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Social Impact Resources

All the social good resources you need in one place.

Making a beneficial impact on society requires insight, tools and teamwork. As you or your organization strives to make a positive social impact, one way we can support your mission is by pointing you to information, tools and other resources to help you make a difference in this world. It is our pleasure to offer you the following social impact resources:

News - key media organizations, publications and other websites that provide up-to-date information to social impact leaders, entrepreneurs and workers.

Careers - services and websites that specialize in connecting people with jobs and volunteer opportunities at social impact nonprofits and companies.

Organizations - directory of social impact nonprofit organizations grouped by mission: disaster relief, environment, health care, literacy and microfinance.

Companies - list of significant socially responsible businesses to explore and consider.

Nonprofit Resources - useful tools and information for leaders wanting to improve the effectiveness of their social impact nonprofit organization.

Consulting Firms - list of prominent consulting firms that specialize in improving the effectiveness of social impact organizations.

Social Impact News

Whether you are a leader, worker or donor, it is important to stay current of the latest developments in the social impact field. This is a list of key media organizations, publications and other websites providing up-to-date information that should benefit you:

Ashoka

Builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of all.

B The Change

A website that informs and inspires people who have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world.

Change Creator

Provides resources for conscious entrepreneurs who are ready to make a difference in the world, change the status quo and elevate their success.

Devex

A media platform working to make the aid and development industry do more good for more people.

Gates Foundation

Works to reduce inequity in the quality of health care and education available to the poor.

NextBillion

Works to stimulate discussion, raise awareness and provide a platform for sharing ideas that improve the lives of the poor and reshape entire economies.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

A magazine and website that advances, educates and inspires the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating and disseminating the best research-based and practice-based knowledge.

Sustainalytics

Provides insights required for investors and companies to make more informed decisions that lead to a more just and sustainable global economy.

Triple Pundit

Writes and publishes articles about social businesses and moving toward a more sustainable world.

UN Dispatch

A website that provides commentary and coverage of the UN and UN-related issues.

Social Impact Careers

You are acting on your beliefs and are either launching a career in the social impact field, wanting to change organizations or are looking for a short-term volunteer opportunity. This is a list of services and websites that specialize in matching people to job opportunities at social impact organizations.

80,000 Hours

Nonprofit organization that aims to solve skill bottlenecks in the world’s most pressing problems by providing research and support to help people switch into careers that tackle those problems.

Bmeaningful

Connects professionals looking to make a difference with purpose-oriented positions.

Corporation for National and Community Service

Improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Idealist

Connects people with organizations by posting jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities, organizing career fairs and maintaining a grad-school directory.

Net Impact

Inspires and equips emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world.

Social Impact Organizations

Gathering information about social impact organizations can be beneficial to the career planning process. As you strive to make a positive social impact, here is a list of nonprofit organizations grouped according to their type of mission. The mission categories represented in this list are disaster relief, environment, health care, literacy and microfinance.

Disaster relief

Americares

Saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential.

Direct Relief

Works internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

American Red Cross

Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

United Nations - Disaster Risk Reduction

Brings governments, partners and communities together to reduce disaster risk and losses to ensure a safer, more sustainable future.

United Nations - Humanitarian Affairs

Contributes to principled and effective humanitarian response through coordination, advocacy, policy, information management and humanitarian financing tools and services.

United Nations World Food Programme

Delivers food assistance in emergencies and works with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Environment

350.org

An international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

Climate Action Network

A network of NGOs working on climate change from around the world.

Conservation International

Protects the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods.

Earthwatch

Connects people with scientists worldwide to conduct environmental research and empowers them with the knowledge they need to conserve the planet.

Friends of the Earth International

Halts and reverses environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources, nurtures the earth’s ecological and cultural diversity and secures sustainable livelihoods.

Global Environment Facility

Catalyzes transformational change in key systems that are driving major environmental loss, in particular, energy, cities and food.

Greenpeace

Uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Brings together influential organizations and top experts in a combined effort to conserve nature and accelerate the transition to sustainable development.

National Resources Defense Council

Works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

United Nations Environment Programme

Provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve the quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Global organization of leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

Health care

Doctors Without Borders

An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most.

Global Health Corps

Mobilizes a diverse community of leaders to build a movement for global health equity.

Global Health Hub

A website that connects global health implementers to the information they need to do good work.

Population Services International

Works to make universal health coverage a reality by treating beneficiaries like consumers and engaging people in the design of their own health care.

United Nations Children’s Fund

Works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

World Health Organization

Works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

Home construction

Construction for Change

Partners with nonprofit organizations to build spaces where people can become healthier, better educated, and increase economic mobility.

Fuller Center for Housing

Promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Global Communities

Builds the capacity of communities to direct the development of their own lives and livelihoods.

Habitat for Humanity

Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Homes for Hope

Works in partnership with the building industry to accelerate the end of global poverty, in all its forms.

New Story

Researches breakthroughs in homebuilding, proves them in the communities they build and shares them with other nonprofits and governments.

Literacy

Book Aid International

Provides books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

International Literacy and Development

Meets physical needs, promotes local language literacy and collaborates with communities to create business, social and educational development.

International Literacy Association

Enhances literacy instruction through research and professional development.

LitWorld

Works with a broad coalition of national and international partners to ensure that young people worldwide can experience the joy and transformation of reading, writing and storytelling.

Proliteracy

Promotes adult literacy through content development, programs and advocacy.

Room to Read

Focuses on literacy and gender equality in education to transform the lives of children in low-income communities.

World Literacy Foundation

Provides free access to quality education materials and innovative solutions that target wide-scale literacy.

Worldreader

Works with partners to address the global learning crisis by bringing digital books to millions of children and youth.

Microfinance/Microloans

FINCA

Gives small loans to the poor to transform communities in a sustainable way.

Global Giving

Helps nonprofits access the tools, training and support needed to be more effective and make the world a better place.

Grameen America

Helps entrepreneurial women who live in poverty build businesses to enable financial mobility.

Kiva

Expands financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

Microfinancing Partners in Africa

Empowers those in Africa living in extreme poverty to lift themselves up with dignity through access to services and education.

Opportunity International

Provides financial solutions and training to empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.

Whole Planet Foundation

Empowers the world’s poorest people with microcredit, giving them a chance to create or expand a home-based business to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Social Impact Companies

There are socially responsible companies that truly want to have a positive social impact on the world. Whether you are searching for a career or investment opportunity, this list of companies should be helpful to you.

LEGO

Play toy bricks to help children think creatively

Ben & Jerry’s

High-quality natural ice cream company commitment to incorporating nutritious, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the Environment

Tom’s Shoes

Online shoe supplier who donates $1 for every $3 made to provide shoes for those in need

Zappos

Online shoe, clothing, and accessory supplier who delivers happiness in a sustainable way

Warby Parker Glasses

Offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Donates glasses to those in need

Deloitte

Provides finance, tax, legal, risk, and consulting services to organizations throughout the world

Levi Strauss

Makes jeans and other high-quality clothing while minimizing the impact on the planet

Patagonia

Supplies clothing and accessories and uses the resources they have to do something about the climate crisis

Dr. Bronner’s

Supplies organic, vegan, fair trade soap products to protect the Earth

Klean Kanteen 

A Climate Neutral certified company who supplies high-quality reusable bottles, cups, and mugs 

All Good Products

Makes organic body care products that are good for your body and for nature, and they support environmental restoration and education projects

Bombas

Makes comfortable clothing products and donates an item for every purchase

The Grove Collaborative

Provides household cleaning products and person care products that are organic and eco-friendly

Aspiration

Financial services organization that offers socially-conscious and sustainable cash management services and investment products

The Children’s Place/Gymboree

Makes children’s clothing and donates clothing to children and families in need

Uncommon Goods

Distributes remarkable designs by independent makers in an environmentally friendly way and a way that gives back

Everlane

Provides exceptional quality clothing using ethical factories

The Honest Company

Creates safe, natural, effective baby and beauty supply products in a transparent and ethical way

Ivory Ella

Makes comfortable clothing and gives to save elephants and other charitable organizations

Nisolo

Makes shoes in an ethical and responsible way

Pura Vida

Supplies bracelets and other jewelry to give back and provide income to struggling artisans 

Johnson & Johnson

Provides health and medical products in a sustainable way to positively impact the health of people and the the planet

Pfizer

Provides medicine to improve the health of people and seeks to advance medical care to protect people and the environment

Bosch

Uses technological innovations to improve peoples’ lives and runs a foundation that gives to educational and environment sustainability programs

GE

Creates technological products that power many different industries and uses innovative solutions to reduce their environmental footprint

New Belgium Brewing

Brews many types of beer in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way

The Walt Disney Company

Creates positive, safe, and fun entertainment for people of all ages. They are committed to environmental sustainability, conservation, and inclusion.

Novo Nordisk

Provides products to help patients overcome diabetes and other serious chronic conditions and gives back to the community

Canon

Creates many types of technological products in a responsible and sustainable way

Michelin

Makes high-quality tires in a socially and environmentally responsible way

IKEA

Provides household furniture and other products in a sustainable way and gives back to programs that help children

Nonprofit Resources

If you are a leader or an aspiring leader of a nonprofit organization that makes a positive social impact, you continually strive to improve the effectiveness of your organization. This is a list of services, organizations and websites that provide useful tools and information for that purpose.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.

BoardSource

Engages and supports a global network of nonprofit leaders and organizations, and offers a wide range of resources to strengthen and support board performance.

Candid

Uses research, collaboration and training to connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it.

Centers for Disease Control

Works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.

Charity Navigator

Provides charitable givers and social investors with the tools necessary to make informed giving decisions.

Council on Foundations

Helps philanthropy become a strong and trusted partner in advancing the common good.

GuideStar Resources

Providing information to the nonprofit sector to enable them to make smart decisions, build connections, and learn from each other to achieve their missions.

National Center for Charitable Statistics

An open data platform for nonprofit practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to download and explore charitable statistics.

National Council of Nonprofits

Keeps nonprofits informed and empowered to create a positive public policy environment that best supports nonprofits in advancing their missions.

The World Bank

Works to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity throughout the world.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Promotes and demonstrates democratic values abroad, and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.

Social Impact Consulting Firms

As a leader of a social impact organization, occasionally your desire to improve your organization’s effectiveness requires outside help. This is a list of prominent consulting firms that specialize in improving the effectiveness of social impact organizations.

180 Degrees Consulting

Works with socially conscious organizations to develop innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to whatever challenges they are facing.

Bain & Company

Drives transformative social impact by applying their talent in partnership with innovative and effective organizations, addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Bridgespan

Works strengthen the ability of mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society’s most important challenges and opportunities.

Cause Consulting

Crafts and activates programs that differentiate brands, deliver social impact and inspire people to take action.

FSG

Helps organizations find new ways to achieve real results against society’s toughest challenges. Combines practical advice with unconventional thinking to create a more equitable and sustainable future.

Social Impact

Helps global development organizations and programs become more effective at improving people’s lives.

Sopact

Co-creates a globally accepted impact measurement and management framework, and streamlines cross-sector efforts, to make the world a better place.

Third Plateau

Partners with people and organizations with game-changing ideas to improve the world, and helps them do it bigger, better and faster.

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