Top Charities For Donations

By Nicholas Christensen
Last Updated: May 25, 2019

Looking to share the wealth? We’ve got you covered!

Whether you want to uplift the lives of people living in rural African villages or help prevent the spread of malaria, we’ve got just the charity for you. A small donation can help cure diseases or even ensure the continuity of a whole ecosystem; imagine how much more you can help with your lottery winnings!

Browse our list of some of the best charities you can donate to. Click on the links provided for contact information and other details.

Village Enterprise

Where donations go: rural African villages

The Village Enterprise is a non-profit organization which aims to end extreme poverty in the rural villages of Africa using a very straightforward process. They identify individuals living below $1.90 a day (among other criteria) and train them in the fields of business and finance; provide grants to jumpstart their business; guide them to an industry most fitting of their skill setl; and form business groups for savings and loans.

Against Malaria Foundation

Where donations go: Malaria-stricken individuals

Every year, millions of people fall victim to Malaria, a disease carried by a certain type of mosquitoes, which can ultimately lead to anemia, hypoglycemia, and death. What’s worse is that 70% of those affected are children under the age of 5. Against Malaria Foundation helps prevent the spread of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa by giving long-lasting insecticidal nets to the most affected areas. One net costs only $2 and 100% of donations made in their name are used to purchase nets, so even a small amount will matter.

Development Media International

Where donations go: media campaigns for healthier behaviors

Development Media International runs a mass media campaign involving radio, TV, and mobile to help developing countries become more informed and develop healthier behaviors. For example, simple hygienic practices like handwashing can save millions of lives. Their three-pronged approach effectively reaches more people thanks to frequent campaigns, evidence-based, randomized controlled trials and—perhaps, most important of all—stories that integrate the people’s values, motivations, and concerns. They have tackled maternity and child health, family planning, early child development, and tuberculosis across several countries.

Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

Where donations go: schistosomiasis-stricken individuals

Another parasitic infection that affects millions, schistosomiasis is a disease caused by flatworms and can affect the urinary tract and intestines. Imperial College London created the initiative to help treat children and adults across sub-Saharan Africa in the hopes to completely eradicate the disease. They provide medicine to those affected and also conduct the necessary research to widen their reach.


Where donations go: low cost medical devices

D-Rev aims to provide quality medical technologies to under-served populations. They identify what is needed then design, manufacture, and distribute products to meet demands; deliver to intended users; and scale accordingly for a broader reach. To date, they have provided mobility devices like the ReMotion Knee built for amputees, and a Brilliance, a phototherapy device to treat newborns with jaundice.

American Humane

Where donations go: animal rescue, shelter, and protection

Humans aren’t the only living beings in need of saving. Animals from all over the world are being abandoned, mistreated, and not given the kind of care that they deserve. American Humane strives to create a better world for animals with rescue initiatives, animal cruelty investigations, and workplace regulations, such as their No Animals Were Harmed certification in the film and movie industry. They also set standards for more humane treatment of farm animals.

The Asia Foundation

Where donations go: multiple projects for Asian countries

The Asia Foundation aims to improve lives of those in Asian countries with a multi-pronged approach: strengthened governance, expanded economic opportunities, promoted international cooperation, and others. They are working in 18 different countries across Asia, with offices within the US. They have several funds with different causes that you can donate to, and you can even gift them stocks.

American Bird Conservancy

Where donations go: bird conservation

American Bird Conservancy is all about conserving native birds throughout the Americas. Not only do they eliminate the topmost threats to birds, they also protect habitats, put a stop to extinctions, and build a nationwide community of conservationists. They also classify birds depending on their needs, with priority birds topping the list due to special needs and situations.

Helen Keller International

Where donations go: blind individuals and people with special needs

Did you know that there are people experiencing vision loss who do not necessarily have to suffer from this disability? This foundation discovered that 80% of blind people—given access to quality eye care—can still have a chance to regain their vision, and this is exactly what they are aiming for. They have provided prevention treatment to millions of people, offered cataract surgeries to thousands of patients, conducted free vision screening for students living below the poverty line, and provided eyeglasses to those in need. They also have programs against malnutrition and infectious diseases in developing countries.

Cancer Research Institute

Where donations go: cancer treatment research

Immunotherapy works by boosting the body’s immune system to try and fight off the cancer cells. So far, it is one of the most promising treatments for cancer and can potentially be the cure for all variations of the disease. Cancer Research Institute has been conducting research and clinical trials on the field since 1953 and have gathered the support of over 3,000 scientists, $357 million in research investment, with over 120 clinical trials funded. They also keep everyone—scientists, supporters, and patients—in the loop regarding the latest updates and information so transparency is no issue.

Direct Relief

Where donations go: humanitarian aid

Direct Relief is a charity that provides humanitarian aid focusing on health. They make sure mothers from poor communities get good healthcare and protection during pregnancy and childbirth; treat diseases and prevent them; help vulnerable communities be prepared for extreme emergencies and respond quickly themselves when the need arises; and even helping strengthen local health systems. They were ranked as the 7th largest US charity by Forbes in December 2017, gathering over $1 billion in donations.

Children’s Defense Fund

Where donations go: child protection and education

Children’s Defense Fund has been working for more than 40 years advocating to improve lives for all children in the United States. They champion policies and programs that help lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care and quality education. They also help children build better moral and spiritual foundations. Currently, they operate three different programs: Beat the Odds, which recognizes outstanding high-school students; CDF Freedom Schools, consisting of summer and after-school reading classes; and faith-based action.

Children’s Health Fund

Where donations go: children’s health care

Similar to the previous organization, Children’s Health Fund also supports children, but is more focused on a child’s health and well-being. They prioritize children without homes and those from low-income families, and to encourage participation, they have a roving pediatric mobile clinic that provides checkup and treatment. They also have a Comprehensive Medical Home Model where they look into all the factors contributing to a child’s well-being, with consistent preventive care measures for better chances of success.

MAP International

Where donations go: medicine and health supplies

Initiated by J. Raymond Knighton in 1954, Medical Assistance Programs (MAP) International is a Christian organization that provides medicine and health supplies to those in need, regardless of their race, nationality, and religion. Their programs include a global health fund, where every $1 you give equates to $80 worth of medicine and supplies to those in need; and an emergency and disaster relief program for those affected by disasters and crises.

Rotary Foundation

Where donations go: health, peace, and local economic causes

With more than 35,000 clubs around the world, Rotary Foundation is one of the most well equipped to take on various issues around the world.  These include peace promotions among areas with brewing conflict; disease prevention and cure; clean water, hygiene, and sanitation provision; health care for mothers and children; education support; and local economy growth. Plus, you can take a more proactive approach and join their club and volunteer for a program, aside from making a donation, of course.

Samaritan’s Purse

Where donations go: physical and spiritual aid

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Where donations go: aid for the poor and marginalized

Unbound is an international nonprofit that delivers personalized support to more than 300,000 children, elders and their families in 18 countries across Latin America, Asia and Africa. Ranked the highest child sponsorship charity in the United States, more than 92 percent of Unbound’s expenses go toward program support. Unbound has consistently challenged poverty in new and innovative ways for more than 35 years, and is the only major U.S.-based organization that offers sponsorship for elders.

The Conservation Fund

Where donations go: environmental conservation in America

The Conservation Fund focuses on forging pathways for people to protect their environment and natural resources, whether it is ecological, historical, or cultural. They have been able to preserve over 7.8 million acres of land since 1985 and continue to do so with both the environment and economy in mind. They have programs for water, wildlife, food, and urban conservation as well.

The Carter Center

Where donations go: peace efforts and health programs

The Carter Center aims to uphold human rights and alleviate suffering by prevention and resolution of conflicts, upholding freedom and democracy, and improving health. Their peace programs, for instance, help thwart corruption, help human rights defenders, and, of course, also create dialogues to promote peace. Meanwhile, their health programs aim to eradicate preventable diseases, specifically Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.