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.
Environment and animals
Dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. 3 stars.
Mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. 3 stars.
Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. 4 stars.
Vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. 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.
Focuses on mitigating climate change, restoring the ocean's bounty, protecting wildlife and their habitats, and safeguarding our health. 4 stars.
Civil rights and humanitarian
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. 3 stars.
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 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.
Trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. 4 stars.
Works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. 4 stars.
A multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights.
Dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. 4 stars.
(Also consider Connections, a comics anthology to benefit the AFSP.)
Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. 2 stars.
Vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. 2 - 4 stars.
Works to improve homelessness policy, build on-the-ground capacity, and educate opinion leaders. 4 stars.
News and media
Dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content. 4 stars.
Independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. 4 stars.
YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions with stories about real people working for a better world. 3 stars.
Leading provider of non-commercial new and diverse programming. 3 stars.
Publishes the status of federal legislation, voting records, and original research on bills and votes.
Vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. 3 stars.
Local to Columbus
Inspires healing and to empower communities and individuals through trauma sensitive, children & youth, and patient care initiatives.
The Thurber House's mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.
Funds the medical care of the sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center.
Mission is to assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.