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As beloved as the giraffe is to many, it is unfortunately in danger of extinction.

In fact, over the last 40 years, the number of giraffes in the world has dwindled from an estimated 155,000 to, by some accounts, fewer than 100,000 – due largely to habitat erosion, poaching, and human encroachment.

As the giraffe is the inspiration for our brand and identity, we feel a certain kinship with the creature and want nothing more than to see its numbers rebound. That’s why we’re allocating part of our profits to support conservation organizations and initiatives.

Below are some of the many conservation organizations currently active around the world; we encourage you to learn about their efforts and, as you are able, donate to support their critical work.

Two young giraffes

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Animal and Habitat Conservation Organizations

African Wildlife Foundation
While not focused exclusively on giraffes, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is nonetheless a critical player in the conservation space; their work protecting West African giraffes has been a boon to conservationists otherwise struggling to make headway. AWF is a 501(c)3 organization.

Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is a leading feline advocacy 501(c)(3) organization working to protect and improve cats’ lives through public policy reform, humane animal control, and education.

American Farmland Trust
Priorities for the 501(c)(3) American Farmland Trust include protecting agricultural land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and supporting farmers in their valuable work. By executing smart land use policies and leveraging cutting-edge conservation practices, American Farmland Trust has successfully protected millions of acres of farmland from development and kept America’s farms and ranches working to feed America.

American Humane Association
The American Humane Association is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. Wherever animals need rescue, shelter, protection, or security, this 501(c)(3) organization leads the charge – through rapid response rescue and care, as well as innovative conservation and animal welfare programs.

American Rivers
The mission of American Rivers, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. The organization combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The mission of the ASPCA is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the U.S. As the first national animal welfare entity in the country, the privately funded 501(c)(3) organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment from humans and must be protected under the law.

Animal Legal Defense Fund
A 501(c)(3) organization based in California, the Animal Legal Defense Fund works to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Projects focus on filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm; supporting tough animal protection legislation; and providing support and resources to law professionals advancing animal protection case law and advocacy.

Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. AMC supports conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and the maintenance of 1,800 miles of trails.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and management of the Appalachian Trail, a vast and beautiful natural resource with a rich cultural heritage. The organization is dedicated to ensuring that the Trail can be enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest 501(c)(3) organization with a membership dedicated to making the air and drinking water cleaner. Their efforts focus on mitigating the effects of climate change through tree planting and tree recovery throughout the world.

Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals; provides adoption, spay, and neuter services; and supports educational programs. It is also the leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

For more than 117 years, Bideawee has been a leading no-kill pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island. Through a vast array of services – including medical care, spaying and neutering, recovery, fostering, and adoption – Bideawee cultivates and supports the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them. Bideawee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

California State Parks Foundation
California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization that champions the long-term sustainability of California state parks.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. With offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization works to restore the Bay’s natural ecosystem, including its rivers and streams.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and protection of the natural world through new scientific discoveries, insights, and conservation action. Field and lab studies explore the earth’s biodiversity, the processes that have generated it, and ways to protect this abundance of life.

Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife is the premier U.S.-based national conservation organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of imperiled species and their habitats in North America. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Defenders of Wildlife works to transform policies and institutions that impact at-risk species while advocating for new, positive conservation initiatives.

Earthjustice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental law firm that leverages the law to preserve the environment. Initiatives are focused on protecting people’s health, protecting wildlife and its natural habitats, advancing clean energy, and combating climate change.

Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. It centers its work on fighting global warming, restoring ecosystems, protecting oceans, and improving human health. EDF supports its efforts by utilizing scientific research, economics, and extant laws to find environmental solutions that work.

Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary provides a needed home for farm animals rescued from abuse, factory farming, backyard butchers, and neglect. In addition, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides advocacy for legislation and policy that aims to increase awareness of farm animal cruelty and prevent farm animal suffering.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is a Washington D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to corporate and government accountability relating to the health of the environment, climate change, energy, food, and agriculture, among other issues.

Galapagos Conservancy
The mission of the Galapagos Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to protect the unique biodiversity and ecosystems of the Galapagos by supporting research, informing public policy, and encouraging sustainable living practices. It is the only U.S. organization focused exclusively on protecting the unique ecosystems and biological integrity of the Galapagos archipelago.

Greenpeace, Inc.
Greenpeace is a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing global environmental problems. The organization is known for using peaceful protest and creative communication to expose environmental challenges.

Humane Rescue Alliance, Inc.
The Humane Rescue Alliance, Inc. is the first regional, community-based, multi-state animal welfare organization in the nation. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization covers the broader Washington D.C. regional area and provides direct rescue and care of animals in need, conducts cruelty investigations, and offers local animal control services.

Humane Society International
Humane Society International works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters, and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms.

International Animal Rescue U.S., Inc.
International Animal Rescue U.S. saves animals throughout the world from suffering, then rehabilitates and releases them back into the wild. The organization also works to protect their precious natural habitats. The U.S. arm, headquartered in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute is a global wildlife and environmental conservation organization founded in 1977 by English primatologist Jane Goodall. The Institute promotes the understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat while also inspiring individual action to help animals and to protect the world we all share. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit no-kill animal shelter on Long Island, New York. The organization is dedicated to placing abandoned dogs and cats into forever homes, regardless of age, physical condition, or socialization issues.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that works in tandem with the Aquarium to help lead the recovery of our oceans from pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change; and to inspire long term conservation of the oceans through awareness and education.

National Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting birds throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation initiatives.

National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting conservationists in the field; explorers who document and help protect the last wild places on the planet; and scientists and researchers who push the boundaries of discovery.

National Humane Education Society
Based near Charles Town, West Virginia, the National Humane Education Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides humane education to the general public, as well as rescue services, relief assistance, and screened adoption opportunities for animals.

National Park Foundation
As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to protecting and enhancing America’s national parks for present and future generations.

National Parks Conservation Association
Based in Washington D.C. and with 27 locations nationwide, the National Parks Conservation Association works to protect and preserve our nation’s national parks. The Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, includes policy experts, volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers, and others who defend national parks on the ground, in court, or on Capitol Hill.

National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is America’s largest conservation organization and is dedicated to increasing the country’s fish and wildlife populations, enhancing their ability to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental advocacy. The Council works in partnership with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

North Shore Animal League America
North Shore Animal League America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to the rescue, care, and adoption of unwanted, neglected, and abused dogs and cats. In addition, the organization supports a no-kill policy and works to raise awareness and educate the public about humane animal treatment and care.

PAWS Chicago
PAWS Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the care and adoption of unwanted, neglected, and abused dogs and cats. In addition, the organization supports a no-kill policy and works to raise awareness and educate the public about humane animal treatment and care.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA: The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare. The organization focuses on the care, rehabilitation, and adoption of all the animals it serves. In addition to pets, this includes injured and orphaned native wildlife from San Francisco, San Mateo, and the northern half of Santa Clara County.

Pennsylvania SPCA
The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pennsylvania SPCA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting animals, preventing cruelty, and generally improving the health and quality of animal life throughout Pennsylvania. Specifically, the organization focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, fostering, and adoption of dogs and cats.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (aka PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with over 6.5 million members and supporters. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focuses its efforts on eliminating the cruel treatment of animals in laboratories, the food industry, the clothing trade, and the entertainment industry. Utilizing public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, and protest campaigns, PETA works to effect meaningful change and raise awareness of its cause.

In an effort to help provide emergency care, resources, shelter, and financial assistance to animals in crisis, RedRover provides several types of grants (including those for emergency boarding and escape from violent domestic situations), works with volunteers to provide needed care, and educates youth on the value of empathy. RedRover is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Save the Redwoods League
In an effort to preserve the towering redwood trees of the California coast and beyond, Save the Redwoods League works on land stewardship and preservation efforts while also advocating for redwood conservation. Save the Redwoods League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Sierra Club
With 3.8 million members, the Sierra Club is one of the most influential environmental advocacy and conservation organizations in the world. Much of their work involves lobbying at the state and federal levels, while a robust volunteer program allows for hands-on conservation efforts across the country. The Sierra Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

SPCA International Incorporated
With a broad mission to “advance the safety and well-being of animals,” the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been in existence since 1824. Their work includes the financial support of shelters, public education, and wildlife rehabilitation, among other efforts. SPCA International is a 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) nonprofit.

SPCA of Texas
This is the Texas chapter of the SPCA, offering animal clinics, shelters, and adoption services to residents of the state. SPCA of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association is present in all 50 states, working to protect national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces. The organization was founded in 1957, modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Student Conservation Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Humane League
With a more focused mission than other animal welfare organizations, The Humane League seeks to end the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing public and private policies. The Humane League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Humane Society of the United States
Since 1954, The Humane Society has taken on entities, public and private, that negatively impact the welfare of animals. Some of their current initiatives focus on banning trophy hunting, ending animal testing for cosmetics, and stemming the tide of hunting for furs. The Humane Society of the United States is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Marine Mammal Center
By preserving the ocean, The Marine Mammal Center helps ensure the longevity of all marine species. This is achieved through ongoing public education efforts, rehabilitation of injured marine life, and scientific research. The Marine Mammal Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Nature Conservancy
Grounded by science and carefully culled data, the teams at The Nature Conservancy actively work to improve natural habitats the world over, create partnerships for the ongoing protection of natural resources, and educate the public on best practices for care of the environment. The Nature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Ocean Conservancy
A science-based conservation organization, The Ocean Conservancy carefully researches conditions in underwater communities and proposes conservation or rehabilitation efforts based on extensive data. This is then shared with local and regional communities, as well as governmental organizations. The Ocean Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Wilderness Society
While America expands and increases its development of raw land, The Wilderness Society aims to protect the wild areas that still exist – including their numerous natural assets and connected wildlife. The Wilderness Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Trust for Public Land
Primarily focused on preserving land for people – including public parks – the Trust for Public Land also works on conservation efforts related to working farms, rivers, forests, ranches, streams, coasts, watersheds, and other habitats across the country. Trust for Public Land is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Waterkeeper Alliance
Protecting some 2.7 million square miles of waterways, Waterkeeper Alliance is committed to preserving and protecting water, both for humans and animals. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

White Coat Waste Project, Inc.
Focused on changing the way animal testing is conducted – currently with public tax money but without public approval – the White Coat Waste Project is shining the light on misguided government practices and legislation with the help of public advocacy and donations. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund mission is simple: to “conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.” This is done via business partnerships and collaborations, lobbying, and scientific research. World Wildlife Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Yellowstone Forever
The funding arm of Yellowstone National Park’s preservation efforts, Yellowstone Forever is actively engaged in the restoration of park trails, support of native wildlife, and education of visitors on best practices for care of the park. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Yosemite Conservancy
Yosemite Conservancy is the only nonprofit dedicated to supporting Yosemite National Park. The organization works closely with the park to fund high-priority projects and provide enriching educational programs. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego Zoo Global)
The team at San Diego Zoo Global works to save threatened and endangered animal species the world over using their expertise in animal and plant science, as well as learnings from proven conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo. This organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.


Become a conservation partner by donating to one of the organizations above; your support makes a measurable difference in the work that is done to protect all endangered species and threatened habitats.