April Causes to Support

March 31, 2021

While April is known to many as Earth Month and a time to recognize sustainability, there are many more causes you can contribute to and support through the next several weeks, from autism awareness to global health.

You will also notice each cause’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is a global framework that was adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to address the world’s most pressing causes.

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Here is your monthly guide of causes and nonprofits that you can easily support through Pledge as a way to honor these special dates. Our platform and products make it easy to donate to any cause of your choice. Happy Giving!

Earth Month (All Month)

SDG Alignment: #13 Climate Action

In the weeks leading up to Earth Day, we celebrate Earth Month as a way to focus awareness and action around the worsening climate crisis that faces our planet. Whether it’s through planting trees, picking up trash, or even eliminating waste inside your own home, there are useful habits and activities you can start this month and hopefully build into your routine for months and years to come. You can also consider contributing to the following organizations that support sustainability and climate change on both a one-time and ongoing basis:

April 2nd: World Autism Awareness Day

SDG Alignment: #10 Reduced Inequalities

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world come together on April 2, Autism Awareness Day, to Light It Up Blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them. To show your support, you can donate to the following organizations that support Autism Awareness:

April 7th: World Health Day

SDG Alignment: #3 Good Health and Well-Being

From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization. Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and child care, and climate change. To help show your support, you can donate to the following organizations working to fight these global health issues:

April 22nd: Earth Day

SDG Alignment: #13 Climate Action

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. You can participate by showing your support and donating to the following organizations working to help our planet and fight climate change:

April 23rd: World Book Day

SDG Cause Alignment: #4 Quality Education

World Book Day was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on April 23, 1995 in honor of one of the first literary greats, William Shakespeare, while bringing awareness to the importance of reading and how we can work to make it accessible to all. In celebration of this day, many participate in varying activities such as supporting a local bookseller, hosting a book club, or simply taking time to read a book. You can also celebrate by donating or hosting a fundraiser for one of these organizations that help work to increase literacy opportunities around the world:

April 25th: World Malaria Day

SDG Cause Alignment: #3 Good Health and Well-Being

World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. The World Health Organization is putting prevention of malaria to the forefront in this event, with the aim of reducing the massive global death toll of 400,000 people to Malaria every year. You can help support this cause by donating the organizations working to fight this disease below:

April 30th: Arbor Day

SDG Cause Alignment: #15 Life on Land

On every last Friday in April, individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe such a holiday and work to bring awareness of the importance of trees to our Earth. You can also participate by donating to one of these organizations below:

Lastly, we want to continue recognizing how Racial Justice and COVID-19 remain important causes to support throughout the year:

  • For a more comprehensive list of 20+ organizations fighting for racial and social justice, please visit this link. You can also find a list of organizations to directly support AAPI justice here.
  • For a more comprehensive list of 20+ organizations fighting against COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Relief Efforts Blog Post.

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