The Nature Conservancy This outfit protects the lands and waters of more than 30 countries, including the United States, Indonesia, and Panama.
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10 Cats Microchipped
Best Friends Animal Society This organization houses nearly 1,700 displaced animals and works with humane groups to set up shelters, prepare pets for adoption, and more.
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50 Children’s Books
Reading Is Fundamental This group hands out free books and runs courses that promote literacy in all 50 states.
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3 First-Aid Kits, 24 Blankets, and 10 Surgical Scissors
Doctors Without Borders This international association of medical personnel provides communities in some of the hardest-hit regions (Haiti, Pakistan) with basic and emergency health care, essential supplies, and other forms of humanitarian relief.
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10 Mosquito Nets
Nothing But Nets This grassroots campaign uses 100 percent of its donations to purchase bed nets for families in Africa. The nets protect them against mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
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1 Toilet, 2 Hard Hats, and 3 Hammers
Habitat for Humanity With the help of thousands of volunteers, this international group created housing for more than 61,000 families in 2009 alone.