If 1 billion dollars can be raised for Notre Dame within two days – let’s make sure we raise money for humans and animals and our collected future as well…

People ask me frequently (especially just before Christmas) if I know of any trustworthy organisations supporting wildlife to donate money to.

“I want to help save the elephants – what can I do?”

The following are some of the organisations focusing on the conservation of African wildlife and the empowerment and education of women and girls  -two main areas I personally care about. To my knowledge, they have good track records when it comes to efficiency and transparency. But please do your own research before donating and don’t just take my word for it. There are various great causes to support. Everybody is passionate about different things and therefore may find other causes more appealing to support. African wildlife, biodiversity, and the empowerment of women across the globe happen to be mine.

Without further ado, here come the organisations I trust:

      1. African Parks Network  is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.
      2. International Anti Poaching Foundation  was founded in 2009 and operates in southern and East Africa. The focus of the organization is ecosystem preservation, achieved through the two key functions of training and operations. The operational model is Akashinga, a community-driven conservation program, empowering disadvantaged women to restore and manage networks of wilderness areas. Registered in four countries, Dr Jane Goodall is their Patron and they have supported rangers that help protect over 6 million acres of wilderness across the continent.
      3. The Biodiversity Foundation has taken on the task of raising awareness about the causes and dangers of extinction. At the same time they want to highlight possible countermeasures. The heart of their work is presenting scientific findings about the development of biodiversity, in an understandable form, to as many people as possible.
      4. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
      5. Doctors Without Borders is an independent international medical relief organisation, with 28 offices worldwide. When large-scale epidemics occur, when areas in crisis are too dangerous for many other organisations, then their medical teams are there to assist the affected population. They organise basic medical care, treat the injured, carry out vaccination campaigns, train local staff and build up medical infrastructure. In long-term aid projects their teams fight diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS.
      6. Welthungerhilfe Hunger can be defeated. Its causes are known, so are the solutions. Indeed, one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals is to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by 2030. This is why Welthungerhilfe has taken on the goal of doing all it can to end hunger: “Zero hunger wherever we work”. The road to achieving this is paved with challenges old and new. Ending hunger does not just mean filling people’s stomachs, but rather ensuring that everyone has the chance to secure their own healthy nutrition in a sustainable way. You can find out more about Welthungerhilfe’s approaches, challenges, countries we work in and successes in the following pages.
      7. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organisation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans’ Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The Sheldrick Trust is a pioneering conservation organisation, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa.
      8. The Jane Goodall Institute / Roots and Shoots Initiative is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, they improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

Instagram Accounts to follow:

If you would like to educate yourself further about issues and progresses made in the areas of wildlife conservation and female empowerment, I can also recommend the following Instagram-profiles. Please also remember that behind all these accounts you follow on social media is an actual organisation with a website giving away all kinds of free information.

Important: Make sure to LIKE plenty of their posts, so you beat the algorithm and show Instagram that you are interested in these accounts. Only then will you see their updates in your feed in the future.

@frankfurt.zoological.society

@dirksteffens

@janegoodallinst

@leonardodicaprio

@int.anti.poaching.foundation

@action4ifaw

@peta

@glblctzn

@girlrising

@unicef

@1millionwomen

@amivitale

@franslanting

@thebigcatpeople

@emmawatson

@melindafrenchgates

@unitednations

@blueskysociety

@rootsandshoots

@unitedforwildlife

@rainforestactionnetwork

@wildaid

@sealagacy

@who

@unwomen

@leonardodicapriofdn

@theellenfund

@unbiodiversity

@olpejeta

@careforwild

@girlupcampaign

@globalfundwomen

@savetheelephants

@hsiglobal

@riseofthematriarch

@fridafund

@tusk_org

@africanparksnetwork

@savinggorillas

@elephantswithoutborders

@elephantcrisifund

@theblackmambas

@damien_mander

Let’s protect what we love.