Sunday, March 19, 2017

Give Environmental Gifts - Good for Any Occasion!

Giving to a cause makes for the very best gift - as it certainly captures the true spirit of the act itself, which is needed now more than ever.  This is part of a series I am doing this year, after we've all been through the wringer with political, community and world events this year. So many have been looking to DO something, and requests have poured in for suggestions of what to give or ways to give that will help the world. Please subscribe or bookmark to be able to see the whole series. And please share this link - even that is doing something very good for our world!  

And these make perfect last minute gifts - and can be added or gotten up till the day of giving! While a card or acknowledgement usually is sent via mail or email, you can print out photos and descriptions of the cause, write a personal note of why you chose it or why you think it's so meaning fun and wrap it in a box or like a scroll to have something to open if you prefer!

Why give a gift card when you can give something SO meaningful for whatever cause you or the person you are gifting finds important?

First up: Water. I personally think water is just about the most imperative cause out there.  "Give the gift of drinkable, swimmable, fishable water" - the phrase for WaterKeeper Alliance.

The Conservation Fund:  "At the Fund, we make conservation work for America.  By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity.  Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect 7.8 million acres of land since 1985."

TIP: From now until December 19th, your online donation to the Fund will be matched; up to $150,000. Make your gift go twice as far and donate today!

The National Resources Defense CouncilThe Kennedy's started this and is my sister's favorite:

CLICK HERE to donate to NRDC in honor of your special someone or CLICK HERE to give the gifts below! 

SIERRA CLUB: Achieving ambitious goals requires mobilizing unprecedented people power. The environmental movement of the future must be bigger and more diverse. It must better represent and amplify the voice of the American people. And we are in a great position to help build it.This is conservation today: habitat, water, air quality, ecosystems – viewed through the lens of climate solutions with an eye toward justice for all."

When you make a commemorative gift, please provide the name of the person(s) being honored, as well the address where we can notify them about your gift. The Sierra Club Foundation will send a letter notifying them that you have made a gift in their honor, with the gift amount being left out.  You'll get  a separate acknowledgement for tax purposes. Just call (415) 977-5653 or download this form.

Environmental Defense Fund: "We forge solutions that make people and nature prosper"  Links science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost- effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Clean air and water. Abundant fish and wildlife. A stable climate. Our work protects nature and helps people thrive. What sets us apart is how we make this happen: By creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Environmental Defense Fund in someone's name and have them send a note to that person via snail or email. TIP: Again, you can wrap the info before and let them still get this after! 

And here are some other highly rated charities that deal with the environment, nature, climate change, hyperlinked to the page where you can donate in someone's honor (and they mail a notice to that person).

Keep American Beautiful: "We inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment." Donate in someone's name by clicking the little box under the Donate Amount field that says: "dedicate my donation in honor of the memory of someone."  
Earth Justice: The premier nonprofit environmental law organization. “We fight for the right of all to a healthy environment. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to take on critical environmental issues and bring about positive change. We exist because the Earth needs a good lawyer!” The person you honor will get both a card and a years subscription to their quarterly magazine. 

Earth Works: Their mission: a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. They stand for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability, and work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

They fulfill that mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption. And they expose the health, environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts of mining and energy extraction through work informed by sound science.

Check back for more blog posts in succession, each covering a different area of giving: Civil Rights, Animals, Education, Communit, Food and Health!!!

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