Please know that by you choosing in a different way, you asking questions, you not compromising who you be, you ARE making a difference. And there are so many ways to also do something. Personally, volunteering at your favorite organization can be a lot of fun. What if you being different influences the whole organization? You can of course also give money. There are a lot of local organizations that often struggle, but make a big difference in the community. Can you give them a monthly contribution?
There are also of course nationwide and international organizations that make a difference. My favorite on shelters is http://bestfriends.org/
This organization focusses on the protection of wolves, but also other wildlife in the US http://www.defenders.org/
If you love African Wildlife, Saving Wild is a great place to donate. And also in this blog, you will find other organizations you can donate to!
Happy Making A Difference Time!