At U Be The Change supporting our planet and the people who live here is the primary purpose behind our company. Therefore, we donate 20% of our net profits to a wide variety of worthy charitable organizations and encourage our customers to choose which organization they want to support with their purchase.
The following list contains a brief description of each organization along with a direct link to their website. All the charities we support we have either investigated personally (smaller less funded organizations) or they have received 3 stars or higher from Charity Navigator.
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities and utilizes a team of experts to analyze each charity. Charity Navigator uses a rating system to examine two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health, and their Accountability and Transparency. For more information about Charity Navigator click here.
Charities we believe in:
- Amazon Conservation Association
The Amazon Conservation Association is a nonprofit organization that is active in Peru and Bolivia. Our directors and staff are experienced ecologists and conservationists. We work to protect biodiversity by studying ecosystems and developing innovative conservation tools to protect land in the region while supporting the livelihoods of local communities.
Our mission is to protect the world's most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity. We conserve the Amazon by protecting state, community, and private lands, by working with governments, by supporting local people to improve their management of natural resources, and by developing conservation solutions. Scientific research guides our approach, and is rooted in our biological stations and field programs in the Andes-Amazon.
The Amazon Conservation Association has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Chrysalis Women's Shelter
Chrysalis has been servicing the needs of women, children and men throughout the Phoenix metro area who are trying to break the cycle of violence and abuse with a wide array of comprehensive services for over 35 years. Chrysalis offers shelter, transitional housing, counseling services, court victim advocates, lay legal advocacy, children's services, offender treatment, and community education.
Chrysalis has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Disabled American Veterans
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2016, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
DAV has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Family Promise
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. The issue of homelessness and poverty can seem overwhelming and individuals may feel powerless to change the lives of people in poverty. At Family Promise volunteers, more than 180,000 people, have found a way. Working together, they provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 50,000 family members annually. They mentor at-risk families. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families. Family Promise has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information about Family Promise or to donate directly click here.
- Father Joe’s Villages
As an industry thought leader, Father Joe’s Villages offers innovative tailored-to-the-client solutions to help end homelessness, one life at a time. Located in San Diego California, which is home to the fourth largest population of homeless individuals in the U.S., 2nd largest for homeless veterans, Father Joe’s Villages provide interim, transitional, affordable, permanent supportive, and rapid re-housing for homeless individuals and families. Additional services include: job seeking support, therapeutic childcare, licensed mental health services, and outpatient addiction treatment. Father Joe’s Villages feeds 3,000 community members each day who would otherwise go hungry or be forced to panhandle to meet this basic need.
Father Joe’s Villages has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth strives for a healthier and just world. We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.
Friends of the Earth, as an outspoken leader in the environmental and progressive communities, seeks to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers -- and effect policy change -- with hard-hitting, well-reasoned policy analysis and advocacy campaigns that describe what needs to be done, rather than what is seen as politically feasible or politically correct.
Friends of the Earth has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. We make it possible for nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.
GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that makes it easy and safe to give to projects anywhere in the world, while providing local organizations the tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.
GlobalGiving has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- The Grand Canyon Trust
The Grand Canyon Trust was established in 1985 by Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt and other leading conservationists to work on natural resource issues affecting the Grand Canyon.
The mission of the Grand Canyon Trust is to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau — its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude.
The Grand Canyon Trust has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Just Detention International
Just Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Founded in 1980, JDI is the only organization in the world dedicated exclusively to ending sexual abuse behind bars. JDI works to: hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; promote public attitudes that value the dignity and safety of people in detention; and ensure that survivors of this violence get the help they need. Contrary to popular opinion, sexual abuse in detention is preventable. Prisons and jails with committed leaders, good policies, and sound practices can keep people safe. JDI works with policymakers, advocates, and corrections officials to ensure the basic human rights of all people in detention, in the U.S. and globally. All of JDI’s work is informed by the wisdom and experiences of prisoner rape survivors. When the government removes someone’s freedom, it takes on an absolute responsibility to keep that person safe. No matter what crime someone may have committed, rape is not part of the penalty. JDI has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly to JDI click here.
- The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
The mission of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is to identify and provide free medical care for sick and injured Arab children regardless of their nationality or religion by arranging treatment abroad, sponsoring volunteer medical missions to treat children and train doctors, and to run humanitarian projects and programs locally to support the needs of the impoverished and neglected population, with the long-term goal of building self-sufficient programs in pediatric care.
The following are some of the ways PCRF helps children:
• Work to identify children with chronic medical conditions who cannot afford treatment due to their socio-economic condition, and link them with sponsors abroad.
• Send volunteer teams of surgeons and other medical personnel to treat patients and train professionals at local hospitals in the Middle East.
• Arrange medical care all over the world for sick and injured children from the Middle East who cannot be adequately treated in their homeland.
• Sponsor humanitarian relief projects in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon refugee camps to provide relief for poor and needy children.
PCRF has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Project Sunshine
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.
Volunteers selflessly donate their time to create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite, volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead.
Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment.
Project Sunshine has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- Puppies Behind Bars
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve. PBB has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly to PBB click here.
- Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Our beaches mean so much to us. They are where we live, where we work, and where we come to play. Beaches are the entryway to our ocean and we believe that beaches should be accessible to everyone. This is why our network of staff experts, volunteers, and members are determined to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy.
Improving coastal water quality has been one of the Surfrider Foundation’s top priorities over the last 30 years. Our Clean Water Initiative strives to protect our water resources and prevent pollution from reaching the ocean.
Our irreplaceable national network of chapter volunteers serves as the first response to local threats in coastal communities across the US. They are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their local communities.
The Surfrider Foundation has received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- The Fred Rogers Company
The Fred Rogers Company has emerged as an innovative, top producer of educational children’s media for children 2-8 years-old since 2012.
Independent research demonstrates that each of our programs measurably improves a child’s social and emotional abilities as well as their school-readiness skills. At the same time, the programs consistently rank among the most popular in children’s media, not only on broadcast television but also when viewed online and on mobile streaming video. Our mobile apps and digital games engage children with educational content both at home and on the go. In this ever-changing media landscape, we constantly endeavor to fulfill our mission of reaching and positively impacting the lives of millions of children and families.
The Fred Rogers Company has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly to click here.
- The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation, through the unique strength of its partnership with educators, advances student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare each of America's children to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Whether it’s providing educators with funding, best-practice ideas, support, or accolades, everything we do is designed to help students achieve more. After all, students who are better engaged are more likely to succeed, and students who succeed are more likely to go on to do great things. The way we see it, together with our partners, our funders, the educators, and the communities and students we serve, we’re investing in a brighter future. The NEA Foundation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
- The Sierra Club
The Sierra Club was founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892. The Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
The Sierra Club's mission statement is:
To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
The Sierra Club has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn.
While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement.
WildAid's strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too”.
WildAid has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information or to donate directly click here.