After 20 years and over $60 million raised to make a meaningful impact in lives around the world, GreaterGood.com is relaunching with a new look, and a renewed commitment to lending support where it matters most.
For the last 7 years, your clicks at the GreaterGood website have helped support hundreds of small projects that aid people, pets, and the planet. In just the last few weeks, you have helped fund specialized care programs for those living with Alzheimer’s, you have improved the likelihood of adoption for often-anxious shelter pets, and you’ve helped us donate 1,000 books to children in need.
This support has changed lives, and on the all-new GreaterGood.com, it will now be amplified across 24 of our most impactful programs and partnerships. One of those programs is helping to purchase and protect threatened tropical forests and critical habitat for endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the threatened areas.
In the Amazon rainforest, endangered species are at risk. Animals like the Giant Otter, the White-bellied Spider Monkey, and the Black-faced Black Spider Monkey could be pushed to extinction by the destruction of their unique ecosystem.
In Peru, the largest Amazon regions are traditionally occupied and protected by indigenous groups. Unfortunately, hundreds of indigenous communities have no recognized ownership rights to their lands. Without the titles to their territories, native communities have no legal tools to defend their lands from poaching, logging, and agricultural interests—expansion which could destroy the rainforest and leave endangered species without a home.
GreaterGood.org has partnered with Rainforest Trust to protect the Amazon and preserve a critical area of 6 million acres currently at risk. After safeguarding the endangered land, Rainforest Trust empowers local people to help protect it by offering them education, training and employment. These highly effective partnership ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold.
Together, we can help 220 indigenous communities in Peru gain legal protection over their land so they can fight back against the expansion of logging and agriculture. When these communities are empowered to safeguard their home against deforestation, endangered species are protected for generations to come.
You can help. The Amazon is one of the most crucial and vibrant ecosystems on Earth, but without our protection it could disappear forever. Learn more about this life-changing program and many others at the new GreaterGood.com click-to-give site.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.