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Eight Rungs of the Giving Ladder

The concept of giving anonymously without knowing the recipient can be traced back to ancient Israel. Beggars would regularly congregate next to a wall of a courtyard and donors, being aware of this, would face the opposite direction and toss coins over the shoulders in the direction of the wall. Therefore, the recipients of the charity would not feel ashamed or indebted to the giver.

Maimonides, a 12th century Jewish scholar, invented the following ladder of giving. Each rung up represents a higher degree of virtue:

  • The lowest: Giving begrudgingly and making the recipient feel disgraced or embarrassed.
  • Giving cheerfully but giving too little.
  • Giving…

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 Eight Rungs of the Giving Ladder

Maimonides, a 12th century Jewish scholar, invented the following ladder of giving. Each rung up represents a higher degree of virtue...

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Goodnet connects people around the world with opportunities for doing good - it’s that simple.

Inside Charity

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The #MeToo movement has sparked global action against sexual violence across entertainment, media and politics. Now, the aid industry — where 86 percent of employees know a colleague who has experienced work-related sexual harassment or assault — is finding itself in the spotlight. As part of our investigation into sexual violence in global development, Devex launched #AidToo, a digital conversation about the breadth of — and solutions to — sexual harassment and assault in our industry.

25 Organizations Dedicated to Improving Health

Fortunately, many organizations are dedicated to improving the vulnerable health situation which many people are facing every single day. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see. We live in an amazing time, when the opportunity to make a difference is greater than ever before. Gathering people behind a cause used to be difficult, requiring lots of time, money, and a complex infrastructure. But technology has made us more connected than ever.

Charity Navigator

We help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. We ensure our evaluations are widely used by making them easy to understand and available to the public free of charge.


CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions. is the country’s largest not-for-profit for young people and social change. We have 2,144,516 members (and counting!) who kick ass on causes they care about. Bullying. Animal cruelty. Homelessness. Cancer. The list goes on. spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact - without ever needing money, an adult, or a car. Over 2.4 million people took action through in 2012. Why? Because apathy sucks.


Findacure is a charity that raises awareness and funds research into fundamental diseases: extreme and exceptional diseases that advance our understanding of medicine and help us discover potential new treatments.


You can make your own fundraising page on Firstgiving to raise money for any nonprofit organization. Email your page to friends, family and colleagues, who donate by credit or debit card in an easy, secure online transaction.

The mission of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance is to encourage greater public confidence and trust in the charitable sector. By producing charity evaluation reports based on comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability,


Start collecting donations for your nonprofit with no upfront costs or hidden fees. Create beautiful fundraising campaigns, manage your organization's supporters and make better use of your valuable time.


GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities through in-depth analysis. Thousands of hours of research have gone into finding our top-rated charities. They’re evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, and underfunded.


Raise money for yourself, others, and charities.


GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.


Medical and health charities are another major category on Justgiving, and encompass charities that work in all fields of medical research and health promotion. Medical funding charities also help those that care for patients and their families.

One Today

One Today lets you easily give $1 each day to causes and nonprofits that inspire you. It's a community of generous people like you doing one good deed a day.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle provides news and information for executives of tax-exempt organizations in health, education, religion, the arts, social services, and other fields, as well as fund raisers, professional employees of foundations, institutional investors, corporate grant makers, and charity donors.

The Millennial Impact Project

The Millennial Impact Project is the largest body of data and analysis on how US millennials interact with causes. Since beginning the study in 2009, Achieve has researched the behavior and preferences of more than 100,000 millennials (born 1980-2000) through surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews.


Fund healthcare for people around the world.


WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. Our unique family of organizations empowers people at home, around the world and with our social enterprise.

Alpha-1 Association

The Advocacy Program focuses on access to care; maintaining and extending Medicare benefits; genetic non-discrimination; increasing public health funding; traveling with supplemental oxygen; organ allocation for lung transplantation and includes working with the Congressional COPD Caucus to further our goals.

ALS Association

The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

America's Charities

America's Charities helps the nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating sustainable income through workplace giving and additional paths. We inspire employers and individuals to reach their philanthropic goals and support the charities of their choice.

American Kidney Fund

The American Kidney Fund is our nation's #1 source of direct financial assistance to kidney patients, and is a leader in providing education to those with and at risk for kidney disease.

American Liver Foundation

With the support of donors like you, the American Liver Foundation can continue to promote education about liver wellness, provide assistance to those affected by and at risk for liver disease, and work to find cures and better treatments for all diseases of the liver. Help us to continue this vital work.

American Vitiligo Research Foundation

This website was created to help vitiligo patients and their families. The AVRF strives to raise awareness, educate, and help patients live with a greater understanding and acceptance of vitiligo.

APS Foundation of America

Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Foundation of America...We are independent and donating all of the costs for the website and forum to support our mission. Our mission is to spread awareness of APS and other clotting problems and for patients, family and friends to understand this disease.

CanadaHelps, a public charitable foundation (896568417RR0001), is Canada's only donation portal that provides access to all of Canada's 80,000 charities, from national organizations like national cancer charities to smaller groups like local animal shelters and soup kitchens.

Centre for Effective Altruism

The acts as a springboard for the effective altruism movement. It aims to: •promote and strengthen effective altruism as an idea and a community, •help figure out how best to advance the wellbeing of all, and •inspire people to take action based on that knowledge.

Charities Review Council

Our mission is to mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good. We envision vibrant and healthy communities for all, benefiting from effective and trustworthy nonprofits that are supported by a well-informed public’s generosity.

Charity Choice

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Community Health Charities

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Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices is a nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. As a national organization with over 60 chapters and 30,000 members, we help patients and their loved ones face the end of life with calm facts and choices of action during a difficult time.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

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The UK's largest website for charity events!

We make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

Epilepsy Foundation

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Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

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GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.

Health & Medical Research Charities of America

Health & Medical Research Charities of America (HMR) is a nonprofit organization that pre-screens high quality national and international charities and presents them for your giving consideration.

Kavli Foundation

The Foundation's mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes, professorships, and symposia in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics as well as prizes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.

Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) relies on your tax deductible contributions to fund vital research to find the causes and cure for lupus, to educate health care professionals about development in diagnosis and treatment, and to provide support to individuals affected by lupus.

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

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Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

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National Alopecia Areata Foundation

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National Headache Foundation

Our goal is to raise public awareness that headaches are a legitimate biological disease and sufferers should receive understanding and continuity of care.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

We envision a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.

National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

National Parkinson Foundation

Our mission is to find the cause of and the cure for Parkinson disease through research, to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson and their caregivers and to educate persons with Parkinson, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the general public about Parkinson disease and its treatment.

NFL Charities

NFL Charities is the cornerstone of the National Football League's commitment to community service. NFL Charities supports programs and initiatives that deliver education and youth services, designates funds to assist the foundations of current and former players working in local communities.


NORD is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Parkinson's Foundation

We are a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson's by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson's, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services.

Parkinson's Resource Organization

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PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.


The Planetree model of care is a patient-centered, holistic approach to healthcare, promoting mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical healing. It empowers patients and families through the exchange of information and encourages healing partnerships with caregivers. It seeks to maximize positive healthcare outcomes by integrating optimal medical therapies and incorporating art and nature into the healing environment.

Project Angel Food

Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day.

Project Open Hand

Meeting community nutrition needs through programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, the homebound/critically ill, and seniors.


Scientists at the Salk Institute can pursue their important research because of the support and commitment of those who believe in the Salk's mission. Individual donors, foundations, and volunteers play a vital role in the Salk's successes.

Sarcoid Networking Association

The Sarcoid Networking Association looks beyond the sufferings and struggles in the life of Sarcoidians to finding a cure for this disease, knowing that together we can all make a difference through communication, commitment and education.


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The Floating Hospital

Founded in 1866 as New York's first pediatric clinic, The Floating Hospital (TFH) has delivered a unique blend of medical care, health education, outreach and advocacy to over 5 million New Yorkers in its 140-year history.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

The Neediest Cases Fund

he Fund has provided direct assistance to those struggling in New York and beyond.

Trudeau Institute

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Vasculitis Foundation

VF members and friends work together to host fundraising events to support our Research, Awareness and Support Programs. All of the events share the same goal to raise awareness and understanding of vasculitis and the individual vasculitic diseases.


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Will Rogers Institute

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