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    Best Charities by Cause

    Our expert analysts have compiled lists of the top charities working on a variety of different causes to help guide your giving.

    Charity Navigator has expertly curated these lists of charities to help you make a difference in the causes you care about. Each list contains highly rated organizations that our team has identified as some of the best charities in their areas.

    We plan to continue refining and expanding these lists regularly so that you can find the best charities addressing some of our time's most pressing and intractable issues.


    To get started, simply visit a cause area below and find a number of highly effective charities to support.

    If you are a U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) charity with a three- or four-star Charity Navigator rating and are responding to this disaster/crisis, please complete and submit this survey, and our curation team will review.


    • stop gun violence
      Gun Violence
      Highly rated nonprofits focused on ending gun violence, promoting mental health, and supporting victims
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      Black-Founded Nonprofits
      Nonprofits uplifting the Black community and working across a spectrum of category causes.
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      Scholarships and Education for BIPOC Students
      Organizations working with underserved communities to make college more attainable, create professional networks, and provide career opportunities.
    • MS awareness
      Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
      Charities funding research, providing support for treatment and care, and general support services for those living with multiple sclerosis.
    • african child drinking from faucet
      Clean Water Initiatives
      Highly rated charities involved in clean water initiatives.
    • womens rights
      Empower Women & Girls
      Top-rated charities working to promote women's equality & advancement through education, leadership, advocacy & research. Find charities empowering women and girls.
    • woman mentoring youth
      Youth Mentoring
      Discover charities that build mentoring relationships that help youth unlock their potential and achieve their ambitions.
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      Charities Rated Highly by their Participants
      Feedback Excellence | Discover top-rated charities that are leading a movement that places the voices and perspectives of their beneficiaries at the heart of their measurement practices.
    • muslim praying
      Highly rated charities play a vital role in promoting tolerance and fostering understanding across communities to combat Islamophobia.
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      Christian Persecution
      Highly rated charities combating Christian persecution are essential in safeguarding religious freedoms and human rights.
    • military member returning home
      Charities Dedicated to Veterans and Military Service Members
      Highly rated charities helping veterans, active or injured military personnel and their families.
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      Combating Antisemitism
      These highly rated organizations play crucial roles in raising awareness, advocating for policies, and actively working to combat antisemitism.
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      Breast Cancer
      Discover organizations raising awareness, funding research, providing support, and promoting caregiver education for breast cancer.
    • solar panels in a green field
      Climate Change Mitigation
      In partnership with Giving Green, the charities listed on this page are specifically focused on fighting climate change.
    • The Global Poverty Fund
      Address Global Poverty
      Help make the world a better place for impoverished communities.
    • hand doing heart shape with rainbow flags
      LGBTQIA+ Support
      Explore organizations focused on social support, health care, legal services, and advocacy, for the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • The Environmental Fund
      Protect the Environment
      Help protect the environment.
    • Asian family
      Nonprofits Serving Asian Communities
      Highly rated nonprofits dedicated to stopping Asian hate & ensuring civil rights are maintained for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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      Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness
      Highly rated charities leading the conversation on mental health support, depression, and suicide prevention.
    • The Hunger Fund
      End Hunger
      Help provide food to those in need.
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      Immigration and Refugees
      These highly rated charities are leading the conversations on immigration, refugees, and global migration.
    • The Animal Welfare Fund
      Animal Welfare
      Highly rated charities dedicated to advocating for and improving the well-being of animals.
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      Donations as Gifts
      Highly rated charities that offer you the opportunity to make a donation that signifies a tangible item.
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      Charities Working in High-Impact Causes
      Highly rated charities working in unusually high-impact causes, identified by the effective altruism community and our analysts.
    • Man participating in Ice Bucket Challenge
      ALS Awareness Month
      Charities funding research, providing support for treatment and care, and general support services for those living with ALS.
    • The Education Fund
      Improve Education
      Help make learning possible for students of all ages.
    • I Voted sticker on hand
      Voting Rights
      Highly rated charities working to ensure Americans have equal access to the polls.
    • boy playing with rainbow lego blocks
      Autism Awareness
      Charities working to promote awareness, inclusion, and support for those with autism and their families.
    • women sitting on a park bench
      Alzheimer's Awareness
      Discover organizations raising awareness, funding research, providing support, and promoting caregiver education.
    • Native American dancing
      Indigenous Peoples & Native-Led Charities
      Charities focusing on advocacy, education, and amplifying the history of Indigenous and Native communities.
    • The Homelessness Fund
      Reduce Homelessness
      Help provide housing and care for the homeless.
    • cat and dog rescues
      Support Animal Rescue
      Charities committed to rescuing and rehoming companion animals in need.
    • Hispanic family
      Hispanic and Latinx Communities
      Nonprofits supporting and uplifting the Hispanic and Latinx communities.
    • humanitarian relief
      Humanitarian Relief
      Discover and support charities that are providing assistance and support to those in need, both locally and globally.
    • child looking worried
      Human Trafficking Prevention & Survivor Protection
      Support highly rated charities committed to fighting human trafficking.

    Most Highly Rated Charities

    Check out the select group of charities that have been assessed via all four beacons and have earned a perfect score.

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    Learn How We Curate Our Lists

    View the criteria we use to select charities for our Where to Give Now, Popular Charities, and Best Charities lists.