Favorite Charities

Peter Singer’s top 10 recommended charities (from Ted.com):

  1. Against Malaria Foundation. Of those 6.9 million children who die every year of poverty-related illness, 1 million succumb to malaria. AMF provides insecticide-treated bed nets, which only cost $5 apiece.
  2. Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. Protecting a child from worm-based disease for a full year costs around 50 cents. This organization works with governments to make sure it happens.
  3. The Humane League. Invests time, money and energy to reduce animal cruelty and save the lives of animals, focusing on farmed animals.
  4. GiveDirectly. This nonprofit transfers money to poor individuals in Kenya, letting them spend it for food and other basic needs, or on high-return investments.
  5. Oxfam International. This mega aid organization works in a wide range of areas, including disaster relief, education, sanitation and women’s rights.
  6. Proven Impact Fund. Dedicated to data and results, this fund from Innovations for Poverty Action supports interventions with strong evidence of success.
  7. The Fistula Foundation. Fistula is a ghastly injury during childbirth, and it afflicts women living in the poorest areas of the world. This organization provides needed surgery.
  8. The Hunger Project. Encouraging men and women to end their own hunger, this organization assists poor villages for five years, relying on the local workforce to build skills and take over before they leave.
  9. Vegan Outreach. A nonprofit that seeks to expose and end cruelty to animals.
  10. Population Services International. A global health organization that focuses on family planning, a simple service that can improve the health of women and their children.

A few of my favorite charities:

  1. Kiva. An online microfinance organization that directly connects lenders to micro-entrepreneurs around the world.
  2. One Billion Rising. A movement connected to many organizations around the world that aims to end violence against women and girls.
  3. Care. An old non-profit that takes a million different approaches to end poverty.
  4. Growing Power. An urban farm in the inner city of Milwaukee that uses innovative and intensive vertical farming methods to provide fresh, sustainable foods.
  5. Women for Women International. An organization that supports women survivors of war.
  6. Skoll Foundation. A funder of everything new, innovative and socially-oriented.

…Anyone else know of organizations that do amazing work? I’d like to get to 100…so far Peter and I are at 16.

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