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“It’s crucial that we make environmental funding and supporting green charities and environmental work a part of our daily lives,” says Hilary Byerly of Global Greengrants Fund.

Contributing to a green charity this spring is an easy way to do something for the environment. But no worries if you’re short on cash. There are several other ways to give.

“We all depend on this planet for survival, from the air we breath, to the water we drink. Even the smallest things from recycling, to raising awareness, to turning off lights or raising money for grassroots movements abroad make a difference,” says Hilary Byerly, development and communications associate for Global Greengrants Fund.

Here are a couple of charities to check out:

The Conservation Fund is a nonprofit organization that has received top rankings for efficiency from review groups, such as Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy. Take a look at the organization’s Web site for some of cool environmental projects you can get involved in – from researching sustainable water usage, to a program that offers tools for measuring your carbon dioxide emissions and ways to reduce your emissions.

Global Greengrants Fund bridges the gap between those who can offer financial support and grassroots groups in developing countries that can make effective use of that support. While the organization relies on donations to fund the grant projects, it also depends on 120 volunteers who know the pressing and local issues.

The World Land Trust provides numerous ways you can help save a piece of the rainforest. Schools and Youth Clubs can undertake fundraising activities, and anyone can give an acre of rainforest as a gift. Also, recent graduates can get involved through a 6-month internship program to learn conservation skills.

The Environmental Defense Fund works on initiatives both locally and around the globe to further environmental progress through law. Although 54 percent of the Environmental Defense Fund’s revenue comes from donations, EDF also encourages individuals to get involved by joining its action network for updates on the latest environmental battles. The Web site also provides links for sending messages to members of Congress on issues ranging from saving polar bears to protecting America’s fisheries.

Recycling for Charities is a nonprofit with the goal of ridding the environment of e-waste. You can give the charity your electronic items for a value that is then donated to a charity of your choice. The organization works with an authorized system to ensure that electronics are reused, recycled or disposed of properly.

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