This is a list of all the charities nominated in the subreddit 1-Year Anniversary thread.

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Animal Welfare Institute

suggested by /u/Subtle_Omega

An organization created in 1951 that aims to alleviate animal suffering and abolish inhumane welfare practices.

They are also very transparent in their spending and expenses and publish a yearly report. Around 91% of expenditure will go directly to the wildlife programs. They have been rated A+ on CharityWatch.

Some of their goals include:

  • Abolishing factory farms, supporting high-welfare family farms, and achieving humane slaughter for animals raised for food.
  • Improving the housing and handling of animals in research and encouraging the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals.
  • Ending the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reformign other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife.
  • Preserving species threatened with extinction and protecting wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat.
  • Protecting companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade.
  • Preventing injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.

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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

suggested by /u/oscarveli

An organization founded in 1977, also the home of the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.

The elephants that they rescue are typically milk-dependent orphaned infants which will receive dedicated hands-on care and all the love and support they need to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of being orphaned. They are released back into the wild when they have matured.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation, and protection of wildlife which includes:

  • Anti-poaching
  • Safeguarding the natural environment
  • Improving community awareness
  • Addressing animal welfare issues
  • Providing veterinary assistance to animals in need
  • Rescuing and hand-rearing elephant and rhino orphans along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown

According to Charity Navigator they have a 94.74 rating. You can donate directly, and they even include the option of being a foster parent to a baby elephant.

Donation Form | Foster a Baby Elephant

African Wildlife Foundation

suggested by /u/freshredditer and /u/wild_mountain_time

The African Wildlife Foundation's programs and conservation strategies are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people.

AWF stops the degradation of animals and the environment. Since its inception, the organization has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.

88% of donations go towards their programs. And they've received a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.

Here's one of their successful programs they have implemented:

Canines Stop Wildlife Traffickers in Their Tracks

In July 2015 the first class of dogs graduated from the African Wildlife Foundation’s unique anti-trafficking program, the Conservation Canine Program. The eight graduates are currently stationed in airports and seaports in Kenya and Tanzania, working closely with the wildlife authorities to diligently detect wildlife products bound for international travel. The enthusiastic canines sniff their way throughout these highly trafficked venues searching high and low for contraband wildlife products.

Their effectiveness is undeniable. Since January 2016, the Canine Detection Unit’s keen sense of smell has resulted in 14 separate seizures of illegal wildlife products, including not only ivory but also pangolin scales and bushmeat.

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Free the Bears

suggested by /u/asinine_qualities

Doing fantastic work in Laos, Cambodia, India, and elsewhere creating sanctuaries and supporting the local people too. FTB rescues bears from slavery while providing former keepers with meaningful employment.

In 2014 alone, Free the Bears received 11 bear cubs, all of which need a huge amount of resources in the form of time, money, and care. They need rehabilitation, food, living space, medical provisions, and 24-hour attention.

Free the Bears supports the governments in their host countries to develop scientifically sound methods to monitor wild bear populations.

Strategic aims:

  • Creating and supporting world-class bear sanctuaries; government owned, managed to the highest level of welfare and striving towards long-term sustainability
  • Developing alternative sustainable livelihood programs for communities to prevent impoverished families from exploiting bears for profit
  • Strengthening wildlife law enforcement efforts through advocacy and training
  • Protecting wild bear populations through community-led efforts and increased understanding of wild bear populations
  • Building the capacity of local partners and staff including government authorities, veterinarians, researchers, school-teachers, and animal care staff

Donation Form | Sponsor a Bear

Rewilding Europe

suggested by /u/YoSoyUnPayaso

Rewilding Europe is focused on reintroducing large grazers to areas where they were expatriated. Konik horses and Eurasian Bison (with fewer than 3000 individuals in the wild they are rarer than the Black Rhino), as well as trying to back-breed wild cattle (similar to the extinct Aurochs) for reintroduction purposes.

They received the CBF seal of approval which is a Dutch watchdog for charities (they are based in the NL). They also have backing of the Dutch chapter of WWF (in fact the Dutch WWF helped found them).

Some examples:

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World Wildlife Fund

suggested by /u/Shane-Tully

The WWF is an international conversation agency that has been a staple in environmental advocacy for decades.

The WWF has built a strong infrastructure and brand, and as such has enough resources to make a substantial difference. They employ expert scientists from all over the world to all over the world, with conservation efforts on every continent.

They have to the ability to preform on-the-ground efforts, daily interaction with animals, animal sanctuaries, reservations etc. while also utilizing their resources to push for legislative changes around the world to protect animals and fight against poachers.

The WWF is extremely transparent, doing yearly breakdowns of their expenditures, and also constantly communicating with supporters exactly what they are doing with every program. They not only preform these tasks, but also provide many people with the opportunity to volunteer, intern, and work for a cause which many are passionate about.

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Snow Leopard Trust

suggested by /u/croup

The Snow Leopard Trust works in 5 of the 12 countries where snow leopards are found - China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. Collectively, these 5 countries contain over 75% of the world’s population of wild snow leopards.

In each of these five countries, they are working through local partner organizations, led by local staff members. They conduct snow leopard research, lead community conservation programs, and negotiate policy decisions with local authorities.

Snow leopards live in vast home ranges - individual cats have been known to use up to 1,000 square kilometers. While it is important to secure their key habitats through Protected Areas, it simply isn't enough. To protect these endangered cats, we need to work at a larger landscape level, and find ways for snow leopards to coexist with the people sharing their habitat. This is the focus of their conservation approach.

Many of the families living in snow leopard habitat are herders who live on less than $2 per day and depend on their livestock for food and income. Snow leopards occasionally attack and kill livestock, and members of these low-income communities sometimes resort to retaliation killings or poaching of snow leopards to protect their herds of livestock or earn extra money.

Their community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems.

Donation Form | Adopt a Snow Leopard


suggested by /u/eniotan

Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. Actively working to save Britain’s rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.

They work hard to achieve this through:

  • Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival.
  • Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates.
  • Developing and disseminating knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates.
  • Encouraging and supporting invertebrate conservation initiatives by other organizations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
  • Undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim.

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Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit

suggested by /u/theyarelegitlit

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC, to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve.

Within the first year of operation the Black Mambas were invited to expand into other regions and now protect all boundaries of the 52,000 hectare Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Their teams work to the concept of the “Broken Window” philosophy, striving to make their area of influence the most undesirable, most difficult, and least profitable place to poach any species. With a passion for wildlife and rhino conservation, these women are the voice in the community through their conservation work.

The objectives of the Black Mamba project are not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the ground but also through being a role model in their communities. These 32 young women and 2 men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, addressing the social and moral decay that is a product of the rhino poaching within their communities. They are concerned for their children’s sake as the false economy has brought loose morals and narcotics into their communities.

Donation Form | Sponsor a Mamba

Natural Resources Defense Council

suggested by /u/mxxiestorc

NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today's leadership team and board of trustees makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

Charity Navigator awards NRDC its top 4-star rating.


  • Cleaning up carbon pollution and other dangerous pollutants from America’s power plants, the nation’s largest source of air pollution.
  • Working to ensure the success of the EPA’s groundbreaking Clean Power Plan and to assist states in adopting carbon-pollution plans focused on clean energy.
  • Protecting important marine habitat and securing protections for vulnerable marine species.
  • Protecting the Arctic from drilling, shipping, and industrialization.
  • Protecting pollinators from dangerous pesticides that limit their habitats and render their food supplies poisonous.

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