bedroom in Arles and Self-portrait).  You can spend hours just contemplating these magnificent works of art yet still be amazed by their glory on your next visit.

The museum’s American art collection is just as impressive.  Be enthralled by the works of Mary Cassatt (The Child’s Bath); Grant Wood (American Gothic); and Edward Hopper (Nighthawks). The Art Institute of Chicago, after all, has a distinct American thrust coupled with an enviable world view. 

Such is the impressive collections of art works in the museum coupled with its glorious architecture and friendly staff that it is considered the world’s best museum; the distinction was given by TripAdvisor in its review of millions of travelers’ surveys in 2014.  The Art Institute of Chicago is also the second-largest art museum in the United States with an area of one million square feet; only the Metropolitan Museum of Art beats it to the draw.

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We live in a world where bigotry is alive and well, sadly. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) fights bigotry in general and anti-Semitism in particular, all in the interest of a bigotry-free world where civil rights for all are protected.

The international Jewish non-government United States-based organization uses peaceful means including information, education, and legislation as well as advocacy. Said approach is crucial in its brand as the nation’s foremost civil rights agency for, indeed, violence of any form should have no place in the 21st-century civil rights movement.

The ADL has opposed many individuals and groups considered as racist, bigots, and anti-Semitic. The most notable are the Nazis and neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, the Christian Front movement, the Christian Identity movement, white power skinheads, and the American militia movement, among others.

While the ADL is still a long way away from its goals - bigotry in many forms is still prevalent - its dreams of a bigotry-free world is certainly ones that we can all support.

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When journalists can’t speak, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) speaks up - and speak up the independent, non-profit organization has in the past and well into the present. The organization has the avowed mission of promoting press freedom worldwide and, thus, of protecting journalists and their right for reporting the news and expressing their opinions without the fear of reprisals.

By providing protection for journalists, CPJ also ensures the free flow of their work in places where the freedom of the press is compromised. In many countries from South America to Europe, Asia and Africa, journalists are being kidnapped, threatened, harassed, censored, attacked, and killed - truly, an attack on press freedom itself.

Why the importance placed on protection for journalists? Keep in mind that journalism in general and journalists in particular play a crucial role in society in many ways, such as empowering the people toward making the right choices in democracy. When journalism is stifled and when journalists are silenced, then society itself is in danger of demise.

Truly, the impact of journalism and journalists on society cannot be underestimated. Many a dictatorial or tyrannical government has been partly toppled by the power of press in encouraging the people to act on change. In this regard, CPJ implements programs and projects designed to promote a free media across countries. These include Global Campaign against Impunity, Speak Justice: Voices Against Impunity, and Critics Are Not Criminals.

The organization denounces violations of press freedom even in the United States; meets with VIPs, such as heads of state, about matters affecting free media; and works with various organizations in giving affected journalist with justice on their cases.

Let’s just say that the Committee to Protect Journalists is one tough enemy to have for individuals and groups setting out to silence press freedom.

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Every Christian knows the story of the Good Samaritan and it is a tradition of loving your neighbors regardless of their age, race and religion that the Samaritan’s Purse is continuing in modern times. The evangelical Christian humanitarian organization has a strong presence in over 100 countries from Asia and Africa to Europe and North America with its headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.

Samaritan’s Purse provides large-scale relief projects in disaster and war zones with the goal of alleviating the suffering by providing aid to affected peoples in physical need. It funds mission partners as well but its concentration nowadays is on large-scale relief projects, such as those in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, in many countries across Asia after the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, among others. It is also one of only two medical non-government organizations still active in Liberia, West Africa amidst the Ebola outbreak.

Indeed, the Samaritan’s Purse continues the tradition of the Good Samaritan in modern times and it will appreciate every help that comes its way in the interest of its mission.

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Every year, companies are thrashing or destroying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of merchandise - truly, a waste that has adverse impacts on the environment and on society. Then along comes Good360, a charitable organization based in Alexandria, Virginia with a great plan to do good.

In a nutshell, Good360 encourages and assists companies in donating their excess or surplus merchandise instead of throwing them in the trash or destroying them. Everybody benefits from the deal - the planet has reduced trash thrown into its landfills, the company fulfills its social responsibility, and the recipients enjoy the donations.

Founded in 1983 as Gifts in Kind - the name was changed in 2011 - Good360 is one of the largest charities in the United States. It has generated and distributed nearly $900 million in donations (2006) from thousands of small companies and large corporations across a wide range of industries including technology, manufacturing and retail. It has 30,000 community charities from across the United States and the rest of the world on its beneficiary list, an impressive list considering the logistics of distribution.

Good360 is also well-known for its trustworthiness in donations as well as cost efficiency in distribution, thus, the continued outpouring of donations. Forbes magazine, in fact, has recognized the organization as one of the most cost-efficient charities in the United States; Good360 distributed 99.7% of its donations directly to charitable recipients. The organization has also consistently been rated 4 stars by the Charity Navigator.

The bottom line: Good360 is an organization that companies trust with their donations and you can as well.

Beneficiaries can avail of the donated merchandise in several ways, such as:

  • Browsing the online catalog and placing an order
  • Picking up donations from a local store
  • Receiving one-time local donations

What are you waiting for? Donate to Good360 or pick up your donations now! You, too, can do good for the environment and society.