Charities and Causes

On this page you will find details of charities and campaigning groups not directly related to humanism, but which cover ethical issues that many humanists consider to be important. Oxford Humanists do not necessarily endorse the organisations listed or have an official standpoint on the issues covered. However, as humanism is an ethical philosophy, we encourage members to look at the organisations and topics covered and to make up their own minds.

Local Oxford Charities

  • The Oxford Food Bank collects good quality fresh food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to local registered charities, thus preventing waste and providing good food to people in need.
  • Sobell House Hospice provides palliative and end-of-life care to the residents of Oxfordshire.
  • Helen & Douglas House  is an Oxford hospice that cares for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and support their families.

Ethical shopping

  • The Fairtrade Foundation is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
  • Friends of the Earth sell environmentally friendly household products and gifts.
  • Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s certification for humanely produced meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
  • Go Cruelty Free certifies cosmetics and household cleaning products that have not been tested on animals.

Humanitarian aid and fighting poverty

  • Oxfam provides emergency help to people in areas hit by conflict and natural disasters, and works to end world poverty.
  • VSO organises volunteers to work in development projects overseas.

Death and dying

  • Dignity in Dying campaigns for everyone to have what they consider to be a good death, including the option of an assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
  • The Society For Old Age Rational Suicide aims to change UK law so that very elderly, mentally competent individuals, who are suffering unbearably from various health problems, can receive a doctor’s assistance to die, if this is their persistent choice.

Ethical treatment of animals

  • The RSPCA rescues and rehomes abandoned and abused animals and campaigns on animal welfare issues.
  • Compassion in World Farming campaigns against cruelty to farm animals in rearing, transport and slaughter.

Other major campaigns

  • Amnesty International campaigns for human rights worldwide.
  • Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
  • Liberty is a campaigning organisation with 80 years of expertise. protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights for everyone. Find out more, or join and be heard.
  • World Wildlife Fund  (WWF UK)  – with the goal of  “people living in harmony with nature” are about respecting and valuing the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth’s resources fairly. As most of the threats to wildlife and habitats come from human pressures and increasing demand for food, fuel or water, they spend a lot of time working with communities,  politicians and businesses.

Making effective donations to charity

  • Givewell is an independent, non-profit organisation which analyses the effectiveness of many charities, particularly those focusing on global health.
  • Giving What We Can encourages people to give more money to charity, particularly those charities which have proved to be the most cost-effective.

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