I believe you are a good person. I think you care deeply about making the world better, perhaps in a few specific ways. Perhaps you haven’t figured out how you’ll do it yet, but I know you will.
Here’s the thing, though: you are probably not a billionaire or even a millionaire. Like so many of us, you may struggle to figure out how to make ends meet and support your dreams. How can you make the biggest possible difference with what you DO have to offer?
No matter what cause or issue you care about, there are plenty of nonprofit organizations working to address it. The question is, which ones are doing the best job? These are the ones to whom you should give your hard-earned money. You need a way to make smart giving decisions.
Here we are, wending our way through another Autumn. We may be admiring the colorful leaves, bundling up during cold mornings, or preparing for fun-filled holiday celebrations. This time of year brings another exciting milestone: the release of the 2022 Top-Rated Nonprofits.
GreatNonprofits is thrilled to congratulate all of the amazing charities who achieved top-rated status by being positively rated by their communities this year.
2022 Top-Rated Award Winner Highlights
2022 boasts the largest list on record, with more than 2500 nonprofit organizations.
Every state, plus Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are represented in the list.
The last time the federal government convened such a focused gathering on this issue was 1969, more than 50 years ago. Not a good look. Still, the last conference paved the way for critical programs like school lunches, SNAP, WIC, and important changes to food-labeling practices. We need new and better advancements like these more than ever to address the chronic health, hunger, and poverty issues we’re facing in this country.
According to the USDA, more than 34 million people are food insecure in the USA. This includes about 9 million children. There are people in every community in the country struggling with hunger.
Discover and support top-rated nonprofit organizations working to end hunger.
The toll of hunger and diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension is not distributed equally, of course. Underserved communities are disproportionately impacted, including communities of color, people living in rural areas, people with disabilities, older adults, LGBTQI+ people, military families, and military veterans. A major problem is lack of access to healthy food and healthy lifestyle resources, and this lack of access has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen an already horrific crisis.
I didn’t attend the White House Conference (I’m just a regular person, remember?) but here are my notes and major takeaways after reviewing reports from those who attended:
Hurricane Ian is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida. Since making landfall on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, it has devastated communities as it moved across the state with record-breaking winds, rains, and storm surges that left people trapped and in mortal danger. As we write this post the storm continues to rage, and we know all of you in the generous GreatNonprofits network are waiting anxiously for reports of damage, injury, and lives lost.
Fortunately, we can do more than sit idly as we follow the news reports; we can act now by supporting nonprofit organizations who are already working on the ground to help storm victims. By donating to organizations reviewed on GreatNonprofits, you can be confident your money is going directly to charities that help real people – because you can read community stories about their impact right here.
Below we’ve highlighted a few of the great nonprofits working right now to help victims of Hurricane Ian:
It’s December 22nd, and you’ve just spent a few hours digging through all your emails and files. The deadline to process charitable donations is coming up fast, and you still haven’t found all your receipts – sound familiar?
This year, we’re helping you get ahead of that end-of-the-year crunch.
GreatNonprofits helps you maximize your end-of-the-year tax benefits by keeping all your charitable giving in one place.
Giving USA reported that individual Americans donated more than ever in 2021 – more than $325B! As more people become donors, it is essential to understand how your contributions impact both the organization and your finances.
GreatNonprofits helps you maximize your end-of-the-year tax deductions by keeping all your charitable giving in one place. Our nonprofit marketplace makes it so easy to choose, give, and track donations to causes you care about, plus it’s a HUGE time saver.
We’ve pulled together a few guidelines to consider when making charitable donations.
Research and compare nonprofits before you give. So you’ve found some community organizations that center the values and causes important to you. It is critical to confirm the charitable status of the organizations you want to support and look into each organization’s reputation and quality. A nonprofit marketplace with consistent, unbiased reviews is a fast and easy way to find crucial external insight into charitable organizations.
Keep all necessary tax documentation available and accessible. To receive a tax deduction, you must prove that your donation was made to a legitimate nonprofit organization. Work with an organization that issues itemized tax receipts, and keep them readily available when you file your taxes and deductions. If you plan to make donations across multiple nonprofits, it is beneficial to work with a single entity that can consolidate all of your tax documentation needs.
Monitor your charitable donations in one place. Most philanthropists, large and small, make donations to multiple organizations. Therefore, it is wise to keep your contributions organized by using a nonprofit marketplace that can manage a wide range of charitable gifts. Using a platform such as GreatNonProfits, you can easily track and monitor your donation amounts, impact, and updates.
Whether you haven’t started making charitable, tax-deductible donations or want to make more, GreatNonprofits helps you find, compare, and contribute to top-rated organizations. It also assists you in monitoring your charitable contributions and organizing all of the critical documentation needed to monetize your benefits.
Explore how you can save hours searching for receipts and never miss a tax-deductible charitable contribution with consolidated giving through GreatNonprofits.
The US Supreme Court recently overturned the constitutional right to abortion, leaving the decision in the hands of each state. We understand that people feel strongly about the issue and have varying points of view. Nonetheless, women and families across the spectrum will likely need more assistance. Below we have compiled lists of top-rated nonprofits in a variety of categories that strive to support women and families in the midst of these changes.
Pride Month isn’t just for members of the LGBTQ+ community; it’s for everyone.
Each June, we focus on celebrating diversity in our communities. We recognize the progress made toward equality. However, as more and more governments are passing legislation that would harm members of the LGBTQ+ community – particularly LGBTQ+ youth – Pride Month is our chance to raise awareness and support organizations working to make the world a safer, kinder place.
LGBTQ+ Nonprofits can’t accomplish their mission alone.
This Pride Month, Great Nonprofits is highlighting Top-Rated LGBTQ+ Organizations that provide education, advocacy, activism, and life-saving support for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. We have gathered community reviews for thousands of nonprofit organizations so that you can donate with peace of mind, knowing your dollars go to help those most in need.
Please join us in celebrating and protecting the LGBTQ+ community.
The following are just a select four of the hundreds of LGBTQ+ nonprofits that have a proven track record of trustworthiness and success, so you can donate with confidence.
Any size donation contributes to making a big impact.
Free2Luv is transforming lives by empowering LGBTQ+ youth to embrace their individuality and practice self-love. With the theme “love is stronger than hate” as its foundation, Free2Luv encourages young people to embrace acceptance, reject bullying and hate, and create cultures of tolerance wherever they are.
The organization focuses on mental health and self-acceptance, bringing proven techniques to under-resourced youth nationwide. Free2Luv has partnered with celebrities and other high-profile changemakers to create social media campaigns and outreach events that impact millions of young people each year.
By empowering youth to live as their authentic selves and to love and accept one another, Free2Luv is changing the world, one young person at a time.
“What you are doing to promote awareness, kindness, and acceptance with your anti-bully campaign and Instagram account brings me to tears. It is so heartwarming when groups rally around children such as my son and his siblings. Keep up the great work.” -DownwithJake, Client Served
LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. The increased risk isn’t caused by their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather by the way these young people are treated by society. The rejection and hostility LGBTQ+ people face puts them at a greater risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations.
The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading suicide prevention and mental health support organization for LGBTQ+ youth. Those in crisis can reach a trained counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through text, online chat, or phone. It’s impossible to know how many lives The Trevor Project has saved, but counselors spoke with more than 150,000 young people in 2020 alone.
The Trevor Project is undoubtedly saving young LGBTQ+ lives. With so many LGBTQ+ youth under attack from local and state legislators, this organization gives young people a safe place to be themselves.
“It is like a dream come true. It is one thing to have a helpline, and that’s great in itself. But it’s even better to get that same support from kids like you that know what you’re going through. Trevor has changed my life.” -vocrocks, Client Served
Family Equality is building a world where everyone can experience the joy and unconditional love of family.
Legal protections for LGBTQ+ couples seeking to foster or adopt children have come a long way. But a dozen states still allow state-sponsored child welfare agencies to deny placement into homes with LGBTQ+ guardians because of their religious beliefs.
LGBTQ+ individuals and couples still face extreme hardships when it comes to building the family of their dreams. From surrogacy concerns to birth certificate challenges to the rights of families with transgender children, LGBTQ+ families do not have equal rights.
Family Equality is working to change that. The organization focuses on community building, education, advocacy, and policy change initiatives that would increase legal and lived equality for all American families.
“Today, we are extremely concerned that our son, who is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, will grow up in a country with fewer human rights than what we had previously fought so hard to achieve. But Family Equality gives us hope. It represents us in Washington, DC, and provides frequent opportunities for us to advocate for our human rights using online tools that are accessible. Family Equality empowers us to remember that we are part of a gloriously diverse community fighting together for a better future for our children.” -Jclanclotto, Client Served
Community is undeniably crucial to LGBTQ+ people. LGBTQ+ community centers across the world provide support, connection, and vital services and resources for their local LGBTQ+ members. CenterLink works to empower and support each local LGBTQ+ center, giving them the resources and opportunities they need to serve their communities better.
CenterLink addresses the concerns and challenges that many LGBTQ+ centers face. By connecting these centers with one another, the organization helps each individual community center thrive.
The organization provides one-on-one and group training, webinars, annual Leadership Summits, an Executive Director Boot Camp, and phone and online support. CenterLink also focuses on advocacy and activism, working to change policies that impact LGBTQ+ people and the community centers they rely on for support and connection.
“I utilize CenterLink often to help connect with other LGBTQ Centers to learn about their programs and services, gain new insight into best and emerging practices, and provide other Centers with the knowledge I have gained over the years. CenterLink is a vital resource for our community!” -Jarcher12, Professional with Experience in this Field
Gun violence in the United States has continued to escalate, with the number of mass shootings already at 213 this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The nation watched in horror as one of the deadliest school shootings in history unfolded and people are yet again left wondering if there is some way they can help to stop these tragedies.
In light of the most recent horrific shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas which killed 19 students and 2 adults, we have compiled a list of nonprofits working to solve this problem as a resource for people who want to contribute in a meaningful way.
Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. They focus on reform in four main areas: background checks, domestic violence, preventable deaths, and gun trafficking.
The Brady Campaign strives to “create a safer America for all of us that will lead to a dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries.” They are aiming to cut the number of U.S. gun deaths in half by 2025 by focusing on background checks, stopping ‘Bad Apple’ gun dealers, and voicing the dangers of keeping guns in the home. The organization’s name honors former White House Press Secretary Jim Brady, who was shot and seriously injured during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, residents of Newtown, Connecticut founded the Newtown Action Alliance. They are “dedicated to reversing the escalating gun violence epidemic in this nation through the introduction of smarter, safer gun laws and broader cultural change.”
Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Promise’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals.
We have also created a Giving Fund for donors to easily contribute to several top organizations in this space. With a giving fund, you can make one donation to help multiple organizations all working on a vital single issue. We vet each nonprofit included in the fund and then evenly split your donation among the fund’s organizations.
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death. Nearly 18 million people around the globe die of heart-related illnesses each year, including heart attack and stroke. And in America, heart disease ranks as the No. 1 cause of death.
In an effort to educate people about heart health and reduce the number of cardiovascular deaths, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the first proclamation in 1964 to recognize the dangers of heart disease. Each year in February, American Heart Month focuses attention on issues like heart health, prevention, healthy diets, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to medical care.
As we celebrate Black History Month, we are focusing on Black-led organizations who are working to close the equality gap. The origins of Black History Month unofficially began as early as 1915, though the month did not take on an official observance until 1976 when President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Since then, each February has been a month dedicated to the contributions and achievements of African Americans in U.S. history. These Top-Rated Nonprofits focus on impacting communities of color, working to create equal opportunities for all citizens.
‘Tis the season for charitable giving! Which also means tax season is right around the corner. And with that in mind, we’re here to help you make the most of your charitable donations and claim those donations on your taxes.
The holidays are here! While you’re probably familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s one holiday that gives back: Giving Tuesday. What is Giving Tuesday? And how can donors make an impact this holiday season?
On November 11, 1918, fighting ceased on battlefields in western Europe. More than 110,000 Americans lost their lives in the conflict. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 “Armistice Day,” a day to reflect on the war, honor those who served and remember those lost in battle. After the unconscionable losses sustained in World War II – nearly 420,000 Americans alone – President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day,” a national holiday to be observed on November 11 every year.
It’s all too common in schools: being taunted, teased, and even physically abused by peers. An estimated one in five kids will experience bullying before they graduate high school. The internet and easy access to social media have added a new layer to this issue. Parents, teachers, and lawmakers are all working to raise awareness about bullying and make our schools a safer place.
On World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2021, the world will be a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, people are experiencing a heightened sense of fear, anxiety, and isolation. As new variants of the illness create unknown risks, many are weary and disillusioned.
This year, more than 333,000 Americans will receive a life-changing diagnosis: they have breast cancer. Nearly 45,000 of them will not survive. But there is hope. Those who are diagnosed early – when cancer is in its early stages and localized – have a 99% survival rate.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. By the year 2050, an estimated 16 million Americans could be living with this devastating and most common form of dementia. We recognize World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 to raise awareness and continue the search for a cure.
The purpose of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is twofold.
First, to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS infection rates among adults aged 50 and older. In 2018, nearly 17% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were in adults over 50. On this holiday, organizations hope to bring attention to this issue, telling older adults that HIV can infect people of any age, at any stage of their lives.