The holiday season is coming up and while we spend time shopping for ourselves and our loved ones, it is also a season of giving back to our fellow man. As a counter to Black Friday and now Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a day of charity and goodwill to people and causes in need of help. Thanks to the many advances in technology and software, fundraising and giving has never been easier!
But how do you know which charities are the right ones to give to on #GivingTuesday? There are thousands of organizations out there to give to and when you give your hard earned money to a cause, you want to know that it is being used effectively.
Here is a list of ten charities you should consider donating to on #GivingTuesday, according to the numbers and rankings from Charity Navigator and Charity Watch.
(Charities are listed in no specific order and cover many different causes)
Vowing to provide medical aid to civilians in third world countries and soldiers on any side of a conflict, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) is the most most followed charity on Charity Navigator. Holding a solid ranking of reliability, accountability, and transparency. DWB also holds an “A” rating on Charity Watch.
Working in over 60 countries all across the world, Doctors Without Borders is one of the leading providers of medical care during conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics, and other international emergencies.
So if you are concerned about the Ebola crisis in Africa or the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East/Europe, Doctors Without Borders is a charity to consider.
Sponsored by many big name celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, along with president Bill Clinton, Wounded Warrior Project is the leading name in aiding injured veterans in the United States.
WWP focuses on providing aid to veterans who need medical attention, bringing awareness to PTSD, and aiding soldiers in Combat Stress Recovery Programs (CSRP). WWP currently holds the most views of any charity on Charity Navigator by several tens of thousands of views.
If helping veterans is a route you want to take, WWP would be a decent option to go with this #GivingTuesday.
Fighting for women’s rights and free speech, and against war crimes, along with many other issues, Amnesty International of the USA holds a solid “A” rating with Charity Watch. You can rest assured knowing that your money is being spent wisely, with only $14 being spent to raise each $100 worth of donations and 77% of their budget going towards needed and beneficial projects, which is considerably low compared to other charities which are not as efficient.
Their current featured campaign focuses around bodily autonomy and marriage rights for women around the globe, from ceasing forced marriages to female genital mutilation. Amnesty International of the USA is perfect for donors looking to contribute to solving a multitude of issues around the globe.
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) dedicates itself to educating and advocating for safe sexual practices and sexual health initiatives, including fighting for contraception education and against the spread of STDs.
According to Charity Watch, ASHA runs a very cost effective fundraising effort, with only $3 spent to raise every $100 in donations and spends 81% of its budget on programs, earning itself an “A” rating. ASHA also holds a three out of four rating on Charity Navigator for accountability, transparency, and financials.
If matters of sexual health are of great importance to you, ASHA is the charity for you!
Creating jobs and providing opportunities for the young, the disabled, and those who have served time sets Goodwill apart as an effective community builder. Currently holding an “A” rating on Charity Watch, Goodwill spends only $8 for every $100 raised towards their programs, which make up 86% of their yearly budget. The company even holds a 92% rating for accountability on Charity Navigator.
Even if you don’t donate money to Goodwill, just like the Salvation Army, they accept other material goods to to help low-income people make ends meet and put people back to work.
Concerned about the health of the planet and the future of clean energy? Then the Acadia Center is the charity for you. They provide resources to build an energy-efficient and clean planet and push policy solutions that help bring about this goal.
Acadia Center currently holds stellar rankings on Charity Navigator with even a 100% accountability and transparency rating. 90.9% of their $1.9 million dollar budget goes towards key programs, earning its 99% rating for financials.
You can be sure your hard earned money will be put to good use for clean energy initiatives by Acadia Center.
The pink ribbon has become a common sight in America, thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and thanks to fantastic efforts on behalf of the organization and many others, it has come to the forefront of cancer research awareness. The awareness movement has even been given its own month.
BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the United States, holding an “A+” rating on Charity Watch and four out of four star ratings across the board from Charity Navigator. Their own site boasts over 9 million hours of research funded by their efforts, which is nothing to sneeze at. These kinds of results should be expected when 91.9% of all funds are put into programs and services focusing on eradicating breast cancer.
Consecutively rated for four out of four stars by Charity Navigator fourteen times and holding an “A” rating from Charity Watch, Compassion International is a fantastic choice for child sponsorship. With a massive $716 million budget, Compassion International dedicates 84% of its expenses towards programs geared towards lifting children out of poverty.
If you were looking for a reliable child sponsorship charity with a Christian persuasion, Compassion International is a wonderful choice to consider.
This isn’t the WWF your mother wouldn’t let you watch when you were a child. Instead this WWF, the World Wildlife Fund, wrestles with keeping the nature around us safe and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Keeping administrative costs down, WWF is able to dedicate 74% of their budget towards programs and 19% towards fundraising efforts, earning their overall three out of four rating on Charity Navigator. They especially stand out in their accountability and transparency efforts, earning themselves the full four stars.
If you wish to preserve nature this #GivingTuesday, WWF is certainly worth your consideration.
There are multitudes of charities to choose from this year to donate to this #GivingTuesday. Do you think another charity should’ve made this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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