By Lori Brown on May 6, 2010

Reviewers Rate Top 122 Green Charities Nationwide

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Volunteers organize medical supplies for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicated to a two-fold mission of environmental stewardship and improving health in developing countries.

Throughout the month of April, GreatNonprofits and GuideStar conducted the 2010 Green Choice Campaign, collecting information and reviews from clients, volunteers and donors of environmentally focused nonprofits nationwide.

After 43,000 website visits and 2,700 reviews, 122 organizations were selected for the 2010 Top-Rated Green Nonprofits List.

Topping the list with the most positive reviews was the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

“We are gratified to be able to honor so many great organizations working on the environment,” says Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “They are very deserving of our attention and support for the great work they are doing on behalf of all of us.”

Top-ranked organizations cover a variety of environmental issues, including redwood forest conservation, wildlife rehabilitation and sustainable urban planning and design.

California-based nonprofit, Environmental Volunteers (EV), promotes understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on natural science and education programs in both the classroom and the field.

“The EV is an awesome organization,” a reviewer writes. “I joined in 1977 and have been a volunteer, former paid staff, former team member of volunteer education. My fellow volunteers are like extended family and we always feel appreciated. Connecting children to their environment is imperative so that they will want to sustain it, and will want to go out and enjoy it.”

Also recognized for their work was Pittsburgh-based Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicated to a two-fold mission of environmental stewardship and improving health in developing countries. The organization collaborates with hospitals to redirect useful materials away from the waste stream to public health improvement efforts in targeted countries.

“My husband, son and I were looking for a way to participate in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts, and we found our way to Global Links, where we spent an afternoon packing medical supplies,” one review reads. “This organization has the most wonderful mission…providing aid to those in need while caring for the environment by recycling supplies that would have been otherwise thrown in landfills. They do a fantastic job!”

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