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Top-Rated Women’s Rights Nonprofits

Top-Rated Women's Rights Nonprofits

Women’s March 2018 – USA Today

If you couldn’t attend the Women’s March this weekend, you can still show your support for the women’s rights movement. Here are some top-rated women’s nonprofits that you can donate to: (more…)

Top-Rated Civil Rights Nonprofits

by Lawrence Sanfilippo

Civil Rights Nonprofits

It’s been more than 60 years since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and nearly 50 years since Martin Luther King’s assassination and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Since then, countless activists worked tirelessly to bring about an end to racial segregation and discrimination. But closing in on five decades after the close of the Civil Rights Movement, where exactly are we? (more…)

This Season of Giving — Give to Express What You Stand For

This giving season, perhaps more than ever, you can make a tremendous difference by supporting causes you care about. Many of the things that we value dearly are under threat. But you can do something about it. You can do good and feel good, and join the millions of Americans who donate to show that they care about our society.

Protecting Our Parks

President Trump plans to open our public lands to oil and gas development. Already on the chopping block are Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase Escalante Monument, which stand to lose a combined 2 million acres.  (more…)

4 Simple Ways to Thank Your Donors

4 Simple Ways to Thank Your Donors

Thanking donors is important — not only as common courtesy, but also to foster a long-term relationship. 

Donors who feel connected to your cause and nonprofit are likely to show you greater support — be it in the form of financial donations, volunteering their time, or even acting as ambassadors and spokespersons for your nonprofit.

Here are some simple and meaningful ways that you can thank your donors:

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Top 8 Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix

Volunteer opportunities Phoenix

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Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Phoenix? Here are several nonprofits, rated highly by people who have already volunteered or interned there. We’ve listed nonprofits supporting all types of causes in the Phoenix area that have at least four out of five stars on GreatNonprofits and at least 10 reviews, so you know your experience and your impact will be good! (more…)

Top 9 Volunteer Opportunities in Houston

Volunteer opportunities Houston

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Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Houston? Here are several nonprofits, rated highly by people who have already volunteered or interned there. We’ve listed nonprofits supporting all types of causes in the Houston area that have at least four out of five stars on GreatNonprofits and at least 10 reviews, so you know your experience and your impact will be good! (more…)

Top 7 Volunteer Opportunities in Seattle

volunteer opportunities Seattle

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Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Seattle? Here are several nonprofits, rated highly by people who have already volunteered or interned there. We’ve listed nonprofits supporting all types of causes in the Seattle area that have at least four out of five stars on GreatNonprofits and at least 10 reviews, so you know your experience and your impact will be good! (more…)

5 Top-Rated Food Charities to Give to this Holiday Season

By Charlotte Dauphne Maples

Gift of food, food charities to give to

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The holiday season is around the corner, and many children will have more than toys on their minds. The sad reality is that an empty stomach is a near-constant distraction—or worse—for many children and their families. Please consider donating to one of these worthy food charities that fight hunger year-round and bring comfort in the form of warm, nourishing meals to all those in need. (more…)

Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in Chicago

Volunteer opportunities Chicago

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Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Chicago? Here are several nonprofits, rated highly by people who have already volunteered or interned there. We’ve listed nonprofits supporting all types of causes in the Chicago area that have at least four out of five stars on GreatNonprofits and at least 10 reviews, so you know your experience and your impact will be good! (more…)

Which are the Top Nonprofits to Donate to in 2017?

GreatNonprofits Publishes 2017 Top-Rated Charities and Nonprofits List

It’s that time of year again – for many, it means shorter days, warmer clothes and cozy dinners.  As you wind down, you could be reflecting, feeling thankful, and wanting to give back.  Here at GreatNonprofits, we publish our annual Top-Rated Charities and NonProfits List every November.  With the power of crowd-sourced ratings and reviews, the community served recognizes nonprofits for their work. (more…)

Seven Gifts That Keep on Giving This Holiday Season

by Andy Talajkowksi

Seven Gifts That Keep on Giving This Holiday Season

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‘Tis the season to give, not only to your family and friends, but also to the causes you care most about. Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, and you can continue the spirit of generosity by turning your holiday shopping into a fun opportunity to surprise your loved ones with a charitable present. Here are seven gifts for the different people in your life that will make everyone less of a Scrooge: (more…)

Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in New York City

Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in New York City

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Are you looking for a place to volunteer in New York City? Here are several nonprofits rated very highly by people who have already volunteered or interned in New York City. We’ve listed nonprofits supporting all types of causes in the New York City area. Nonprofits featured have at least four out of five star ratings on GreatNonprofits and at least 10 reviews, so you know your experience and your impact will be good!

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Six Nonprofits to Support During National Native American Heritage Month

By Andy Talajkowski

A Navaho tribesman takes a break after finishing a intertribal dance during a Native American Heritage Month Pow Wow Nov 30, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The intertribal dance is a way of starting the Pow Wow. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hughes)

As we enter into November, which has been declared National Native American Heritage Month, we need to think about how we choose to view our history and make progress in honoring underrepresented groups in our community.

Here are six Native American nonprofits you can support this giving season: (more…)

The LGBTQ Rights Movement is Far From Over

by Andy Talajkowski

LGBTQ Rights Movement

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Legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States have been threatened both on a state and federal level in recent months. “Religious freedom” laws, bathroom bills, and attempts to bar transgender servicemen from the military show how far the LGBTQ rights movement still has to go. October is LGBT History Month, and in honor of the progress made by equal rights pioneers in the past, here are four causes to be conscious of: (more…)

Join Generous Donors To Give To Wildfire Victims in North California

As fire crews fight to contain the cluster of wildfires ravaging Northern California, join other donors in supporting the following nonprofits and charities involved in providing relief:

 

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Santa Rosa, CA)

“I really enjoy volunteering at the food bank. I assist in packing boxes of food for elderly people. The teams I work with are enthusiastic. The recipients are so appreciative. I am glad to help in the REFB’s effort of feeding 78,000 a month.” – jmlb

Donate to Redwood Empire Food Bank

 

San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (San Francisco, CA)

“I’ve interacted with several folks from and at the SF SPCA, and have been very impressed with the way they see their mission and their role in the community. From adoption services, to the hospital, to their call center, it’s clear they have a broad view of their objectives and know how to get things done.” – mjacksonw

Donate to SF SPCA

 

American National Red Cross (Washington, DC)

“24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are out responding to disasters, and are often greeted with – ‘I didn’t know the Red Cross does this’. We are there, despite everything.” – oshma

Donate to American National Red Cross

 

Humane Society Silicon Valley (Milpitas, CA)

“I became involved with HSSV as a donor a few years back. My husband and I were favorably impressed with the staff and management and their dedication to improving the lives of the animals they serve.” – willow1

Donate to Humane Society Silicon Valley

 

Direct Relief (Santa Barbara, CA)

“One of the most responsive and trustworthy charities I have worked with.” – Mikedanese

Donate to Direct Relief

 

Along with the five we have listed, many other nonprofits are assisting not only with immediate disaster aid but also with long-term relief and community rebuilding efforts. See more at GreatNonprofits and help them continue the important and lifesaving work that they do.

 

 

10 Children’s Charities That Need Your Help

by Charlotte Dauphne Maples

Children's charities

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Children are the most vulnerable members of our society and therefore most in need of our support. We are part of a larger family – a community, a nation, the whole world. An African proverb says it best – It takes a village to raise a child!

Here are 10 nonprofit organizations and charities that specifically help children, teens, and their families: (more…)

How to Respond to (Another) Most Deadly Mass Shooting

By Andy Talajkowski

On Sunday, 58 people were killed and 500 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. The worst mass shooting before that night was the Orlando Pulse massacre in 2016. Before that, the tragedy on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007. Of the 10 most deadly mass shootings ever in America, six have happened within the past 10 years.

Here is what you can do to take action on gun control.

 

Step 1: Help the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

Thanks to an overwhelming response from local areas, the American Red Cross has received the amount of blood donations they needed and are no longer calling for more. There is still a GoFundMe page set up to donate to the victims and their families – you can give money here.

 

Step 2: Take Action on Gun Legislation

Many nonprofits are dedicated to decreasing gun violence and promoting safer arms policies in the United States. Here are five charities you can contribute to:

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has worked for over 40 years to create and pass legislation to end gun violence. One of their biggest accomplishments has been helping form the Gun Violence Restraining Order law, which “allows law enforcement and family members to temporarily remove firearms from a loved one in crisis,” and has been passed in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence is the sister organization of the CSGV, whose goal is use conclusions from research into gun violence to make legislation that keeps communities safe.

Newtown Action Alliance

The community of Newtown, Connecticut founded the Newtown Action Alliance in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. Their all volunteer grassroots organization promotes safer gun laws and education on gun violence, and helps connect victims of shootings.

Americans for Responsible Solutions

Americans for Responsible Solutions was founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, after an assassination attempt in 2011 resulted in severe injuries to Giffords and the deaths of six other people. The nonprofit urges elected officials to take action on gun control.

Violence Policy Center

Gun legislation cannot be passed without research on the effects of gun violence, and the Violence Policy Center provides that crucial information that helps the United States move forward with smarter and safer laws.

 

Step 3: Talk to Your Senators and Representatives about Gun Control.

At the end of the day, the only people who can make national legislative change to gun control are the people in Washington D.C. This isn’t a reason to lose hope – Congress actually banned assault weapons, which are often used in mass shootings, back in 1994. Although the legislation was not renewed in 2004, it shows that it is possible to enact national legislation to prevent gun violence. Refuse to remain quiet as a constituent – find your congresspeople here.

DACA: You Need To Take Action Now!

by Andy Talajkowski

DACA

President Trump announced his plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program earlier this month. Under the program, people brought to the United States illegally as children were given protections from deportation, and were able to get work permits. Now the future of 800,000 DACA recipients hangs in the balance as Trump has given a six-month delay before he begins to dismantle the program. Congress and the American people have until March to take action to protect DREAMers. Here is what you can do to stop the deportation of DACA recipients:

1. Contact your representatives

Trump called upon Congress to come up with a replacement to DACA, which means they can determine the fate of DREAMers. You can find your representative here and send an email or letter, or call their offices. You can also use ResistBot to send a message to your representative via text – just text RESIST to 50409 and follow their instructions. Hold your congressperson accountable for representing your thoughts and feelings as their constituent.

2. Support businesses that are renewing DACA applications

For DACA recipients whose applications will expire in March of 2018, renewal applications need to be completed by October 5. The fee for a renewal is $495. Many law offices and companies are offering to help with completing renewal applications and also covering the fee – if you know of a local business that is providing assistance, share their address and information. Fundraising pages by Scholarships A-Z and Fuerza Colectiva have also been set up. You can find an online checklist for DACA renewal from the Immigration Legal Resource Center here.

3. Help immigration nonprofits

These organizations are assisting DACA recipients and now more than ever need more members, volunteers, and donors. Find what you can do to help.

The National Immigration Law Center

United We Dream

Immigrant Defense Project

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Border Angels

National Immigration Forum

4. Know the rights of DREAMers

If you want to use social media to spread the word and share your own thoughts and experiences, make sure to link resources to your posts. Organizations like United We Dream, a nonprofit aiding immigrant youth, have guides that let DREAMers know their rights when interacting with ICE and provide next steps for what DREAMers can do after the recent announcement. Share the Deportation Defense Card created by United We Dream here.

5. Stay informed

While DACA may be ending, the federal government still has time to make new protections for DACA recipients. Follow the organizations listed above and your congresspeople on social media to stay up-to-date. Checking continually with what action is being taken in Washington will lead you to the next steps for protecting DREAMers.

Join Generous Donors To Give To Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

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Over 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico are facing power outages, disruptions in communication services and food and water shortages. Join other donors in supporting the following nonprofits and charities involved in providing relief.

 

GlobalGivingGlobal Giving

“…what impressed me was that follow up on the project I had donated to with reports regularly even after several years.” – ajitbhimesh

Donate to GlobalGiving

 

 

Save the Children

Save the Children

…They really make a difference. And I love that US kids are being helped as well as children around the world. I sponsor 2 kids, and give to every emergency.” – DCGal

Donate to Save the Children

 

Sierra Club Foundation

Sierra Club Foundation

“I am from a lumber company-owned town, so you can imagine how I felt about the Sierra Club! My opinions have changed over the years, as I have learned more about non-profit conservation organizations. I believe that the Sierra Club is on the right path towards giving our grandchildren a country they can be proud of.” – jill4

Donate to Sierra Club Foundation

 

Americares

Americares

“I have been volunteering at AmeriCares since 2008…During my tenure, I have seen AmeriCares quickly respond to emergencies in Japan, Haiti and Liberia (to name a few) with medicines, assistance and supplies…The compassion demonstrated and the intelligence used to distribute resources continues to impress me.” – DianeBosek

Donate to Americares

 

The Humane Society of Puerto Rico

The Humane Society of Puerto Rico

“The Humane Society is making a difference in Puerto Rico. They have a very good program of sterilization, foster homes, education, vaccination in all parts of the island. They also have a good group of trained volunteers to help be more effective. They definitely are the best in PR and are making a difference.” – livingrg

Donate to The Humane Society of Puerto Rico

 

 

Along with the five we have listed, many other nonprofits are assisting not only with immediate disaster aid but also with long-term relief and community rebuilding efforts. See more at GreatNonprofits and help them continue the important and lifesaving work that they do.