After a weekend full of food, shopping and partying, the focus turns to charity. Americans will end their extravagant spending with Cyber Monday and get into the spirit of philanthropy on Giving Tuesday, which takes place on December 1 this year.
The day asks those who can afford it to donate their time and money to charities that aim to make a difference in the lives of those in need. From cancer organizations to animal rights groups, there are plenty of places to put your funding if you’re lucky enough to do so.
However, when it comes to handing over some of your hard-earned cash, it’s important to research where your money is actually going. It is essential to check the validity of each group to ensure that you are donating your money to organizations that confirm that your donation will actually help the people you want to help.
This is where charitywatch.org comes in. The website has a rating system for notable charities, including a list of the best to donate to. The ones they say are “top rated” fall somewhere between A+ and B+ on the grading scale.
To make your giving easier, we’ve summarized all of the foundations rated A+ by charitywatch.org in 2020. Some of the organizations below are offering matching donations for Giving Tuesday, so be sure to check out their individual websites, linked in each headline. . .
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s mission is to eliminate AIDS and HIV from an entire generation, which means no parent or child will suffer.
Animal Welfare Institute
Animal testing, humane slaughter, and saving endangered species are all mission points of the Animals Welfare Institute.
This global organization focuses on animal rights around the world, from their natural habitats to human habitations.
PetSmart Charities aims to bring pets into the homes of loved ones by providing adoption services and aiming to get homeless animals off the streets.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
This cancer research foundation wants to find a cure for multiple myeloma and offer advice to cancer patients.
Foundling of America
Not only does Child Find of America work to bring missing children home, it advocates for child safety and abduction prevention.
Prevent Child Abuse America (National Office)
Prevent Child Abuse America aims to provide safe and secure family structures and homes for all American children.
This group gives wealthy families the opportunity to sponsor poor families around the world. The goal is to “[foster] relationships of mutual respect, understanding and support that are culturally diverse, empowering and free from religious or other biases,” the website states.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation
One of America’s best-known foundations, the ACLU, campaigns for a variety of human rights issues like abortion, climate change, LGBT+ rights, and an end to racism.
Equal Justice Initiative
Perhaps more relevant than ever in 2020, the Equal Justice Initiative aims to end mass incarceration and racial inequality.
Police Survivor Concerns (COPS)
This charity provides community support to families who have lost loved ones to law enforcement in the line of duty. Children of deceased officers benefit from free counselling, while spouses and other relatives can participate in retreats.
Stephen Siller Tunnel at the Towers Foundation
Founded in memory of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died saving Americans from the 9/11 terrorist attack, Tunnel to Towers provides financial assistance to service members and firefighters who have made heroic sacrifices for America.
This organization preserves American lands for sustainability purposes and also promotes environmental conservation.
Environmental Defense Action Fund
This organization advocates for the election of American leaders who will benefit more from environmental changes regarding climate change, pollution and more.
Alliance of Water Guardians
This environmental charity fights for clean water that benefits communities around the world.
World Resources Institute
This global organization has roots in 60 countries and aims to “preserve our natural resources – the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being,” their website explains.
American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund not only wants to eliminate kidney disease, but also fights for comfortable treatment and post-operative life for kidney transplant recipients.
Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation
This organization wants to fund a cure for diabetes and uses funds to continue research into the disease.
Hearing Health Foundation
This health organization aims to eliminate hearing loss and tinnitus, among other hearing impairments that affect daily life, by supporting medical research.
The Hispanic Federation strives to provide support to the Hispanic populations of America in many ways, such as through immigration and support for education, health, and even environmental issues.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
This foundation aims to provide financial and educational assistance to Hispanic children with the goal of seeing them reach their full potential.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
This foundation works to end homelessness in the United States with a handful of goals, like providing housing and helping vulnerable populations.
Action Against Hunger-USA
This global organization works to end world hunger by treating malnourished populations around the world.
This organization raises funds to improve the lives of Africans in poor communities.
Hands and Hearts – Smart Response
Not only do All Hands and Hearts reach the sites of natural disasters as soon as devastation strikes, they work long after other immediate relief workers have left to help rebuild communities.
Catholic Relief Services
This religious charity focuses on offering needed help to people facing poverty and disasters.
The foundation known for Red Nose Day is a UK-based charity that aims to end poverty.
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Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
The Rotary Foundation supports more than 35,000 clubs around the world who advocate for peace, among many other global issues. Their website lists literacy, clean water, and the local economy as some of the causes they are dedicated to.
United Methodist Relief Committee (UMCOR)
The United Methodist Church’s philanthropy uses its funding for a wide variety of charitable endeavours, including disaster relief, scholarships, evangelistic work and more.
This reproductive rights charity announces that everyone, in the world, should have access to birth control methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and more.
National Council on Aging
This charity caters to the elderly by aiming to adopt healthier and more economically secure practices in the care of the elderly.
Fisherman’s House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation builds homes that military families can reside in while their military loved one is hospitalized. So far, they’ve saved military families about $500 million by offering free stays.
Semper Fi & America Fund
This organization provides resources to injured US service members and their families.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America (National Office)
This organization pairs adults and children in mentoring programs that aim to inspire confidence so that every child grows to “achieve their full potential.”
Anyone who wants to help a public school teacher in need can do so through Donors Choose. The website automatically reveals class lists of local teachers who need supplies to get through the school year.
America Stock Exchange
This organization aims to provide scholarships to students who need financial assistance for school. In its history, Scholarship America has given away $4.3 billion in scholarships.
There are many other foundations not listed here, including Planned Parenthood, Cancer Research Institute, Lupus Research Alliance, and many others that also deserve your funding. You can see the full list of top-rated charities from charitywatch.org here.