Top 5 Charities to Donate To
5 of the Most Legitimate Charitable Organizations
Giving back to those less fortunate than us is one of the most important things we can do. During these tough economic times, people need help more than ever. Especially since when the economy isn't doing so well, people tend to give less. Every little bit counts, whether it is $1.00 or $100.00, no amount is too small or too big. Cash is not the only way to donate, but often one of the easiest. Everything from clothing to canned goods to even electronics are all great donations. Aside from the gratification one receives from helping others, all charitable donations are also tax deductible.
There are so many charities out there, it is very difficult to choose which ones are legitimate and which ones are not. Here is a list of 5 of the top charities out there right now.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton. Originally started as a humanitarian organization, it has since widened their efforts to include such services as community services, help for military families and and educational programs. As stated on their website "The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world."
Founded by Lance Armstrong in 1997, Livestrong is dedicated to helping people fight cancer through research, emotional support, and advocacy. Their message and purpose is pure and simple. An excerpt from their manifesto (as listed on their website) is as follows:
We believe in life.
We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
This is LIVESTRONG.
We're about the hard stuff.
Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
And a third, or a fourth, if that's what it takes.
We're about preventing cancer. Finding it early. Getting smart about clinical trials.
And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
It's your life. You will have it your way.
We're about the fight.
Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
This is LIVESTRONG.
Save the Children
Founded in 1932, the American Save The Children Organization has been known for helping children in need with proper nutrition and food, proper health care, and other essential life needs. They have won numerous philanthropic and humanitarian awards and are one of the top rated charities out there. Their strategy, as listed on their website is as follows : "Grounded in our shared vision of a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children’s new mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Our new global vision, mission, values and strategy are very much a part of Save the Children’s longstanding principles and are consistent with our strategic priorities."
GreenPeace is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the environment, our planet and life on our planet. They have won several awards and they describe themselves on their website as : "Greenpeace Fund supports our educational and public outreach efforts, in part, through our Greenpeace Quarterly magazine, fact sheets, and reports about our campaigns. Greenpeace Fund also informs the public about environmental issues through our media operations and supports our scientific and public policy research that is fundamental to our campaign work, both nationally and internationally."
The National Alliance to End Homelessness
Founded in 1983, The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping feed, clothe, and reintroduce the homeless to society through housing programs, shelters, work training programs, and so much more. As stated on their website, "The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leader nationwide. "