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Winners of the Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge (#JTIC21) may select one of the below charities to receive a donation* on behalf of the winning educator and the student team.

Quickly jump to charities by Global Goal:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Production and Consumption
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals
Global Goal 1: No Poverty
  • ACUMEN – Raises charitable donations for companies/leaders/ideas that are working on poverty issues. Corporations can partner with Acumen to provide financial and human capital. Partners can participate in multiple networking events, reports, and more.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) – The BMGF has been instrumental in saving the lives of 122 million children since 1990. This is largely made possible through its efforts to increase access to healthcare and vaccinations, which have all but eradicated polio and halved malaria and tuberculosis rates around the world.
  • BRAC – BRAC is the largest Bangladesh based international NGO with a mission to alleviate poverty and encourage economic participation by empowering people through social and economic programs. The organization works and has positive impact in the poorest Asian and African countries in the world, reaching around 138 million people. BRAC works in four main areas, including social enterprises, investments, university and social development. It approaches the issue of poverty by using a businesslike approach and takes into considerations factors that go beyond economy that account for why people are impoverished. It tackles social issues and inequality and allows individuals to come out of poverty by providing them with tools to participate in the economy.
  • CARE – Main areas of work include HIV/AIDS, food security, education, gender equality, climate change mitigation, water and sanitation, and economic development in developing and least-developed countries.
  • Concern Worldwide – Concern Worldwide reaches and helps the most fragile communities affected by conflict, natural disasters, climate change, flooding, and extreme hunger. The organization implements various programs designed to address specific causes of extreme poverty in communities in 25 countries. It focuses on six thematic areas: livelihoods, health and nutrition, education, emergencies, gender equality and innovations.
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – Engineers Without Borders is fighting poverty in developing countries by providing real-world engineering solutions to tough problems all over the world. Whether that be through increasing access to clean drinking water in rural communities or building roads and dams, EWB is committed to community-driven development by working alongside community members.
  • Green Shoots Foundation – Green Shoots was established in 2010 with a mission “to prevent or relief of poverty through the implementation in greater Asia or Africa of holistic and sustainable development programmes combining economic empowerment with access to education and/or medical aid.” The organization tackles the issue of poverty through microfinance, sustainable development and holistic approaches.
  • HOPe – Helping Other People (HOPe) is a non-sectarian, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping vulnerable communities. Based in New York and making an impact around the world, HOPe seeks to address the root cause of poverty through various programs focused on health and nutrition, education and social justice.
  • Innovations for Poverty Action – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy NGO that discovers and promotes effective solutions to worldwide poverty problems. It brings together researchers and decision-makers to evaluate these solutions and apply them so to improve the lives of poor populations.
  • InterAction – Since its establishment in 1984, InterAction has become the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the US, mobilizing more than 180 members to think and act collectively to serve the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. The InterAction works on a shared belief that this alliance can make the world a more peaceful, just and prosperous place. InterAction works to eliminate extreme poverty, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, promote peace, safeguard a sustainable planet and ensure dignity for all people.
  • International Child Care – International Child Care (ICC) is a Christian health development organization that operates in Haiti since 1967 and in the Dominican Republic since 1988 to eradicate poverty that impacts health and well-being. The vision of ICC is “health and wholeness for children and families in empowered communities”. The ICC aims to achieve three goals. First, it works to prevent illness amongst children and their families through immunization, oral re-hydration, vitamin A distribution, prenatal care, clean water projects and training of health careers. Second, it promotes health for children and their families through health education, reproductive health services and community rehabilitation for children with disabilities. Third, it restores health for children and adults who suffer from tuberculosis and HIV.
  • Muslim Hands – Muslim Hands is an international NGO based in the UK that works in over 50 countries around the globe and is dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty. The organization is passionate about working beyond the immediate relief, towards supporting communities in the long-term. The organization has implemented many long-term project, including schools, healthcare clinics and livelihoods around the world.
  • ONE – ONE is a global organization that tackles the causes of extreme poverty and preventable disease, with a focus on Africa. The organization fights also for gender equality, youth employment, quality education, access to health services and similar. The goal of the ONE is to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone can lead a life of dignity and opportunity.
  • Oxfam America – Oxfam is currently fighting poverty in developing countries by taking on issues of inequality, discrimination and unequal access to resources. The organization provides assistance during humanitarian crises. Oxfam is also very involved in educating the world’s poor about human rights and civic engagement in order to change the root causes of poverty at the political level.
  • Plan International – Promotes and protects children’s rights and equality for girls by building powerful partnerships and alliances in and across communities, and from the local to the regional and global level.
  • Save the Children – International non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief, provides quality education and preschool programs, books, supplies, educational toys and helps support children in developing countries.
  • The Borgen Project – The Borgen Project is an influential U.S.-based nonprofit fighting poverty in developing countries through civic engagement and education. The organization believes that developed countries have a moral obligation to help the world’s poor. The organization advocates on Capitol Hill for poverty reduction legislation, increasing the international affairs budget and making poverty reduction a primary focus of U.S. foreign policy.
  • The Earth Institute – The Earth Institute is part of New York University and is directed by Jeffrey Sachs. It is comprised of two dozen research facilities in the fields of Earth and climate science, public health, economics, law, business and public policy. All of the organization’s research is focused on the future sustainability of our planet. The institute uses its research to develop policies and solutions to the world’s problems, especially in the areas of sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty.
  • The Hunger Project – Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population is female. Sixty percent of HIV/AIDS cases today affect women. The Hunger Project recognizes that poverty is sexist, and believes that empowering women is essential to ending world hunger and poverty. The project fights for clean drinking water, nutrition, and sanitation, as well as economic growth.
  • The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development – OPAD acts internationally by offering a variety of services directed towards eradicating poverty. The organization implements many projects of poverty eradication in developing countries by using tools such as education, economic development, health promotion and income redistribution.
  • The Red Cross – The Red Cross in an international NGO that provides urgent assistance to those affected by disaster through vaccination campaigns, disaster preparedness and by reconnecting families separated by conflict and natural disasters.
  • Trickle Up – Trickle Up partners up with governments, global institutions and local organizations to drive change and help those living in extreme poverty. It provides the poorest people with trainings and coaching and supports them in creating small businesses by connecting them to saving groups where they save money, create plans for the future and drive change in their communities. The organization’s focus is helping women, people with disabilities, and refugees in the poorest parts of rural Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – UNICEF fights for children’s rights and welfare by strengthening legislation and social services. Initiatives include early childhood development, nutrition, immunization, water, sanitation and hygiene, children with disabilities and education.
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – Founded on the belief that all people should have a chance to live with dignity, opportunity and safety, the UNDP helps countries develop policies. These lead to sustainable development, democratic governance, peace building and climate and disaster resilience. The UNDP is a giant agency that delegates country-specific activities and programs through its Resident Coordinator System with offices in 130 countries. The organization’s highest goal is to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries of operation.
  • Village Enterprise – The Village Enterprise is an organizations that works to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation by implementing simple and cost-effective program. So far, the Village Enterprises has started over 48.000 businesses and trained over 185.000 Africans living in extreme poverty to start sustainable businesses and savings groups.
  • World Bank Group – The World Bank Group is a crucial piece of our international development; it funds development projects around the world through traditional loans, interest-free credits and grants. The World Bank Group produces some of the world’s leading research and publications concerning development policies and programs. The group also offers policy advice, analysis and technical assistance to developing countries throughout the project application process.
  • World Hope International – World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice. The organization empowers, protects and builds resilience through the use of market-based and community driven approaches and implementation of innovative and transformative projects. The projects directly affect the local communities, leader and individuals who are empowered through locally sustainable programs and transformation of these communities and individuals into ones with dignity and wholeness through spiritual, social, economic and physical change.
  • World Relief – World Relief is an international Christian humanitarian organization working to overcome poverty, injustice and violence. It brings restoration and healing to millions of world’s most vulnerable categories through programs in economic development, peace keeping, health and child development and refugee and immigration services. World Relief partners up with churches and communities in more than 20 countries to provide relief and help those suffering rebuild their live.
  • World Vision – World Vision, one of the largest child-focused organizations, works on eradication of poverty through education which allows people to learn about rights and acquire skills, which, in return, opens up economic opportunities that are a fundamental step in transforming lives. The organization, thus, works with local communities by providing small loans to establish businesses, and help improve access to local and international groups. The organization also establishes community savings groups and fosters entrepreneurship.
Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Action Against Hunger – Action Against Hunger has been committed to ending world hunger for nearly 40 years spanning almost 50 countries. Continuously exploring how to solve the hunger problem, the organization saves the lives of children and their families through detection, prevention, and treatment, particularly after a disaster strikes. One goal is to teach the communities to learn to be independent and provide for themselves.
  • Bread for the World Institue – This faith-based organization confronts American and World Leaders about their policies to end hunger everywhere. The organization’s approach is one of education, analyzing the world’s hunger problem and devising strategies to combat it. Bread for the World Institute teaches policymakers, opinion leaders, its advocacy network, and the public about the hunger problem, producing studies and developing educational resources. The organization believes that empowering people is the key to real progress toward ending hunger.
  • Feeding America – The largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America connects people with food through donations, volunteers, and dedicated staff. The organization takes nutritious food—before it goes to waste—from retailers, manufacturers, and farmers and gives it to people in need. But they also work with these sources to gain insight as to why so much food goes to waste and how they can get more of it to the many food banks across the country.
  • Food Bank for New York City – The Food Bank For New York City works to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs. The Food Bank’s initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, nutrition and health education, financial empowerment, disaster relief, and policy and research.
  • Food for the Hungry – This faith-based organization has worked since 1971 to end hunger globally, serving those in need in 20 countries worldwide. Instead of general donations, Food for the Hungry offers specific items that are in need with monetary amounts attached; for example, you can donate 20 food tree seedlings for $27, a sheep for $54, or buy the whole farm for $1,034. You can also sponsor a child for a monthly payment.
  • Freedom from Hunger – Having joined forces with the Grameen Foundation in 2016, this California-based charity focuses on helping the poor, women, in particular, battle hunger. With sustainable and innovative solutions, Freedom from Hunger strives to offer self-help solutions to fight against chronic hunger, equipping poor families with education and health services to improve their financial situations, protect their health, and achieve lasting food security.
  • GAIN – Helps to guarantee proper nutrition by working on food fortification (increasing the vitamin yields in foods), maternal and infant nutrition through nutrition supplements, and developing more nutritious crops on community farms.
  • Heifer International – Founded in 1944, the mission of Heifer International is to empower people to get themselves out of poverty. Part of the way they do this is by donating livestock such as cows, goats, and chickens, or funding similar programs. By focusing on building up local economies, Heifer International’s approach is to help those increase their income and assets, bolster food security and nutrition, and improve environmental sustainability. Through the program “Passing on the Gift,” each project participant passes on their animal’s first female offspring, training another family in need on how to care for the livestock, multiplying the benefit.
  • KickStart International – Provides manually-powered water pumps for irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Uses donor funds to design the pumps, establish the supply chains, d
  • Meals on Wheels – Aimed at ending senior hunger, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. But it is also an opportunity to offer those who are alone a bit of company, address any safety issues, and even provide holistic care. With almost 1 million volunteers, MOW is active in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Your charitable donations are best used by giving to a local Meals-on-Wheels organization.
  • No Kid Hungry – The goal of No Kid Hungry is exactly that—that no child in America should grow up hungry. The organization has a variety of leaders on board, including teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs, all of whom have the shared belief that there should be an end to child hunger in America. This organization has identified that, although there are many programs in place to help feed hungry children, not every child in need of food has access to these programs. That is why they’ve devised clever ways to feed the hungry youth, including school breakfasts, summer meals, and after-school meals. It also goes further with food skills and education, research and policy, and working with government officials.
  • One Acre Fund – Seeks to eradicate poverty and end hunger by empowering smallholder farms in developing countries. Methods to achieve goals include financing for farm inputs, distribution of seed and fertilizer, training on agricultural techniques and market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales.
  • Rise Against Hunger – Packs and ships meals to feed people in need, and educates thousands of people each year about hunger to inspire them to help end it
  • The Hunger Project – The mantra of this global organization is to empower people to learn to be self-reliant and meet their own basic needs. Through women-centered strategies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Hunger Project uses a three-pronged approach: mobilizing at the grassroots level in villages to build self-reliance, empowering women as key change agents, and forging effective partnerships with local government. The final goal is to teach families to build better futures for their children.
  • World Food Programme – The U.N. World Food Programme’s work spans the globe, providing 24 billion meals to nearly 100 million people in more than 80 countries each year. Women represent about 60% of the world’s hungriest people and are more likely than men to live in extreme poverty. They often eat last and least – sacrificing everything for their families. But empowering women and girls can end hunger for good and transform whole communities in the process.
Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
  • AMREF Health Africa – Trains health workers of Africa in the medical areas which affect the continent to the greatest extent; equips communities with the knowledge, skills and means to maintain their good health and break the cycle of poor health and poverty
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative – Works to improve market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lower prices for treatment; accelerate access to lifesaving technologies; and help governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
  • Doctors Without Borders – Delivers emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries around the world. MSF provides assistance when catastrophic events—such as armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, or natural disasters—overwhelm local health systems.
  • Helen Keller International – Works across Africa and Asia to ensure that more people—particularly women and children—receive the essential nutrients needed to build healthy immune systems and live happy, productive lives for years to come.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross – The largest humanitarian network in the world working to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies. The ICRC ensures that people affected by conflict can get basic health care that meets universally recognized standards.
  • Partners in Health – Works closely with the local government of nations and their medical and academic institutions to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Establishes long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty and strives to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
  • UNICEF USA – Over eight decades, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has built an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children. UNICEF relentlessly works day in and day out to deliver the essentials that give every child an equitable chance in life: health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. Together, we have helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
Global Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Barefoot College – Demystifies technologies and decentralizes their uses by transferring the access, control, management and ownership of sophisticated technologies to rural men and women who can barely read and write.
  • PlanetRead – Contributes to literacy worldwide by innovating and implementing simple, scalable, and cost-effective solutions, especially using mass media and information technologies.
  • Pratham – Works to improve the quality of education in India. As one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the country, Pratham focuses on high-quality, low-cost, and replicable interventions to address gaps in the education system.
  • Room to Read – Focuses on literacy and gender equality in education and works with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. Supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.
  • Wikimedia – Encourages the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and provides the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.
Global Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • African Womens Development and Educational Partnership Forum – AWEDP Forum is a nonprofit registered in the United States of America. We are dedicated to empowering women through knowledge and partnerships. Our activities are driven and defined by partnerships between leaders in the local communities and the people whose lives are affected. Our interdisciplinary approach also brings together other organisations working for the advancement of women and the stakeholders within these communities. Currently, the majority of our work is being implemented in several rural communities in Cameroon. However, our vision is to expand the programming throughout the African continent as well as throughout North America.
  • AKILAH Institute for Women – A college for women in East Africa offering a unique model of market-relevant education that enables young women to achieve economic independence and obtain leadership roles in the workplace and in society
  • Equality Now – Works with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists [as] they document violenceand discrimination against women and mobilize international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.
  • Girltank – Girltank’s goal is to make entrepreneurship more inclusive to women. She discovered through her travels a great need to network and support women across international lines, and developed Girltank to become a community hub and storytelling platform. Girltank was created to remove the inequalities that are placed on women trying to make changes in the world through building more female-owned businesses.
  • MADRE – Strengthens grassroots women’s organizations in war, disaster and their aftermath to help women build new skills and step up as leaders valued in their communities.
  • The Trevor Project – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Amigos for Christ – Amigos for Christ is a nonprofit organization that facilitates leadership, water, health, education, and economic development in rural Nicaraguan communities. Our mission is to serve, so that Christ becomes more visible. Our vision is to be a model cross-cultural community development organization.
  • charity: water – Works with local partners to select water point locations based on geography, assessments of need and potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders.
  • DigDeep – Designs water access projects using a human rights-based approach, to integrate rights and dignity into the plans and processes of development.
  • Project Wet – Publishes water resource education materials, provides training workshops on diverse water topics, organizes inspiring community water events, builds a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals, NGOs, water scientists.
  • Water Aid – Works in the world’s poorest countries helping communities to set up and manage practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
  • water.org – Provides innovative, market-based water solutions, and partners with local communities to determine what type of water project will be needed, what technologies will be used, and how this project will be maintained
Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • GivePower – Addresses energy poverty by providing solar-powered lighting to schools that lack access to electricity
  • Rocky Mountain Institute – Leads initiatives to deliver climate and clean energy policies, models, and partnerships that accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy
  • Solar Sister – Eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization is creating a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.
  • We Care Solar – Promotes safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, mobile communication, and blood bank refrigeration using solar electricity
Global Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Fonkoze – Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, offering a full range of financial and development services to Haiti’s rural poor. Provides women with the required resources and job training to escape poverty.
  • Kiva – Through lending, individuals are able to improve the living conditions of people even while living outside of communities with access to traditional forms of finance, credit, and banking
  • Positive Planet International – Aims to develop positive economies through micro-finance strategies, and has become a large-scale movement offering both financial and non-financial services, improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people
  • rootcapital – A nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital and delivering financial training to farmer associations and various private businesses to aid their development.
Global Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Construction for Change – Works with pro bono architects and engineers to create a design that takes into account local resources, topography and climate to create an efficient and sustainable structure that meets the needs of the local organization
  • IISD – International Institute for Sustainable Development: Programmatic areas include building resilient infrastructure, transforming energy systems, managing data and information to support sustainable development governance and more.
  • The Climate Institute – The Climate Institute actively helps both startup companies that invent transformative renewable energy technologies and nonprofits that facilitate climate change mitigation and adaption measures.
Global Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • ActionAid – Works across the globe to ensure that ordinary people have access to essential public services like education and health care and stop tax dodging so that everyone feels the benefits not just the few.
  • Children International – Children International is a top‑rated humanitarian organization focused on helping children break the cycle of poverty.
  • Human Rights Watch – Publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. Meets with governments, the UN, regional groups, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world.
  • Verite – Verité aims to ensure that globalization is made to work for poor and vulnerable people around the world, and that powerful institutions – particularly the private sector – take responsibility for solving human rights problems where goods are made and crops are grown.
Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • C40 Cities – C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. Brings together a unique set of assets and creates a shared sense of purpose. C40 offers cities an effective forum where they can collaborate, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
  • ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability – Helps members to make their cities and regions sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, ecomobile, biodiverse, resource-efficient and productive, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure.
  • IUFN – IUFN is a sustainable food systems for city regions international hub, bringing together [the] international research community and local authorities around local food challenge[s].
Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) – An institution for scientific research, outreach and transfer activities on sustainable consumption and production.
  • FSC – The Forest Stewardship Council works to enable businesses and consumers to make informed choices about the forest products they buy. Their membership consensus sets the FSC Principles and Criteria – the highest standards of forest management which are environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable.
  • USBCSD – The United States Business Council for Sustainable Development promotes sustainable development in the US by creating value through action, establishing networks and partnerships, and providing a voice for industry.
Global Goal 13: Climate Action
  • All For Eco – All For Eco is a company with mission to inspire individuals and make it fun to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. Climate change is not likely to be solved through any exclusively top-down approach. Each person on this planet plays a role in contributing a real carbon footprint, but not everyone is yet aware of their responsibility. All For Eco offers solutions for teachers to provide key learning details that the next generation of students need to understand, so that everyone can play a part in reducing greenhouse emissions and unrecyclable consumer wastes.
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance strong policy and action to address our climate and energy challenges. C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
  • Climate Action Network – A worldwide network of over 950 NGOs in more than 110 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
  • Greenpeace – NRDC creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting natural resources in the United States and across the globe. Has more than two million members and online activists, 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe.
  • NRDC – NRDC creates solutions for lasting environmental change, protecting natural resources in the United States and across the globe. Has more than two million members and online activists, 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe.
  • Sierra Club – The nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization; recently has led the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
  • World Resources Institute – Conducts independent research and draws on the latest technology to develop new insights and recommendations. Uses research to influence government policies, business strategies, and civil society action
Global Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Global Mangrove Alliance – We’re building a global community committed to securing mangroves and protecting the important role these forest play in our world. Aquaculture is a method used to produce food and other commercial products, restore habitat and replenish wild stocks, and rebuild populations of threatened and endangered species. There are two main types of aquaculture—marine and freshwater. NOAA efforts primarily focus on marine aquaculture, which refers to farming species that live in the ocean and estuaries.
  • Ocean Cleanup – Ocean Cleanup launched its System 001 into the Pacific to begin testing its trash collection solution at scale. And while no monumental challenge is without its setbacks, the 001 System is now being tested in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and the Ocean Cleanup team is learning from both the failures and findings to improve their system design.
  • Ocean Conservancy – Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges, and creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.
  • Ocean Futures Society – Explores the global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our plane
  • OCEANA – Uses directed policy campaigns that achieve measurable outcomes that make oceans more bio diverse and abundant.
  • Project Zero – Project Zero is a new generation supported by renowned scientists, business leaders, culture makers, campaigners and ocean experts who are all working to awaken the fight to protect and restore the ocean.
Global Goal 15: Life on Land
  • EarthJustice – The nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, leverages expertise and commitment to fight for justice and advance the promise of a healthy world for all.
  • EDF – Environmental Defense Fund helps craft markets that value nature and people, scales solutions by partnering with unlikely allies, builds strong, nonpartisan support for policy progress, and uses science to critically evaluate and measure work and results.
  • National Wildlife Federation – Works closely with those who span the social and political spectrum, but who are connected by a common commitment to conservation.
  • Rainforest Alliance – Entrepreneurs, businesses, and industries around the world use the Rainforest Alliance to connect with a growing community of conservation-oriented consumers.
  • The Nature Conservatory – Promotes practical, innovative solutions to create a prosperous, low-carbon future that is cleaner, healthier, and more secure for everyone.
  • WWF – World Wildlife Fund combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Global Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Amnesty International – One of the largest advocacy organizations globally, and works on all the following issues, and more: prisoner rights, poverty and human rights, the death penalty, refugee rights, torture, human rights, LGBT rights, and censorship and free speech.
  • CIVICUS – Work covers three objectives: increase the influence of civil society in decision-making processes, connect civil society organizations and citizens to the available resources in their community, and enable civil society work through legal protections
  • Open Society Foundations – The Open Society Institute encourages the development of tolerant democratic societies where the diversity of opinions are heard, rather than repressed by governments. Works in 5 core areas: education, governance, health, media, and justice.
  • The Trevor Project – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • The UN Refugee Agency – Our primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions. For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.
  • Together to #EndViolence – Together to #ENDviolence is a global campaign and Solutions Summit Series to inspire the end violence against children community and catalyse the political and financial commitments needed to end violence against children by 2030.
  • Transparency International – Involved with promoting anti-corruption measures while ensuring that victims and witnesses are given voices in over 100 countries.
Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
  • Ceres – Mobilizes a network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy
  • CSO Partnership – The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is an open platform that unites CSOs from around the world on the issue of development effectiveness. It welcomes the participation of any CSO that endorses its vision, mission and goals.
  • Global Partnership for Education – The Global Partnership focuses on enhancing countries’ capacity to improve results in basic education in equity, inclusion, learning, and to build stronger education systems.
  • World Economic Forum – Engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

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