There’s a great deal of good and kindness in the world—as illustrated by amazing acts of philanthropy by various individuals and organizations. Google.org has launched public alerts, a platform for communicating relevant emergency alerts in the wake of crises. Google uses search terms, found to be good indicators of flu or dengue activity, to track possible outbreaks and provide early warnings. Google Person Finder reconnects people in the wake of major disasters. Toshiko Ayano actually found five relatives following the Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) works to unite different kinds of people to achieve common conservation goals. After the Gulf Oil Disaster, the NWF staged boat tours for scientists, journalists and government officials to see the impact zone firsthand. The organization’s efforts prompted the US Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation on BP and its corporate partners into possible law breaking. An end was put to needless sea turtle deaths caused by the clean up crews blindly burning off oil slicks.
To learn the details behind some other great acts of philanthropy, check out the infographic below.