Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999, building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.
By tapping a network of more than 50,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed.
For more information about Architecture for Humanity, visit www.architectureforhumanity.org/.
Since 1973, The Creative Growth Art Center has been nurturing adults with mental, emotional and physical disabilities by providing them with artistic instruction and outlets for creative expression.
Both a nonprofit contemporary art studio and art gallery, it provides a stimulating environment to artists and fosters artistry from the most unexpected people.
Creative Growth currently supports over 150 artists working in a variety of media, including painting, woodworking, ceramics and textiles. It is the oldest and largest art center of its kind in the US and artwork originating from this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums around the world.
For more information about Creative Growth, visit www.creativegrowth.org.
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
Sierra Club's Beyond Coal initiative aims to educate about coal’s dangers to environmental and public health and advocate for the use of cleaner fuel sources. It is designed to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants - one of the largest sources of global warming pollution in the U.S - and move our economy toward a clean energy future.
For more information about Sierra Club and their ongoing initiatives, visitwww.sierraclub.org
EarthSpark International empowers communities by eradicating energy poverty. Rather than thinking of energy usage as being driven by economic development, EarthSpark seeks to drive sustainable economic development by providing access to better quality energy services. Recognizing that dirty fuels are often the only energy options available to millions around the world, and that their use is harmful to the health and productivity of the communities who use them, it aims to increase access to cleaner, more efficient alternatives.
EarthSpark International is collaborating with Citizen Effect to distribute solar-powered lamps to displaced women and families in housing camps created after the earthquake in Haiti. Inexpensive, clean, renewable lighting is a fundamental need in these tented communities and enables an environment that promotes education, safety, and health.
For more information about EarthSpark, visit www.EarthSparkinternational.org
Citizen Effect is driven by the idea that anyone can make a real and significant impact in the world. Their mission is to provide Citizen Philanthropists the tools and networks they need to work directly with communities in need around the world. Citizen Philanthropists are powerful community builders who help their partners across the world build more self-reliant and sustainable communities.
Citizen Effect is collaborating with EarthSpark International to distribute solar-powered lamps to displaced women and families in housing camps created after the earthquake in Haiti. Inexpensive, clean, renewable lighting is a fundamental need in these tented communities and enables an environment that promotes education, safety, and health.
For more information about Citizen Effect, visit www.citizeneffect.org
Green Belt Movement
Empowering communities to protect the environment while promoting good governance and cultures of peace.
The Green Belt Movement is based in Kenya and was founded in 1977 by Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. What began as a grassroots tree-planting organization has evolved into a vehicle for empowering women, advocating human rights and supporting good governance and peaceful democratic change.
The act of planting trees has helped women throughout Africa become stewards of the natural environment while simultaneously shaping them to be powerful champions for sustainable and equitable economic development, good political governance and ultimately...peace.
To date, more than 40 million trees have been planted throughout Africa. The goal over the next decade is to plant one billion trees worldwide.
For more information about The Green Belt Movement and Dr. Wangari Maathai, visitwww.greenbeltmovement.org
Protecting endangered forests and wildlife around the world
To date, ForestEthics has protected over 65 million acres of endangered forests. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2000 and has staff in Canada, the United States, and Chile. Its mission is to protect endangered forests, wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing. Their current campaigns focus on wild places in Canada, Chile, and California's Sierra, as well as on transforming the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies that use products that come from these places.
Whether it's by brokering agreements with companies or by negotiating legislated protection, ForestEthics protects forests and wild places for the people and wildlife that depend upon them.
For more information about ForestEthics and their essential work, visitwww.forestethics.org
Dedicated to mentoring and inspiring our next generation of young writers
826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country. After Dave Eggers founded 826 Valencia, the flagship center in San Francisco, educators around the U.S. joined in to pursue the same goals in their local communities. Now 826 Valencia also serves as the headquarters of 826 National, an umbrella organization that coordinates the adaptation of 826's tutoring and mentorship model in other cities.
Through volunteer support, each of the seven 826 chapters provides drop-in tutoring, class field trips, writing workshops, and in-school programs - all free of charge - to inspire a new generation of young writers.
To learn more about 826 National and their programs, visit www.826national.org
The largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Their teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers, and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of populations of fish, marine mammals, and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe, and South and Central America. More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana.
Through its commitment to conservation, Oceana helps restore ocean ecosystems that will sustain us, entertain us, amaze us, and generate jobs around the world for centuries to come.
For more information about Oceana and their campaigns, visit www.oceana.org
Global Green USA
Fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future
Founded in 1994 by activist and philanthropist Diane Meyer Simon, Global Green USA is the American arm of Green Cross International. Its work in the US is primarily focused on stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Global Green USA made a strong commitment to sustainable building in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Global Green's unique approach merges innovative research, community-based projects and targeted advocacy to educate the public, implement groundbreaking environmental policy and improve the lives of people in low-income communities.
To learn more about Global Green and its efforts to solve the world's most pressing environmental problems, visit www.globalgreen.org