This post was originally posted on December 19th 2019. It has been updated for freshness, accuracy and completeness.
Now more than ever, we need to support our vegan organizations and charities.
We’re all guilty of focusing too much on the food aspect of veganism. We sometimes forget all about the charitable hard work that goes on behind the scenes. The organisations that help make progress for animals, communities and our planet possible.
To support these hard-working organisations, donations and volunteering are powerful aides of support. and have as much positive impact on our planet as possible.
We understand that some people feel worried about donating money to charities. People are unsure of how much is actually going directly to the cause. You can now use the website Animal Charity Evaluators to help choose the most effective charity.
Here is a list of our personal favourites who we believe make a significant positive impact on animals, humans, and our planet.
Vegan and Environmental Charities to Donate to
Veganism is booming…still!. 2020 has been the biggest year yet for the movement. More people than ever signed up for Veganuary, the figure is thought to be 400,000! Veganuary is a pledge to go vegan for the entire month of January.
Veganuary is a charity on a mission to inspire more people to go vegan. They provide people with the information, guidance and support needed to give it a go for one month. So far, they have been tremendously successful in their mission.
Those who sign up to the challenge receive information on nutrition, recipes, and animal welfare. All this support in a bid to help them go vegan and stay vegan. This charity is doing a great job at changing the attitudes of people regarding veganism and deserve your support this Christmas.
One of the UK’s largest animal groups founded all the way back in 1977. Animal Aid has continuously worked hard to raise awareness about animal welfare and the vegan lifestyle.
Their aim is simple, to put an end to all animal cruelty. The group campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal cruelty throughout the world. They have helped expose numerous cases of widespread cruelty to animals across the globe.
Animal Aid convinced the UK government to make CCTV compulsory in all slaughterhouses within the county. They even convinced other UK charities to stop funding industries that animal testing.
All this magnificent work could not be possible without the donations of animal lovers like yourself.
The Humane League
The Humane League has been around for 13 years with the mission to end all animal abuse and cruelty. They began as a simple grassroots foundation protesting against foie gras. Since, they have quickly grown into an international non-profit organisation.
The charity’s primary focus is institutional change. They believe by holding companies accountable, they can significantly help animals. This charity means business. They keep some of the largest corporations accountable for their treatment of animals. Pepsi Co, Starbucks, Burger King and Subway are just some of the corporations The Humane League have gone up against and won.
Your donations can help the HL continue to hold these large corporations accountable.
The Good Food Institute
Meet the charity organisation on a mission to transform the way the world eats. They bring together some of the world’s top food innovators, investors, and marketing visionaries. Together, they help produce food in a more ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The GFI believes we can make better choices that positively affect our health, animals and our planet. They help make these choices more accessible to everyone. They’re huge advocates of plant-based eating and meat alternatives.
You can help them change the way the world eats via your donations this year. The Good Food Institute was named one of the best charity recommendations for 2019.
No doubt you will have heard of Viva or visited their website in search of vegan advice. Viva has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. Founded in 1994, Viva campaigns for a vegan world and wants to break the normality surrounding animal exploitation.
Viva creates imaginative campaigns that help raise awareness among the public. Their work is engaging and takes to the streets speaking with real people. They’re also heavily involved in campaigns to protect badgers and the fight against the cruel fox hunting tradition in the UK.
Viva is a great vegan charity that needs continuous support. Doing so, will help them to change attitudes towards animals in the UK. They can hold companies accountable and pressure the UK government into better policies for animals.
The Vegan Society
Back in 1944, The Vegan Society was formed and effectively birthed the vegan movement. It was founded by Donald Watson along with five other vegans. These pioneers set out on a mission to end all animal cruelty and to this day are still doing fantastic work for the vegan movement.
The Vegan Society website is full of incredible information. You can find tips on the vegan:
- Health and more
The Vegan Society acts as a continuous vegan guide to prospective and current vegans. Everyone has access to advice on why to go vegan, how to go vegan and details about all the animal industries.
The Vegan Society also plays an integral role in the certification of new vegan foods. You will have seen their trademark logo that helps consumers buy vegan products. It’s that green tick that gets you all excited.
Friends of the Earth
Technically, not a vegan charity but an organisation. Friends of the Earth is trying to save the world from environmental destruction. This is sure to help save a lot of animals in the long run.
They’re on a mission to protect your environment and your home. – they support alternative energy solutions and safe food and water everywhere.
Friends of the Earth regularly campaign against threats to the environment around the UK. In fact, Freinds of the Earth were instrumental in the action against fracking. They have helped save bee populations. They have been very active during the recent climate strikes.
You can help Friends of Earth continue their hard work. Help them to fight against threats to our environment. Support their tireless legal and planning work by sending them a donation.
Food for Life (FFL)
Food for Life is one of our favourite organisations. They run plant-based food projects all over the world. Their aim is to help feed healthy plant-based meals to some of the most impoverished people on the planet. Currently, FFL serves around 2 million plant-based meals every single day.
By providing healthy plant-based meals to vulnerable communities, FFL uplifts people. They improve people’s health and lift them out of food poverty. While also spreading the word of compassionate living along the way.
FFL is also known to assist in disaster relief efforts. They provide healthy meals for those who have been displaced and left hungry. The organisation is also active in animal rescue missions.
FFL is part of the United Nations Millennium Goals. These goals are set out to:
“free our fellow men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty…” (Millennium Declaration).
Founded in 1993, Vegan Outreach is on a critical mission to end violence towards all animals. This is a vegan charity that actively works towards a future where all animals are free and are no longer exploited. A mission we can all get behind.
The Vegan Outreach method empowers current vegans to use their voice louder within their communities to spread the word faster. They also work hard to support people wanting to transition by running a vegan challenge.
In 2019, 150,000 people signed up to The Vegan Outreach vegan challenge. Currently, that number is 80,000 for 2020, and we’re only halfway through.
A Well-Fed World
A Well-Fed World is an excellent international hunger relief and food security organisation.
Using plant-foods, they uplift entire communities by improving individuals’ health. This also helps to create a sustainable planet at the same time.
A Well-Fed World gives vulnerable people and communities access to healthy foods. This helps them to build up their community in a sustainable way.
“We embrace the tangible goal of 50by40 and ProVeg International to reduce the global production and consumption of animal products 50% by 2040.”
Food Empowerment Project
The Food Empowerment Project has an aim to “create a more just and sustainable world by recognising the power of one’s food choices”. They encourage people to choose a more healthy and sustainable diet. A diet which is compassionate, as well as environmentally sustainable.
The organisation is focused on a few key areas. These include fighting against:
- Depletion of essential natural resources
- Unfair and dangerous working conditions for produce workers
- The lack of access to healthy and nutritious foods in low-income areas
The organisation fights against big corporate companies. They stop them from pushing their unhealthy and unsustainable food products on vulnerable communities.
The FEP is a vegan food justice organisation that is doing a great job in transforming our ideas and views about diet and health. They uplift and empower people to make healthier food choices in a bid to make the world a healthier and sustainable place.
You may have already heard a lot about Sea Shepherd. They’re a very reputable organisation that puts itself on the front lines to protect our oceans and marine life. They’re guardians of our oceans.
While not a specifically vegan organisation, their work is integral to the vegan vision of the world. The rate at which we fish and destroy our oceans is inconceivable and needs action right now.
The organisation is on a mission “to protect and conserve all marine wildlife” and today, they operate in over 40 countries worldwide. Sea Shepherd helps fight against commercial fishing corporations, oil companies, and governments. Who they believe are complicit in the destruction of our oceans.
Sea Shepherd goes into situations that many of us would not dare to help conserve the oceans. They need all our support for what is a huge issue to resolve.
African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is on a mission to preserve African wildlife. . Founded in 1961, this organisation does tremendous work in various African countries working alongside communities, governments and organisations.
The AWF mission is “to work for wildlife conservation, land and habitat protection, community empowerment, and economic development in Africa.” AWF is real conservation work on the front lines.
The organisation protects many species, including:
- Leopards and many more
AWF train rangers in tracking, poacher defence techniques, and empowering communities to assist them.
AWF is also one of the best charities to make the most of your money. Currently, 87 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to conservation programs in Africa.
European Coalition to End Animal Experiments
We mustn’t forget about the issue of animal testing. This issue is certainly still prevalent in every corner if the world and support are needed to stamp it out. The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) is work tirelessly to eliminate animal testing within the EU.
The ECEAE are one of the loudest voices going against animal testing. They continue to do great work alongside governments and corporations. The ECEAE has been around for 25+ years. In that time, they ended animal testing in the EU for cosmetics. They have been integral to creating new cruelty-free standards for the industry. They’re also huge advocates of alternatives to animals testing.
We also suggest looking at Cruelty-Free International who also do fantastic work all around the globe to help end animal cruelty.
Give back where you can
As vegans, it’s not enough to just be vegan. We must actively support organisations that are fighting for animal rights. Most of us, however, don’t all have time to volunteer and get involved – in this case, even just a small amount of money can make a massive difference to these organisations.
A future that is free of animal suffering, environmental degradation and health issues that plague our communities is what we all want.
We all want animals, people and our planet to be free, happy and healthy. Let’s support the organisations that are working tirelessly to build this future for us. Give something back and help your charity of choice with your time or a donation.