For over 40 years, Human Rights First has been one of the world’s leading independent activist organizations in defense of human freedom and dignity. They believe that upholding human rights is not only an ethical responsibility, but also an essential national interest. The U.S. government and private companies must be pressed to respect human rights and the rule of law. Human Rights First is a champion of enforcing accountability, reform, and justice through protecting refugees, defending persecuted minorities, combating torture and striving to make a difference in any way.
The Children’s Defense Fund is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked for over 40 years to protect children from all over the world and ensure a level playing field for all. Their focus is to elevate children from poverty, ensure their access to health care, protect them from neglect and abuse, and provide quality education and moral foundation. The CDF is supported by grants, both corporate and private, as well as individual donations.
The Animal Welfare Institute has been devoted to reducing animal suffering caused by people since 1951. They are the voice of progress for animal well being, with over 6 decades of experience in the protection and legal engagement for mistreated animals. AWI works to minimize the impacts of all human actions detrimental to endangered species, including the destruction of natural forests containing ancient trees, and pollution of the oceans destroying every kind of marine life.
First and foremost, Friends of Animals opposes hunting and encourages a plant-based diet. They believe that humans do not have the right to remove or restrict animal populations simply because of monetary or recreational interests in the land they inhabit. FOA is a peaceful organization that believes in activists’ freedom of speech and association.
Waterkeeper Alliance, started by a group of blue-collar fisherman in 1966, is the largest and fastest growing non-profit focused on clean, drinkable, fishable, swimmable water everywhere. This alliance is made up of more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates worldwide and protects over 2.5 million square miles of lakes, rivers, and coastal waterways on 6 different continents.
For nearly 30 years, Conservation International has protected nature by empowering communities to care for our global biodiversity and the wellbeing of humanity. Through science, policy, and parternships with countries, companies, and communities, CI has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, preserving over 601 million hectares of land, coastal, and marine areas.