From young entrepreneurs setting up lemonade stands to people like 11-year-old Olivia Bouler in Islip, New York -- who saw reports about oiled pelicans and began selling her original paintings of birds to help support the Audubon Society -- the first place to look for opportunities to contribute are right in your own backyard. Beyond community efforts, there are a few companies who are donating proceeds of purchases to help Gulf wildlife, and it's relatively easy to support these companies in their endeavors.
- Have an iPhone or iPod touch? Download the "WhosHere" application and 75 percent of your purchase goes to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill fund. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins has also gotten involved and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of her song "The Land, The Sea and The Sky" to Waterkeeper Alliance, an advocacy group that helps to the world's waterways from pollution.
- Are you addicted to Facebook games? CrowdStar, the maker of popular games like Zoo Paradise, has teamed up with the NWF to help raise money for wildlife. When you purchase special edition items in any CrowdStar game, the company will donate the proceeds to the NWF.