If there's one thing that sets us apart from most online publishers, it's that just by reading our stories and visiting our site you are helping to save actual lives. Over the last year, your clicks and donations helped us raise $5 million for charity, bringing our grand total to $40 million given to lifesaving organizations across the world!
You may not know this, but our page is just one part of a much larger organization called the GreaterGood Network, which began with the Hunger Site in 1999. Then in the year 2000, GreaterGood expanded its scope to include helping plants, animals, and protecting their habitats by launching the webpage you all know and love: The Rainforest Site!
Our goal is to educate, inspire, and connect you to the causes you care about. This year some huge things went down, involving our partners in the field and the wildlife they work so hard to protect — and you took a huge step up to help!
Remember in March when an unprecedented number of starving baby sea lions washed ashore on the coast of California?
Well thanks to you, our partners in the field — the Pacific Marine Mammal Center — were able to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of those hungry pups.
Your donations went directly to feeding, healing, and releasing these adorable sea lions back into the wild. Look how happy they are to go back home!
Did you hear about January's blazing bushfires in Australia, and the call for tiny mittens to protect the burned paws of affected koalas?
Our partner the International Fund for Animal Welfare got so many mittens, they asked everyone to stop making them altogether — thousands of mittens came in after only a few days!
With your help, both by your stitchings and direct donations, we helped hundreds of koalas return to normal lives after one of the most intense bushfire seasons on record.
In November, we got perhaps the biggest news of the year — did you know you helped preserve one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet?
Our partner Rainforest Trust has spent years fighting to protect the Sierra del Divisor — a huge tract of land smack dab in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest — and thanks in large part to your direct donations, Peru finally dubbed this biodiversity hotspot the country's newest national park!
The new designation provides permanent protection to 3.3 million acres of tropical habitats, which home more than 3,000 species of flora and fauna, including the most diverse primate populations in the western Amazon. This is a huge win for rainforest conservation, and we couldn't have done it without your support!
And right at the end of the year, we reached a milestone agreement to save North America's most endangered wildcats. Did you know predators need protection too?
The Sky Island Alliance teamed up with local ranchers to help protect Sonora's wildcats by creating a 34,000-acre wildlife corridor. A huge win for this incredible ecosystem!
We can't wait to see what you can accomplish in 2016!