Americans love to give back, and they especially love giving back to the people in their own communities—a quality that makes donating in the US so great! That said, it can be difficult to figure out which charities are really helping make a difference in people’s lives. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this list of the top charities to donate to in the US!
The Humane Society is one of America’s top animal welfare organizations. The organization rescues dogs, cats, horses, and other animals from abuse, neglect, and danger, as well as carrying out educational initiatives on how to prevent animal cruelty. It operates local pet shelters all over America and also owns a dog-training facility. If you have some spare cash that you’d like to donate to charity — or would just like to help animals — choosing The Humane Society for your donation makes for an excellent choice.
Doctors Without Borders
This charity provides medical care and aid to people living in some of the most dangerous and resource-deprived areas on Earth. Doctors Without Borders offers safe, reliable medical care for victims affected by armed conflict, epidemics, or natural disasters—and it’s completely free for those who receive its services. This charity was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors. Today, it has 24 branches with operations around the world.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a multi-billion dollar charitable organization that supports research, education, and advocacy. According to their site, they’ve funded over $5.3 billion in cancer research since 1941—and 100% of all donations go toward their cause.
Teach for America
The motto at Teach for America is What’s needed where you are. That is, by sending your donations to TFA, you can ensure they go straight into hiring more teachers and increasing education opportunities for students. TFA specifically targets areas with high rates of poverty and poor educational outcomes—and if you donate money here, it will have a direct impact on education. According to Charity Navigator, Teach for America has an overall rating of four out of four stars.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides food, shelter, and medical assistance to people affected by disasters and works with communities across America to prepare for emergencies. Because it’s a non-governmental organization, donations are used more directly than those made elsewhere.
Locks of Love
A non-profit organization, Locks of Love donates hairpieces free of charge to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They also provide an opportunity for these families to help others by volunteering their time, services and resources. Locks of Love’s goal is to ease a child’s sense of isolation by returning their sense of self through their natural appearance. Learn more about donating your hair here .
World Wildlife Fund
With a goal of protecting endangered species and their ecosystems, WWF works toward preserving Earth’s delicate natural balance through conservation projects around the world. The non-profit organization is also involved in global policymaking, setting aside millions of acres for conservation and establishing protected areas across all seven continents. There are currently more than 1 billion hectares conserved by WWF. Its staff includes researchers, scientists, economists, engineers and policy experts who work at its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland as well as field offices around the world.
The United Nations Children’s Fund provides relief and support for children who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters and disease. On top of its disaster relief operations—which make up more than half its activities—UNICEF also works with local communities to promote child health and development. UNICEF is one of only three nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working across every country on earth. The others are World Vision International and Save The Children Federation.
Giving What We Can is a charitable movement which asks people to pledge to give at least 10% of their income to whichever organisations can most effectively use it to improve lives. The founder, Dr. Toby Ord, encourages individuals and organizations that are able, to increase these donations as much as they feel is appropriate. Giving What We Can was founded by Toby Ord in 2009.
As you might expect, opinions on which charities are worthy of your donations vary widely. That said, there are some not-for-profit groups that just about everyone can agree on as being worthy causes. Here’s a list of 10 incredible organizations that would love your support.