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:
Don't be intimidated by online giving. Online giving has the potential for enormous good by saving billions of dollars in fundraising costs and allowing charities to more efficiently communicate with donors. If your favorite charities take adequate precautions, giving to them online should be no more risky than handing a waiter in a restaurant your credit card.
Source: Excerpt from Eight Rungs of the Giving Ladder & What You Need to Know to Donate Safely Online, CharityWatch.org, July 1, 1997.
The name "Annenberg" is forever linked to progressivism in public education. But a new generation of Annenbergs is creating a legacy of betterment that extends far beyond the classroom.
As you build and nourish a corporate culture of giving back, make sure you also cultivate company-wide education and awareness to keep your employees safe from charity scams.
Giving to charity is great, not just for the recipients but for the givers too. But stories like this can make it intimidating to know how to pick the best charity, especially when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from. Here are a few simple tips that can help.
Millennials expect transparency, sophisticated storytelling and technical savvy from their charitable organizations. And many donors will not only give money, but will also volunteer and lend the force of their own social networks to a cause they believe in.
Issues like education, health care and the environment are in with the charitable young, research suggests. Institutional giving to many churches and schools, as well as in the workplace, may be less popular.
Like many people, you probably want to make the world a better place, but are wondering how to even get started? Giving to charity is a great way to contribute to a cause that is dear to you, and make an impact. You might wish you had more funds to help, yet there are many other ways to make the most of your charitable giving.
Any celebrity can write a check for a good cause. But which celebrities stand for something beyond some typical good philanthropic PR?
Before getting all warm-hearted and generous with your PayPal account, there has been a fair number of celebrity charity scams—mainly, it being a tax writeoff—proving that it's not all virtuous.
Studies show that women are more likely to donate than men, and to donate more.
Humanitarian groups are reevaluating their work in light of how easy (and efficient) it is to just give cash to those who need help.
Despite their dark side, narcissistic people will engage in charitable behaviors in certain situations, new research suggests.
A trust virus has infiltrated our psychological software destroying goodwill and our collective confidence in society. In a recent Ipsos Mori survey, charity chief executives were grouped in the same level of mistrust as trade union officials, bankers, and business leaders, with only 44% of the public trusting them to tell the truth.
Giving to charity is great — not just for the recipients but for the givers, too. But it can be intimidating to know how to pick the best charity, especially when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from. Here are a few simple tips that can help.
Generosity is the right instinct, but not all giving is equally effective. Meet one man who's dedicated his life—including a significant portion of his modest income—to effectively helping both those in need and those who want to pass along the most philanthropic bang for their buck.
Charitable appeals work best when tailored to how people see themselves.
There must be zero tolerance for misuse of power by staff members in the field and swift and transparent action against any appearance of abuse.
What if we let philanthropies operate like businesses? Let them pay for talent, advertise aggressively to build market share—even build a stock market for charity. Maybe then capitalism could finally save the world.
Scientific evidence supports the idea that acts of generosity can be beneficial when we volunteer and give back regularly — and not just after a natural disaster. Volunteering is linked to health benefits like lower blood pressure and decreased mortality rates.
The easiest thing to do after a disaster strikes is to make a quick donation to the Red Cross. Millions of us have done it: You send a text, contribute $10 or $20, and imagine you’ve done a good deed.
What if you could speak a thousand words about your nonprofit?
What would you say?
You’ve heard it before: a picture speaks a thousand words. So every time you share an image about your nonprofit, you’re essentially making a giant statement about it.
Princess Diana captured the world's attention as a royal trendsetter, but during her time in the public eye, she also became a prominent philanthropic force. Diana worked tirelessly on behalf of charities around the world, using her fame to raise awareness of a number of important humanitarian issues. Twenty years after her death, here's why Diana will always be remembered as the "People's Princess."
From Taylor Swift to Emma Watson, Madonna to Kate Hudson, these charitable celebs want to put their fame and fortune to good use...
The problem is the horns effect, one of the many thinking errors that are a consequence of how our brains are structured. When we dislike one member of a group, our dislike spills over to other members of that group, even if there’s no good reason to think badly of them. It’s the adage of one bad apple spoils the bunch. In other words, the Wounded Warrior Project scandal will likely reduce trust in all nonprofits — including effective ones.
Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection - Pindar
Few organizations are as universally admired as Médecins Sans Frontières, which has been called "the exemplar of humanitarian aid" because of both the emergency medical care volunteers provide in what are literally the world's worst conditions; and because the group is willing to call attention to the causes of crisis, no matter on which side of the political divide it lies.
Is it really better to give than receive? A new study adds to a growing body of research that suggests it is—at least when it comes to your health.
Melinda Gates shares how she stays productive without losing sight of the big picture.
We’re like a small business where every expenditure has to be accounted for and every dollar has to pay for itself, except that our goal is to put ourselves out of business—to get our constituents on their feet and self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Online resources such as GuideStar, Charity Navigator and CharityWatch can help donors scrutinize a nonprofit.
A good mustache makes a man for many reasons - John Oates
With his checkered Wall Street past, Michael Milken may seem the unlikeliest of philanthropists. But he's also proven to be one of the best.
How do you decide where to give? People want to give where their money will be used effectively, of course. For many, that means researching on Charity Navigator or the Better Business Bureau’s Web site to see which charities are well run and take only a small percentage of donations for administration or fund-raising needs. Overhead does matter. But it is dwarfed by a different question: Is this group’s work effective?
So what’s an effective altruist to do? The utilitarian imperative to search out and help the people with the highest marginal utility of money around the world is in conflict with our limited knowledge about foreign cultures, which makes it difficult for us to figure out what the worst-off people really need.* For this reason, donations to Little League and other local institutions you are familiar with may not be a bad idea. The most good you can do may turn out to be—not much.
Food stamps don't come with many restrictions. But some lawmakers are looking to change that. Are politicians on either side of the issue interested in genuinely debating the question, or is it just politics as usual?
Sometimes the little things in life mean the most - Ellen Hopkins
Microsoft’s former CEO has made record-breaking donations to global health programmes – but an investigation by Andrew Bowman reveals some unpleasant side-effects.
Do. Or do not. There is no try – Yoda
Inspired to make a meaningful donation, I wondered: What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think I could find it?
The Gates Foundation spends more on global health every year than most countries
There's no doubt the Gates Foundation has had a profound impact on global health. The sheer scale of its charitable giving is astonishing. It's the largest philanthropic foundation in the world, with an endowment worth $42.9 billion — roughly double the GDP of Uganda.
Our minds play tricks on us, limiting the effectiveness of our efforts. But we can learn to do better.
An astounding fact: researchers at GiveWell have determined that the most effective charities in the world have as much as 1,000 times the impact per dollar of the least effective charities. For me, this is the most irrefutable reason why all of us ought to care about Effective Altruism—a philosophy and movement dedicated to pushing more people to donate to the most effective charities.
Giving to charity is great — not just for the recipients but for the givers, too. But it can be intimidating to know how to pick the best charity, especially when there are thousands of worthy causes to choose from. Here are a few simple tips that can help.
Collaborating for a good cause, whether you put a bucket of ice over your head or donate money, is a win-win.
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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CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions.
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,
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GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. We envision a nonprofit sector strong enough to tackle the great challenges of our time. GuideStar’s Nonprofit Profiles provide you with the information you need to make smart decisions, build connections, and learn from each other to achieve your missions.
We’ve identified outstanding charities that will make sense to both your head and your heart.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A.I.N. helps direct patients and families to medication assistance programs, support groups, help with paperwork and applications, even find monetary resources if the need arises. We can help you find doctors that specialize in these diseases and transportation to them.
Generally, if a charity is not on our report list, we do not have a current report on the charity. However, we are continuously updating reports, and generating new evaluations. We may be able to provide you with some basic information in the interim until the report is finalized.
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.
If you’ve ever thought about organizing a boycott, creating a petition, or raising money for a good cause, you’ve come to the right place.
Causes is a free online platform that provides easy-to-use tools for driving change. We help passionate people share ideas, find supporters, raise money, and make an impact.
The acts as a springboard for the effective altruism movement. It aims to:
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•help figure out how best to advance the wellbeing of all, and
•inspire people to take action based on that knowledge.
Change.org 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.
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 has been online for over 3 years allowing users worldwide to access the Charity Choice database. Entries on the internet are updated daily.
Charity.com is a charitable project of the Cowabunga Corporation and has from the very beginning strived to provide Charity and Non-Profit information in a caring but different way.
The Coalition for Medical Progress (CMP) is an alliance of organisations that share the common aim to ensure the UK continues to lead advances in human and animal medicine. The role of CMP is to help explain the case for medical progress and the benefits brought about by animal research.
Community Health Charities (CHC) has more than 50 years of combined experience in workplace fund raising.
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.
The tax-deductible donation you make today, whether for you or for someone else, will go a long way in helping us get closer to curing Crohn''s disease and ulcerative colitis. We are extremely grateful to our many generous donors and sponsors who have made it possible for us to invest more than $125 million in research projects.
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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.
DoSomething.org 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. DoSomething.org 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 DoSomething.org in 2012. Why? Because apathy sucks.
Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for someone special '' give someone the opportunity to feel proud of who they are and live every day to their fullest potential.
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.
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.
FSR is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving care for sarcoidosis patients and to finding a cure for this disease. We feel strongly that rigorous and extensive scientific research will unlock the mysteries of this disease. In the last five years we have awarded $750,000 to support innovative research projects which have led to an additional $1.2 million in subsequent awards to our researchers.
Sports events are becoming even more commonplace than the customary star studded gala. Whether you run, walk, ride or sponsor, it's a win/win for everyone. Not only do you get the chance to exercise and in some cases compete, but at the same time you also help raise money for worthwhile causes.
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.
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.
Raise money for yourself, others, and charities.
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Not only do we provide the best shopping deals on the internet, but we also make a donation to the nonprofit or school of your choice for almost every purchase you make. That's right: when you shop with Goodshop you don't just save. You also give, at no extra cost.
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.
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.
The Humane Charity Seal of Approval is the easiest way for donors to spot charities that are committed to providing vital services and care to patients or advancing research without the use of animals.
Our purpose is to represent charities that meet the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness and to facilitate gifts to those charities from contributors in fund drives conducted at work and on the web.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is the judgment of the MAWA Trust that future solutions to the many diseases which continue to plague humanity will come from the progressive replacement of animal experimentation with human-based research. To this end, the Trust will make funds available to facilitate the development and utilisation of non-animal-based experimental methodologies in all fields of medical 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 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation has made incredible strides in the fight against multiple myeloma. Think of your donation as an investment toward a cure. Think of yourself as a partner in our efforts.
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis. MGFA has over 30 Chapters around the United States serving patients and their families and caregivers through support groups and programs.
NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata. Founded in 1981, NAAF is widely regarded as the largest, most influential and most representative foundation associated with alopecia areata.
Our goal is to raise public awareness that headaches are a legitimate biological disease and sufferers should receive understanding and continuity of care.
We envision a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Our mission is to help families affected by Parkinson's forge through the journey of the disease's progression with as much quality as life can provide.
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.
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.
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.
We believe that we can help people with Sarcoidosis by providing them with as much information as possible
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.
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.
he Fund has provided direct assistance to those struggling in New York and beyond.
We like collaborating with inspired fundraising folk, charities, developers, companies, brands to create new interesting, easy, fun ways to encourage people to support great causes. We can help you bring your great ideas to life.
The Trudeau Institute was founded in 1884 as a tuberculosis treatment and research facility. As new drugs became available in the 1950's to treat the disease, the Institute was rededicated in 1964 as an independent nonprofit organization committed to world-class medical research.
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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Today, biomedical engineering (BME) is a global discipline. Biomedical engineers know that, as work in the field becomes more refined, the best place to study or conduct research is not always in the U.S. Although there are currently few opportunities to go abroad to leverage international expertise, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program makes available just such an opportunity.
The Will Rogers Institute is a national charitable organization dedicated to the support of lung research and developing new treatments and cures for pulmonary diseases and disorders.