Oak Brook, IL
Mission StatementTo empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.Every day, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill our mission: "To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants."Since our founding in 1968 we have strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding over 13,000 grants totaling more than US$1 billion, in the four key areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts.We give sight. LCIF is providing vision for those in need all over the world by combating eye diseases, creating infrastructure to improve eye care delivery, increasing the number of trained eye care professionals and making vision care more equitable and sustainable.We support youth. All young people deserve to have an education, feel cared for and experience healthy development so they can have the chance to achieve their dreams. Through our positive youth development program, Lions Quest, LCIF is helping children learn to work together, make positive decisions and serve their communities. The Foundation also supports youth through constructing schools, youth centers and vocational training centers.We provide disaster relief. Lions are often some of the first to arrive at a disaster to provide relief, and Foundation support is right there with them. We help devastated communities survive after disasters and bring hope by assisting in long-term efforts of rebuilding of homes and lives.We address humanitarian needs. From working to combat global health issues such as measles and diabetes to empowering those with disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives, LCIF is dedicated to a range of humanitarian service projects. The Foundation continues to develop and expand programs that meet emerging needs worldwide.LEARN MORE
New York, NY
Working to make the world better for children.The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts in support of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.With more than 11,000 staff worldwide; 350 warehouses globally; strategic transit hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Panama and Shanghai; and a 24/7 emergency operations center in New York, UNICEF stands ready to provide both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.WHAT WE DO:Save Children's LivesWater NutritionImmunizationHIV/AIDSMalariaBuild Children's Future'sEducation and SchoolsChildren with DisabilitiesChild TraffickingViolenceEmergency ReliefChildren in ConflictEarthquakesFood CrisesFloodsHurricanesTsunamisLEARN MORE
Santa Barbara, CA
The mission of the Global Voice Foundation is to produce educational programs that promote cross-cultural understanding.Our goal is to liberate people from their “isms” and allusions that which holds them culturally, politically, religiously, ancestrally. To break free of a way of thinking, of believing, of patterning that has bound them, held them back from flourishing. We speak and stand up to give voice to the “little people:” the Kalahari San Bushmen, the oldest peoples on the planet, and to women.Global Voice produces documentaries, writes and publishes books and has conducted more than 40 lectures for children and adults. We explore cultural myths to understand how stories hold a society together. There is tremendous value for children to understand and learn from people of different cultures, and Global Voice believes the values and lessons contained in these stories can make a real difference for our children, especially in today’s technology-driven society....
Los Angeles, CA
Operation USA supports health and education programs in order to help children and families at home and abroad recover and thrive in the wake of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.Every day, we strive to meet the needs of under-served and overlooked populations so future generations have the tools to create meaningful change in their own communities and lives. Working with partners around the world, we empower communities to recover, build resiliency and thrive in the face of pervasive obstacles in a time of unprecedented global need. Our WorkGive and it gets there. We are a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty. Small, agile and effective. Operation USA is a hands-on agency with a small, dedicated staff overseeing our projects and disaster response work. Free of the bureaucracy and overhead of a larger organization, creative solutions allow us to respond to real needs in real time. As Founding Board member Julie Andrews says, “Operation USA is the little ship that gets in the harbor where the big ships cannot go.”Privately funded from day one. 100% privately-funded, we works without any government financial support—or the constraints that support may bring.Changing lives at home and abroad. Disaster relief is most often associated with the developing world–but, since our earliest days, we have dedicated a portion of our efforts to projects here at home. And, as needs have increased, in some years as much as 50% of our work is done in the USA.In it for the long haul. In most cases, the effects of disasters are not limited by time. Years after a disaster has abated, communities are still frequently in need of assistance. Committed to rebuilding, we stay in the field long after many others have left. Long-term projects help rebuild lives and livelihoods.Focusing on education and health. Education may be the single most cost-effective kind of aid. It opens minds, builds futures and provides youths with the tools they need to succeed. Enhanced health care lengthens lives and transforms communities. We support these life-changing programs so that children and families can recover, grow and thrive in the wake of disasters.Every donation—large or small—makes an impact. When you donate to Operation USA, you immediately start to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most....
Our MissionMAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background.What We DoWe provide medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest. In times of disaster, MAP International provides immediate humanitarian assistance and relief aid including medicines and health supplies to people left homeless and without access to basic services. From the earliest days of a response, MAP focuses on helping communities restore critical services and work with partners to help them rebuild health systems. MAP International has provided more than $6 billion in medicines and health supplies to communities in need since its inception in 1954. MAP is recognized for its stewardship by charity watchdogs, each year achieving the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, CNBC, ECFA and Forbes magazine.We Are Financially AccountableMAP is recognized for its efficiency by charity watchdogs each year achieving the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, CNBC, ECFA, and Forbes magazine. Because of MAP's effective use of donated goods, for every dollar donated, $60 in medicines and medical supplies is shipped to those in need.LEARN MORE
We work to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, healthcare, water, infrastructure and economy.Our ApproachHope for Haiti’s holistic approach is a model that connects, heals, and empowers rural communities on the road to sustainable, long-term development.Our community-based model works to find local and innovative solutions to problems derived by poverty through the following five key areas of development: 1. Education 2. Healthcare 3. Water 4. Infrastructure 5. EconomyOur History: 27 years of love27 years after its inception, Hope for Haiti continues to generate long-term success from the foundation on which it was built. Hope for Haiti continues to partner with those in Haiti who are doing an excellent job and support them in furthering their work. We do not build and run our own schools. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we work directly with those who are successfully ministering to the poor and who will be there for the long term. In this way, we make sure that over 95 cents of every dollar donated is used for programs that can help create a better future for the children of Haiti.By focusing on the school as the center of a community’s nutrition and healthcare, clean water, infrastructure, and economic needs, Hope for Haiti connects, heals, and empowers partners towards sustainability. We believe in using technology to foster education, human capital, and the economy. Our cutting-edge programs apply concepts including social business, solar power, UV filtration, and the use of Electronic Medical Records to efficiently solve problems and improve the quality of life of the Haitian people. We offer professional development opportunities to equip our team of Haitian staff members and partner institutions to build capacity to address the future’s challenges.Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path.What was once only a vision has now become a reality. On behalf of the over 500,000 children and adults we touch each year, thank you for believing in us!LEARN MORE
Kansas City, MO
Our ONE goal? Break the cycle of poverty. Children International (CI) gives kids a safe place, an encouraging team and a path out of poverty. We have a bold vision: graduating healthy, educated, empowered and employed young adults from our program so they can achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. Period.How We Make A DifferenceWe have a simple, proven approach that is making a difference. Kids in our program have access to:1. A safe PLACE: 70+ community centers located where our sponsored kids live - clean, uplifting spaces such as clinics, libraries, computer labs, tutoring areas, meeting spaces and playgrounds.2. A caring TEAM that inspires, encourages and supports our sponsored children: local doctors, dentists, coaches and staff, plus about 9,000 volunteers worldwide!3. A clear PATH out of poverty that focuses on health, education, empowerment and employment through country-relevant and age-specific programs and services. Staying on the path from toddlerhood to young adulthood equips our kids with crucial life and job skills to break the cycle of poverty. For good.Walk into one of our 70+ community centers around the world, and you will see kids playing, reading, getting medical and dental check-ups and receiving life-changing help. But something even bigger happens, too. For many kids and families, our community centers offer a place of dignity and hope. And you can make a long-term impact on their lives by helping build a community center in much-needed areas. Check out our on-going and newly completed community center projects on our Cause pages. Your help = incredible impactOutside our community centers, life is very different for our children and youth. That's why your support means so much – and provides a safe, dignifying place for kids and their families.SMART GIVING: Children International is a top-rated, BBB-accredited charity and named one of the top humanitarian organizations in the U.S. by Consumers Digest. We're proud that 84% of our total expenses in 2015 went directly to the programs and activities that help sponsored children, and we're proud of the high standards we met in achieving that number. At CI, your money goes a long way to make a huge change in kids' lives....
We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.We have now served more than 77 million people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger.How We Do ItAs a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. We do this by:EngagingEach year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.Caring We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.NourishingNearly 150,000 children in 10 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.Growing Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.RespondingConsistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.PartneringWe empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more....
New Orleans, LA
THE FACTSOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger. Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. Many families are asking for help for the first time. When bills loom and impossible decisions must be made, grocery lists are often cut first. Meals are skipped. Parents go without to make sure their children are fed.OUR RESPONSESecond Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state.Through our food distribution programs, community kitchen meal service, nutrition education, and public benefits assistance, we are helping to create pathways out of poverty. Every year, Second Harvest secures millions of pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Our work helps ensure that these meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger in South Louisiana.WORLD’S LARGEST FOOD BANKOn August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Second Harvest’s service area, followed by Hurricane Rita on September 24. More than a million people were displaced from their homes and hundreds of thousands of people found themselves in need of emergency assistance, often for the first time. Forced out of its facility in New Orleans, the staff of Second Harvest regrouped in Baton Rouge within 48 hours of Katrina’s landfall, despite the fact that many of the staff had lost their own homes and others were unaware of the fate of their friends and family members.By September 2005, Second Harvest became the largest food bank in the world’s history, with the help of America’s Second Harvest, now Feeding America, and skilled food bank volunteers from all over the country. Operating initially from a closed Wal-Mart in Baker, LA, then returning to its facility in New Orleans and opening a second facility in Lafayette in 2006, Second Harvest distributed more than 75 million pounds of food over the next two years.LEARN MORE
Baton Rouge, LA
Our MissionTo improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living.Our VisionA community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential.Areas of FocusThis year we’re taking a new approach, one that will allow us to achieve more and have a greater impact on our community’s most pressing needs. We call this approach the impact model. This model allows us to more effectively achieve results by targeting your support to programs that create measurable impact in our community. All programs fall into 5 focus areas.Education Income StabilityHealthBasic NeedsCommunity Level StrategiesLEARN MORE
Baton Rouge, LA
Mission Statement Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a Christian-based ministry that builds and renovates houses in partnership with the community. We provide opportunities for families in need to purchase their own homes, build community and improve their lives.Our HabitatHabitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a non-profit, Christian-based housing ministry that works in partnership with deserving, low-income families and the community to eliminate poverty housing through building simple, decent homes. We help build community by involving diverse religious, social and business groups in the construction of homes and neighborhoods.In our 25 year history, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has renovated and built more than 300 homes in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc. (HFHGBR) serves a four parish area including East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Ascension Parishes, covering more than 1,500 square miles of land.Habitat is not a handout but a "hand up." Homes are sold to partner families at no profit, and financed by Habitat with an affordable, no-interest twenty year mortgage.Habitat InternationalFounded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry. Habitat International has built over 450,000 homes worldwide in more than 3,000 communities. However, millions more people worldwide live in deplorable conditions, including in OUR community....
Baton Rouge, LA
The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana.Our MissionTo foster cooperation and communication between individual citizens and corporate and government organizations in an effort to assess and mend the environmental problems in Louisiana.What We DoAt the core of LEAN’s work is the assistance we provide communities in dealing with their environmental challenges. LEAN has assisted communities with concerns involving environmental and health related impacts from air pollution, hazardous waste, water pollution, landfills, injection wells, municipal water treatment facilities, private water systems, paper mills, industrial incinerators, natural disasters and industrial accidents, to name a few. Our Services assessing, documenting, and monitoring environmental concernseducating individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and elected officials about environmental challenges in Louisianaorganizational support and leadership development for communities organizing around a local environmental issuetechnical support to individuals and communities working to resolve an environmental concern. Examples of technical support include: permit review, drafting public comments, analysis of environmental data, chemical sampling (air, water, soil, biota), multi-media production of educational resources specific to Louisiana’s environmental challenges, promoting public participation in government processes related to environmental decision making, facilitating dialogue and conflict resolution between communities, private industry and government agencies, and outreach and advocacy with local, national and international media outlets.“LEAN is one of the oldest and most effective and successful state wide citizen’s environmental and social justice organizations in the United States. Since 1985 LEAN has helped hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals across Louisiana and all but a small number have been very successful in dealing with or solving their issues and problems.”– William Fontenot...
For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross in Louisiana has and continues to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.Its members offer aid and resources to others to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies through immediate assistance, education, outreach and training.Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers educational programs that promote health and safety, support and comfort for military members and their families, and provide international relief and development programs.The Louisiana Region of the Red Cross serves the 4.65 million residents in the 64-parish state, while supporting others across the country and around the world. Volunteers share their expertise on disaster relief operations out of state, and donors provide relief where it’s needed most.The only organization chartered by Congress to provide relief, the American Red Cross provides disaster assistance for free – made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.Last year our Region:Responded to 1,530 local disasters. Helped 2,000 families rebuild their lives following a disaster. Provided 22,300 people with preparedness and resiliency training. The more prepared you are for emergencies, the more quickly you recover.Trained 39,100 people in health and safety techniques. Thirty-five of them reported that they used these skills to save or sustain a life.Connected 1,800 local military members and their loved ones. And much more!LEARN MORE
New Orleans, LA
The mission of What You Give Will Grow is to improve the lives of those in need through support of local causes and organizations in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, with a strong focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives . Through What You Give Will Grow’s efforts in the community, we hope to inspire others to join us in spreading a spirit of giving.Thomas started What You Give Will Grow in 2012 with his wife Lauren. They have fallen in love with the great city of New Orleans and reside here year round. So far, we have raised approximately $100,000 with the help of Who Dat Nation.What inspired What You Give Will Grow?LEARN MORE
Pompano Beach, FL
Americans are the most generous people in the world. During a natural disaster however, it’s often difficult to know what organizations are providing relief. Even more, it’s tough to know who is trustworthy with your hard earned money and who will use it best.Cheerful is an easily recallable, single brand for collecting and disbursing 100% of donor funds* to local charities during times of American disaster. We leverage our relationship with Cheerful Giving to identify trusted nonprofit partners who are already serving the community in need, but may not have the national brand recognition to be top of mind. Our sole mission is to provide grants to fund the purchase of necessary goods and services for rescuing and recovering their own community. Cheerful vets relief organizations and grants funds exclusively to recognized charities and nonprofits in good standing who are first responders on the scene and/or provide care in the aftermath of tragedy. By directing funds across the spectrum of needs, we help local communities support themselves with the relief they want and most urgently need.Love is joyful. Be Cheerful. Act today.*Less the usual costs of payment processing and transaction...
Our mission is to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.We deliver essential medicines and supplies, volunteers and medical training to prevent disease, promote wellness, respond to disaster and save lives around the globe.Over the past five decades, we have demonstrated our ability to develop long-term solutions to pressing health problems, the true essence of helping people help themselves. Our global work includes fighting infectious diseases such as TB and HIV/AIDS, addressing the rapidly growing risks of noncommunicable diseases —especially obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, improving the quality of health care for women and children and responding to humanitarian crisis. ...
There are a staggering 143 million orphan children worldwide. Many remain uncounted, living in the streets and sewer systems. They are subjected to human trafficking, prostitution, child labor, terrorism and worse. Many of these children will die of starvation, malnutrition, preventable illness and acts of violence. They are abandoned, rejected and forgotten. They are children. You can make a difference...Join us as we bring hope to the orphans of the world by providing food, shelter, medical care, academic education, spiritual growth and more in a manner that breaks the cycle of dependence and promotes individual and societal productivity as well as charitable character within the community. For 17 years we have been transforming "orphanages" and "institutions" into thriving Children's Homes through our unique Whole Home Care approach and monthly reporting accountability. Each children's home is approved through our extensive application process and agrees to the terms of our support and guidance, which includes providing detailed profiles on each child in the home, monthly budgets, monthly photos, monthly program reports and proof of purchases. Each home is spot checked by our in country Child Care Coordinators or Program Liaisons. And we do not stop there. Each child who ages out of the home has a developed plan according to his/her interests and abilities for higher education, skill training or gainful employment. Yes, we DO break the cycle. Be A Lifeline of Hope to an Orphaned Child! Haiti-India-Kenya-Liberia-Mexico-Pakistan-Philippines-Russia-UgandaTo learn more about our programs visit us at www.orphanslifeline.orgLEARN MORE
Los Angeles, CA
We provide food, educational support, clothing, medicine, and necessary supplies in some of the poorest villages in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. We locate places where basic necessities of nutritious food, clean water, and adequate clothes are a luxury; then use modern day methods to implement long term solutions for that area to become self-sustaining.Ultimately, Feed Starving People would like to contribute to the development of places with very severe poverty through the advancement of sustainable resources. In order to build, maintain and grow into a productive and resourceful place it is important for people to recognize their usefulness in their own community first. Therefore, we would like to be a vehicle for education, inspiration and motivation for the citizens of each community we are in.Currently, we have a large network of partners and friends, who will run short-term programs in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Moreover, as the organization continues to grow, we are setting up several long-term projects with teams of passionate and qualified people into various communities to run a range of education and medical programs, as well as clothing and food drives. Feed Starving People was founded during a trip through Southeast Asia by our Executive Director Tim Bradley in 2012. Aside from all the amazing impressions on his trip, Tim was deeply touched by the poverty he saw in many places. In Cambodia, one of the poorest countries of the world, Tim spontaneously decided that it was time to give back and his organization has been doing so ever since.LEARN MORE
San Diego, CA
International Relief Teams works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to improve the lives of those who suffer most.Here is what you need to know about our life-changing work:International Relief Teams is headquartered in San Diego and responds to disasters around the world and in the US. We send volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to the world’s worst disasters – and most recently following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal and Ecuador.For the last 28 years, IRT has deployed over 6,000 volunteers, delivered more than $342 million in humanitarian aid including food, medicine, and relief supplies to millions of people in 68 countries.Over 98% of all donations are directed to programs, maximizing our impact where it’s needed most.International Relief Teams works locally. We respond to domestic disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, and provide assistance for San Diego and Baja’s neglected communities including military families, and homeless and underprivileged children.95% of our programs are privately funded, giving us the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to set up programs anywhere, anytime.We are a team. International Relief Teams welcomes everyone to be a part of our team, as a volunteer, donor, or supporter.We change lives of those who suffer most. And we offer the opportunity to all to be life changers with us. Together, we make a difference....
Our mission is to mobilize on-the-ground resources to fight environmental degradation, promote sustainability, and support social justice around the world.Solutions for lasting change come from people who face challenges to their environments and rights every day. We support community-based projects that make our world safer, healthier, and more just. As the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale, we have directed more than $45 million in grants to grassroots initiatives in 167 countries.We give people, foundations, and responsible businesses the opportunity to invest in global grassroots change that honors people, livelihoods, and ecosystems equally.Our innovative and responsive granting infrastructure connects you to a worldwide community of activists addressing their regions’ most pressing challenges. Because our expert Grant Advisors carefully select projects, you can be sure your support helps people create change that will last....
Our mission is to generate consciousness and encourage stewardship of natural ecosystems while continuing with other charitable educational activities associated with this purpose.Sea Save Foundation strives to protect our oceans by raising awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival. We seek solutions, advance public policy, and drive advocacy.“If we can clearly see our successes, we will be motivated to continue our efforts.” — Edi FommenwilerLEARN MORE