The Year of Giving Adventurously

You're ready to act on those good intentions, but how do you know the organizations you're backing deserve your trust? Here are the 30 best—smartly managed groups with transparent financials, efficient spending, and track records of on-the-ground success.

A rendering of David Belt's urban ice-climbing walls     Photo: Macro Sea and Vamos Architects

Citizen philanthropy is on the rise—and so are the nonprofits. Here are the 30 organizations and innovators truly making a difference, delivering health care in rural Asia, distributing bikes in Africa, and championing preservation in your backyard. Plus: Carbon-eating superplants, why the solar-powered car is MIA, and more.

THE ORGANIZATIONS
Shelterbox

American Himalayan Foundation

Oceana

Kiva

1% for the Planet

Big City Mountaineers

African Wildlife Foundation

American Forests

World Bicycle Relief

Water For People

Climate Counts

Ioby

American Trails

The Marine Mammal Center

Afghan Child Education and Care Organization

Foundation Rwanda

Environmental Defense Fund

Trekking for Kids

American Rivers

Health in Harmony

Pathfinder International

Rainforest Alliance

Technoserve

Vital Voices Global Partnership

World Wildlife Fund

THE INNOVATORS
David Belt

Amy Purdy

Jon Rose

David Milarch

Dan Morrison

HOW TO GIVE RESPONSIBLY
How We Picked Them

Do Diligence

 

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