Of course there are infinitely more good causes than I could ever hope to contribute to, and it took me a long time to settle on the ones below. One of the things that helped me make my final decision, was Charity Navigator – a web site that reviews charities based on their financial efficiency, including numbers such as CEO salaries. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good good cause.
For each piece of art/jewelry I sell, a tree is planted through American Forests, the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization (founded in 1875). Additionally, I donate 10% of my profit to my favorite charities. I had a hard time just picking one of the following charities, and I think they all deserve some of my donation. Call it diversification…
Kiva facilitates micro-loan transactions to fight poverty worldwide. Whenever a loan is repaid, the money will go to help another person. It is my hope that this donation will be put to use many times over.
Solar Electric Light Fund implements sustainable energy solutions for enhancements in health, education, agriculture and economic growth in the developing world.
Sustainable Harvest International – SHI’s local field trainers work together with families, individuals and communities to restore the environment while dramatically improving their quality of life.