Holiday Gift Guide: For the Philanthropist

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Nature Conservancy

One of the oldest and most respected non-profits, the Nature Conservancy offers a climate change solution we can all live with: the Plant a Billion Trees campaign has expanded to include an option of planting trees in honor of someone. Make a contribution of $50 or more, and your tree-loving friend recipient gets a Plant a Billion Trees magnet set, a world map, and a one-year subscription to the organization’s magazine—perfect for stretching your budget. (Nature Conservancy, from $50)

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Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places, and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth. With more than a million members, the NRDC is a friend to all living things and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to corrupt corporations and business-as-usualists in Washington, DC. Give a yearlong membership by filling out a form on the website with your own personal message, and your recipient will be notified immediately—which makes this the perfect last-minute gift when you can’t face one more trip to the mall or roll of wrapping paper. (Natural Resources Defense Council, from $15)

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Art by Jerry Garcia

Never mind the guitar: wait till you see how Jerry Garcia handled a paintbrush. The Organic Center stocks giclee prints from the collection of his wife, filmmaker Debra Koons-Garcia. Vibrant garden scenes that include butterflies, flowers and bumblebees brighten any room, while 100% of the proceeds benefit The Organic Center, a non-profit founded to present peer-reviewed scientific data that supports the assumption that organic is healthier for the mind, body and planet. (The Organic Center, $250)

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