12/28/2011 04:51 pm ET | Updated Mar 21, 2012

Top Causes To Watch In 2012 (SLIDESHOW)

As we reflect on a year of climbing poverty rates, homelessness and other crises near and far, we recognize those whose good works have helped others and look to 2012 for their increasing reach.

The charities below have worked tirelessly in 2011 to fight everything from hunger to polio, and will undoubtedly be called on in increasing ways during the coming year.

Check out the causes to watch in 2012 and see what you can do to make a difference.



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