Supported Charities

10% of Kristen’s profits from all Wild Bird Song Designs pattern sales are donated to environmental and social causes, with each pattern supporting a specific charity evoked by its design theme. Each pattern also includes a web link for its supported organization, offering opportunities to get involved!

In addition to donating by purchasing our patterns, each time you knit,  crochet, or weave any project with yarns spun and dyed by empowered worker’s cooperatives like Manos del Uruguay, Frog Tree, Be Sweet, and Mirasol, where working conditions, quality of life, and environmental sustainability are equal priorities to high product quality and sustainable economics, you are helping their local communities and ecosystems to thrive, from the grassroots up!

Please help us to support the above yarn companies and the following non-profit organizations:

Wildlife Conservation:

  • Xerces Society, supporting  world-wide conservation efforts for butterflies, bees, other pollinators, dragonflies, shellfish, and other invertebrates
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, protecting birds and their habitats in the UK
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust, managing over 120 wildlife reserves in Scotland, campaigning for wildlife-friendly public policy, and inspiring people to enjoy wildlife through education
  • HawkWatch International, protecting raptors and our environment through research, policy, and education
  • World Wildlife Fund, protecting wildlife and their habitats throughout the globe

Rivers and Salmonids:

  • South Yuba River Citizen’s League, protecting the nationally-recognized wild and scenic South Yuba River watershed, monitoring and restoring water quality and riparian habitat, and advocating for salmon restoration
  • American Rivers, protecting and restoring river habitats and water quality throughout North America
  • River Restoration Centre, coordinating and advising river restoration projects throughout the UK

Forests, Wetlands, Prairies, and Plants:

  • Mendocino Tahoe Conservancy, protecting many nature preserves throughout northern California, restoring habitat quality for wildlife, and creating a handicapped-accessible Cross-California Trail from the coast to the crest
  • Nevada County Land Trust, protecting scenic open space, habitat for wildlife and rare plants, productive farmland, and Gold Rush historical sites in the northern Sierra foothills of California
  • San Isabel Land Protection Trust, protecting 34,000 acres of wildlife habitat, scenic open space, and farmland in southern Colorado, including the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Wet Mountain Valley
  • California Native Plant Society, protecting rare wildflowers and other native plants and educating the public about plant ecology

Green Living, Climate Change, and the Environmental “Big Picture”:

  • Roots and Shoots, empowering youth to create their own community service projects and campaigns for people, animals, and the environment, operating in 100 countries and founded by conservation legend Jane Goodall
  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, creating successfully proven environmental solutions, including innovative approaches to water conservation, habitat restoration, permaculture, bioremediation, climate action, solar energy, public education, organic farming, heirloom seed saving, and more
  • Climate Action Network, global coalition of over 450 individual charities promoting both government and citizen action worldwide to curb human-induced climate change to protect our environment
  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, linking volunteers to a wide variety opportunities to benefit the environment while having fun, throughout the UK
  • The Sierra Fund, conserving natural and community resources in the Sierra Nevada, including a campaign to remove toxins from Sierra watersheds, particularly the mercury that remains as a legacy of historical gold mining

Health Care, Poverty Alleviation, Education, and Social Justice:

  • Partners in Health, providing pre-natal and birthing care to impoverished families in Rwanda and other developing nations – join them and help save a newborn by donating crocheted and knitted hats and blankets! (Note: Due to logistical constraints, hats and blanket donations are only accepted at certain times of year, so please check online before mailing. If you wish to mail a project in the “off-season,” also try Save the Children’s hat campaign or your own local hospital.)
  • UNICEF’s Haiti Fund, providing food, clean water, health care, emergency relief, and education to the impoverished people of Haiti
  • Nevada County Food Bank, providing families in need with nourishing organic veggies and free-range eggs grown by Soil Sisters Women’s Farming & Art Collective in California’s Sierra foothills
  • Voices Unbroken, empowering at-risk youth in group homes and detention facilities to turn their lives around through literacy and poetry programs in New York
  • Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae, lifting inner city youth out of poverty, drugs and gang violence with music, employability programs, reconciliation programs, and education, as seen in the documentary Favela Rising
  • Crossroads Safehouse, providing shelter, safety, warmth, counseling, and a fresh start for battered women & children in Colorado
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, providing shelter, safety, warmth, counseling, and a fresh start for battered women & children in the northern Sierra foothills of California
  • National Fibromyalgia Association, raising awareness about the disease of fibromyalgia and working toward a cure
  • Fibromyalgia Association UK, raising awareness about the disease of fibromyalgia and working toward a cure

Check back soon for more patterns and more charities supported by Wild Bird Song Designs!

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