20 Unique Organizations You Didn’t Know About

11Knights of Pythias

The first fraternal organization to be chartered by an act of US Congress was the Knights of Pythias, a still-active secret society with the motto "Friendship, Charity, Benevolence." Notable Knights include Franklin D. Roosevelt and Louis Armstrong.


There is an organization of US military veterans called VETPAW that's helping anti-poaching efforts in African wildlife parks. They train park rangers for free and help them track, identify and arrest poachers using tactics they learned while deployed.

13Phoebus Cartel

The Phoebus Cartel was a secret organization which intentionally shortened the lifespan of light bulbs to force consumers to buy bulbs more often.

14Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope is an organization that finds and restores violins owned by Jews during the Holocaust. They are used for performances around the world to " make their voices heard."

15Second chance adoptions

There is an adoption organization that looks to re-home adopted children who are being put up for adoption, again. These are called “second chance adoptions” and are “designed to help children find the best family for their needs.”

16American Institute

The American Institute in Taiwan is a quasi-consular organization that exists because the China requires countries with diplomatic relations with them to not recognize Taiwan. The American ambassadors that are assigned there become “Chairmen” of the institute and are not recognized by the Foreign Service.

17Free Little Library organization

The Free Little Library organization encompasses over 80,000 locations in 91 countries. This service allows any individual or organization to set up a public book sharing station where community members can freely give or take books.

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18Some Dogs Are Angels

An organization called 'Some Dogs Are Angels' led by Mark Starner and his family, active mainly in North America, rescued 65 specific dogs which they call "avatars", believing that they are angels in animal form. Mark believes himself to be a "messenger for beings of light."

19Indian Ambulance Corps

An organization called the Indian Ambulance Corps that was formed by Gandhi acted as stretcher-bearers during the Second Boer War in South Africa.

20Lei of Aloha

Lei of Aloha is an organization that sends a mile-long lei as a memorandum of Aloha for those affected by tragic events. They delivered a lei to Paris, Orlando, and Las Vegas after their shooting. For Las Vegas, they sent a lei 2 miles long.


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