Which environmental charity should I give to?

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NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CHARITY REVIEWS WERE ADDED 7 DECEMBER 2018 AND ARE NOT REFLECTED IN THIS OVERVIEW.


You want to save the environment! Which environmental charity should you give to?

The Good Cause Co. have evaluated the following environmental charities to help you make that decision. We reviewed:


Which environmental charity is the best?

Spoiler alert, we did not see any shining stars, nor did we see any poor performers. The large Australian environmental charities that we reviewed all achieve our ‘donate’ recommendation.  This means they demonstrate a basic level of trustworthiness and display signs that they are probably effective, but they need to do more for us to have complete confidence in them. 

Surely some are better than others…

Well, that depends on what you care about. Some are good at getting trees in the ground, but terrible at advocating for environmental change. Some are good at researching global environmental issues, but couldn’t tell you anything about environmental problems in your community.

So which environment charity should I give to?

Work out what you think is important:

  • If you want to see environmental works happening on the ground (like planting trees and weeding), donate to Landcare

  • If you want to make sure Australian laws and policies protect the environment, donate to The Wilderness Society or Australian Conservation Society

  • If you want to make sure Victorian laws and policies protect the environment, donate to Environment Victoria

  • If you care about global conservation issues, donate to Greenpeace

  • If you want a bit of everything, donate to WWF Australia.

The Good Cause Co.’s “Should I Give To…” provides independent evaluations of Australia’s largest charities. Over the next 10 weeks we will be publishing over 50 critical reviews of charities that are seeking your donation. It’s time to find out which Australian charities are the star performers!