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  • Jon Elias

The Impact Crowd's Charity List For 2023

As we approach the conclusion of 2023, we are committed to supporting individuals and businesses with philanthropic endeavors. In recognition of the multitude of worthy causes during this holiday season and throughout the rest of the year, we have compiled a concise resource for our readers. Our selections are sourced from Charity Navigator, a recognized independent directory. As of November 9, 2023, each charity featured in our compilation has received a good or better rating from Charity Navigator, and some are directly supported by The Impact Crowd. While our list is not exhaustive, it is meant to spotlight noteworthy causes that have received commendation from independent organizations. Whether you are an individual seeking deeper involvement with a specific cause or are formulating a more comprehensive charitable strategy for your business, please feel free to use this list as a reference for your journey to pursue your impact.

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ENVIRONMENTAL

What they say:

1% for the Planet was created by Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews as a way for businesses to hold themselves accountable for their environmental impact. Since then, we’ve expanded across the globe and helped thousands of businesses give back.


1% for the Planet members commit to donating at least 1% of annual sales directly to environmental organizations. We certify every donation to ensure businesses meet that commitment.


*The Impact Crowd is a member and commits to donate 1% of its annual revenue to 1% For the Planet.

What they say:

Evergreen is leading the fight to put bold climate action at the top of America's agenda. We’re building the ambitious, actionable policy roadmap for an all-out mobilization to defeat climate change—and to create millions of jobs in a thriving, just, and inclusive clean energy future.


We marry movement partnerships with direct engagement with decision makers to deliver the greatest positive impact, as fast as possible. In the months and years ahead, we are carrying our proven theory of change forward to ensure the effective implementation of the IRA (as well as additional executive and state action) to fully meet our climate, economic, and environmental justice goals.


What they say:

In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, all while increasing energy access to billions of people living in energy poverty. It’s a massive challenge and the timeline is daunting, but there is hope. Clean Air Task Force is working to rapidly reduce emissions while advancing bold, durable climate solutions to ensure a net-zero emissions, high energy planet at an affordable cost.


At CATF, we build momentum for solutions based on scientific evidence, intellectual integrity, and pragmatism. We know that climate change is too complex a challenge and the stakes are too high for us to limit the tools at our disposal. We challenge conventional wisdoms and explore every opportunity that offers promise, and we’ve done so for more than 25 years.


EDUCATIONAL & YOUTH MENTORSHIP

What they say:

Friends of the Children is a national nonprofit organization that selects and invites youth – all of whom have unique talents, interests and dreams, and face multiple systemic obstacles – to be paired with a paid, professional mentor called a Friend. We hire and train Friends to support our youth from as early as age 4 through high school graduation – 12+ years, no matter what.


Our values guide us to achieve our mission. Each value applies not only to our youth, Friends and program teams, but also applies to all Friends of the Children employees, volunteers and partners. We use our values to make informed decisions; to hire, coach, and manage; and most importantly, we use our values to change the way the world treats and views the youth and families we serve.


*The Impact Crowd commits to donate 1% of annual revenue to Friends of the Children - Detroit.

What they say:

At Teaching Matters, we build relationships with principals, teachers, and school leaders to determine how to meet their school’s needs and improve student outcomes. Our programs and custom coaching services are then tailored to increase effective instruction and ensure that no teacher experiences the learning curve of becoming a better teacher alone. By advancing excellent teaching, we’re co-creating a more equitable education system that disrupts historic inequities—one classroom at a time.


We provide programs to schools with a high economic need index (87-93%) and with large percentages of students who are experiencing homelessness or who live in temporary housing (24%). Of the students we typically reach, 59% are Latino, 31% are Black, 5% are Asian, and 3% are White. 88% of the students we impact qualify for Free-Reduced Lunch, 18% are English Language Learners, and 23% receive special education services.


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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE

What they say:

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, we’ve invested nearly $3.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Our efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 43% since 1989 and we won’t stop until our promise is fulfilled.


Susan G. Komen is the ONLY organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.


What they say:

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.


What they say:

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.


AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have experienced a loss. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research

  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention

  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention

  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide


COMMUNITY

What they say:

The Hunger Coalition envisions a community where everyone has access to good food regardless of economic circumstances, where human connections grow, and all are empowered to speak up and be heard.


The Hunger Coalition builds a healthy community through access to good food and addresses the root causes of food insecurity in collaboration with key partners.



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The realm of impactful investments and philanthropy is dynamic, and we at The Impact Crowd are steadfast in our commitment to support individuals and businesses on this journey. As we navigate the closing chapters of 2023, our dedication to highlighting ethically-driven opportunities remains consistent. Whether through fostering positive environmental, social, and governance advancements or advocating for causes that resonate with our collective conscience, we stand united in the pursuit of a better world. We hope these curated resources empower our readers with insights and avenues for engagement with causes they care about. As we move forward, we look ahead with optimism, believing that every conscious choice contributes to the positive impact we collectively strive to achieve.



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