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  • Mercy for Animals
    Animal welfare

    Mercy for Animals protects 1.3 billion animals from torture & cruel death, annually.

    Mercy for Animals

    Animals suffer miserably on factory farms. Mercy For Animals works to expose and end their abuse through undercover investigations, legal advocacy, corporate outreach and education programs.

    Why you should care

    Mercy for Animals protects 1.3 billion animals from torture & cruel death, annually.

    Context

    • 9 billion farm animals killed for food each year in the US
    • 300 million unwanted male chicks kiled by the US egg industry reach year
    • 31 farmed animals a vegetarian spares every year
    • 0 federal laws protecting animals on factory farms

    Impact

    • 1.3 billion animals protected annually from cruel cages, mutilation, and agonizing slaughter thanks to MFA
    • 500k animals spared annually from miserable lives at factory farms because MFA persuaded schools and other institutions to reduce meat, dairy, and eggs served
    • 26 million vegan meals served a year by schools and social assistance programs across Brazil and Mexico thanks to MFA's meat reduction programs

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  • The Good Food Institute
    Animal welfare

    The Good Food Institutes funds science & technology solutions for sustainable agriculture

    The Good Food Institute

    The Good Food Institute works with innovators, scientists and marketers to produce food systems that improve the environment, global poverty, human health and animal welfare.

    Why you should care

    The Good Food Institutes funds science & technology solutions for sustainable agriculture

    Context

    • Factory farming is devastating our planet
    • Our health is in danger
    • Animals suffer miserably

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  • The Humane League
    Animal welfare

    The Humane League builds effective social awareness around torture & cruel treament of factory farm animals.

    The Humane League

    The Humane League reduces the suffering of as many animals as possible, as effectively as possible through grassroots activism, corporate outreach and education programs.

    Why you should care

    The Humane League builds effective social awareness around torture & cruel treament of factory farm animals.

    Context

    • On today's factory farms, billions of animals live short, miserable lives in the most unnatural and inhumane conditions possible.
    • Mistreatment, illness, injury and premature death are common.
    • Those who survive often spend their last minutes in terror and pain.

    Impact

    • In response to online ads, over 18 million people watched a video about the cruelties of factory farming
    • People are responding to their outreach: 570,000 veg starter guides distributed by volunteers and online
    • As part of their outreach 160,000 young people received literature about factory farming cruelty and compassionate food choices

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  • Cool Earth
    Climate and the environment

    In the last 40 years over, half of the world's rainforest has been destroyed. Protect it by empowering rainforest communities.

    Cool Earth

    Cool Earth works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change by providing funds for livelihood support, forest health, and additional community priorities.

    Why you should care

    In the last 40 years over, half of the world's rainforest has been destroyed. Protect it by empowering rainforest communities.

    Context

    • Of the world's remaining forests, 48% are fragmented, 30% are degrated and only 24% are intact.
    • The rainforest is home to 350 million people.

    Impact

    • 901,679 acres saved
    • 216,402,960 trees protected
    • 234,436,540 tonnes of CO2 stored
    • 68,527,604,000 litres of water annuallys

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  • Environmental Defense Fund
    Climate and the environment

    EDF is the leading advocate & thought leader for global environmental sustainability.

    Environmental Defense Fund

    Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends through funding sciences, economic incentives, corporate partnerships and policy advocacy.

    Why you should care

    EDF is the leading advocate & thought leader for global environmental sustainability.

    Context

    • Climate change threatens our future
    • Our air, water and household products are too often tainted with pollutants or toxic chemicals.
    • Overfisihing is harming our oceans
    • By 2050, our planet will need to support roughly 9 billion people

    Impact

    • In 2017, California and China deepen their commitment to climate action, using a market approach pioneered by EDF
    • In 2016, EDF helps pass the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, the most important environmental law in a generation
    • In 2016, EDF helps Belize become the first country to implement secure fishing rights nationwide, a model for small-scale fisheries

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  • Sierra Club Foundation
    Climate and the environment

    Sierra Club Foundation is the leading advocate for conservation of America's wilderness.

    Sierra Club Foundation

    The Sierra Club Foundation promotes climate solutions, conservation, and movement building through a powerful combination of strategic philanthropy and grassroots advocacy.

    Why you should care

    Sierra Club Foundation is the leading advocate for conservation of America's wilderness.

    Context

    • Our country faces major climate changes
    • Our public lands are being privitized and used for fossil fuels

    Impact

    • 250m acres protected
    • 251 coal-fired power plants retired
    • Helped to pass Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act

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  • Alliance for Safety and Justice
    Criminal justice

    Alliance for Safety and Justice works with local governments to reform "tough on crime" policies

    Alliance for Safety and Justice

    The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a national organization seeking to reduce overreliance on incarceration in states across the U.S. and to promote new safety priorities rooted in community health and well-being

    Why you should care

    Alliance for Safety and Justice works with local governments to reform "tough on crime" policies

    Context

    • The U.S. prison population has increased nearly 700 percent since 1972
    • Prison spending has grown seven times faster than funding for higher education over the past three decades

    Impact

    • California is building on major reforms such as Public Safety Realignment, Prop 36, and Prop 47 to further reduce incarceration and invest in prevention and treatment.
    • Bipartisan legislation to reform mandatory minimum sentencing in Florida is an important first step toward reducing the third largest state prison population.

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  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation
    Criminal justice

    HRC is the leading advocate for LGBTQ rights.

    Human Rights Campaign Foundation

    Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality.

    Why you should care

    HRC is the leading advocate for LGBTQ rights.

    Context

    • The LGBTQ community has experienced a long history of inequality and injustice

    Impact

    • Played a major role in the fight for marriage equality
    • Launched numerous equality indicies to track corporations, healthcare, municipalities and states
    • Built successful social media campaigns to build awareness around events surrounding LGBTQ rights

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  • Against Malaria Foundation
    Global health

    Against Malaria Foundation provides something as simple as bednets to save millions from dying.

    Against Malaria Foundation

    The Against Malaria Foundation protects people from malaria through the distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in high-risk regions.

    Why you should care

    Against Malaria Foundation provides something as simple as bednets to save millions from dying.

    Context

    • Half a million people die each year and 400 million fall ill from malaria
    • 70% of them are children under 5
    • #1 killer of pregnant women
    • Malaria is preventable

    Impact

    • For every ~1500 bednets, a life is saved. Each bednet costs ~$2.50.

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  • Development Media International
    Global health

    Media campaigns alone can reduce child mortality by up to 10%

    Development Media International

    DMI runs television and radio campaigns in developing regions to raise awareness for important health and wellness issues. The focus areas of DMI’s educational media for vulnerable communities are nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and child marriage. DMI works with local broadcasters to create informative and engaging programming, reaching wide communities via large-scale media campaigns

    Why you should care

    Media campaigns alone can reduce child mortality by up to 10%

    Context

    • Across the world, millions of people are not reaching their full potential because they lack the knowledge to improve the lives of themselves and their families, or because they are not sufficiently motivated and incentivised to adopt behaviours that will achieve the same set of results.

    Impact

    • A 35% increase in treatment-seeking by parents with children with symptoms of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, from our Burkina Faso randomised controlled trial.
    • A modelled 6.3% reduction in child mortality as a result of increased treatment-seeking, based on our Burkina Faso trial results.
    • Cost-effectiveness analysis suggests that we added a year of healthy life (disability-adjusted life year, DALY) for $25, equivalent to $750 per life saved - one of the cheapest health interventions currently available.

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  • Fred Hollows Foundation
    Global health

    Works to prevent and cure blindness and visual impairment among the extreme poor

    Fred Hollows Foundation

    Why you should care

    Works to prevent and cure blindness and visual impairment among the extreme poor

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  • Oxfam
    Global health

    Oxfam's massive reach enables it to help millions of people annually to come out of poverty.

    Oxfam

    Oxfam works to sustainably improve lives through advocacy, disaster relief, education, health, sanitation and women's rights.

    Why you should care

    Oxfam's massive reach enables it to help millions of people annually to come out of poverty.

    Context

    • Nearly one out of every three of us lives in poverty.

    Impact

    • 22.2 million people around the world benefited directly from our programs last year
    • 730,000 villagers have access to savings and loan opportunities thanks to Oxfam’s efforts
    • 1 million+ actions taken last year by global citizens like you to campaign for social change

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  • Possible
    Global health

    Health care services for the rural poor communities in Nepal

    Possible

    Provides free and cost-effective health care services, including hospitals, clinics and community health workers, to Nepal’s rural poor in partnership with government medical programs

    Why you should care

    Health care services for the rural poor communities in Nepal

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  • Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
    Global health

    SCI saves thousands of lives from tropical disease annually with this simple solution.

    Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

    SCI works with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to create or scale up programs that treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis

    Why you should care

    SCI saves thousands of lives from tropical disease annually with this simple solution.

    Context

    • Found predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical climates, schistosomiasis infects 258 million people in as many as 78 countries, with approximately 90% of the burden occurring in Africa.
    • Schistosomiasis ranks second only to malaria as the most common parasitic disease.
    • It is the most deadly neglected tropical disease (NTD), killing an estimated 280,000 people annually.

    Impact

    • SCI has provided their cost-effective treament to thousands with $0.44 cost per treament.

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  • Seva
    Global health

    Seva globally gives millions of people the freedom to see.

    Seva

    Seva works with local communities around the world to develop self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight.

    Why you should care

    Seva globally gives millions of people the freedom to see.

    Context

    • 36 million people in the world are blind.
    • 75% of them could see again with your help.

    Impact

    • Seva has helped 4 million blind people regain their sight in more than 20 countries.

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  • Evidence Action
    Hunger, nutrition and safe water

    Evidence Action applies the scientific method to cost-effectively save millions of lives.

    Evidence Action

    Evidence Action scales evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for millions of people.

    Why you should care

    Evidence Action applies the scientific method to cost-effectively save millions of lives.

    Context

    • 315,000 children under age five die of diarrhea each year
    • 835 million children are at risk for parasitic worm infections worldwide

    Impact

    • The Deworm the World Initiative has treatment coverage of over 200 million children a year, and costs on average less than USD $0.50 cents per child per year, with measurable improvements in health, economic and educational outcomes.
    • The Dispensers for Safe Water Initiative provides clean water at a cost of $0.98 per person per year

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  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
    Hunger, nutrition and safe water

    Uses salt iodization to protect against the most common cause of preventable brain damage at about 20 cents per person.

    Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

    Why you should care

    Uses salt iodization to protect against the most common cause of preventable brain damage at about 20 cents per person.

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  • Helen Keller International
    Hunger, nutrition and safe water

    Vitamin A suppliment program that provides critical nutrition to at-risk children around the world.

    Helen Keller International

    Why you should care

    Vitamin A suppliment program that provides critical nutrition to at-risk children around the world.

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  • Iodine Global Network
    Hunger, nutrition and safe water

    Half of the world is malnourished. This cost-effective solution helps thousands of people globally.

    Iodine Global Network

    The IGN supports and catalyzes national and international iodine nutrition programs, working with public, private, community, and scientific partners.

    Why you should care

    Half of the world is malnourished. This cost-effective solution helps thousands of people globally.

    Context

    • More than 3.5 billion people today are malnourished--that’s roughly than half the world’s population.

    Impact

    • Out of 139 countries with data from the past 15 years, only 19 countries now report insufficient iodine intake, while 110 are classified with optimal iodine, and 10 at risk of excessive intake.

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  • Project Healthy Children
    Hunger, nutrition and safe water

    PHC provides food fortification to millions at a cost as low as $0.26 per person per year

    Project Healthy Children

    Project Healthy Children aims to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by providing assistance to small countries as they design and implement food fortification programs.

    Why you should care

    PHC provides food fortification to millions at a cost as low as $0.26 per person per year

    Context

    • 200,000,000 children suffer from mental impairment in the first 5 years
    • 1,000,000 malaria deaths each year
    • 375,000 children become blind each year due to insufficient vitamin A

    Impact

    • PHC provides food fortification to millions at a cost as low as $0.26 per person per year

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  • American Refugee Committee
    Immigration and refugees

    ARC helps thousands of refugees find opportunities to build a life after displacement.

    American Refugee Committee

    ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities.

    Why you should care

    ARC helps thousands of refugees find opportunities to build a life after displacement.

    Context

    • 1 in 200 children in the world is a child refugee.

    Impact

    • 160,000 people helped in
    • Myanmar; 140,000 helped in
    • Thailand
    • 3 Million Litres water sold in Asili
    • 2,400 peopled helped - Over
    • 2,000 Syrian youth reached in
    • Za’atari Camp

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  • Asylum Access
    Immigration and refugees

    Asylum Access is the leading advocate and litigator for displaced refugees.

    Asylum Access

    Asylum Access makes human rights a reality for refugees using three core strategies: Legal empowerment, policy reform, and global systems change

    Why you should care

    Asylum Access is the leading advocate and litigator for displaced refugees.

    Context

    • Today, less than 1% of the world’s 21 million refugees find refuge in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia each year. The vast majority remain in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
    • The average time of a protracted refugee situation — one in which at least 25,000 people are displaced for 5 years or more — is 26 years.
    • In many countries, refugees cannot live safely, move freely, work or attend school.

    Impact

    • 2,000,000 refugees impacted by policy changes to date
    • 20,000+ refugees each year receive legal empowerment

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  • International Rescue Committee
    Immigration and refugees

    IRC provides health care to millions of people in war-torn places.

    International Rescue Committee

    The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

    Why you should care

    IRC provides health care to millions of people in war-torn places.

    Context

    • Today, less than 1% of the world’s 21 million refugees find refuge in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia each year. The vast majority remain in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
    • The average time of a protracted refugee situation — one in which at least 25,000 people are displaced for 5 years or more — is 26 years.
    • In many countries, refugees cannot live safely, move freely, work or attend school.

    Impact

    • Helped more than 24 million people gain access to primary and reproductive health care.
    • Vaccinated more than 173,000 children under the age of one against measles.
    • Supported 2,507 clinics and health facilities that helped 171,000 women deliver healthy babies.

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  • D-Rev
    Poverty and income inequality

    Designs and delivers quality, low-cost medical devices that save and transform lives of the global poor.

    D-Rev

    Why you should care

    Designs and delivers quality, low-cost medical devices that save and transform lives of the global poor.

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  • GiveDirectly
    Poverty and income inequality

    GiveDirectly supports thousands of families living in extreme poverty through direct cash transfers.

    GiveDirectly

    GiveDirectly provides unconditional cash transfers using cell phone technology to some of the poorest people in Kenya and Uganda.

    Why you should care

    GiveDirectly supports thousands of families living in extreme poverty through direct cash transfers.

    Context

    • GiveDirectly is launching the largest basic income experiment in history in which thousands of recipients will receive enough money to live on for 12 years while they rigorously study the impact

    Impact

    • Since launching 5 years ago, GiveDirectly has already enrolled more than 50,000 families and 200,000 people in cash transfer programs.
    • $0.91 of your dollar ends up in the hands of the poor.

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  • Innovations for Poverty Action
    Poverty and income inequality

    Innovations for Poverty Action is a research group that studies and identifies the most effective solutions to fight global poverty.

    Innovations for Poverty Action

    Innovations for Poverty Action is a research group with a scientific approach to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.

    Why you should care

    Innovations for Poverty Action is a research group that studies and identifies the most effective solutions to fight global poverty.

    Context

    • In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it.

    Impact

    • IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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  • One Acre Fund
    Poverty and income inequality

    One Acre Fund helps millions of smallholder farmers build a sustainable life

    One Acre Fund

    One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty.

    Why you should care

    One Acre Fund helps millions of smallholder farmers build a sustainable life

    Context

    • More than 50 million smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are locked in annual cycles of hunger because they’re unable to grow enough food to feed their families. Malnutrition can have serious, lifelong effects, especially for children, robbing them of their full potential as they grow up.

    Impact

    • In 2016, 446,000 farm families received credit, delivery, training, and market facilitation support.

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  • Village Enterprise
    Poverty and income inequality

    Empowers the ultra poor in rural Africa to lift themselves out of poverty through small sustainable businesses and savings groups.

    Village Enterprise

    Why you should care

    Empowers the ultra poor in rural Africa to lift themselves out of poverty through small sustainable businesses and savings groups.

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  • Center for Reproductive Rights
    Women and girls

    Center for Reproductive Rights is the leading litigator for global reproductive rights.

    Center for Reproductive Rights

    Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance global reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.

    Why you should care

    Center for Reproductive Rights is the leading litigator for global reproductive rights.

    Context

    • Reproductive freedom lies at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination and equality embodied in both the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Impact

    • With the help of the center, in Chile, the government this year struck down the nation’s total ban on abortion.

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  • Fistula Foundation
    Women and girls

    Obstetric fistula leaves a million women needlessly incontinent, too often outcast. Fistula Foundation provides cost-effective treatment.

    Fistula Foundation

    Fistula Foundation trains surgeons and funds operations to repair obstetric fistula, a devastating injury caused by difficult childbirth that renders the woman incontinent.

    Why you should care

    Obstetric fistula leaves a million women needlessly incontinent, too often outcast. Fistula Foundation provides cost-effective treatment.

    Context

    • Fistula is a childbirth injury largely eradicated in the developed world, but still devastating women in the poorest countries.It's treatable with life-transforming surgery.

    Impact

    • Since 2009, we have funded 31,645 women for fistula treatment in 31 countries.

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  • Living Goods
    Women and girls

    Creating jobs for women in Uganda leads to a 27% reduction in child mortality.

    Living Goods

    Living Goods employs and trains local people--the majority of whom are women--to sell goods and life-saving medical supplies at competitive prices.

    Why you should care

    Creating jobs for women in Uganda leads to a 27% reduction in child mortality.

    Context

    • Millions of children die every year from want of medicines that cost less than a cup of coffee

    Impact

    • The main evidence for Living Goods’ impact is a randomized controlled trial that found that the program caused a 27% reduction in under-5 mortality.

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  • Population Services International
    Women and girls

    $38.96 is all it takes to give a mother and her child a year of healthy life.

    Population Services International

    PSI's primary focus is on modern family planning and contraception, but they also work in the areas of HIV, malaria, water, sanitation and hygiene, and non-communicable diseases (including diabetes, hypertension and cervical cancer).

    Why you should care

    $38.96 is all it takes to give a mother and her child a year of healthy life.

    Context

    • 214 million women in the developing world want contraception but can’t access or afford it. Without the ability to decide when to have a child, there is little opportunity for them to break the cycle of extreme poverty for their families.

    Impact

    • In 2016, PSI added an estimated 38.1 million years
    • of healthy life with their products and services
    • 4.27 million unintended pregnancies prevented1,027,000 long-acting, reversible contraceptives
    • inserted (including implants and intrauterine devices),
    • empowering women and couples to plan for the
    • families they desire.

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