5 of the Best Charities To Give To

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Giving to a charity is a great idea, but it can sometimes be daunting to find one to donate to. Currently, there are are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, which is pretty overwhelming if you are starting from scratch when determining who to give to. If you at least know what type of charity you want to give to, you can search by category using Charity Navigator. Websites like Give Well can help too. Give Well is a nonprofit that researches charities and ways to give, then provides details on their research. The research is based on how much good a program does (lives saved or improved, for example) per dollar spent. The first two charities on our list belong to Give Well’s list of top charities, and the last three are just three additional charities we think are worth your consideration.

1. GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly helps many people in poverty, which is one of the criteria that Give Well considers for a good charity. The staff identify needy people in Uganda and Kenya. They determine who needs the donation by electronic data capture, digital mapping, and remote sensing. Their average recipient lives on just sixty-five cents per day.

When a donor provides a donation, the donation is transferred electronically to the recipient’s cell phone. They put at least 90 percent of each donated dollar directly into “the hands of the poor.” The money goes directly to the person in need, and they must set their own priorities, instead of having someone from the organization tell them what to do (many buy food, invest, or save for their children’s education.) You can donate here.

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