There are so many charities and organizations around the world, helping to create a better world for all of us to enjoy. Many of these organizations do incredible work with almost zero recognition from the general public. However, their behind-the-scenes work is transforming our planet in tangible ways. Here are 5 charities that are truly changing the world for the better.

Direct Relief

Direct Relief is California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization, providing medical assistance to improve the health and lives of those affected by poverty and disaster. Founded in 1948, Direct Relief has helped people in both the United States and throughout the world for nearly seven decades. Beginning in 2000, the organization has responded to a wide range of urgent and ongoing health emergencies by providing over $3.4 billion in essential material resources, such as medicine, supplies, and equipment.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a nonprofit that works to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Using grants, Rotary’s 34,000 clubs all around the world can develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities. One of the foundation’s biggest initiatives has been the eradication of polio through its PolioPlus program. Through their partnerships with our organizations, over 2.5 billion children have been immunized, reducing the incidence of polio by 99% and eradicating it from all by three countries.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is one of the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. The institute was founded back in 1919 with the mission of promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries. The group works to strengthen and link institutions of higher learning around the world, as well as build leadership skills so that individuals and organizations can address local and global challenges themselves.

United States Fund for UNICEF

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work around the world through the process of fundraising, advocacy, and education. Four decades ago, UNICEF realized that it was possible to save millions of life through the implementation of simple, low-cost interventions like hand-washing and breastfeeding. This simple mission has helped children in more than 190 countries and territories across the globe.

Natural Resource Defense Council

Natural Resource Defense Council is committed to improving our planet. The organization works to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life on earth: air, land, water. In addition, they are committed to defending endangered natural places. This environmental protection group works with businesses, elected officials, and community groups to develop ways to handle the world’s most pressing environmental issues, including ocean revitalization, clean water, and sustainable communities.