Beneficial Nonprofit Organizations
If you want to give back to the plant and fungus totems through donations or volunteering, there are more nonprofit organizations to help than you can shake a stick at! Many of these focus on habitat preservation, which benefits everything living on it, though there are a smattering of groups that focus specifically on flora and/or fungi, mostly on a local basis. There simply aren’t as many organizations that work to specifically protect plants or fungi as there are that focus on wildlife, but even protecting habitats in general can be crucial to fungus and plant species’ survival.
Some of these organizations offer material incentives, like tote bags or plush toys, to encourage people to donate. These cost them money and they cost the planet brand-new resources, however, so it’s more effective to just give all the money in a straight donation. There are plenty of perfectly good secondhand tote bags and stuffed animals in thrift stores if you really need them. Additionally, organizations like http://www.charitynavigator.org offer insight as to how much of your donation may go to operating costs, and how much will be used for preservation activities.
The Millennium Seed Bank Project at the Kew Gardens Wakehurst (Wakehurst Place and Millennium Seed Bank)
nr Haywards Heath
+44 (0)20 8332 5000
The largest seed bank in the world, working to preserve some of the most endangered plant species in the world. The Kew Gardens also maintains a sizeable selection of fungal samples, to include spores.
3094 North Winn Rd.
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Since 1975, Seed Savers has not only worked to preserve heirloom seeds, but also provides seeds for sale, and has a membership package with a variety of horticultural and
The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1606
Focuses on protecting habitats around the world, and educating people about the importance of healthy ecosystems. This includes direct protection of individual habitats in conjunction with local communities.
The Ocean Conservancy
1300 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Works to protect the world’s oceans and to create awareness of how crucial the oceans and their inhabitants are to the planet’s health as a whole.
The Sierra Club
85 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 977-5500
One of the oldest and largest environmental nonprofits, combines government lobbying with grassroots organization for a variety of ecological causes.
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Lobbies for the protection of both wild species and their environments, and is also instrumental in helping communities become more sustainable.
The Wilderness Society
1615 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Many plants and fungi that face extinction are vulnerable due to habitat loss; this group works to preserve wilderness areas, including crucial habitat.