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Functioning as a division of the Public Citizen before 2005, Food & Water Watch is another non-governmental organization that is focused on accountability related to food, water and fishing. This charitable institution has always been on the look out for any corporate and government issue related to their focus causes.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Food & Water Watch has been a critical advocate in restricting the practice of aquaculture in American waters. They were also the first group to divulge and report the outbreak of salmonella in US chicken processing plants way back 2006. As part of their food campaign, the group is also heralded for stopping Starbucks in using milk that is coming from rBGH-treated cows. They also have a watchful eye on the burgeoning industry of bottled water.

Protecting the rights and access of every American to good water and food has always been the strong cause of the group. It intends to protect all consumers from anything that would pose any risk to their health.

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Part of the movement in protecting animal rights is the emergence of various organizations that intend to provide shelter, food and proper care to pets. PetSmart Charities is the means of PetSmart in ensuring that they are one with the public in providing a safe environment for pets.

This organization seeks to provide homes for abandoned animals and ensures that those new owners are knowledgeable in taking care of their pets. As part of the organization’s cause they donate space to local rescue groups instead of selling cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals that can be considered as pets. This charitable group seeks to provide stray animals new homes with owners who are empowered with the right mindset to attend to the needs of those abandoned creatures.

Based on the records of the organization, as of June 2012, they were able to look for homes for more than 5 million pets. Through their adoption centers, they have helped animals, land on a loving owner. In addition to the adoption process, they also provide each other a book that outlines the basic care information about their new pet.

The group also helps out those adoption centers by donating food, litter and other supplies. As part of their commitment to ending the misery of these animals, they also station some traditional donation boxes in their stores and offices. They also accept donations from those who are purchasing from their stores using debit or credit cards. While running retail pet shops, PetSmart also advocates adoption versus purchasing of a new pet. With the overly populated adoption centers, there are numerous animals that are worth finding new homes for.

PetSmart Charities is also known for their Rescue Waggin’ program that offers free transportation of adoptable dogs from overpopulated shelters to those areas  that demand adoptable animals.

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It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and, thus, to raise a country. Such is the rationale behind the mission, vision and goals as well as the activities of Village Focus International.

The organization works toward strengthening the capabilities and abilities of local leaderships in villages across several countries including Cambodia and Laos. It has experienced dramatic growth since its foundation - from just 4,000 people in 2000 to 50,000 nowadays and from a budget of $125,000 in 2000 to $2 million in 2009.

Village Focus International focuses on three critical areas, namely:

  • Protection & Empowerment of Women and Children (PEWC) Program

The organization equips villages with the appropriate tools in the prevention, protection and rehabilitation of men, women and children who are potential victims or who have been victims of human trafficking.

  • Healthy Villages & Local Leadership Program

Children and adults are provided with basic and practical education on health and leadership.

  • Land & Livelihoods Program

Leaders and their people are provided with opportunities to nurture the land and strengthen their livelihood.

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Celebrities are usually both celebrated and vilified for their social and economic status - and the Clintons are not an exemption to the rule. Former President Bill Clinton, former State Secretary Hillary Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, belong to the class of celebrities who may be celebrated and vilified for their status but who are also putting their celebrity status to good use.

The William J. Clinton Foundation, now known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, consolidates the family’s efforts in its stated mission of strengthening people’s capacity in meeting the challenges brought by global interdependence. The non-profit foundation focuses its activities on four areas, namely, economic empowerment; health security; religious, racial and ethnic reconciliation; and leadership development and citizen service.

As all foundations working for these goals go, the foundation works toward getting itself out of a job and, in the process, enabling people from around the world a better quality of life. The measure of their success: Keeping score of the lives that have been improved, even saved, by their efforts in access to basic health services, economic opportunity for growth, and effective community response to climate change, among others.

The achievement of these goals requires, nay, demands strong partnerships among various sectors and personalities; even the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton with their celebrity status cannot do it alone. As such, the foundation builds and strengthens its partnerships with non-government organizations, governments, businesses, and individuals from around the world with the goal of transforming lives and communities with lasting solutions in a faster, leaner and better way.

And the foundation has certainly delivered and continues to deliver on its promise. At present, it prides itself on providing American kids with healthy food choices, on helping African farmers improve their crops, and on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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When you are a deaf-blind individual, you hear and see the world in unique ways. The challenges of daily living can be overwhelming but with the support of family, friends and community, life can be fulfilling and rewarding.

Sense, a national charity, dedicates and commits itself to supporting and campaigning for the interests of deaf-blind children and adults as well as their families. The non-profit organization provides useful advice, information and services administered by compassionate specialists to individuals with said dual-sensory impairments. These services are designed to enable deaf-blind people with the support, skills and knowledge to enjoy fulfilling lives with as much independence as possible.

The charitable organization provides for these services via its community resource centres, which offers a wide range of activities and programmes; accommodations for housing purposes; one-on-one support services in the form of intervenors and communicator-guides; a comprehensive library of useful resources; and trainings for interested individuals.

It’s no wonder then that Sense’s patron is HRH Princess Royal.

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In the United Kingdom, children and young people are at higher risk for mental issues and illnesses. Most, if not all, of these young people from 3 to 13 years old can benefit from the appropriate early intervention measures including therapy, support and counselling.

This is where Blue Smile, a children’s charity based in Cambridgeshire, works toward making its mark in the non-profit charity industry. The non-profit organization identifies and provides its services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in schools and communities whose present circumstances exposes them to high risks of mental issues and illnesses.

The children and young adults are provided with specialist support to empower them toward a better future, equip them with the tools essential in fulfilling their full potentials, and enable them to turn their lives around. Indeed, the organization estimates that with just £1 spent for the specialist support of each child today, society can save on hundreds of pounds tomorrow for the child’s stints in mental health facilities or youth offender institutions.

Think of it as investing in the distressed and disadvantaged children of today for the successful and influential adults of tomorrow, adults who have beaten the odds partly because of the early intervention provided by charities like Blue Smile. Think of it, too, as bringing back the smile in children now.

How can you help Blue Smile put the smile back in children’s faces? The charitable organization appreciates corporate support in many forms, such as:

  • Choosing it as Charity of the Year
  • Adopting a school for service development
  • Matching the funds raised by your employees
  • Donating your resources including skills to the charity
  • Taking on fundraising challenges for the charity’s budget
  • Giving Christmas donations instead of corporate giveaways

With your generous donations in cash and in kind, you will become part of a better world in the present and the future for, indeed, the children of today will become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Did you know that over 1.5 million Americans, and many more millions around the world, are afflicted with lupus? The chronic autoimmune disease still has no cure despite the millions of dollars spent on its research although it must be said that available treatments can control the symptoms in many patients.

Enter the Lupus Research Institute (LRI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery of a safe, effective and viable cure for lupus. Unlike other organizations, LRI focuses on novel research and development methods specifically on hypothesis-driven basic and clinical research.

While the research may not yet be supported by comprehensive preliminary data, the LRI scientists are looking at it with fresh eyes, so to speak. The organization rewards and encourages innovation and imagination coupled with the convergence of several scientific disciplines so that research discoveries can finally be translated into effective clinical treatments.

Why the dedication? The institute has founders, researchers and members who are afflicted with the disease and who have families and friends with it, too.

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Did you know that in majority of countries, as many as 90%, torture in its various forms still takes place? In as many as half of these countries, torture has become a systematic and rampant problem that claims victims of all ages. It is not just the victims themselves who suffer from the physical and mental effects of torture after their freedom is secured but their families and friends as well.

But there is light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel for victims of torture and their families! The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) provides the essential direct care for victims of torture and direct conflict so that they, too, can become victors in life. The international non-profit organization has competent and compassionate staff members who work toward restoring the health of the body, the dignity of the spirit, and the prospects for the future of victims-turned-victors, many of whom are refugees of violent conflicts in their homeland.

CVT goes beyond providing hope for victims and their families. Indeed, the organization also works toward the prevention of torture and the promotion of human rights so that torture in its various forms can be eliminated. While the going may be tough since torture exists in both First World and Third World countries, the tough members of the organization will keep going because their work can mean the difference between hope and despair, even between life and death.

Since its establishment in 1985, the organization has provided strong hope, compassionate care, and direct healing for over 24,000 survivors/victors of torture and conflict from many of the world’s deadliest wars in diverse places, such as Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan and Kenya. It is also on the forefront of research and development in the rehabilitation of survivors and in the prevention of torture.

Can we live in a world free of torture? Perhaps we can when we have the likes of The Center for Victims of Torture in our world.

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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.

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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.