During this holiday season, we want to share our blessings with others and help improve our world. These are some of our favorite national charitable organizations, which seek solutions to a wide variety problems. If you can, please support one of them or support one of your favorites not listed here. The stars in each description refer to the organization's rating in Charity Navigator.
Dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. 3 stars.
Trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world.
Focuses on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. 4 stars.
A multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights.
Encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. 3 stars.
Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. 3 stars.
Dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content. 4 stars.
Mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide. 4 stars.
Dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. 4 stars.
(Also consider Connections, a comics anthology to benefit the AFSP.)
Vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. 4 stars.
Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. 2 - 4 stars.
Mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. 3 stars.
Advances global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. 4 stars.
Dedicated to advocating for science-based fishery management and restoring the world's oceans. 3 stars.
Leading provider of non-commercial new and diverse programming. 3 stars.
Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. 2 stars.
Works to improve homelessness policy, build on-the-ground capacity, and educate opinion leaders. 4 stars.
Dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. 2 stars.