During the holiday season, a lot of people like to give back to causes that are important to them, but not all charitable organisations are created equally. It’s important to know how successful a charity is and how much of an impact they are having.
If you want to make an educated decision about where your money can best be put to work this year (especially since Giving Tuesday is right around the corner), this list may help.
Read on for the top 50 charities and how much they donated in 2017.
Unbound donated $US124,875,424.
Unbound works to end poverty by offering people the chance to sponsor children, young adults, and elderly people to help provide them with a better quality of life, as well as food, health care, and education.
The National Park Foundation donated $US129,454,071.
The National Park Foundation is the organisation that provides funding to the United States’ national parks.
The National Resources Defence Council donated $US133,435,489.
The National Resources Defence Council works to protect and restore national resources, as well as endangered areas in nature.
First Book donated $US135,122,816.
First Book helps children receive access to education and books and donates books to schools with students that come from low-income families.
The National Council of YMCAs of the USA donated $US136,856,789.
The National Council of YMCAs is the national office that provides resources to YMCAs across the country, serving more than 21 million people every year.
City Year donated $US140,016,984.
City Year works with public schools to help students stay in school and eventually graduate.
Partners in Health donated $US145,464,654.
Partners in Health provides access to medical care to people in need, working with the world’s leading institutions.
Convoy of Hope donated $US147,070,714.
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organisation that works to end world hunger through children’s feeding programs.
CitiHope Relief & Development donated $US148,169,686.
CitiHope Relief & Development provides health care to underserved rural communities.
Conservation International donated $US149,806,220.
Conservation International works on four different continents to help communities find ways to live sustainably.
The Environmental Defence Fund donated $US154,449,683.
The Environmental Defence Fund works to protect the environment and wildlife including the oceans and other natural systems.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America donated $US155,230,213.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides after-school programs to children to help them reach their potential.
The Christian Blind Mission International donated $US158,563,714.
The Christian Blind Mission International is an organisation that helps people dealing with disabilities worldwide.
Pathfinder International donated $US166,643,317.
Pathfinder International works to improve reproductive health, aiming to end AIDS and HIV as well as provide education and access to contraceptive care and safe abortions.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation donated $US181,669,096.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation helps improve neighbourhoods and communities that are at risk.
UNCF donated $US183,825,097.
UNCF, or the United Negro College Fund, provides scholarships to African American students as well as access to education and technology.
The Patient’s Advocate Foundation donated $US186,165,629.
The Patient’s Advocate Foundation helps to remove financial and legal obstacles between patients and health care providers.
Brother’s Brother Foundation donated $US193,168,782.
The Brother’s Brother Foundation works to help provide health care, education, and opportunities to people all over the world by working with local agencies.
ORBIS International donated $US211,942,750.
ORBIS works to eliminate blindness while partnering with organisations and hospitals to provide care and treatment to people suffering with their eyesight.
Delivering Good donated $US217,120,707.
Delivering Good works with retailers, merchandisers, and people to provide new goods for at-risk children and families.
The Conservation Fund donated $US217,822,398.
The Conservation Fund works to protect all kinds of landscapes in America, including forests, deserts, and waterways.
Matthew 25 Ministries donated $US221,423,619.
Matthew 25 Ministries offers aid and disaster relief worldwide, regardless of religion.
The Clinton Foundation donated $US227,328,658.
The Clinton Foundation works to provide opportunities to women and girls, as well as focusing on climate change and health and wellness.
The United States Olympic Committee donated $US257,530,595.
This committee is the national committee for United States Olympic athletes as well as the Paralympics. It came under investigation in 2018 by several members of the United States Senate after Larry Nassar, who worked as a team doctor for the USA gymnastics women’s team, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on sexual-assault charges.
The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation donated $US259,889,255.
The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation collects financial and toy donations to help provide Christmas gifts to children in need.
The Wildlife Conservation Society donated $US265,855,513.
The Wildlife Conservation Society works to save wildlife and environments all over the world, including parks like the Bronx Zoo and the Central Park Zoo.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International donated $US283,724,333.
The Rotary Foundation exists on donations of Rotary members and partners with organisation for humanitarian efforts worldwide.
The American Kidney Fund donated $US294,646,082.
The American Kidney Fund is the nation’s leading source of aid to kidney patients who are going through dialysis due to kidney failure.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation donated $US302,313,179.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works to preserve and protect wildlife across the country and donates to conservation.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee donated $US306,561,117.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee works to help Jews who are in distress or danger worldwide, as well as helping the citizens of Israel.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America donated $US317,843,167
Planned Parenthood provides care and education to women in need across more than 600 locations in the United States.
Boys Town donated $US325,615,341
Boys Town helps at-risk children who are homeless, living in poverty, or who are part of a family in crisis by providing services like foster care, counseling, and other resources.
The Carter Center donated $US326,263,284.
The Carter Center, which was founded by former president Jimmy Carter, works with Emory University to fight for human rights and ending human suffering.
Young Life donated $US327,920,020
Young Life is a Christian organisation that aims to build friendships and create communities with preteens and teenagers.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation donated $US357,537,666
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, funding research about the disease and helping those who suffer by giving them access to high-quality care.
Good360 donated $US357,537,666.
Good360 works with “socially responsible companies” to find and donate goods that are needed through different nonprofit organisations.
Doctors Without Borders donated $US363,500,851.
Doctors Without Borders works internationally, sending medical professionals to respond to disasters as well as offer long term care solutions to countries in need.
The Catholic Medical Mission Board donated $US382,548,053.
CMMB helps bring healthcare to women and children in need, including volunteer workers, medicine, and medical supplies.
Feed The Children donated $US426,200,732.
Feed The Children aims to end childhood hunger while providing food security and education to families to help them become self-sufficient.
MAP International donated $US518,573,396.
MAP (Medical Assistance Programs) is a Christian-based organisation that provides money and resources to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.
Samaritan’s Purse donated $US569,298,741.
Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organisation that helps victims of poverty, disaster, war, and famine worldwide, and are the charity behind Operation Christmas Child, where people can donate shoe boxes filled with things children whose families are struggling need and want during the holiday season.
The International Rescue Committee donated $US726,228,064.
The International Rescue Committee helps refugees and people who have been affected by crisis with healthcare, food, money, and education opportunities for children.
The American Heart Association donated $US829,311,681
The American Heart Association has spent almost 100 years fighting heart disease and stroke.
Shriners Hospital For Children donated $US853,427,549.
Shriners Hospital provides specialised care to children in a family oriented environment and funds research and education for medical professionals.
Catholic Relief Services donated $US970,585,318.
Headquartered in Baltimore, Catholic Relief Services responds to emergencies nationwide, as well as providing aid to communities that are struggling regardless of religion.
Direct Relief donated $US1,008,907,873.
Direct Relief provides financial assistance to people all over the world who are affected by poverty, disasters, or emergencies, regardless of their ability to pay for the services they need.
The Smithsonian Institution donated $US1,307,694,171.
The Smithsonian Institution works to preserve history and encourage education, which includes running the museums in Washington, DC.
City of Hope donated $US1,328,047,554.
City of Hope was founded in 1913 and is a treatment and research center for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses based in California.
Americares donated $US1,927,303,882
Americares helps provide health to people in 164 countries who are affected by poverty or disaster.
Feeding America donated $US2,684,820,721.
Feeding America is a national network of more than 200 food banks that help provide food through food pantries and other programs, as well as providing support to programs that help create food security for people in need.
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