and other Benevolent
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claimed or inferred by any of these organizations. The links to these organizations are
included here solely for the purpose of instantly facilitating your desire to learn more
about them, become involved in their missions and/or make a donation.
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Some entries below were paraphrased
from website text. For complete and up-to-date information,
please visit their websites... and/or
See "A Global Challenge" below...
World Wildlife Fund
The world's largest and most experienced independent conservation
organization, WWF's mission is to conserve nature and ecological processes. WWF combines
fieldwork and policy to achieve credible results on broad expertise and experience in all
areas of conservation. WWF's ultimate goal is to stop, and eventually reverse, the
accelerating degradation of our planet's natural environment, and to help build a future
in which humans live in harmony with nature. .
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and
death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
To achieve our mission we:
- Discover, interpret and process scientific information.
- Communicate cardiovascular science, medical and consumer health information.
- Advocate the Association's position to key audiences.
- Generate resources.
for AIDS Research (AmFAR)
AmFar is the United States' leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of
AIDS research (both basic-biomedical and clinical research), AIDS prevention, and the
advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.
To fund these research, advocacy, and public information programs, AmFAR mobilizes the
good will, energy, and generosity of caring people everywhere to unite in support of the
research effort that ultimately is the only means through which a solution to the epidemic
of HIV/AIDS will be found.
Wrongful imprisonment; torture; the death penalty; men, women and
children who have "disappeared" after being taken into official custody; others
who have been put to death without any pretence of legality
The protection of
human rights is an international responsibility, transcending the boundaries of nations
and ideologies. This is the fundamental belief upon which the work of Amnesty
International, an independent worldwide voluntary movement, is based. The work is
impartial. Amnesty International is concerned solely with the protection of human
rights involved in each case, regardless of either the ideology of the government or the
beliefs of the victims.
Amnesty International has an active worldwide membership with more than
1,100,000 individual members, subscribers and supporters in over 160 countries and
territories. The movement is open to anyone who supports its goals. . It is funded by
donations from its members and supporters around the world.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Buckingham Palace announced on 2 September, 1997, the establishment of
the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund at Kensington Palace. Funds will be allocated
to the charities with which Diana, Princess of Wales worked. US dollar donations can now
be sent direct to:
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
c/o/ Fleet Bank
PO Box 30596
Hartford, CT 06150
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE ARE:
An Internet site which allows donations to be made by credit card. The address is: http://www.natwest.com/worldpay
A credit card hotline has also been established, available to international
callers: 011-44 990 664422
The Fund's London address accepts donations by cheque:
The Diana, Princess of Wales
London W8 4PU
International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies
is an international humanitarian organisation with a unique
Our Mission: The International Federation exists to improve
the situation of the world's most vulnerable people. It provides assistance
without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political
Our Strength: The International Federation, founded in 1919, has
a presence in almost every country in the world today through its national Red Cross and
Red Crescent societies. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic
countries. Our strength lies in the global network of National Societies and the
Federation Secretariat with its delegations strategically located to support Red Cross and
Red Crescent activities in various regions. This network allows us to be there - on the
spot - so we can respond to crises effectively and rapidly.
Our Field of Action: The Federation provides humanitarian relief
to people affected by disasters or other emergencies and development assistance to empower
vulnerable people to become more self-sufficient.
Rick Hansen on his
Man In Motion World Tour
Rick Hansen Institute
The mission of the Rick Hansen Institute
is to provide leadership in the field of disability in the areas of fund development and
awareness, with a special emphasis on spinal cord injury. Its goals are to help find a
cure for paralysis, and to help improve the health and quality of life of people with
spinal cord injuries. The Institute will work to achieve these goals through the
development of a strong spinal cord injury network (locally, nationally, and
internationally); through the identification of common objectives with its partners and
stakeholders and through the creation, implementation and evaluation of innovative
strategies supporting these goal areas.
Learn about Rick's incredible journey (it partly inspired my own), available
publications and the institute's activities.
The Sierra Club, which now has with over 550,000 members, was founded
by naturalist and writer John Muir in 1892 to protect the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada.
Over the years, the activities of the Sierra Club have expanded to include issues ranging
from climate change and ozone depletion to toxic chemical contamination and loss of
The Sierra Clubs International Program educates and organizes citizens to hold
governments, business, and international institutions accountable for their environmental
impacts worldwide, focusing on problems that require international solutions.
The Sierra Club's goal remains constant: securing respect for the rights of all living
things ... and for the integrity of the natural environment upon which we all depend.
"Most people are familiar with the work of the United Nations in peacekeeping or
in delivering humanitarian assistance to a far-off country. But the many ways in which the
UN has a direct impact on all our lives, everywhere in the world, is not always so well
known." ..so begins the page entitled the "UN in Brief"..
This link is included as the nucleus of the whole host of UN agencies whose mission is
to help make this a better world for all. Please visit the UN's website to learn
more about the its mandate, activities, structure and various agencies.
This page has links that will get you to specific agencies that you might want to
Official WEB Site Locator for the United
Nations System of Organizations
waiting for the water bladder to be filled in Touloum camp, one of three camps in
north-eastern Chad where UNHCR and its partners are digging for water sources identified
by new imaging technology. © UNHCR/H.Caux
We in developed, peaceful nations are hard-pressed to even imagine what it is to be a
refugee - displaced people trying to cope with the horrors of war and famine... just
trying to find peace, a bit of food, medical help, family members... can you imagine that?
Millions are living that nightmare. Thankfully, agencies like the UNHCR are
there... but they need your help...
"BASIC FACTS: The Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established
on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to
lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems
worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It
strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge
in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to
resettle in a third country.
"In more than five decades, the agency has helped an estimated 50 million people
restart their lives. Today, a staff of around 5,000 people in more than 120 countries
continues to help some 17 million persons."
Superb actress and highly proactive humanitarian ANGELINA JOLIE is now in her second two-year term
as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR - giving so much of herself and her own
resources to the causes of refugees worldwide...
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie with a
returnee family in Ponnagar, northern Sri Lanka. The family is living in a temporary
shelter as their home was destroyed in the war. © UNHCR/L.Taylor
As the main advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS leads, strengthens and
supports an expanded response aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV, providing care
and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and
alleviating the impact of the epidemic.
Learn more about the organization by visiting the UNAIDS
home page. This will link you to the USA
mirrored Sites or the Europe
mirrored Sites, the latter of which has site content links. This page will give
you the Site Contents for the USA
Through a unique network of 134 country offices, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helps people
in 174 countries and territories to help themselves, focusing on poverty elimination,
environmental regeneration, job creation and the advancement of women. In support of these
goals, UNDP is frequently asked to assist in promoting sound governance and market
development and to support rebuilding societies in the aftermath of war and humanitarian
UNDP's overarching mission is to help countries build national capacity to achieve
sustainable, human development, giving top priority to eliminating poverty and building
United Nations Population Fund
Part of its Mission Statement:
UNFPA extends assistance to developing countries,
countries with economies in transition and other countries at their request to help them
address reproductive health and population issues, and raises awareness of these issues in
all countries, as it has since its inception.
UNFPA's three main areas of work are: to help ensure universal access to reproductive
health, including family planning and sexual health, to all couples and individuals on or
before the year 2015; to support population and development strategies that enable
capacity-building in population programming; to promote awareness of population and
development issues and to advocate for the mobilization of the resources and political
will necessary to accomplish its areas of work.
Founded in 1946, UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to
help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their
full potential. The UNICEF Executive
Board reaffirmed this mandate in January 1996, when it adopted a statement on the mission of UNICEF saying that UNICEF
"is guided by the Convention on
the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical
principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.".
United Way International is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and provides training and
technical support for about 250 United Way organizations around the world. United Way
takes careful measures to make sure that fund-raising costs are kept low. This way, as
much of your donation as possible goes right to community charities.
Thanks to the no-frills overhead of the United Way organization, 82 cents of every
dollar donated flows directly into programs effectively helping people. The real advantage
of the United Way is that it's the most economical and efficient way to support a wide
variety of agencies and programs.
A few of the worthy agencies supported by the United Way are: American Red Cross,
Salvation Army and Boy and Girl Scouts of America.
Here is a search
result from YAHOO! Insert a search for your own area to find the United Way
organizations nearest to you.
William Holden Wildlife Foundation
PO Box 67981
Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA
Phone: (310) 274-3169
Fax: (310) 274-7705
Stefanie Powers, President
William Holden Wildlife
As I was privileged to visit their facilities in Africa way
back in 1987, I am pleased to present, in their continuing efforts:
The Goals of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation and Education
- To awaken an awareness and understanding of the balance of nature, and the vital role
the animals play in the environmental network.
- To teach ways to realize conservation of both wildlife and the environment in light of
man's need to exploit both resources.
- To enact specific wildlife management studies as they impact on the environment and the
world at large.
- To continue research in animal reproduction for captive breeding programs.
UPDATE: February 11, 2010 - check out the newly redesigned WHWF
website! ...and come back periodically as improvements are made. See also their MEMBERSHIP info request page and SPECIAL OFFERS, including WHWF tee shirts,
greeting cards and posters. And look next month for new digital PHOTOS to be taken by Stefanie at their facilities
in Kenya and posted on the website!
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human
transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.
We pursue this mission through integrated, holistic commitment to:
- Transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused
especially on the needs of children;
- Emergency relief that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster;
- Promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among
whom we work;
- Strategic initiatives that serve the Church in the fulfillment of its mission;
- Public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement and
- Witness to Jesus Christ by life, deed, word and sign that encourages people to
respond to the Gospel.
I invite similar organizations of
other faiths to submit their website information for possible inclusion on this page.
Please send me an e-mail.
The World Tourism Organization is the leading
international organization in the field of travel and tourism. It serves as a global forum
for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.
Its membership includes 138 countries and territories and more than 350
Affiliate Members representing local government, tourism associations and private sector
companies, including airlines, hotel groups and tour operators.
With its headquarters in Madrid, WTO is an inter-governmental body
entrusted by the United Nations with the promotion and development of tourism.
Through tourism, WTO aims to stimulate economic growth and job creation,
provide incentives for protecting the environment and heritage of destinations, and
promote peace and understanding among all the nations of the world.
This hyperlink is provided to encourage
learning more and/or possible
interest in Affiliate Membership.
International Institute for Peace
Institute for Peace Through Tourism
The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism is a not for profit organization
dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to
international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the
preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, help bring about
a peaceful and sustainable world.
Credo of the Peaceful Traveler
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace
begins with the individual. I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
Journey with an open mind and gentle heart.
Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter.
Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life.
Appreciate all cultures I discover.
Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome.
Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet.
Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and.
By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace.
The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute
to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through
education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for
justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms
which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex,
language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.
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all logos, photos, graphics and text belong to the respective organizations
or as specifed on the their websites.
"We Are The World"
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and how you might help them.
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and add new ones.
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accomplish if everyone in the world who has money, expertise and/or helping hands to give
new Millennium brighter for all by giving NOW to those whose missions are to make this a
Please help the organizations that are linked here.
Or look to your heart, find a benevolent cause or causes the you can believe in.
Then seek out organizations that pursue those causes...
and please give to them NOW.
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