‘Tis The Season For Giving: TPG End of Year Giveaway

by on December 22, 2011 · 1,193 comments

in Charity Opportunities, General TPG Business

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It’s better to give than to receive, and over the holidays, that’s especially true. Personally, I feel so fortunate to have gotten so much support from all of you and to have built up such a strong community. I can’t thank you enough.

My thoughts at this time of year always turn to charity, and I try to give back as a way of giving thanks for all I have. I’ve posted in the past about the various worthy charities to which you can donate miles and points, including The Wounded Warrior Project and The Dream Foundation. However, I know that a lot of deserving charities that are doing great work are strapped for cash these days, so one of the best ways you can support them is by giving money to them–no matter the amount–and that way you will also be sure that your donation is tax-deductible. I don’t mean to discourage anyone who is cash-strapped but points-rich, so give whatever you can, in any currency.

Speaking of which, I’d like to give away a few perks that I’ve picked up through my own travels, including elite status and points. I’m going to be giving away:

-Delta Silver Medallion elite status valid through February 2013 (I’ll select this as my Platinum Choice Benefit)
-10,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points (from my past bump bonuses)
-Four $50 American Airlines gift certificates (from my Amex Platinum $200 benefit)-
-Motorola Bluetooth Stereo Headphones from the Verizon e-store 83,871 AA mile debacle (which I forgot to return)
-A signed copy of my friend and TPG reader Danyelle Freeman’s book, Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table
-A canister of ultra rich Turkish ground coffee that I picked up on my recent trip to Istanbul
-A sealed Delta amenity kit and a bunch of other random goodies like free drink coupons and Anna’s Cookies from the US Airways Grand Slam promotion
All you have to do for the chance to win one of these prizes is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite charity is and why you think it’s great. I’ll be drawing random winners on Christmas day and will reach out individually to winners (so make sure you sign in with your correct email address, but do not write it in the text of your comment).

I can’t wait to hear what you think and about all the charities you personally support. Happy giving season!

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Chris S.

    While not strictly a charity, the nonprofit group I most enjoy donating to is City of Hope cancer hospital in Duarte, California. The entire staff, from doctors on down, is fantastic at conducting research and curing and comforting cancer patients.

  • Declan Hahn

    My favorite Charity is the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research. As a person who knows many people who have suffered from breast cancer, this foundation really hits home and I think that the more money that is available to them, the more likely they will be to find a cure. Thanks a lot, and happy holidays!

  • Andrew Fielding

    I really enjoy OneVoice. They’re a charity out here in LA that provides food and toys and other essentials to families in need (found via HeadSttart federally funded pre-school program). Been doing stuff with them since I was in elementary school and they’re still my favorite local one.

  • Linda Carter

    We choose individuals in need we become aware of locally. This year it was a 19 year old mother, the victim of domestic violence, whose father was murdered in the attack on her. As of this December she is spending Christmas in her new (used) mobile home due to the generosity of friends & the community.

  • Kevin

    American Cancer Society.

    My father passed away from cancer 20 years ago and since then several family members have fought battles with cancer. So it hits close to home for me, so I donate to ACS and a few other cancer charities (Livestrong, Susan G. Komen, etc) frequently.

  • Colin C

    Make a wish foundation. Giving sick kids cool experiences – gotta love that!

  • loveactuary

    Dear TPG:

    My favorite charity by a long shot is the Subayo Foundation ( Their mission statement is clear: “The Subayo Foundation seeks to empower women in Africa through business education and training, literacy programs and AIDS and prenatal health education.”

    I’ve become involved in Subayo myself as my uncle works closely with them and has told me a lot about the work that they do. In particular, recent donations of mine (which my company magnanimously matches) have gone to about 20 women in Zambia who are using the funds as seed money for their own business ventures. If you have any questions please feel free to respond via email.

    And please keep up the great work with your blog! I am a daily reader, slowly climbing the ranks of the Delta elite status (currently Gold, Gold for 2012) and hope to do more travelling in the next year to make Platinum :)

    Happy Holidays!

  • John Thomson (Cornroaster)

    I contribute to charity through my local Lions Club, the New Berlin Lions Club in New Berlin, WI. We run a Corn Roast stand at the Wisconsin State Fair and raise over $100,000 each year for our designated charities. Our favorite charity is the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, which runs the Wisconsin Lions Camp for special needs children (primarily vision and hearing impaired) and also runs one of the 4 Lions eyeglass recycling centers in the US to recycle used eyeglasses to needy individuals in third world countries.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Wounded Warrior. My wife is active duty in the USN medical corp and she sees first hand the great work they perform.

  • Brian Chan

    My favorite charity is Smile Train that helps children around the world born with disfiguring clefts. If these clefts are not fixed, these children will face many unwanted challenges in their life.

  • Jon

    I’m all about United Way – when I donate, I want my dollars going to the lowest overhead charity, and about 90 cents of every dollar they get goes to actual programs to help the needy

  • Heels05

    Second Harvest Food Bank – Everyone deserves enough to eat. Especially at this time of year.

  • Jo Ann

    Susan G Komen because I have several loved ones affected by breast cancer. Luckily, they have all fought through it!

  • Chirag Gupta

    My favorite charity is St Jude’s that’s all about battling cancer for kids!

  • GT

    kiva – maybe not necessarily a charity, but helps people in undeveloped countries nonetheless

  • Karo

    Another vote for the American Cancer Society. Cancer took my mother from me at much too young an age, and so many people I know have been affected by this devastating disease. I definitely try to do my part to kick cancer’s ass.

  • Andrew

    Housing Works in New York — they provide an amazing array of services to people with HIV and AIDS, and reach out to so many people in the city through their thrift stores and bookshop.

  • Josh Williams

    My personal fave is Hope Connections for Cancer, a local charity providing free programs to anyone affected by cancer.

    I’ve met with several staff and board members and have been touched by the caring and generosity that comes out of this organiaztion.

  • Yaswanth

    Habitat for Humanity:

    This is one I’ve personally participated in and it is such a great charity and a community builder! Shelter is such a basic necessity and we take it for granted sometimes. To help build a house for someone with your own hands and see their excitement and happiness about having a place of their own can’t be beat.

  • Vanessa Varvarezis Rumsey

    Salvation Army is my favorit charity because they help people of all religions and races all throughout the year throughtout major crisis

  • Danny F

    That’s a very tough question. I tend to give locally, usually to our local animal shelters, whether it’s the local humane society or some of the others in town. They rely almost entirely on donation dollars and I feel better knowing I’ve helped keep some of our more defenseless animal friends alive for another day.

  • Brad Carlson

    Local charities in Ann Arbor, MI, like Food Gatherers and Alpha House , that serve children and families.

  • Brian Harasymczuk

    Red Cross – We’ve had record flooding in the area this year and they’ve been an enormous help in the area. My mom also works for the Red Cross, so I hear about all the great things that they do on a daily basis even when there isn’t a huge natural disaster.

  • BrockB

    My favorite would have to be Wounded Warrior. Being an Iraq war veteran I’ve been exposed to a lot of soldiers that have been wounded.

    While not a exactly a charity, I also enjoy loading money on Kiva and helping people with micro loans.

  • Zakon

    The charity I have been involved with is Nothing But Nets (http:// They donate mosquito nets to families in Africa, which prevent malaria-carrying mosquitoes from spreading the disease. Malaria is the leading cause of death in children in most of Africa, yet is completely preventable.

  • Mike

    The Fisher House is one of my favorite charities. ( I had the opportunity to aid several of my fellow soldiers through the difficult recovery from injuries incurred during OEF/OIF. The recovery process is usually lengthy and family support is critical. Fisher House provides a place for families of the injured solders (sailors, airmen, etc) to live while they are recovering. Without this support the families would not be able to afford to live nearby. Efficiently managed and effective I donate every month.

  • Nick

    My favorite has got to be “Nothing but Nets” ( I first heard about it in a column a few years back by my favorite sports writer (Rick Reilly), and since then it’s done some amazing things with sending mosquito nets to malaria-infested countries in Africa. It’s amazing to think that such a small thing can make a difference between life and death.

    Happy holidays!

  • Guy

    I’m a big fan of the MS Society, which funds both living expenses and medical costs for those suffering from multiple sclerosis, but unlike other health charities, also pays for basic lab research. It’s this research which is critical for curing diseases 10 – 20 years down the road.

  • Bryan Driscoll

    The American Diabetes Association receives an annual gift from me. My father has had diabetes for 28 years and I’ve seen how his body has deteriorated and what daily injections of insulin do to him. The mission statement of the American Diabetes Association: “To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” That’s why they’re my favorite charity.

  • Anonymous

    St. Augustine’s Hunger Center (Cleveland). This past Thankgiving the center served/delivered just under 17,000 meals. For many recipients, this was their only “real” meal of the day. The meal program is run year-round.

  • AUSMatt

    YouthWorks – they provide real life skills training to disadvantaged youths and help them get a first job. They also have a lot of other services like an emergency shelter, clothing program, etc. we sponsored 2 youths this year in the shelter so they could have a Christmas like everyone else.

    YouthWorks also does a good job at managing their resources and operating expenses so I feel good that my contributions are maximized with them.

  • Craig Chu

    The Trevor Project for sure… dedicated to crisis and suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population. Adolescence is hard for everyone, but even harder for people who grow up feeling like they don’t belong or that they’re wrong somehow.

  • Rebecca

    Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston for sure! There is no better place to go if you are a child or adult with cancer because of the world-class research and compassionate care provided by every staff member.

  • Ramsey

    UUSC. They have very quietly and very efficiently set the standard for human rights work, both abroad and in the US.

  • Carlingcook

    Anchor Your Life Ministry. All the money goes to supporting needy and orphaned children in Lesotho (southern Africa).

  • Peter Maa

    Givology – This charity was started by a friend of a friend of mine, and some of my good friends are very involved. It is not a typical charity, in that Givology doesn’t take any of your money, but they allow you to browse projects around the world and fund them directly. Most projects focus on funding elementary school education in China and Africa. A very worthy cause!

  • Pete Van Baalen

    First off, thank you for the great tips this year. My Key West vacation next week is definitely an upgraded time thanks to your information.

    As for charities, I have been on the board of the Children’s Bureau of Indiana. For 150 years, this group has helped be the top advocate for children’s issues, invluding adoption, foster care, child abuse provention

  • David Esquiliano

    Catholic Relief Services ( – 95% of their budget goes to support different programs all over the world…

  • Pwlaird

    Anchor Your Life…they are doing amazing work over in Lesotho, aiding children and families in need.

  • oldmanpeabody

    I’ve supported Children’s International for a decade and a half now and I love the work they do. The idea of supporting a specific child in a difficult economic circumstance might sound cheesy on the TV commercials but it really is a wonderful use of resources. I’ve watched two different kids grow up – from 7 years olds until they were young adults of 17 and 18. I highly recommend it.

  • steadie

    The Salvation Army is incredible!!!!!

  • James from BNA This organization provides wells and clean drinking water to rural areas of Haiti impoverished further by the earthquake.

  • hlm3

    My favorite charity is Audio And Braille Literacy Enhancement, which provides alternative ways for people with print disabilities to read. They create Braille and audio transcripts for people who are blind or visually impaired, all through the use of volunteers.

    Thanks for your generosity, Brian!

  • Rob H

    I live in the DC area and have interacted a lot with a local organization called Urban Alliance that provides high school students with high quality internships to prepare them for work and college. The organization does good work and I am proud to support them.

  • Rob H

    I live in the DC area and have interacted a lot with a local organization called Urban Alliance that provides high school students with high quality internships to prepare them for work and college. The organization does good work and I am proud to support them.

  • Sruthi138

    The hunger project. I believe we can end world hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime and hunger project is working to achieve that. It has a great volunteer base and works in all continents, not just in agricultural projects, but in education, empowerment and political outreach.

  • David Brubaker

    Save the Children – they do wonderful work to help disadvantaged children throughout the world. I was very fortunate to grow up in a relatively privileged home.

  • Iris97

    COTS in Burlington, VT. provides shelter and other services for the homeless in our community.

  • Barbara

    Second Harvest Food Bank…basic needs are basic. Everyone should have enough to eat!

  • Tony Z

    I’ve worked for the red cross for a few years as a volunteer. To this day, it remains one of my favorite charities not only because of what they do, but because the employees actually care. It’s really hard in this corporate culture today to find employees working for any organization that truly believe in the company they work for, and I can say the various red cross employees are definitely this way.

  • Thompson

    I think its important to support under-funded under-supported charities. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan- is one of such charities. Survival rates are so low and resources are slim when fighting this disease. My friend whose has had close relatives suffer from this disease has made a life changing decision to begin running marathons and ultramarathons to raise money for this organization (article- I’m not much of an athlete but I do try to promote and donate to this cause as often as I can. Thanks for writing a great blog and giving back during the holidays! Merry Xmas TPG!

  • Brent

    I’m a big fan of the humane society in my local community. I always try to donate my time, as I feel that it can go a lot further than cash donations. Big fan of the pets!

  • Thompson
  • Jon Cupps

    Megan’s wings. This is a charity that was started in the memory of my late 2nd cousin, Megan Savage. She was 11 years old when she passed away from a form of childhood leukemia. This fund helps to offset many of the expenses that families incur in the course of traveling to get their children cancer treatment. Remembering my cousin certainly helps me to recognize that our health is one of the greatest gifts we all have!

  • Anonymous

    Our local homeless shelters and ‘soup kitchens’.

  • Scott

    My favorites, besides the Wounded Warriors Project, are the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (, and Homes for our Troops, which provides free home to vets serious disabilities and injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan (

  • Sarah

    Most churches… have programs for the needy in your area and abroad!!!! Go to church and give. “What so ever you do for the least of my children…that you do unto to me!!!!

  • Dan

    The Refuge Clinic – Lexington, KY!! Funds medical and dental clinics to serve the uninsured in Jessamine and Fayette Counties. It was a response to the tremendous need for primary and dental care for the under-served within the community. A very worthy cause!

  • jerry

    Embrace Guatemala is a charity founded and run by a friend I met on a trip to Guatemala. He liked the place and the people there so much that he stayed.
    I travel a lot to some very poor places and people are always asking for help. Rather than putting money in every hand placed before me, I give to Embrace Guatemala. I now know that the money will go directly to help people.

  • Kim

    The Foodbank! Every city has them. Don’t let anyone go hungry.

  • Sam

    Wounded Warriors or ANY group that loves up our veterans!!!! Service/Honor/Duty!!!!! We need to be a grateful nation.

  • Rick s
  • Ryan Goldberg

    Ryan’s Well Foundation ( as it was started by a Canadian boy before he turned 10. It has since raised millions of dollars for clean water projects and improved sanitation systems in Africa. Bringing basic human necessities to developing countries is always a great cause, and one that can often be overlooked.

  • Mike S.

    CVAN womens shelter a local organization in Concord N.C.

  • Brad

    Great post. My personal favorite charities–not in any way to discount the great work done by other organizations–are Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital (a really top-notch hospital focused on providing the best care to all children, regardless of economic station) and Pets Are Worth Saving (“PAWS,” a no-kill animal shelter and rescue organization).

  • Chad Gibbs

    These Numbers Have Faces (

    They are sending first generation South African’s to college. Great charitable model, with the goal of putting themselves out of business in twenty years and being fully funded by 1% donations of past scholarship winners. Run by some great friends that I respect immensely.

  • Gregorios Big Brothers Big Sisters is helps children realize their potential and build their futures. Through the program they nurture children and strengthen communities around them. I am a big brother and I can’t tell you the impact it makes on a child’s life. Most children come from underprivileged/single family homes. It is truly a blessing for all the kids the program has helped out.

  • Michael

    My go to would be the The American Diabetes Association. My girlfriend has had type 1 diabetes since she was born, so I understand how difficult it must be for those less fortunate to come up with the money to pay for what they need and how negatively that lack of proper medicine could affect their bodies.

  • Anonymous

    There are many, many worthy charities such as Make A Wish but if I had to choose just one overall it would have to be Food for the Poor because they are able to deliver massive amounts of food, water and shelter to the needy throughout the world for much less than other charities. I found out about them at church and learned that they have the highest percentage of donations that actually end up with the poor rather than in administration costs because it is administered by a variety of Christian churches and volunteers.

  • Jeff

    Habitat for Humanity: Building affordable housing for people in the United States, and moreover, helping individuals from around the world, especially after natural disasters. Plus you can give back by volunteering with them!

  • James

    We support MS Society as we know a number of people suffering from MS. It’s a great charity that helps those afflicted with MS as well as contributes to trying to find a cure.

  • Alex Stevens

    We’re big supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (and in particular of Waynesboro, VA where we live). It gives hundreds of disadvantaged kids a place to go every day that emphasizes life skills and learning, and provides many of them with the only steady meals they have.

  • Ram Kashyap

    I would like to support any educational (especially, math and science) volunteering organization for kids. Kids need support not just from govt but also from these organizations.
    I also like
    There you can not only donate, but also chose the region in which your donation should go to and also you can chose if your charirty should benefit a girl child or a boy child.

  • Ralph Liberatoscioli

    I support the CCFA, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (, which puts money towards research for finding a permanent cure to Crohn’s and UC. These diseases fly under the radar compared to many others and this is a great cause to help those suffering from those diseases.

  • Rudy

    Puppies Behind Bars – they train prison inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled, for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and as explosive detection canines for law enforcement. It helps socialize and rehabilitate the inmates as well.

  • hoshwa

    I think the American Jewish World Service is great. They run programs all over the world to fight hunger and poverty in communities of every race color and creed.

  • Dhammer53

    The Make a Wish Foundation has always touched me. They provide one last wish to children that aren’t expected to live much longer. One of the local chapters was located in the northern NY suburbs. I’ve donated toys to them. Something about a kids charity that tugs at me (you).

  • Irene

    My charity of choice is Pats kids- the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support Project ( Its an amazing NGO that l contribute to yearly that supports HIV-positive children in rural China due to parents who contracted HIV when they sold blood to alleviate their poverty in the 1990s. Donations go to covering the needs of these orphans not only to feeding and clothing them, but administering medication, routine checkups, and teaching them the importance of vitamins and cleaniness. The price of a typical dinner in NY is enough to sponsor a child’s basic cost for a year. Totally worthwhile to see a young child be able to grow.

  • Chris Desmidt

    Wounded Warrior , Veterans for Peace (an organization that helps the homeless vets in our area with food, clothing, shelter, household items, etc), Battle Against Dogfighting, Humane Society, American Cancer Society.

  • FF

    I’m a fan of the Red Cross. The work that they do, in the situations that they do it in, is unsurpassed.

  • Peter Morris

    The Jimmy Fund

  • Neal S

    My local Police Dept’s PBA. Funds are used to purchase new Bullet Proof Vests for the officers. Vests have to be replaced every 5-7 years when the kevlar starts to break down

  • T. Ryan Jordan

    As a scholarship recipient and higher education fundraiser, the majority of my philanthropy goes to my alma mater each year (Ohio Wesleyan University). I have had several family members and close friends impacted by cancer (3 grandparents have lost the battle & my mom is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to supporting OWU, I also plan to support St. Jude’s Children Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society.

    On a side note, as a fundraising professional, it’s very encouraging to read about which causes you all are so passionate about! Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a great charity. I have lost my father, uncle, brother and sister to this tragic disease and the funding and research for it are so under supported. I’m glad this blog made me aware of it.

  • Neehar Parikh

    My favorit

  • Kenny Dickhudt

    As a traveler I love Doctors Without Borders for the work they do in emergency situations, in all parts of the world. I’ve often wished I could do med school just to be part of their team!

  • Tsing Wang

    UMCOR. Does humanitarian work around the work and all expenses are funded by means OTHER THAN out of donations.

  • Mehul

    As an 1st generation Indian-American I really appreciate the work that the BAPS Swaminaryan Santha does. It not only helped me realize my voice and place in America by showing me where I came from, but has done the same for literally millions of other Indians living both in America and India.

    I love the premise behind your post. You mix just the right amount of high-yield professional information in with personal items. Looking forward to another year of great posts!

  • Djsinger

    I’m a great fan of the American Jewish World Service, which works with grantees in the developing world to combat poverty, hunger, disease and support human rights.

  • Jill Brady

    My best friend was born with cleft lip and palette and was fortunate enough to have parents with the time, money and resources to help her. So many children suffer with unrepaired clefts – making it difficult (or impossible) to eat or speak properly – and do not have the resources to get the surgeries they need. Every year on Valentine’s Day, I donate to Smile Train in honor of my friend Amy – they are a wonderful organization that you can explore at

  • John

    The Heifer Project provides the starter livestock for basic food production to many who need it around the world.

  • Emily Gironda

    I support my local SPCA by volunteering my time every weekend, helping to walk dogs and clean up litter boxes. My husband works with dogs on leash manners, as well-behaved dogs are naturally more likely to be adopted (and stay adopted)! The four-legged ones need people looking out for them too. :)

  • Dave Op

    “Hope for the Warriors” charity – low administrative expense, high payout %. Our soldiers deserve more help for helping this country.

  • Zach

    MSF – known in the US as Doctors Without Borders. They’re one of the few aid organizations that honestly and cogently assesses on-the-ground politics when conducting humanitarian work. If they perceive manipulation on the part of their “hosts” – such as in the Eastern Congo in the mid-1990s when rebels took control of refugee camps and skimmed off the top of the MSF supply shipments – they pull out rather than worsen the situation. Most other organizations are more interested in maintaining their public image of “being where it matters.” MSF cares about doing what’s right.


    I LOVE the design of the program Big Brother Big Sister I work with teens and do a program just like this for at-risk youth and the kids and “Bigs” benefit greatly!

  • Eliot

    Partners In Health is doing great work in Haiti. International Red Cross is on the front lines and first responder in many, many crisis situations and locales.

  • Dave

    MAP International – MAP International promotes the total health – physical, economic, social, emotional and spiritual health – of impoverished people in over 115 countries through: provision of essential medicines; promotion of community health development and prevention and mitigation of disease, disaster and other health threats.
    And talk about Deals…they run at .1% administrative costs and .6% fundraising costs. (that’s low overhead)

  • Ben

    RICE – Research Institute for Compassionate Economics.

    RICE conducts research and advocates policy for some of the poorest people in the world – those in rural India.

    RICE’s mission statement, “RICE was founded in the belief that our understanding of the lives of the poor is a binding constraint on programs and policies. We reject an inherent tradeoff between insight and relevance, and are convinced that living with and for the poor – far from being incompatible with persuasive, rigorous, and careful research – will encourage it. We envision a growing, sustainable community of Fellows working together in commitment to serving, learning, and teaching.”

    Their website is here:

  • Matt

    Back in college I volunteered for a non-profit called Hands Across the World. It was definitely a shoestring operation but it had a huge impact… We have a huge population of East African refugees in Minnesota, now even in some of the smaller cities, and HATW held classes to teach them English. I agree with all of the other non-profits listed but I wanted to throw out a word for one you’ve likely never heard of. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Will

    A good friend of mine had the pleasure of partaking in a trip sponsored by the Dream Foundation. At 15 she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and fought it successfully twice. Through all the treatments, she managed to continued school and was accepted into (yours and my alma-mater) Pitt to pursue her dream of becoming a creative writer. Her inspiration was a poet whom she had the pleasure of hearing lecture in Hawaii after her second relapse was deemed the fatal one, thanks to the Dream Foundation. During the trip, the foundation and the poet himself surprised her by inviting her on stage to read a short story of her life with cancer to the audience, and then proceeded to present her with a highly distinguished creative-writing award.

    This kind of experience would never have been possible without the Dream Foundation, and ever since she passed away (at 21, 2 years ago), I’ve made it a priority to give whatever I can to it to allow people like my friend to get a break from their suffering and have the experience of a lifetime..

    RIP Melissa.

  • Dan

    I like the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, I have had several friends and family members of friends that have passed away because of cancer. Hopefully more research will be able to help solve this disease.

  • mbrosen

    Operation Gratitude

    Sending care packages to servicemen and women overseas since 2003.

    Last Saturday, the group reached a significant milestone, shipping its 750,000th package.

    The founder, Carolyn Blashek, started the group out of her living room.

    Check out this recent segment from CBS Sunday Morning for more background.

    Her story, and that of the group, is inspiring and amazing.

    A $15 donation sends a care package.


  • Dave_Mc

    Donors Choose is hands down my favorite. It’s a fantastic charity that allows anyone to donate money to support public school programs in need from anywhere in the country. Teachers in need go on to Donors Choose and request items needed for a project. Donors log on to the site and seek out projects that interest them (anything under the sun is included) and the money you donate will go directly to funding the project. Also, you get to see the project come to fruition. If you donate a certain amount of money you receive thank you notes from the students and teachers you helped as well as a breakdown of how your money went to good use. It’s an absolutely fantastic charity and I highly recommend everyone check it out.


  • Anonymous

    So Others May Eat – Great charity in the DC area focused on DC’s homeless and poor.

  • John

    Our family supports the Jesuits Volunteer Corps. They send volunteers to areas of the U.S. and the world where there are special needs.

  • mbrosen

    One more, just because:

    Homes For Troops

    Building Specially Adapted Homes For Severely Injured Veterans FOR FREE

    “Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2004. This organization is strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. We assist severely injured Servicemen and Women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility.



    Homes for Our Troops Has Been Named Top Rated Charity by American Institute of Philanthropy.”


    Just amazing.

    What a country.

  • Alex

    My favorite charity is Habitat for Humanity. It is incredible what a fresh start can do for a family in need.

  • JAX420

    My favorite Charity is the Jacksonville Humane Society: They had a tragic fire back in 2007 which claimed their facility and a large number of the helpless pets there. Not only do I love animals but I love helping such a great cause rebuild after such a sad & tragic loss. Of course they are also near and dear to me because I’m local…

  • Christian Shelmire

    I would have to say World Vision is my favorite. World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian organization that helps families in need. What other charity lets you donate a goat and 2 chickens, or a flock of sheep? In addition to farm animals, the list of things you can donate is endless, from medicine to digging a water well, to school supplies to soccer balls. World Vision impacts millions of people around the world each day and gives us the oppurtunity to donate things that we take for granted everyday to help those less fortunate than us.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Ryan

    Heifer International, because they help needy people obtain sustainable sources of food.

  • AAJunkie

    Susan G. Komen. My mom’s a survivor. I know so many other women who are also battling breast cancer. Participating in the fund raising walks is a powerful experience. I would recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.

  • T Cohn

    I’m always partial to our local food bank, which does a lot for folks in my community.

  • Aitchly

    Foodbanks because hunger just isn’t ok.

  • Gpapadop

    It’s a close call between Medecins Sans Frontieres and Rotary International for me!

  • Vinofreak

    Big fan of Kiva. Provides the opportunity to re-loan monies over-and-over as loans are repaid.

  • Dan

    Operation Smile because they help children with cleft lips all around the world and train local doctors to be self-sufficient.

  • BDLW

    American Red Cross – help people when they need it most.

  • Doc45

    Partners In Health – Supporting medical care in some of the most impoverished countries in the world, including my personal favorite: Haiti!

  • Anonymous

    St. Judes is my favorite charity which I donate to as often as I can. There is nothing better to me than to be able to help out a sick child and also their family. I have a heart for kids and have three children of my own. I am very blessed all of my children are healthy but I know many others are not so fortunate. So St. Judes is my charity of choice. Happy Holidays.

  • Shqiptari70

    Great to read through the comment and see that people do care – thanks TPG! I personally try and help with whatever I can by reaching out directly to individuals in need as well as through the local food bank. I also support the National Kidney Foundation and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organizations. Thanks again for all your bloggs and money saving advice/tips and hope you prosper financially from your ventures so that you can continue providing the best.

  • Linds

    Louisiana Boxer Rescue – Boxer (dog) rescue in Louisiana – so many wonderful dogs looking for great homes!

  • Marv

    Great Falls Children’s Receiving Home (Great Falls, Montana), for abused and neglected children. Unfortunately, the home is always at full capacity this time of year :0(

  • Candice

    Home At Last Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful charity devoted to saving homeless pets. This small (and primarily grassroots) organization is a no-kill organization that provides homes to animals until a permanent home can be found. They not only operate as a shelter for healthy pets, but also provide a home for those that may have long term medical conditions and therefore considered un-adoptable by traditional shelters. Overall, a great charity!

  • Mark Turic

    Charity: Water. This is a non profit focusing on bring clean and safe drinking water to developing nations around the world. It is very easy for us to forget how fortunate we are to be able to turn on a faucet and have clean water for us to drink at almost any time. And I am sure that many of us take advantage of this and leave our faucets running. Even though water shortage is not a problem for most of us on this board, it is important for us to remember the people around the world that have to fight for a cup of clean drinking water. Charity: Water is a great organization that is helping this cause by donating 100% of public donations to fund their water projects.

  • KateMPH

    The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.

    Watch this video to understand the enormous impact of Alzheimer’s:

    An estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s in the United States, nearly 15 million provide upaid care at a cost of $202 billion in 2011. Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the
    top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

  • Drexelbit

    Red Cross, I have been part of it and I know how the system works.

  • Catul

    I like Doctors Without Borders – incredibly generous and much needed throughout the world.

  • Jason

    RPCI, the local cancer hospital … For giving so many ppl hope

  • Jrbb1234

    Red Cross. They are always there for every major disaster without fail.

  • Gardy

    my favorite charity/non-profit has to be Chill. It’s an organization founded by Burton Snowboards that sponsors at-risk inner city youth and brings them out to the mountains and teaches them not only about snowboarding, but about working and living with nature.

  • GraceZ NY

    St Jude’s Children’s Hospital no doubt, help the ailing kids and spread the love/hope to their families.

  • Mark

    my favorite new charity is Team Rubicon – it gives veterans who have recently returned from combat the opportunity to help out with global disaster relief – a skill set that they know well and have recently incorporated during their service. it’s a great new charity, and helps two distinct sets of people –

  • Cris

    My current favorite is the Wounded Warrior project. These people have sacrificed so much and it is the least we can do to give back to them. Through my wife’s work with wounded warriors I have seen the real progress that can be made.

  • Matt Langdon (theherocc)

    One Girl –

    1. Helping girls in places of need does more than help one person.
    2. They are transparent – they want donors to know where their money is going.
    3. Chantelle is passionate about this – she’s changed her life to make it happen.

  • John

    We support our local homeless shelter with food donations…I prefer to take donations directly to the shelter…money donations to “big” charities always seem to lose a significant amount to administrative fees

  • Nick

    The Red Cross, for their unbelievable response to Hurricane Katrina in my home, New Orleans.

  • Anonymous

    Appreciate the drawing! I personally like Habitat for Humanity. Everybody would love a home for the holidays. With all these financially able people walking away from homes – while others save and are in need of homes but willing to work and participate in building a home… It makes you wonder. Thanks. Keep up the great blog.

  • Rglidew77

    Happy Holidays TPG, I live between Miami and DC. My favorite charity is EAA Young Eagles, an aviation introduction program for kids that rewards them for good grades in math and science with flying time with volunteer pilots on the weekend. Harrison Ford is the honorary chairman, and I’ve enjoyed serving as a volunteer pilot.

  • Bluto

    One of the ones I like is Project Prevention. It’s run by a capable honest person, and she tackles a difficult problem in a practical manner.

  • Aaron Sugiura

    City Harvest — sharing surplus restaurant food with New York’s hungry.

  • Cotter77

    Best Charity= Red Cross. not only for what they do but because you can donate blood! even when you dont think you can afford to give from your wallet, you can STILL help!

  • Susan

    I have long been appreciative of the Nature Conservancy. Protecting the world we live in is vital to all of us. And it doesn’t hurt that they have been noted as one of the charities with the highest percentage of donations actually going to the work they do instead of administrative and marketing overhead.

  • Wayne

    My wife and I give to Our local United Way.. It helps many people in out community and keeps the money local.

  • CoHO

    American Cancer Society – Great charity helping fund research to find a cure for cancer!

  • Sunny

    American Red Cross – have been donating to them for years and research shows they’ve been the most efficient in getting the dollars where they are needed.

    Thank you,


  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is GIVE KIDS THE WORLD ( This non-for-profit branched from the MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION after realizing that 60% of all terminally ill children asked for the same wish, “to see Mickey Mouse.” So GIVE KIDS THE WORLD is the giant fantasy village where families come for one week, all expenses paid including meals, and they get VIP treatment at all the Orlando theme parks.

    I went to university in Central Florida and would spend some weekends volunteering with these people, so I feel I know it well as a fan and as an insider. This place is really magical and spending five minutes with some of these kids will change your life forever.

  • Clay

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUVALLL! :) I got my cat Jack there b4 it burnt down..

  • Jim

    Worldfund ( for giving hope to hundreds of thousands of children in Latin America

  • Emmygofly

    I like the smaller, local charities that work primarily on a volunteer basis. Less overhead. I currently volunteer for PAWS Ohio, which does a lot of work with the local population of stray cats and dogs. Spay and neuter your pets people!

  • Joel

    Candidly, my favorite charity is my church. On Saturday evening, volunteers from the congregation volunteer their time to prepare, cook and serve dinner to those in our area who are less fortunate. The church participates alongside other various charities, such as the Salvation Army and Red Cross, donates money to local and global organizations, and encourages others to do the same. World Vision is my second choice, as my family sponsors a child, and the Christmas Gift Catalog is a wonderful alternative (purchase goats and chickens for a family’s sustenance, deep wells for clean water, and micro loans). I would encourage everyone to give to them.

    Have a Merry Christmas

  • Heidi

    St Jude Childrens Research Foundation. St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

    This is my charity of choice, it is a great cause to help these children and their families, can’t imagine the emotional and financial burden this disease brings them.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charities are Kitty City Rescue Foundation and SPCA Tampa Bay. They both excel at finding homes for newborns, lost and/or injured animals, and those given up by their previous owners. I have had excellent luck with my adoptions from the SPCA. They were almost like a service – it was that good! These charities truly care about and protect those creatures who cannot speak for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Smile Train This charity impacts children’s lives for their entire life. Taking care of the cleft early on is literally life changing for relatively nominal costs with the wonderful volunteers time.

  • Duc Nguyen

    I used to work for Ashoka in Arlington VA
    Ashoka supports social entrepreneurship by giving them seed money, advices and networks for 3 years to develop their great social impact idea.
    For me Ashoka is similar to a social venture capitalist.

  • Mark

    Peace Corps because of their intense aim at bettering underdeveloped nations.

  • Ryan

    Wounded Warrior as well as Susan G Komen. Also, any charity that helps kids…i’m a sucker for those, especially local kids in need.

  • leeschneider

    1) Met my wife there
    2) Provides awesome opportunities for kids to spend a summer in the woods of New Hampshire

  • Ty

    Food Bank For New York City ( serving a very large population in NYC with essential services including food, of course, and much more.

  • Dave

    Engineers without borders – putting in your time instead of your money means you know exactly what your efforts are going towards.

  • Todd Shirley

    ASPCA. It is always wonderful to place great pets with great people. Total Win-Win.

  • Bill N

    American Cancer Society – I lost my dad to cancer and pray we can cure this disease.

  • Brandon S.

    My favorite is Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded by Paul Newman to send sick children to a week-long camp in the summer. Some of the camps specialize in a certain illness (typically various forms of cancer) where others will rotate weeks among children with similar conditions (i.e. sickle-cell anemia one week, burn victims the next). I have visited the camp in Orlando and can attest to how wonderful they are and how much the children get out of them.

    As an active-duty Navy officer, I give to them (and St Jude’s) monthly through the Combined Federal Campaign and raise money for them when running road races. I highly encourage your readers that are looking for a new and worthy cause to give this organization their consideration. One of the best things: they’re documented as one of the most efficient non-profits out there, with fewer than ten percent of income going to overhead and expenses. You know your dollars are being used for what you expect.

    Regardless, Brian, this was a great idea and I’ve enjoyed reading what charities are important to my fellow TPG readers. Happy Holidays!

  • David

    Thanks for a year of good posts; I’ve been following since June 2011. I had to print out a number of you How-to… posts so I’d have them in my file–don’t trust the computer to save them for me. My favorite charity is the Union Gospel Mission. I give as often as I can throughout the year. They help people in need Right Now–food, clothes, finding shelter and more: very little gets lost on over blown administrative costs.

  • Michaelpangwork

    American Red Cross – help people national wide

  • Sam

    Favorite charity? Room To Read. Bringing a really smart strategy to solving education and literacy issues in the developing world, empowering girls to stay in school, helping small communities get local libraries – great stuff.

  • Jonathan

    My favorite charity is big brothers big sisters because I believe it can have a huge impact on underprivileged children growing up.

  • Dan_18710

    My favorits charity is UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief in the US and outside of the US..

  • Parag S Raja

    Happy Festivus! I support The Human Fund, whose moto is “Money For People”.

    Also I support the Make A Wish Foundation!

  • BreadCity

    My favorite charity is the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. It is a wonderful refuge for neglected, abandoned, and rescued farm animals! And without being preachy, it also educates people about factory farming, which is a serious problems problems in a loop of American agricultural/environmental/health problems.

  • gio dimperio

    There are so many great nonprofits and charities that exist, so it’s hard to pick one… but

  • Anne

    Denver Dumb Friends League

    Any No kill animal shelters

    Christian Reformed World Missions

  • Gio

    There are so many great nonprofits that exist, but if I had to pick one, I’d pick the Donate Life America charity, which helps raise awareness about organ donation — something that can save so many lives. People may be surprised to learn just how many people they can help when choosing organ donation!

  • Riann

    Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit – 95% of every dollar goes right back out into work, and they have a 4 star rating through Charity Navigator…and they do matching bonuses many times through the year.

  • Glen

    One of new favorites is Pets2Vets ( P2V helps injured vets (physically and/or psychologically) by providing them the opportunity to pair with shelter dogs or cats, many of whom would be otherwise euthanized, as they continue to pursue rehabilitative and therapeutic care from their health care providers.

  • Brandon S.

    To clarify, I meant overhead and administrative expenses. More than 90 cents of every dollar are spent on the stated mission. It’s shocking how many charities spend 20-25% or more on administrative overhead; a good tip for your readers is to be sure to research any organization before you give your hard-earned money and be sure that it’s being spent in a way that’s consistent with your principles and expectations. That information is easy to find on the web.

  • Anonymous

    there are so many great charities doing great work. Our local soup kitchen is where we spend time.

  • Cam Hudson

    Big choice there. My vote is for Médecins Sans Frontières for their commitment to provide medical help to people regardless of political affiliations.

  • Bea

    I am a big supporter of SafeHouse Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault service provider and shelter here in Michigan. There are so many good organizations doing a great deal of good work. It’s overwhelming. I’m excited to see what organizations your readers support. Maybe I’ll find a new one!

  • Alexis Lavko

    My favorite charities are the Chicago Food Depository and Charity: water (provides the resources to bring clean water into rural communities around the world).

  • Larry

    My local Alzheimers Association. My mother has this diseases and the help that the volunteers has provided has kept my family from going insane. If anyone is dealing with this terrible disease in their family I urge you to conact your local association. There is no cost, other than donations, and they have support groups which have been a Godsend for us.

  • Ron

    Tamarisk, a local group, that provides help to families with a terminally ill patient while they live at home. Help with nurses, attendants, errands, etc.

  • Bookswin

    National Youth Science Foundation ( It runs science education programs for high school students, including the National Youth Science Camp, held annually. All expenses are paid to bring 2 graduating seniors from each US state and more from various countries to spend 4 weeks in the WV mountains learning about science, engineering, math, medicine, etc.

    It’s how I met my wife (at a NYSC reunion).

  • Hello Bali

    Goods for good! Helps donate necessary school supplies to orphanage schools in Malawi

  • Brian

    I’m a regular contributor to the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus — they change lives every time they step onto the stage!

  • Leigha

    The Jimmy Fund has always been my favorite charity, because I want to do everything I can to help children with cancer. The Jimmy Fund also is great at raising awareness, with their ads (and collections) in movie theaters, and they always remind viewers of how devastating pediatric cancer is to a family without being too pushy (such as in the video below – how could you see that and not donate?).

  • Erik

    Awesome giveaway! My favorite charity is the ALS Foundation. We have a family friend that died from the disease and it’s amazing that there is so little information on the disease over 70 years after Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with it – we need to find a cure!

  • NQ

    The GAVI Campaign, helping the poorest children in the world get cheap vaccines against preventable diseases. By almost every measure, vaccines are the cheapest, most effective way to prevent needless child death, giving children a lifetime of protection with only 1-3 cheap doses. Especially important today since children suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa today are mostly dying from preventable disease, not hunger.

    It’s why the Obama Administration was still willing to make a $450 M, multi-year pledge to GAVI during a brutal fight over the debt ceiling earlier this year.

  • Jkoenig51

    Smile Train, They provide surgery for children with cleft plate. 165,000 children are born with a cleft every year, and many can’t afford surgery. It only cost $250 to provide surgery and you can change a childs life forever.

  • Anonymous

    Elder Law & Advocacy: Provides free legal services to the elderly. Fights financial elder abuse. Empowers individuals in our society who are prayed upon because of their age.

  • Jacob

    I love to help Feed My Starving Children. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

  • Chris D.

    I do like the Wounded Warriors Project, having been a “warrior” myself. I appreciate the service these folks have given to our coutnry, adn appreciate the service the Project is giving to those warriors.

  • Anthony O

    Awesome Idea Brian!

    The charity that is my favorite is “Checking For Charity”

    It is a charity hockey tournament where each team represents a charity of their choice. All proceeds go to the charities, while if you place in a higher seed the more money you win for your charity of choice. It is a great competitive tournament for a great cause. A lot of current and former pros participate in it as well.

    I enter a team every year and represent a Charity call “The Victorious foundation” which is a foundation founded after a girl I grew up with had passed away. They create a happy atmosphere for children battling cancer in hospitals by way of teen kits-which is a kit of goodies and games for them to enjoy. Also, they create teen centers which is a dedicated teen room in a hospital that provides a fun atmosphere for children and a place where a teen can be a teen. We all know that hospitals are not kid friendly, and this foundation provides kid friendly rooms ” where a kid can be a kid”

    My teams portion of the tournament raised over 1200 dollars for the foundation last year.

    It is a unique hockey centric approach to raise money and awareness for the various charities represented at our tournaments has inspired people to become a part of the Checking For Charity movement.

    Below is a video taht will provide a better explanation how it works.

  • Nadasdi

    Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation – a world leader facilitating transplants for children and adults suffering from many life-threatening diseases, among them leukemia and lymphoma. The were responsible for saving the life of my now 6 year old cousin. Register now!

  • Naiel

    I prefer giving locally, and thus prefer charities like SSP and Robin Hood in NYC.

  • MermaidNPH

    Happy holidays TPG! My favorite charity is The Nature Conservany. Cheers!

  • Zach Hanlon

    I go local. My church has an outreach organization called Hope for RDU (we live in Raleigh-Durham) which cares for the homeless, orphans, prisoners, unwed mothers and HS drop outs. Those 5 groups of people are among the most disadvantages in America and in our local community.

  • Yoshapman

    My favorite charity is doctorswithoutborders, helping people in disaster and conflict areas, and giving them hope that the suffering will end.

  • Ray

    My favorite charity, although I’m not sure you can call them a charity is KIVA. It gives microloans to people in disadvantaged situations. They have to pay it back, but it is interest free. It helps people help themselves that normally couldn’t.

  • HT

    My favorite charity is FUNDaFIELD, a non-profit which fundraises to build soccer fields in rural Africa near primary schools. I went on a trip with them last summer to Uganda and it was an amazing experience to be immersed in a culture that is so different to the US.

  • Steve

    As a techie, I’m keen on One Laptop per Child. I kind of like that they’re working on developing accessible technology.

  • Anonymous

    The Children’s Storefront – independent, tuition-free school in Harlem committed to providing a comprehensive education to children with varied academic strengths from preschool through 8th grade.

  • Ashley D

    The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. One of my best friends has Cystic Fibrosis so I support the foundation whenever I get a chance. Additionally, there’s a local Chicago Women’s Treatment Center that allows women to keep their children with them while they’re going through rehab. It’s great to see that they’re able to keep the bond with their children during such a rough time.

  • Mendy

    Friendship Circle!

    Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

    They have locations all over and you guys should definitely check them out!

  • VR

    The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
    My friend lost his toddler son to the disease. Got us all involved in searching for a cure.

  • John

    Rise Above It – doing great things for young adults with cancer.

  • Tiantian

    Help youngs and elders. These two groups are always need our help especially in cold winters. We may not be able to give them all they want, but we’ll always try to help them by donating clothes or food.

  • Jeff

    Wounded Warrior. I work at a college and we work with them to help train veterans to prepare them for a new career.

  • Wis

    My family has it’s charity in Algeria, helping the orphans go through school by buying school supply, clothes and school help. And also giving monthly food supply to disadvantaged family.

  • Lisha

    Planned Parenthood because they support and fight for the health, education and empowerment of women, particularly those who are underprivileged.

  • Gabrieljosset

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Because they do great work with Malaria.

  • Onso

    UNICEF. Less comms-savvy than others but the most respected by those who know. Helping children in 160 countries around the world, front line in every hot spot from Afghanistan to Somalia, and also advocating for children’s rights everywhere.

  • George

    I give to Habitat for Humanity; a long track record of getting good people into homes with wonderful community involvement.

  • John McGowan

    My favorite charity is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization granting wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. I have been fortunate enough to work first as an intern and now as a staff member for the Illinois chapter, and it never ceases to amaze me how such simple wishes can bring so much hope, strenght and joy to kids faced with various conditions.

  • Lyndon Braganza

    Feeding America – I support them monthly. While I believe in a lot of international charities, I’m a firm believer that there is a lot of work to do in our own country, and our own backyard. It’s times like the holidays that I try and keep that in perspective as to how fortunate and blessed I am/we are.

  • harvson3

    We support the Nature Conservancy because it seems to be the best way to protect the environment given the gridlock and power of polluters in Washington at the moment. We’re also contributing to their Plant a Billion Trees to regrow the Mata Atlântica in Brazil.

  • Scott

    I recommend a generous donation to “The Human Fund” (for Seinfeld fans out there).
    On a more serious note…
    As a global traveler, I’m sure you have often seen first hand the disparities in access to basic provisions and infrastructure. Medical Teams International is a fantastic option – they serve populations and areas stricken by disaster with emphasis on improving integrity of global public health.
    Domestically, the Jimmy V Foundation is a well recognized and sound foundation deserving of continued investment and support.

  • Thomas

    Heritage Academy, Augusta, GA (inner city private school started by one of my highschool teacher’s over 10 years ago, now has 140 students, all scholarship based)

  • Dallas

    United Way – great way to support many charities in need and keep communities strong.

  • Brian

    I have great respect and admiration for all of the volunteers at the Trevor Project. They provide support to LGBTQ youth who are considering suicide. I first learned of the Trevor Project three years ago when I attended a benefit in LA. It was very moving to hear stories from some of the youth that were saved and some parents who actually lost a child but are now volunteering to help other kids. I have since been to additional benefits for the Trevor Project and will continue to support the cause.

  • mikes

    American Cancer Society (directed towards research) – eventually EVERYBODY is impacted by cancer in their life, and generally through no fault of their own. My hope is that solving one cancer will lead to solving them all shortly thereafter.

  • Rachel

    Backpack Buddies at our local InterFaith Food Shuttle – sends at risk kids home with backpacks of food for the weekends.
    Wounded Warriors

  • Gurax

    My personal favorite is Sankara Eye foundation. For $30, they provide the ‘gift of vision’ by performing cataract surgeries for the poor. ‘Eardicate curable blindness’ is their motto.

  • JoshL

    My favorite is Make-a-Wish foundation

  • Mark P

    The American Cancer Society — I lost my mother to colon cancer last year. They provide not only support to advance the latest research, but support for the difficult financial and emotional burdens cancer places on patients and their families.

  • jedijood

    Special Olympics – helping intellectual disabled children and adults through sports
    St. Jude Children’s Hospital – pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases

    They are big well known non for profits but are still my favorites because they touch my heart in what they do for children not only from the early stage but through adult life.

  • RKS

    Wounded Warrior – We run the races, volunteer, have friends in the military, work for the military, wife is in the military and have friends downrange as I type. Great place that takes wounded warriors fishing, kayaking, rock climbing, scuba diving, everything! Go Air Force

  • Anonymous

    Direct Relief International
    Provides domestic and international humanitarian medical aid, has been involved with providing emergency healthcare support during major crises all over the world for more than half a century. 100% of contributions go directly to support the poor and victims of natural and civil disasters.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the Boys and Girls Club. They have helped so many youth through the years.

  • Thomasdeandonnelly

    Awesome post. My favorite charity is the International Justice Mission. They’re at the forefront of eliminating modern day slavery and human trafficking from the globe!

  • Joe Philpott

    My favorite is Blumenthal Performing Arts

  • Dan Berson

    World Swim Against Malaria: They have a simple mission to addressing a disease that kills millions every year: Put bed nets over everyone person who needs one. No administrative overhead, all they do is save lifes.

  • CU

    what a great idea! My favorite charity is World Vision — the sponsorship program is top notch and targets the areas on the globe where folks need the most help.

  • nick

    American Cancer Society, everyone is unfortunately connected with someone who has suffered/suffers from cancer, any and all cancer research is extremely important.

  • JP

    We are very fortunate in Montreal to have the Sainte Justine Hospital Foundation which looks out for children’s health… what a better way to make sure we make a better world tomorrow.

  • Bil

    Wow–crazy generous of you, TPG–

    I split my donations typically among two:

    HSUS (, because I’m an animal guy, and

    NPR, specifically This American Life (, because I listen to their work all the time (and they need the dough to keep the downloads coming).

    In fact, I haven’t donated this year–excuse me while I go take care of something…

  • Benjo

    Americares – disaster relief to for crises around the world, from the USA

  • Tim C.

    My favorite charity is the American Arthritis Association. I’m hoping they find a cure for Arthritis so that we all can continue to climb the many steps of Europe when we reach our golden years.

  • YesMissWin

    There are so many worthy agencies out there, but my state has one called Oregon HEAT. It helps to pay the electric or gas bills so that low-income families can have heat during the cold winter months. Every time you step out to a cold car and think: “brrr,” imagine what it’s like to sleep in even colder temps all night long.

  • FranklinMint

    ASPCA…our four legged friends need and deserve all the help they can get.

  • Brooks

    Alzheimer’s Association, for sure.

  • Kris

    I personally support the Saint Labre Indian school in Montana. There’s so much poverty in Native American communities, and alcoholism is a huge problem and is leading to the break up of families. Getting an education will helpfully help the next generation create better circumstances for themselves, while at the same time preserving their amazing culture.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charities are Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood and Doctor’s without Borders. If I had to pick just one, I would probably say Planned Parenthood since they help women all over the world.

  • Jeff

    Angel Tree, because it reaches out to the innocent children of prisoners who grow up without their father or mother. These children are the highest risk of becoming imprisoned themselves later in life, and Angel Tree provides them with support during the most crucial period in their lives. During the holidays, Angel Tree also delivers presents to them on behalf of their parents—many of whom have made mistakes in the past but still love their families no less than those who aren’t incarcerated.

  • Jen

    Friends & Helpers.. their goal is to support and encourage women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.


    Thanks for all your tipsand advice! This is my go to blog for travel/credit cards and I look forward to reading your posts each morning as part of my “routine”. My favorite charity is Doctors w/ out Borders, they do great work across the globe for those in real need.

  • Anonymous

    New York Foundation for the Arts…help foster the growth of music, art, and performance in youth and struggling artists

  • Spicy B

    Make-a-wish Foundation! A close friend of mine’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age, and they were able to send her and the entire family to Disney World and a Disney cruise. Thankfully she beat the illness, and is a thriving, happy go luckly girl!

  • Leigh

    I’m always a fan of charity:water – they’re doing amazing work bringing water to millions of people around the globe. I’ve had the chance to travel to see a few of their projects in action…. absolutely amazing.

  • Dorothy

    I love Puppies Behind Bars: such a great program and concept!

  • Anonymous

    Favorite charity is my local pug rescue because I have a pug I absolutely adore and wish the same for all the ones out there currently without a forever home.

  • James B. Wilcox

    American Red Cross – fantastic and efficient humanitarian organization with a rich, strong history stretching back to the 18oo’s..

  • Mufadal Amiji

    The one charity that I always donate without any questions asked is “Doctors without borders”. They help people in disaster stricken areas as well as war torn areas. Please donate to them if possible. Every bit help. Please go to

  • zasm

    The Ubuntu Education. This organization, run by a friend, provides world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, ensuring they can access higher education and employment.

  • Dago Fonticiella

    I like St Jude. Its noble cause of helping cure children with cancer is very commendable.

  • LP

    I am thankful to our local animal shelter for giving our sweet dog (and many others) a second chance.

  • Derf

    Alzheimer’s Association as it is such a terrible disease.

  • AS

    My personal favorite is ASHA. It helps promote education in developing countries

  • Anne

    My favorite charity is Sun City K-9 adoptions. It’s a no kill dog shelter. I like them because they’re local and I can drop by and see what my monthly check is spent on.

    I take my grandson there every Christmas with an extra donation of cash and towels. He needs to learn about charity first hand. It’s a tradition he looks forward to.

  • Brian

    Terrific post, as always. My favorite charities include Boston Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Fund, yet the one charity that I always eagerly support is FAAN — the Food and Allergy Anaphylaxis Network, which promotes / lobbies for change in all aspects of food safety. As a parent of a child with a life-threatening nut allergy, I’ve become acutely aware of the every day risks — from poor product labeling to inconsistent treatments on airlines — and particularly appreciative of those businesses who really “get it”.

  • Brian

    My personal favorite is the World Wildlife Fun … the earth needs to be protected, and they do such an amazing job and protecting land and species from the threats out there!

  • Anna

    American Cancer Society. It’s time to cure cancer!

  • greek2me

    Doctors without Borders for sure. Doing amazing work around the globe in the toughest conditions. Makes me happy to write checks to them, figuring it is the least I can do to support those actually on the ground.

  • Bryce Reynolds

    My favorite charity is Haitian Outreach, which is a local organization, because it focuses on education. Through it, a donor will pay for a child’s education every year until they graduate as well as provide clothes and other necessities for them and their families. Rather than just throw money at the problems that exist in Haiti, this attempts to get the population more educated so that the entire country can have a brighter future.

  • Tiffany

    One of my favorite charities is Goodwill because it provides job training, and thus helps create a permanent solution to problems associated with joblessness.

  • Anonymous

    American cancer society in memory of my brother….have a wonderful holiday and thx for all your valuable info!

  • Mark W

    Habitat for humanity ( is one of the fun ones. It is not a charity where you just give a dollar amount, you have to put in some work. It is good to know that you can make a difference and it will help you realize how lucky you are with a roof above your head.

  • Kevin

    Freedom School Partners- provides low-income children with quality after school enrichment learning in Charlotte, NC.

  • Jon Huang

    I think Teach for America is a great idea because education really is the foundation of getting kids to college and having a successful life.

  • Anonymous

    All good charities listed below. I’ll add another that hasn’t been mentioned. One of my favorite charities is the Student Press Law Center. They stick up for the First Amendment rights of high school and college students.

  • Chris W

    The Wounded Warrior Project is a great charity. Anyone willing to put their life on the line to serve their country is a hero in my book and they should be treated as such.

  • Phuucnguyen

    Make-a-wish Foundation!! i wish every kid get a present for Christmas

  • Phuucnguyen

    Make-a-wish Foundation!! i wish every kid get a present for Christmas

  • Daniel

    I like the American Red Cross. It’s been there for such a long time and they do really good in helping out people in need.

  • Carolyn

    My favorite charity is UNICEF. I first learned about them and their mission about 15 years ago when I was still in school and was blown away at the work they do. I do what I can personally to help raise awareness and money for them every year. I love how UNICEF tries to teach and help people learn, and doesn’t just “preach” – they are just amazing.

  • JJ

    Movember is a fun and effective way of raising money and awareness to a type of cancer (prostate) that is not often publicized or newsworthy. Beyond supporting a wonderful cause, it is also great to watch friends get away with a mustache at work :)

  • Lois

    I would have to say The American Cancer Society. I hope they find a cure for this awful disease.

  • Jonathan

    I have asthma, so The American Asthma Foundation.

  • Meredith

    Planned Parenthood provides vital low-cost health services not only for women, but also for men as well. 90 percent of their work is preventive, primary care and in many communities are the only option for such services.
    Also the Natural Resources Defense Council does great advocacy and legal work for those who care about clean water, safe chemicals, energy independence, and other environmental and health issues.

  • Cory

    I like a few local charities. Sustain Dane and the River Alliance of Wisconsin

  • Emily Lai

    A year ago, my family and I started a non-for-profit called Life Quilt Foundation We are doing quarterly events focused on helping underprivileged students and adults with resources to get back on their feet. Events in the past included back to school supplies drive, Easter luncheon, winter coats, and job prep seminar. It had been rewarding to give and meet the people who are on the receiving end. We know exactly where our money is going.

  • Neet

    My favorite charity is:

    1.) Atlanta Community Food Bank –

    They currently distribute nearly two million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

    Their mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our communities. You can see their work making such a huge difference in our communities here, especially during the holidays and winter season, food on the table could be the most assuring thing. They are so Awesome !

  • Aleks Kobilarov

    My favorite is UNICEF — I’ve supported them for a long time for the work they do all over the world, in particular in Africa, for the benefit of children, the ones who are truly unable to help themselves, and give them a second chance at a better life (even survival in many cases). Clean water, food, medicine, education — everything we in the 1st world take for granted.

  • Jeff

    One of my favorites is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Back in college, my fraternity did a lot of philanthropy work to benefit St. Jude’s and since then, I have always tried to donate to help the kids.

  • Joel

    Above any other charity, Doctors without Borders. They travel to countries that need medical assistance, no matter what the conditions are like.

  • Larry V

    My favorite is Heart to Honduras. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life…..

  • Sydnie McConnell

    Love this!! My favorite charities are the Shriners Hospitals for Children and my local Humane Society. I love my humane society!!

  • Anonymous

    Fisher House. They take outstanding care of military families.

  • Jim H

    My favorite charity is my church. I think that most charity should fill the local need, then move to contribute to causes where there may not be local organizations or a lather infrastructure may be required. Most of our funds actually go to outside organizations / efforts, but we want to make sure we carry the burden for our local needs so others don’t have to come in to do so.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Callen-Lorde Community Health Center – They started back in 1983. It consisted of two physicians (Callen and Lorde) who were giving free health care to homeless youth in NYC. It is now one of the largest community health centers in the country. They do not turn away patients without insurance to this day. Anyone can go there and see a physician and get help with medications and treatments. Recently, St. Vincent’s Hospital closed on the West Side of Manhattan and they took a huge influx of patients without insurance. They are only able to stay open with donations. Many patients who get back on their feet and get jobs/insurance still go there and donate money to pay it forward. If anyone is interested, for $1,000 in donations a year you can become a Howard J Brown Society member. Thanks and awesome Site!

  • Ty

    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières do great work all over the world

  • Rich Anderson

    Nice gesture, TPG! I support several local charities, but on the national level the USO is a great organization to support this time of year. Troops overseas can have a particularly hard time of it at Christmas and the USO helps connect them to home.

  • Drew Lineback

    I’m a fan of an organization called CHRIS Kids. They supply housing and support for homeless children (less than 18 years old).

  • Scott

    My favorite charity is the Preemptive Love Coalition, which offers lifesaving surgeries to children in Iraq. They do a great job raising funds and awareness about healthcare issues for children there who would otherwise have no access to care.

  • Mark

    American Red Cross – My sister’s house burned down and they were there immediately helping her with food, clothing, etc.

  • Prudent_speculator_1

    Food Bank for NYC – b/c it sucks to be hungry

  • JR

    I support Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft palate surgery to those in need. They do amazing work to around the world.

  • Linda

    My favorite charity is the Red Cross — there to help whether the need is great or small.

  • Tyler Andrews

    Great contest!

    My favourite charity is the Snowsuit Fund, an Ottawa, Canada-based charity that gives brand new snowsuits (13,000+/year) to the children (up to 16 years old) under-priviledged families. I have volunteered at this charity for over 20 years and the experience of seeing the happiness on a little kid’s face when they receive their new snowsuit is a magical experience.


  • Phil Burns

    St. Judes Childrens hospital..They have been helping children with cancer for many many years, regardless if you can pay or not they are there to help..

  • Daw

    I support the United Way. United Way works to address the root of social problems, such as poverty.

  • JosephMay

    Soi Dog foundation in Thailand for help Thailand’s dogs survive the massive flooding.

    check it out.

    We donate to many charities. My wife and I really believe that we all need to try and make this life and world better. This charity has moved to the top of our list.

  • worldtravels2

    Kudos for this post.

    One in particular that I like is PACKFORAPURPOSE.ORG. Rebecca and her team have a wonderful call to action: pack 5 lbs of needed supplies (listed on her site) in your suitcase and bring it to your destination.
    For all those elite flyers out there, baggage allowances are generous, so as much as you can bring from
    the list of items on her site can change the lives of many!!

  • Tom L. is an online organization that transmits donations to K-12 school teachers. They review the projects, collect the money and pass it along. Donors can see profiles of the various projects and select where they want to send their donation. You can sort by grade level, geography, subject, matching grants.
    I’ve been using this for gifts for the past few years and everyone I’ve given a card to has remarked on what a great way to give.

  • Sandyjb

    UNICEF, particularly for the work they do in Africa.
    The other, and this may not really qualify as charity, but it would be Kiva for the incredible idea of everyone being able to chip in and help so many small businesses in other countries, and the keep doing it again and again and…..

  • David Adams

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation. We’re here reaping the benefits of the internet, but most people don’t know just how tenuous these freedoms we’re enjoying are. They’re constantly under attack from clueless politicians, and someone needs to push back.

  • Lynn

    I really like World Vision. We support 4 children. It takes so little to give them so much! Thanks, Rick.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent post. My favorite charity is the make a wish foundation as they grant wishes to people who often will not have another opportunity in life to have a wish granted.

  • Diana

    Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research! Thanks TPG.

  • Charlene

    I like the charity amfAr which helps raise money for and funds AIDS research. I personally love this because I also do HIV/AIDS research as a graduate student and I think it’s a particularly worthy cause with 34 million people infected worldwide! The organization is also sponsored by Delta ;)

  • Dandan Xu

    Partners in Health because of their many innovative contributions to healthcare in developing nations

  • Lynn

    Sorry — I meant Brian thanks so much !!

  • Cbender49

    I have to say the Wikimedia Foundation (Parent organization of Wikipedia and others) because they seek to educate the masses in an efficient way across language barriers and do so with zero government funds.

  • David , They give you weekly/monthly updates after you’ve made a donation to let you know where you’re money has gone and who it’s been helping. They are great for disaster relief.

  • sergey

    Great post, Brian! I’ve chosen American Cancer Society — to help people fighting with cancer.

  • Dave

    I’m amazed and impressed by how much your blog has grown – great job on that.

    To answer your question, my favorite charity is Bear Hugs ( It’s a super small organization, and every dollar given has a real impact.


  • yoshidude

    My favorite charity, and the one I give the most to every year is my local ASPCA. Awesome charity.

  • Rob

    Sierra Club.

  • Kai

    My favorite charity is WaterAid. Clean, available, abundant drinking water is something that people in America and Europe take for granted, but its unavailabiltiy is among the most important issues facing the rest of the world today. And it effects so many other things– a little help can go a long way.

  • appleland

    Unicef is really good since it works for kids around the world….

  • Cudchew

    I would say NPR and PBS. These 2 organizations provide entertainment of substance and a refuge from the copy cat dramas and sitcoms and brainless reality shows.

  • Valerie

    I really like Doctors Without Borders. They do good work and put a lot of their donations to that work.

  • Randy

    My local church and a local university. Not only do they help a lot of young people find their way, the church is very involved in supporting local law enforcement and the fire department.

  • TIsha

    I like supporting Make a Wish Foundation (not the lottery) and Habitat for Humanity as well. I think they both provide more meaning in what they give to the people than just a simple monetary donation…although that always helps too. =)

  • snapper

    Oregon Food Bank – because no one should go hungry

  • Mizliz

    I support the Red Cross, United Way, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. I also appreciate the important work being done by Food & Friends in Washington DC, to deliver hot healthy meals (with a warm smile) to those in the area living with AIDS or other life-threatening illness.

  • Elvis

    Being from Memphis, TN, my favorite charity is St. Jude’s Hospital. The work they do there is simply amazing, from the research, to the facilities, to the care, it is all spectacular. Great post!

  • Heather

    My favorite charity of the season is Toys for Tots. There are a lot of Americans struggling through hard times right now, who can’t always provide Christmas for their family. A new toy or two can mean so much to a child in need.

  • Jason

    I always donate to the American Red Cross. They’re always around in times of disaster and when people need it most.

  • Marc

    Probably my favorite charity is Make A Wish/Give Kids the World. I just feel that the positive energy that these kids receive really helps with their situation and might even have an effect on saving their life.

  • Erin Volland

    Working in the nonprofit sector exposes me to so many worthy charities, it’s hard to narrow down to one. If I had to chose just one, I would pick the Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) in Indiana. I loved volunteering there weekly as a student and would do it again in a heartbeat if I ever moved back to Indiana. EFRC exists to give homes to exotic felines (e.g. tigers, lions, etc) who have been rescued from abuse or neglect. If you’re ever in southern Indiana, I highly recommend checking it out – they give tours too.

  • Daniel

    The Anchor Center for Blind Children is a great non-profit in Denver that gives a phenomenal education to blind children in the Denver area who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

  • Noel

    American Cancer Society is the tops as well as some local charities that support teaching kids to read.

  • Tom A

    My favorite charity is the Movember event. Similar to the breast cancer walks, men grow beards and mustaches throughout the month of November and get donations along the way. Proceeds go to Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds directly related to prostate and testicular cancer.

  • Yong

    My high school is a combination public and privately funded magnet school, so they have a 501c3, called the IMSA Fund for the Advancement of Education, set up for alumni donations and the like, so I contribute there every year. I also typically do a small donation to the American Cancer Society.

  • Anonymous

    great post, favorite charity is Pat Tillman Foundation. In this day and age there are not so many people you can look up to and consider a hero, but Pat Tillman is one of them. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

  • Fredf

    I recommend the Make a Wish Foundation. For very little money you can greatly improve someone’s quality of life.

  • bmpgh

    American Red Cross, very high rated on a number of criteria:

  • Rocky Horan

    EQual Rights Washington – For the are fighting for equal rights, marriage equality and more. Since their conception just a few years ago they have successively advocated for the Anderson Murray Anti-Discrimination law in Washington state,the creation of the domestic partnership registry In washington, the further expansion of domestic partnership protections – giving us all rights as married couples, and the passage of the Healthy Youth Act. ERW also works to organize the movement for equality, educate voters, and influence policy makers. They continue to advocate for the expansion of protections available to committed gay couples and their children while working toward marriage equality. And finally they work to ensure that healthcare providers meet the needs of an aging LGBT community. We really need more organizations like these working on the grass root and local levels!

  • Greg Z

    My favorite charities are wildlife preservation and pet rescue. Lately, I’ve been volunteering and donating to Pet Orphans of Southern California. A really great no-kill shelter that saves hundreds of animals each year and helps them find loving homes!

  • Michael H.

    I support local charities and give to the William J. Clinton foundation for there work at home, abroad and disaster relief.

  • Brendan

    Doctors Without Borders (Mediciens Sans Frontieres) is great. These highly trained professionals risk their lives to go into the worst and most dangerous places in the world and help the sick and wounded without regard to political affiliation or social standing.

  • Benjamin Gleitzman

    Graduating students in the United States have an average of more than $25K in college debt, and many are still unable to enter the workforce. While not technically a 501(c)(3), this year I’ve been donating my time to the UnCollege movement ( ) which challenges the notion that college is the only path to success.

    Much in the same way that TPG readers “hack” the airline and hotel industry to find the best deals, UnCollege students hack their education by deciding how, where, and what they want to learn. Hacking doesn’t require dropping out of college but does strongly support the idea that students need to take control of their own learning. Whether or not you attend college, success in the 21st century requires passion, hustle, and contrarianism.

    Through UnCollege, I’ve started community learning groups in the San Francisco Bay area to provide support and build community for fellow “hackademics.” Be it a class on Python programming, a feminist reading group, or tips on getting great airline deals, UnCollege is helping people take charge of their education.

  • Paul W

    FoodBank of Santa Barbara County is my choice (but any local FoodBank will do). Given our wealth and plenty, I think it is shameful that anyone in the USA does not have enough to eat. But the truth is that such people exist everywhere. I can’t think of a better use of my charity dollar than to feed a hungry person who lives right here in the same place I do.

  • Spencer Wheelwright

    LDS Charities (Humanitarian Services) because I have seen their quick action in response to natural disasters and know that all involved in distribution of goods/services are unpaid volunteers.

  • David

    I am a big fan of giving time rather than money to charities. Best charitable experiences I’ve had are giving time at orphanages (not through any organization, just directly through the orphanage). If you are spending time in an impoverished area, then give a day or 2 of your time and contact the local orphanage to help out. I’ve never been turned down, and it’s a great way to directly help out those in need.

  • Dlovella

    Because we are older travelers, we are very concerned about the devastating effect of Alzheimers disease on so many especially older individuals who could be contributing to society and out enjoying travel as we do. We give to UCI Mind, who’s research may soon find a cure for this devastating disease.

  • Alan

    I support USO which helps our trip in this country.

  • Nathaniel

    Mary’s Meals, in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. For just $10 you can feed a child for a year. While they appear to be fighting hunger, they are more actively targeting poverty — they recognize that by offering food, children will attend school for the free meal, and education is the path to prosperity.

    They are staffed by genuine altruists and run on an absurdly low 6% overhead.

  • Richard New

    The older I get, the more I realize how isolated our seniors are. We need to reach out to them and let them know they’re not alone and not forgotten. I have dozens of favorite charities — has a list of places to volunteer — but Seniors Active in a Gay Environment is very close to my heart.

  • Jami Ferrell

    The charity that you actually personally get involved with and see first hand how much is needed. Give a charity some sweat and I guarantee you will give them more funds to work with.

  • Kumar Venkateswar

    Doctors without Borders. Low administrative fee ratio (~1.5%), and medical care provided regardless of politics.

  • Brooklyndy – fantastic program directed at specific classrooms of your choice. Students and teachers write thank you notes and take pictures of the item purchased with your donation . Classrooms are painfully underfunded and I find this program really rewarding.

  • Anonymous

    I support The Nature Conservancy, which helps to preserve the special places on our planet that sustain, educate, and inspire us.

  • Simon

    St. Jude’s Hospital – pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.

  • Angelina Aucello

    My favorite charity is st Jude’s… every child deserves a comfortable treatment when it comes to having a terminal illness

  • Modernhaus

    I support Accion, similar to Kiva in providing micro loans to female entrepreneurs in developing countries. Coming from the United States where business start-up costs are in the hundreds of thousands, it amazes me that such small amounts of money can buy enough goats, fabric, or whatever is needed, to start a successful business and change the course of a family’s life. Women are most likely to repay the loan and use the proceeds to benefit their children’s health and education, and it enables them to access family planning and control their family size, which benefits everyone in the family.

  • Susan

    My very favorite charity is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The reason speaks for itself. To be able to reach out and help a child in need – even anonymously – is a wonderful thing. And with St. Jude’s, you know the money is going for research and to the children.
    Although I also give to Best Friends in Utah, the local SPCA, and Wounded Warriors with regularity, St. Jude’s is my favorite.

  • Allison Marino

    My personal favorite charities are Share Our Strength – which does a great job fighting to provide children in the states with access to healthy meals, as well as Martha’s Table here in DC.

  • Eddy

    Hard to pick a favorite but Doctors Without Borders is high on my list. Essential healthcare and assistance to those who need it most — I have nothing but kudos and admiration for those involved with this wonderful organization.

  • Amitdelia

    Star of hope — giving to the homeless

  • Jimmy Yoon

    Peyton Manning’s Childrens Hospital Foundation because helping unfortunate children to me is a great cause especially after having fraternity philanthropy events to raise money for them.

  • Misterstuf

    While I tend to feel that local charities are most effective in getting the money donated out to the people who need help, I will go with the Red Cross since they do good work both locally (with blood drives, etc.) and internationally.

  • Justin

    Doctors without Borders is my personal favorite charity. They provide help to the neediest of people at their most desperate time, and do it without massive overhead or advertising. I feel that they represent the true meaning of what a charity should be.

  • Mont Poster

    I would recommend the Make-A-Wish Foundation, that grants wishes to children (3 to 17 years old) who have life-threatening medical conditions. In my view, Christmas is about families, children, and hope, and this charity certainly helps keep those themes alive.

  • airshadow

    American Red Cross

  • Darren

    Helps children get involved in the great outdoors.

  • Mark Barbieri

    My favorite charity is Growing Hope based in Ypsilanti, MI.

    Helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. Growing Hope fosters learning, improves nutrition, encourages self-reliance, and promotes positive community futures.

  • Joseph Cheung

    I like to support Doctors Without Borders!

  • Anonymous

    I donate to PFLAG — they’re doing amazing work around bullying in schools and training corporations about LGBT issues in the workplace.

  • Nguyen

    American Red Cross. Thanks.

  • Tuan-Linh Nguyen

    Hi Brian. One of my favorite charities is the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ( In addition to top-notch research, they also provide cancer care and education. They also don’t focus on just the “big-media” cancers.

  • Kirk

    My favorite charity is Imagine No Malaria. They help fight malaria in Africa, which a very treatable.

  • Mark

    I personaly like KIVA. It is not a charity per say, but gives chance and hope to people all over the world with whom I would never cross paths if it wasn’t for KIVA.

    On my way to the 8th loan and all previous have been fully paid off.

    Joint them!

  • SC6589

    Bridges to Community is a community development organization in Nicaragua and has expanded to the Dominican Republic as well. I spent a week in March 2011 traveling to Nicaragua where we assisted local masons in building homes for families who do not have a shelter of their heads. The families are required to work a certain amount of hours and contribute a certain amount of money to show that they are dedicated to the project. The masons are employed by Bridges to Community. It was a powerful experience to construct a home for a family who was desperately in need of one. The family included a single mother and her nine children ranging from age 21 to age 2. Additionally, there is a crafts market with vendors who earn money selling their crafts to the foreign volunteers of Bridges to Community. It is a great organization and Bridges to Community has made an incredible difference in Nicaragua.

  • fg

    I usually try to support charities where the overhead is low and a maximum amount is used to do good. We used to give to United Way, but find it better to actually spend the time and research the charities a little more. Gives you a much better feel of what they do and how.
    Most recently we donated to the WWP.

  • Drury

    My favorite charity is Food and Friends in Washington, DC. They provide home delivery of food for those who have AIDS or other health issues. The nice thing is that most of the donations go straight to buying food as it is delivered by volunteers and they have very little overhead.

  • Murad

    I give to many charities but smile train is one of my favorites. Repairing a child’s cleft lip is a life altering operation. It allows them to have a chance at having a life without constant discrimination based on appearance.

  • Carwag25

    EQCA – continually fighting for civil rights protections across the US.

  • Andy G

    My favorite charity is the Wounded Warrior Project. It is important to remember and support those who protect our way of life here at home.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s Bring em Home.

    They pay for flights for enlisted military personnel to come home for the holidays. They also accept miles as donations.

  • Anonymous

    I’m personally partial to the Make-A-Wish foundation because they help give hope and joy to those who need it most.

  • Rob Hensley

    My favorite charity is the ASPCA.

  • Rich A

    Salvation Army’s my favorite.

  • Betty Jarzobski

    My personal favorite is Relay for Life which benefits the American Cancer Society…a way to walk and give.

  • Sonya

    My favorite charity is Tzu Chi Foundation because of their relief efforts all around the world, and their message of compassion.

  • JP2

    Toys for Tots. Nothing like manly Marines collecting toys for kids.

  • David B

    I recommend Bread for the City in Washington DC. They are somewhat unique in that they combine medical care, a food bank and legal services for low income residents of the District of Columbia. This becomes a highly efficient way of creating a path out of poverty by addressing a variety of needs such as housing, benefits, health and hunger in a single location.

  • Keith

    I do most of my travels in Africa and tend to stay away for large charities (often big overhead costs). The Books for Africa guys are great: A second favorite is FORGE, which is a program that helps IDPs/Refugees resettle.

  • MSH

    Thanks for doing this! We support City Harvest in NYC — truly a worthy cause.

  • Ted

    Habitat for Humanity. Always love working on hands-on stuff!

  • Brian M

    My favorite charity is the wounded warrior project. We need to support our injured troops returning home. They put their lives on the line for the us.

  • Anonymous

    St. Jude’s and several other cancer and pediatric oncology charities are my favorites. Thankfully none of my family has been directly affected by childhood cancer, but some of my closest friends were, and through my work with one particular camp, I’ve known some wonderful people whose time on earth ended far too soon.

  • Davevalo

    The Salvation Army, because most of the money gets to the needy, not to fundraisers.

  • Samuel

    Direct Relief International. Rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator and they don’t send you tons of solicitations in the mail or sell your name and address (which really annoys me about some charities).

  • Bender

    I do still support the Red Cross for disaster relief efforts over the past few years. They reach some that other, smaller, organizations cannot.

  • Dutchkin_77

    I love Children International, as we have been sponsoring a boy from Chile for the past 9 years or so. Also, we will probably donate to World Vision International this year; the company provides farm animals (among other things) to people in third-world countries.

  • Silver Springer

    I sponsor at child at the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. My gift directly improves the quality of my sponsored child, her family and their village

  • Brian

    The American Cancer Society is always on my list. They do great work, and over time have a huge impact.

  • Lauriegoldstein

    “Cookies for Cancer” is my favorite charity. They send a dozen beautifully wrapped and yummy cookies with your $30 donation. All proceeds supports kids cancer research. A mom started the charity in honor of her child. I give these cookies as teacher and hostess gifts and any other time I can find an excuse. Great charity to support!

  • CraigR

    National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Supporting research and education for health care professionals and the public. Thanks for supporting all of us

  • Anonymous

    Make a Wish Foundation – the ability to donate miles to give others joy is great.

  • pixel girl

    There are so many worthy causes, but two that I always like to support are the Environmental Defense Fund and my local public library.

    Part of me always feels a little guilty traveling to wondrous places in airplanes — I have to wonder what impact that has on air and the environment. EDF does great work on clean air and other issues.

    And although libraries are technically govt-run agencies, they are always sorely underfunded and provide such great services to all citizens, including the elderly and kids!

  • Robert Elliott

    I’m a fan of Kiva–they facilitate microlending for those in need of it in order to better their lives.

  • Butlerbc

    I really like While not a charity in the normal since, I give as if it was a charity and then if the loan gets repaid I just “add that to the pot” so I am able to give more the next time.

  • Steve

    I always prefer the United Way here in Canada… but the Heart and Stroke Foundation is near and dear to my heart… literally.

  • Ana Ortega

    my favorite charity is my local boxer rescue, Legacy Boxer Rescue serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Every year they rescue hundreds of neglected, abused boxers and find them loving homes. They really go above and beyond in their rescue efforts bringing back dogs from near death.

    But really any animal charity, such as the ASPCA, is deserving.

  • A.J.

    ONEDROP (, and it’s not even close. Water is such a fundamentally essentially thing its amazing that several charities that operate in developing countries don’t focus more on water supply development

  • Bob

    My latest favorite charity is Task Brasil (, a UK-based charity that helps house and care for abandoned street kids in Brazil.

  • Anonymous

    I like American Red Cross because they always step-up in times of need in especially in emergency situations, it’s so sad to see all the people in need during catastrophic times and American Red Cross is always there…

  • Jeff W

    Fantastic post! I’m a big supporter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Watching a child have their wish fulfilled is simply amazing!!!

  • Dan

    Feeding America – They do such a great job a treating food insecurity where so many people take food for granted.

  • Jay

    My favorite new charity is a small non-profit called BeLoved International that takes up older orphans and adopts them into a family setting rather than an “orphan home”. Great model for orphan work and tremendously active since they’re new :)

  • Venicesnapper

    What a great idea, Brian! I see that someone has already mentioned The Trevor Project (very worthy), so I will also mention The City of Hope, which is a hospital and research organization which has been working for nearly 100 years to cure cancer and other tragic diseases. City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. Here’s wishing you and all you readers very happy holidays and a wonderful new year.

  • Diane

    My favorite charity is “Waves for Water”. The only thing we all can not live without and causes the most deaths worldwide. It is perfect do it yourself charity for travelers. The filters come in a large ziplock bag and weigh less than a pound. With each filter you will give 200 gallons of clean water a day to a village – no need to replace filters – just by cleaning the filters your gift of water will last for years.
    This year I have personally delivered many filters to remote villages, indigenous tribes, temples, schools in Luang Prabang, Japan, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, India, Indonesia, Bali, Thailand, Honduras.
    There are no words than can express the joy you will see when you gift clean water. We forget how precious water is as we run our dishwashers, take a bath and pour a glass of clean water.

  • Alex

    Give Directly:

    It gives money directly to the poor, and it lets the recipients decide how to spend that money (because they know best what they need most), and it is efficient.

  • Fernando

    My favorite charity that I always give to is the HRC. Their work for the LGBT community has been very beneficial. Ranking from their LGBT friendly companies (American Airlines) to their help with youths within a community. I love the HRC.

  • Jeffrey Goetz

    I think both of these have been mentioned, but I generally go for two main charities: Toys for Tots around this time of year and Donors Choose. TFT is fun because we go pick out toys that we think would be fun (if we were 20 years younger) and get to dump them all into a big box on the way out of the store. Donors Choose is also wonderful because we get to see exactly what we’re supporting, and the projects are always so varied and interesting. I love supporting creative teaching. DC is almost always what we give when we’re doing charity as a gift for someone.

  • A. S.

    To me, any Children’s Hospital for terminal illness is a truly worthy cause. Children are such angels and the light of our lives and if we can make their short existence (in the case of the terminally ill, I mean) in any way more pleasant then it makes me happy.

  • Anonymous

    I support our troops by donating to the USO. They make troops feel more at home while they are deployed. I also donate to AutismSpeaks which helps fund autism research and provides support to families with autistic children.

  • Anonymous

    United way because of the good work they do in south east michigan.

  • Jeremy

    Hi TPG!
    I like DonorsChoose.Org for the specific programs and needs you can allocate your money too. Makes me feel like my donation has actual impact and won’t get lost in the ethers.

  • Stephen

    City Harvest, helps feed the hungry and homeless in NYC

  • Rob F.

    Normal Moments, Inc.
    This organization is devoted to supporting parents with critically ill children in the home, in the hospital, and via web resources so that they can spend as much time as possible sharing the most normal moments possible with their children. They help alleviate the home stresses while parents sit with their hospital-bound child, by providing them with experienced resources to whom they can vent or who can be used as sounding boards either in person or by telephone, by reducing some daily cares such as housecleaning, lawn maintenance, and meals from local restaurants, by providing a consolidated location where they can research medications and treatment protocols via links to reputable websites, among other services, and by providing access to other service providers who can assist them with those needs not met by Normal Moments, Inc. For more details, please see their website:

  • Jason Sternberg

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Great organiztion to donate to. Happy Holidays!

  • Chananya

    Cong. Kedishas Aron. Because they except points and miles for donations. And because a lot of theur members are TPG followers.

  • Zan

    One of my favorite charities is the USO because they really do a good job of trying to take care of our troops.

  • Joe M.

    We donate regularly to the National Kidney Foundation. They come through every month or so and take items you want to donate (similar to Goodwill). Not only do they provide a charitable service, but they also help take unused/unwanted items off our hands and put them to use helping others.

  • Heather

    1) Red Cross because they help so many people! Also, I was trained in CPR at our local Red Cross.

    2) Carolina Poodle Rescue is a non-profit group that rescues poodles (and other dogs) that are about to be killed, provides medical care to un-adoptable dogs to make them adoptable, provides a sanctuary to those that have been abused and are not adoptable, and provides foster care to dogs when their owners are deployed overseas for the US Military. We have adopted 3 dogs from them.

  • TM

    Scholarship America – Because education is the key to future success!

  • MJLouise

    I love It is one of the only breast cancer organizations that raises money for research aimed at extending lives for those living with terminal metastatic breast cancer. Other largish organizations focus on awareness and early screening (which has limited medical benefits). This one is truly looking FOR THE CURE.

  • WitteMuis

    Habitat for Humanity as well as, where an individual (anywhere in the world) requests a small loan (starting at$25.00) , and pays you back after they start making a profit. You are kept up to date with photo’s and statements.

  • Emma Doud is fantastic! I love being able to help education in specific areas of study and parts of the country.

  • Russ

    Living Water International at is doing great work trying to eradicate unclean water throughout the world, which is one of the leading causes of disease. It takes $2,500 to install a well that will serve an entire village, school, hospital, etc.

  • sushi

    Make a wish foundation! Looking forward to more of your posts in 2012!

  • Iain

    This may sound trivial compared to some of the other replies, but I always try to remember to give money to public radio. This includes my local public radio station, OPB, and WBEZ Chicago, who make “This American Life”. With newspapers in their death throes, network tv news being unwatchable for the under 60s, and cable news being a wasteland of opinion and talking heads, public radio serves an ever more important role in our civic society.

  • Jason74

    Our personal favorites are the Shriners, American cancer society and the Humane Society. So many charities doing good work and I wish we could do more. Great post!

  • xtc

    favorite charity: UNESCO, because i find their list of world heritage sites quite interesting.

  • Kimmy

    La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, PA….they work to empower immigrants and low-income residents of southern Chester County to stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive and fulfilling lives by providing access to high-quality, culturally welcoming services. With extra credit to all the people that take advantage of their education programs….ESL, GED,…

  • Super Bob

    I like It’s more of a “teach them to fish” organization.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Muttville Senior Dog Rescue! A grassroots organization in San Francisco that works to find forever homes for senior dogs. Older dogs are often overlooked and languish at shelters, thereby becoming much more likely to be euthanized. Muttville takes these dogs in, finds them homes and helps spread the word about what wonderful companions older dogs are.

  • guest

    My favorite charity is memorial sloan kettering

  • Steve

    My favorite charity is kids international ministries. They have two locations in the Philippines with one located in my wife’s hometown. They are a home for orphans in the Philippines. They also have a school for the kids in Manila. Both locations reach out to the local poor kids each Saturday by feeding them and giving them a lesson. Each year they have a Christmas party for the poor families in the area. They give a gift bag to the kids which contains food items. My wife and I were there last year for the Christmas party and there was close to 2000 people.. It was amazing to see so many kids happy to get cans of food. I have family who are working at one of the locations. I know the people involved in running this charity. I know the money goes to the kids. Thanks for the opportunity to tell others about this ministry.

  • Dawn_e_Samuel

    I am a sustaining supporter of Minnesota Public Radio for helping to keep me sane and educated in a time where unspun news seems to be hard to come by. I also love giving through Kiva, which I think helps to empower people around the world.

  • Rex White

    Project Open Hand – an Atlanta-based charity that does great work delivering meals and other necessities to the disadvantaged

  • Anonymous

    I donate to — all of my grandparents were teachers and were instrumental in teaching me before I even set foot in a classroom. Teachers really want to do the best for their students but with education funds tight right now, it’s tough to teach certain lessons or buy books for classrooms. Donorschoose lets you help out specific classrooms in need.

  • Samara Feinberg

    What a wonderful thing you are doing. My favorite charity hits very close to home it is a Fund that my best friend started after she lost her baby boy at only 3 days old. The JAD Fund was founded to raise money to donate machines to NICUs around our area that do not have them. Since the summer they have already raised $50,000 and were able to buy a Blood Gas machine – how amazing to turn a tragedy into a fund that will help other sick babies. Please check it out – thanks Points Guy for asking such a wonderful question!

  • Dan Rock

    American Cancer Society – cancer affects everyone at some point in life.

  • Anonymous

    The Wounded Warrior Project. This project meets many of the specific needs of so many of those who have given so much for this country…….. in ways the majority of us here in the US can’t even begin to imagine!

  • TSPynes

    My favorite charity is “Seeking Common Ground” based in Denver, CO which brings Palestinian and Jewish young women together in a short-term residential program called “Building Bridges for Peace.” An excellent documentary was made of this program called “My So-Called Enemy.”

  • Vinny

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Helps children, advances science. Great combination.

  • W Chris Burcham

    I always donate to the American Cancer Society, great online form (with a $5 minimum) that also helps me hit my first purchase needs on a new CC.

  • Mary Happymommy

    I support the American Cancer Society.

  • Sheila

    My husband and I support So the World May Hear foundation – the foundation provides hearing aids for those who need it around the world. We also donate to our church.

  • Lauren

    The American Cancer Society and Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation make a feel difference by funding critical research to find treatment and cures for these diseases which affect way too many loved ones

  • Graham

    My favorite charity here in SW Florida is the Salvation Army – I believe that they do a great job and that they have a very high percentage of their collected income being dispensed to those with the greatest needs. Every year here, someone generously puts a gold St Gaudens piece in the collection bucket anonymously – truly a great gesture !

    Having participated in this collection through our local Lions Club for many years in the cold winter season in Pittsburgh,, I salute the volunteers all over this great country and place my vote for The Salvation Army.

    Happy & healthy holiday wishes to you and all your readers !

  • jenb

    Partners In Health! There are huge number of global health organizations that work in places such as Haiti, Rwanda, Peru, etc., but Partners In Health is one of the most reputable both in the work that they do in providing treatment for those with HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and a number of other issues that people face day to day as well in providing great transparency and accountability for documenting where your money goes when you donate (they have a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator).

  • Mon

    American Cancer Society, because it affects so many and on a personal level I have family members and friends.
    Many charities mentioned in previous posts are great as well

  • Anonymous

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  • Rob Perelman

    +1 to American Cancer Society. I’ve lost a few family members to cancer, so it’s nice to think that supporting this organization will stop cancer at some point.

  • Matt M

    American Cancer Society – Good charity helping to find a cure for the thing that scares everyone, cancer!

  • Trevor Hoppe

    I’m proud of many of the organizations that my community — the LGBT community — has supported over the years. But now that I’m a Michigan resident, I’m particularly proud of the work the Ruth Ellis Center does in Detroit. Particularly around the holidays, when having a home matters especially, it’s important not to forget those in our community who don’t have a home to go to. The work Ruth Ellis Center does with homeless LGBTQ youth in the area is tremendous and needs all the support we can lend it!

  • Marco

    The juvenile diabetes association. I love this charity for All they do for the unfortunate youth that contracts this deadly disease. I have been fortunate enough to volunteer several years at children’s hospital when I lived in the area. The entire staff is amazing. May god bless the staff and most of all the children. Hope you have a great holiday season.

  • Scott Bernard

    American Red Cross — helped a lot of my friends during/after Hurricane Katrina

  • DRob

    The Make a Wish Foundation. After working at Disney and seeing the smiles on the faces of children makes it so easy to donate money knowing the work and joy the organizaiton brings.

  • Anonymous

    I love the Washington Humane Society because it gave me my best friend and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club because they make our outdoors so much easier to use for everybody.

  • Matt

    Second Harvest is a good charity.

  • Anonymous

    Children’s Miracle Network….no limits for children and parents in need

  • Ashafroth

    One of my favorites is Heifer International, because it offers families access to sustainable sources for food and farm-building, which can be a first step out of poverty.

  • Alex Genevsky

    I’m a big fan of Mercy Corp. They provide practical aid for schools and communities in Africa. They also do a great job with education and outreach.

  • ofer

    Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute

  • Anshuman Saha

    American Red Cross. Usually the first one in during a natural disaster and make a great impact in the lives of the affected.

  • Liz

    There are so many great groups out there. The two I’ve most recently donated to are Heifer International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

  • Wany May

    Susan G. Komen. I like the idea of linking pink colored item to a small donation in the store.

  • Michael F.

    Oxfam. They are on the ground quickly and efficiently when disaster strikes,

  • Justin Hamlin

    We have for years been supporters of CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, a non-profit hospital specializing in severse health issues in children. My younger brother was treated and cared for at CHOC for almost a year while battling brain cancer and can not think of a better charity to support.

    While we lived in Southern California, we made it a point to regularly take part in any charity walk, drive, event that was sponsored by CHOC.

    Great charity, great people, great cause, great cures.

  • Tamnchuck

    My favorite charity is the A21 Campaign which rescues young girls out of human trafficking.

  • Joel Giefer

    I donate to St. Vincent DePaul; they have a local food bank and they ALWAYS need money and food.

  • Joe

    Boy’s & Girl’s Club of America … Our Youth are the Future

  • Stephen Christy

    My favorite charity is the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas. Their goal is to help women who have suffered domestic abuse.

  • adrienne dellinger

    Chicago House – helps homeless individuals diagnosed with AIDS in securing housing and employment. My friend is a case worker there and does amazing work.

  • Patrick Beswick


    St Jude Children’s Hospital. The university I work always organizes efforts to raise money for the children. It is always very rewarding giving back to those sick kids.

  • Kirk

    Goodwill Industries – donations are sold at the retail store which provides jobs and funds training for many people.

  • Jason

    I give to Give Kids the World. Giving terminal kids their wish of going to Disney and giving them a chance to forget their illness. Its a great charity.

  • Matthew Wilson

    Great idea. Year end giving is critial to these chartible organizations. I am giving to First Priotity of Alabama. First Priority Birmingham works in your community as a strategic partnership of churches, ministers, business people, educators, parents, and students who are concerned about the moral and spiritual well being of teenagers in greater Birmingham. In short, First Priority is us, the people of God uniting together to make a positive impact in the lives of this generation.

  • Broncob73

    I like the Unv. of Minnesota Children’s Cancer Center and my girls love the humane sociey.

  • Anoop Kulkarni

    I would go with Teach For India. You have to volunteer two years of your time and you teach slum and lower income kids

  • Umassfen

    I support USA Fencing. The sport has given me a tremendous amount throughout my life and it’s a way of giving some of it back.

  • sailor

    Doctors without Borders is my pick.

  • deedee

    Alzheimer’s Organization… Devastating disease with no cure…watching my grandmother and now my mother is not a fate I would wish on my worst enemy.

  • thrashsoundly

    The Road Home. So many people are in need of a place to help them get back on their feet and The Road Home is a tremendous place to facilitate that.

  • Stephanie

    The Green Bag Project–they provide food assistance to local families and children!

  • Bulby72

    My favorite charity is Child’s Play ( because they buy video game related items to children in the hospital and I grew up playing (and loving) video games! Every year, video gamers, corporate sponsors and charitable individuals help raise millions of dollars for the charity which is fantastic!

  • Carsten Varming

    American Red Cross is my favorite.

  • Gary Perkins

    Catholic Charities of St Louis does a great job supporting the entire St Louis area

    Thanks TPG for recognizing the great ways to give back!

    Gary P

  • Ed

    Happy holidays to all!!!

    My favorite charity is BFF Blankets for Friends. It seeks donations for No Kill animal shelters in New Jersey. My 14 year old daughter created BFF two years ago and it has growm rapidly. She delivers van loads of food blankets, and toys to needy animals. I am so proud.

    All donations to be made at 120 mountwell Ave Haddonfield NJ 08033

    Have a joyous season!

    Ed Duffy

  • Cindy

    This year, my partner and I supported the UN’s World Food Program the most.

  • Mantini

    The Group Health Foundation. Group Health Cooperative not only saved my life, but they are a model for affordable, not-for-profit, preventative care-based health care that can and should be the way of the future in America.

  • foofiter

    I too like wounded warrior. Helping out wounded vets is a good thing and even though they get government benefits they are far from adequate.

    If you can take a bullet for your country they should be taken care of.

  • Max

    The Jimmy Fund at Children’s Hospital in Boston is a great organization that donates money and experiences (hangouts with Red Sox players, etc.) to children with cancer in the Boston area. My Mom works for Children’s Hospital and says personally that it is a great charity that does a lot for getting money to kids who need treatment. Happy holidays!

  • Daniel Rubenstein

    My Jiu-Jitsu gym in Chicago held an in-house holiday tournament where all the competitors donated $25 to compete and all the proceeds went to Ignite the Spirit ( 34 competitors, $850 donation courtesy of

  • Justin Lindblad

    I really like Passports with Purpose because every year the raise money to donate it to a different important cause. This year it is to build libraries in Zambia to help with education for the children. A very important cause since it is true that the children are the future as cliche as it sounds. Check it out

  • Michael

    Great post, I support a number of charities each year. But the one that I think is great is the MS Society (great cause and they put on the annual MS 150 Bike Tour) and the American Liver Foundation (underrepresented and for another great cause)!

  • HansGolden

    My favorite charity is one in India called Good Life Ministries that has a number of ministries:
    1. Several free schools in the slums that provide one free meal a day and free education for the children.
    2. A computer skills training center
    3. An English training center
    4. A taxi/driving school
    5. A sewing/seamstress/tailor training center
    6. Roving medical camps in villages that give free vitamins, eyeglasses (optometrist on-site to diagnose), immunizations, and other medical services

    All of the above are complimentary (or very small fee (like 5-10% of cost) just to make sure that they’re invested in the classes, it varies a bit) for poor folks.

  • JasonT

    Hope For The Warriors – For all the soldiers who have put themselves on the frontlines, its a great charity to help them out.

  • L Ive

    Partners in Health is my favorite charity as they work diligently to provide health care to those in serious need of medical attention. I also like Henry Street Settlement as my local NYC charity.

  • Andrew

    I’m a huge fan of charity: water (, which funds projects to provide clean water to communities around the world.

  • Andy

    the trevor project. They operate a 24/7 hotline to save children from suicide!

  • Anonymous

    I donate to a wonderful foundation, PAWS TO REMEMBER. It is a pet cemetery in Wallingford Vermont. They dig the holes for your pets, give you the head stones and maintain the grounds beautifully including a hanging swing where you can overlook the cemetery. They also are a shelter for abused animals including Shetland ponies who are almost all inbred, hence retarded. They have 3 legged cows, pigs, llamas, and couple of donkeys who nobody else wanted. And when the owners, Debbie & Todd Morse’s children moved out, they adopted 2 mentally retarded men in their 80′s after their families passed away and they didn’t want them to go to a government run facility. PAWS TO REMEMBER saves many animals of all sizes and shapes and when they pass, they rest as you would hope they should.

  • Adam

    The American Civil Liberties Union!

  • Jake Olson

    I really like the ONE foundation. They spread Global AIDS awareness and the issue of extreme poverty throughout the planet. Pretty easy for us to forget about things like that from our part of the planet.

  • Scott

    I love Aloha United Way. They support numerous local causes, and are one of the biggest local charities around. Their impact on the community is immeasurable and that’s what I donate to them on a regular basis.

  • Sarahwicker222

    My personal favorite charity is Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s changed my life more than it has my little sisters.

  • Mikeyboy

    Animal Charities of America

  • kshahk

    Plan India would be charity of my choice, they help underprivileged children get education and protect child rights.

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  • YJ

    UNICEF, because kids can’t help themselves. We need to watch out for the next generation

  • Jeann Brick

    I’ve been a supporter of Seva for 20 years. They provide many services to indigenous people; the one that touches me personally is providing vision surgery for the people of Nepal to heal blindness and give the gift of sight. Namaste

  • Roxysweetie7

    My favorite charity is the Hawk Children’s Fund This charity was started by college students after attending a Darfur presentation. Since then, it has been passed down to new students who have become interested in the cause. Each year new projects are chosen to help children in Africa, including building schools, building libraries and developing places for villages to get clean water.

    I love this charity because absolutely none of the money goes to paying salaries or crazy things like that. This charity teaches the villagers how to make bricks for better structures and create rainwater capturing systems so they can use their knowledge to make work for themselves in the future. In addition students learn how to organize a nonprofit business. Helping people in Africa and here at home!

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  • Todd

    American Red Cross — Always make a big impact during distastes as first responders

  • Jacob


  • Trevor

    I’m a big fan of the Grameen Foundation, it really helps to empower the world’s poor and allows them to become self-sufficient.

  • Eric S

    Spirit For America, which helps the USMC with civilian reconstruction projects overseas.

  • BarbD

    my charity is the Child Fund Alliance, they have been helping child internationally with clean water, medical care and education for over 70 years

  • Anonymous

    LDS Humanitarian. 100% of contributions goes to those in need.

  • Deant

    Susan G Komen foundation for breast cancer. They do fantastic work to help defeat this deadly disease.

  • Tim M.

    Boy Scouts of America. I consider this a great non-for-profit that develops young male leaders in our community. It helped shape me into what I am today.

  • Anonymous

    Since both my parents had cancer, I like giving to the American Cancer Society. I also really like Environmental Defense Fund as they seek practical solutions to environmental problems.

  • Mike

    St. Jude’s–because medical care is ridiculously expensive, and cancer is nasty.

  • Gary Haas

    Compassion international has been my favorite for years although the Crisis Pregnancy Center comes in at second. I support both of these among various other charities year round. What better Christmas present can any one get than the satisfaction of giving to children in need or frightened pregnant teenagers who don’t know where to turn.

  • Shawnna Robert helps North Koreans to live the lives they wish to live.

  • Stefan

    My favourite is the American/Canadian Diabetes Association. Being a diabetic myself, I’ve found them to be wonderful at helping fellow diabetics cope and adjust to all the inherent limitations that this illness brings. I bet you know or have a diabetic in the family. Please give to them in their ongoing efforts to fight this disease – which is increasing dramatically in our society!

  • Mike

    My favorite charity is O.U.C.H. Link for donations is here:
    This charity is funding research for cluster headaches also known as suicide headaches. I suffer from these and they are extremely painful and debilitating. There has been very little research or treatment headway made into this condition.

  • sandy

    ASPCA, it’s so sad watching all those animals being sick or stranded. Did you know we have more cats in America than people?

  • Anonymous

    I think the best charity is the Aga Khan Development Network. They spend their energies helping less fortunate people train themselves to be self sufficient. The AKDN focuses energies on specific programs, by forming intellectual and financial partnerships with other organizations and governments. The Aga Khan, who is the leader, has received many humanitarian awards as a philanthropist and has helped significant numbers of people out of poverty.

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite charities is Compassion Connect. They organize and run occasional free dental/health clinics around town and connect people with all kinds of resources.

  • Victor Yiu

    My favorite charity is a local one — Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. They provide affordable health care to musicians in need. Arts and culture is one of the reasons that make Austin great, and this organization helps ensure the people that make it that way stay healthy.

  • Jason

    Terrific. My favorite charity is “Seeds of Peace” which sends Palestinian and Israeli children to summer camp in the US.

  • garyst16

    My favorite charity is Carousel Ranch ( This charity provides equestrian therapy to children with special needs. It operates entirely on donations and in some cases, does not charge for their services if the family cannot afford to pay. This charity will tug on your heartstrings and leave you wanting to help their great cause.

  • Mr. V.

    Great! My favorite charity is Cross your Borders: a Dutch initiative for which I volunteer: we teach kids in high school about poverty in developing countries and try to make them more conscious about the problems in the world. We believe a better world starts with consciousness :)! Happy holidays from The Netherlands!

  • Asen

    My favorite charity is St. Jude. Ensuring medical care for all is our duty.

  • Henry

    I support my local PBS station, KQED here in San Francisco, for it provides fair journalism, arts, entertainment, and learning programs that bolster everyone in the community.

  • James

    I’m a big fan of City Harvest here in NYC, which “rescues” food from restaurants and grocery stores in order to feed the city’s hungry.

  • Ryan S

    Children’s Miracle Network – This is an organization that raises money to buy needed and technologically advanced equipment for Children’s Hospitals, that would exceed that outside of the normal operating budget. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, I have been a volunteer with the local branch of this organization since I was 15 years old. To this day, I still volunteer often with the same location, despite moving two hours to the East. It is an excellent charity, that undoubtedly has saved the lives of many people, who otherwise would have passed at far too young of an age.

  • Kimberly C

    I have three favorite charities! Locally – Fresh Start – the focus on providing a warm safe environment for the homeless – where they can come in and take showers and receive hot meals! World Vision – focusing on helping children/families/communities around the world in areas of health/nutrition/community. Lastly – IJM – Bringing justice to the injustice in the world. These guys pay their volunteers a true salary – work with local law enforcement and get the job done!

  • Christopher Carruth

    Been volunteering and donating with the American Red Cross for a year or so and am proud of the work they do here and abroad. Tons of good charitable organizations out there and the ARC is certainly on top of that list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Joe Firmin

    My favorite charity is one my father started called the Golden Harvest Food Bank in Augusta, GA. He started it out of a small office in downtown Augusta, which now serves over 30 counties across GA and SC distributing over 14.2 million pounds of food to the poor and hungry. I personally know when I give money to this charity it goes directly to good things, I have been there and handed food off of a truck to a person living in a shack in rural GA. Great charity, amazing work. Thanks!

  • Aruna

    One of my favorites is St. Judes. I donate every Christmas and I know that if I can make a kid smile, that’s a good enough gift for me. Their research and no child turned down program is phenomonal.

  • Alcat0035 I think it’s a great concept to create microloans for people all over the world that want to start up a business that could not aford to do so bc of their poverty.

  • flyer708

    I go for the Red Cross USA. There are so many faux charities nowadays, and to save all the hassle, I think RC is always a safe bet!

  • Longshot

    My charity is The Beach House. They assist abused women and families in need of housing.

  • Maxim

    Toys for Tots. Because it’s impossible to take a cut of a toy [donation] for overhead.

  • goober

    make a wish foundation- putting smiles on childrens faces makes anyones heart melt. These kids go through more in their short lifetime then most of us adults ever will and they each deserve to have a wish come true.

  • Veronica

    We give to Philabundance, which supports food banks all over Philly.

    +1 to all the fans of the Trevor Project (lots of mentions here!)

  • Young-Ae

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Horrible Disease that needs to be solved. Of course, all diseases are horrible. But this is what I choose to donate to.

  • Geoff Ewart

    Thanks for the opportunity! I tend to support 2 charities one being WWF and hence and a big supporter of Coke’s new program of matching donations for the holidays and also raising awareness by changing their labelling, second is Palolo Chinese Home which has cared for many of my family and friends who were unable to help themselves and allows us all to show our elders the respect they deserve by having a safe place for them to live.

  • Charlotte

    My favorite charity is Soldier’s Angels, who send/help send care packages to US soldiers overseas.

  • Alcat0035 I think it’s a great concept to create microloans for people all over the world that want to start up a business that could not aford to do so bc of poverty.

  • Henry

    My favorite charity is the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. I have volunteered many times and can see what a meaningful impact it has on the community. I believe they are open to everyone and really help people out when they need food.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is my Church!

  • rajnish

    definately American Red cross

  • Shruti

    Wounded Worrier charity

  • Rich Bakken

    I support Thai Village Handmade Crafts, a non-profit that supports economic self-sufficiency and Christian education in Thailand. Given the recent flooding and impact on the country, this couldn’t be a more important area of focus.

  • lacinda riesland

    My favorite charity is The site allows public school teachers to post things that are needed for their classrooms that aren’t in their budget, and allows donors to pick which projects (and classrooms) they want to donate towards. It’s really nice to choose exactly which project I like (I’m partial to music education), and the thank you notes from the kids are really great.

  • Jonathan Palmer

    I’m a supporter of the National Epilepsy Foundation of America after my friend passed away from an epileptic seizure this past September at the age of 29. The Foundation helped her lead as normal a life as possible through various types of support (medicine, counseling and rides to and from her workplace).

  • Craig

    The American Cancer Society is always a favorite of mine because so many families are touched by cancer.

  • Sun Kim

    My favorite charity is the American Cancer Society. When my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, they were very helpful in providing us with the resources to find financial aid for her treatment.

  • Mike Chung

    My fave charity by far is UNICEF. They care for kids where and when they need it most.

  • AsherO

    My favorite charity is TLP (, an adult-education organization that equips people with the tools they need to succeed in today’s world!

  • arjun

    Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation – It’s my coworker’s foundation that was started by her daughter shortly before she passed. Rather than contributing donations to research they give it directly to the families to aid “patients who require assistance in paying for medications, tests, wigs, transportation to and from treatment, and other financial burdens associated with breast cancer treatment” (from their website).

  • JRob Skrabby

    Habitat for Humanity because it’s hard to make it without a home

  • Markyjaco

    Love the blog. My favorite charities are the Wounded Warrior project and Livestrong … I can’t pick between the two!

  • sang

    UNICEF. I love animals.. those poor things. This world is overpopulated and we take bad care of these animals. We need to educate people.

  • Markyjaco

    Love the blog. My favorite charities are the Wounded Warrior project and Livestrong … I can’t pick between the two! One is all about taking on cancer and the other honors the sacrifices by our men and women in uniform … both are worthy causes.

  • Bald Army Guy

    One of my favorite charities is the USO. As an Army guy, it’s great visiting them as a way to get away from military stresses.

    The most memorable time was on my last night in Afghanistan, sitting in the USO, waiting for our flight home. We were attacked. I was thinking, if we get hit here…this will make the news.

    Well I’m back and regulerly donate to the USO, and encourage you to do the same.
    They are a true blessing…especialy to our younger troops.
    Bald Army Guy

  • Anonymous

    American Red Cross because they provide a lot of relief during disasters.

  • Brad


    I typically give to the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters charity but this year did. Little something different.
    We have a co worker that has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. I work with a small group of folks and instead of swapping gifts we pick a charity to pool our money towards each year. But it was my turn to pick the charity for this year and I decided to directly help out one of own employees. She had decided early in the year to decline insurance coverage at our sign in date last January as an effort to save premium dollars throughout the year. Hindsight shows this was a poor decision on her part but the reality is now one of financial hardship battling the cancer. She has a great group of friends that are throwing a fundraiser for her that I will also join in and support.

    I wish I could do more but regardless it is something.

  • Beltway

    The American Cancer Society, for all the obvious reasons.

  • Jared Hakimi

    Masa Israel Journey. The organization helps 18-30 year olds from around the world to find service and professional opportunities in Israel, thus allowing young people to help those in need while also enhancing their career prospects due to their international experience.

  • Wei-En Tan

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund is my favorite charity, because they have an awesome track record with pushing legislation through against cruelty to animals. They rock!

  • Anonymous

    Operation Homefront is a great organization that provides help to the homes of many military families that need help on practical items–such as a new roof, a car to get to work, etc. This charity spends a much higher percentage of the donations they receive on it’s stated purpose than almost any other charity (as opposed to sending you tons of junk mail, paying high salaries to employees, and spending the donations on other miscellaneous operational expenses). This charity does valuable work for families that need it and deserve it.

  • Saad Bhamla

    American Red Cross – I always donate to them. I appreciate what they stand for and their work.

  • Basil

    We support Los Pinsingos, which is a foundation in Colombia that operates an orphanage as well as foster care and expectant mother care. Last month we adopted a beautiful baby boy that was being cared for by Los Pinsingos

  • T Horne

    My favorite is the Red Cross. Those guys are quite a welcome sight everytime there is a calamity, anywhere.

  • Sonnypatel94

    I love supporting the Lusaka Animal Welfare, as well the ASPCA in the US to benefit neglected animals live happier, healthier lives. Animals have feelings too….

  • Raker10s

    Shenandoah Riverkeeper is a charity I donate to That works with landowners, industry, municipalities & the public to preserve & cleanup the Shenandoah River. Great to see a small charity achieve positive results!

  • CCM

    Great idea. My favorite charity is the Humane Society of America, because they provide a broad array of services, including education, advocacy, and litigation, all of which contribute to a better quality of life for animals.

  • Robert MacGregor

    UNICEF. Because at the end of the day you can’t fault giving money to help the neediest children in the world. That’s the best bang for the buck charity that exists. A few dollars can have a huge positive impact on someone’s life over the next several decades.

  • Ruby188

    Compassion International, they help kids and their families all over the world!

  • Stinger101

    American Cancer Society. My mom passed away from cancer.

  • Mjones

    My absolute favorite charity is LiNK (Liberty in North Korea). They are an NGO that sets out to help North Korean refugees escape to freedom in the South.

  • Jillo

    The Global Fund for Women is my favorite charity. They make grants to women’s organizations worldwide that support women’s rights. My sister and I make donations for each other instead of exchanging gifts. I’m fortunate to be an educated female living in a first world country, married to a man that treats me as an equal partner. There are so many women in this world that don’t get to enjoy the same freedoms.

  • Sanjay Rajpal

    I support the Calvary Women’s Services because of the great work they do on behalf the homeless, but also on behalf of women by providing them safe shelter, food, and many other personal support services. Happy Holidays and thanks for all the great information you provide on this site!

  • Anonymous

    I love Kiva where you lend money to individuals to start small businesses around the world to bring them out of poverty

  • Kevin

    Without a doubt, Kiva. I’ve been contributing to them for years and have always enjoyed being able to have a somewhat personal connection with the end result.

  • mattolo

    American Cancer Society. I work in this field so I know firsthand that money given to them makes it into the hands of researchers like myself. Thanks for the blog and all the great tips in 2011!

  • Kay

    The Peace Corps! You can donate to volunteer-organized projects at The nice thing about donating to Peace Corps projects is that they all have a really small budgets. When I was a volunteer, people would try to raise a few hundred or a few thousand dollars to organize a teacher training or a girls’ camp. Whatever you donate will make a real difference to the project’s budget, and you can pick which project you’re donating to. I always feel pretty confident that my money will go to it’s stated purpose.

  • David Moon

    Brian, this year I decided to donate locally, so I chose the Gandhi Youth Brigade. They are a non-profit in the Washington DC suburbs. Their mission statement says: “Gandhi Brigade prepares young people to become powerful leaders. In collaboration with adult allies, young people create multimedia that engages and transforms our community.”

    They also reach out to at-risk youths and lower income communities and teach young people real skills (think: video editing, blogging, production & design, etc). Really great stuff. You can find out more at:

    Cheers, and thanks for the reminder to give back. The recession has been brutal on most non-profits, I’m sure.


  • pianodude

    Salvation Army does great work in our community, including food distribution and assistance to low-income people

  • Adam Auden

    Habitat for Humanity do fantastic work in providing secure, affordable housing to those who need it. Fantastic organization.

  • missmagoo

    The Red Cross is an organization that helps people all over the world; our support is necessary.

  • Anonymous

    The Shriners Children’s Hospital….love to help out the kids.

  • Dalem

    So many . . . all good. One I like to support is the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure. Get out and exercise and help find a cure for Breast Cancer though donations.

  • Jen

    I support the ASPCA. Their work with rescues/adoptions as well as their dedication to erasing animal cruelty is important.

  • Harry Chawla

    I support and endorse and . The former for organizing community develoment programs in the Seattle area that offers flexible time commitments and makes impact by connecting people that value the community.
    The later for leading the volunteer efforts around maintaining the natural resources (trails) in WA state and also for influensing public and government’s role in maintianing WA trails.

  • me

    My favorite charity is the one I work for — Second Harvest Food Bank, part of the Feeding America network. Being hungry in a rich country such as the US shouldn’t be so prevalent. Charity starts at home!

  • JD

    The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America!

  • Evan Walther

    My favorite charity to support is – 100% of every donation goes directly to providing clean sources of water to those in need around the world. The administrative costs are paid for by a group of wealthy VCs and individuals.

  • Marty

    Classes To Caravans – building schools in Mali.

  • Denise

    My favorite is unicef because it helps those in need globally.

  • Karen Lessin

    Please consider supporting the support center for child advocates which links pro bono attorneys with abused or neglecteD child in court. It has been doing this work for more than 30 years and helps more than 800 children watch year

  • Anonymous

    What a lovely idea this holiday season! I am a big fan of The Stray Cat Alliance in Los Angeles. They help the ever expanding feral cat population by promoting TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs and are just an amazing overall animal advocacy group giving a voice to those who have none.

  • Mathew N

    Union Rescue Mission provides food for the homeless year round but particularly for the holidays.

  • David Miller

    I like because you can support a single small project and see what impact it is having.

  • Anonymous

    Prize4Life! Great charity trying to find a cure for ALS.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the Doors of Hope Women’s Shelter in Wilmington, CA. In the interest of full disclosure, I served on the women’s committee for building this shelter. After 3+ years of research, red tape, building, etc., we opened our “doors” in September. But aside from my own personal reasons, it is the first and only shelter for homeless single women (as opposed to women with children) in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. And we did it all without public funding. Did you know that in Los Angeles, we have more shelters for animals than we do for humans? I’m a big animal lover, but wow. Brian, I’d love to send you one of our XL reusable cloth grocery bags in so-chic black!

  • Harvey Yang

    I like the Sick Kids Foundation ( for the same reasons other posters have listed for their local Children’s Hospital – namely, top-tier hospital focused on providing world-class care to kids who need it the most. I am also a strong proponent of Kiva, as I believe it helps maximize the impact my donation can make – by both empowering local entrepreneurs to enterprise their way out of poverty, and by allowing me to that over and over again as loans are repaid.

  • Steven Schwartz

    As a dentist, I heard about Operation Smile and it seemed like a perfect fit. Cleft lips and palates are not a big deal in America but in the third world, the are left untreated and the children become total outcasts without anything approaching the possibility of a normal life. Thankfully, there are organizations that mobilize US doctors to go overseas and perform surgeries at no fee. The cost of suppost services for each operation is about $250 – a pittance to basically save a life.

    We decided that anytime we do a cosmetic case, we will donate that amount in order to make a life-changing difference in someone’s life very, very far away. It has truly been a blessing.

  • Matt Walker

    i love and support ANGEL TREE as well as INVISIBLE CHILDREN.

    Angel Tree is an organization that buys and delivers christmas presents to children with parents who are out of the picture, and have a huge financial need.

    Invisible Children is all about ending the longest running war fought by children in the history of the world. They work in Uganda and are actively saving childrens’ lives from an evil man named Joseph Koney.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comment,
    Matt Walker.

    [email protected]

  • Manik2012

    Passports program was great. Teach people to fish than feed them.

  • Tara

    This time of year, I like sponsoring a family through our local human services department. The sponsor agrees to provide either the ingredients for a holiday meal or a grocery gift card + presents of clothing and toys for each of the children in the household. I also like Toys for Tots at Christmas. Other times of the year, we donate to UNICEF, The Salvation Army, and to our local food bank.

  • Anonymous

    SAARC, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. They do a fantastic job doing both research and providing resources to those with autism.

  • David

    Habitat for Humanity. I did work for them while in college – building houses across the country on Spring Break. Also, the American Cancer Society – too many in my family have been affected.

  • Anonymous

    Two favorites are PFLAG — a great resource and support for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and my local SPCA for our furry friends.

  • Emailbrianjohns

    Wow – your blog is really growing! My favorite charity is my wife’s, Rainbow World. She founded a non-profit for international adoption education although I also like a number of environmental groups like Defenders of Wildlife and Amnesty as well…

  • charles

    My main cause is the American Cancer Society.

  • C. K.

    One of the worthy organizations I support is Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose, CA. They have some very innovative programs for lifting people out of poverty including a worker-owned housecleaning and landscaping cooperatives, as well as a program that teaches low-income people to create backyard/patio gardens to help feed their families healthy foods.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not the only one I support, but I love RxArt, because they put high-quality, original art (from bigtime artists like Jeff Koons) in children’s hospitals like St. Jude and Schneider Children’s Hospital. It’s easy to overlook what a scary place a hospital can be for a kid, with bare walls and tons of strangers around. I just feel like making a kid feel a little less freaked out is pretty important–especially if he or she is spending his or her final days somewhere.

  • Secretary Toaster

    My favorite charity is the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. They provide civil legal services to the less wealthy throughout the Chicago area, and they employ some extremely talented and passionate advocates. While the wealthy have every advantage, I personally think that all people deserve competent legal representation, regardless of wealth.

  • Edwin Ngo

    I support the local Food Bank as they really trying to reach out to individual with needs. I make regular donation to the Food Bank and made some really good friends via Food Bank over the years. They have great people who donate their time to volunteer and work on food donation pick up, sort, distribution.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the National Marrow Donor Program ( They are working to take the stigma away from bone marrow donation, and show people how EASY and FREE (thanks to donations) it is to join the registry. Most patients only need special cells in your blood, and donating is quick and painless.

  • Susan Sperling

    Favorite Charity: Project: New Born
    What more can I say: giving new born babies with life threatening challenges a chance at life.

    Project: New Born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit consists of 126 beds, including the Special Care Unit and a referral unit expressly for preemies requiring extremely complicated procedures. This highly specialized treatment is available at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) for premature and critically challenged newborns from Miami, South Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  • Colin

    I love donating to the American Red Cross. Whether it is my blood, my money, or my time, I can never think of a time I didn’t want to associate myself with them. ‘Tis a great charity because they are constantly helping those in need and are great early responders to disaster.

  • Ssgtravel

    We believe in supporting education for children, especially girls, in areas of the world where they have little opportunity to receive any education at all. One organization which does excellent work in this area is The Citizens Foundation, USA, ( which builds and supports schools in Pakistan.

  • Andy Raatz

    I support Project Rescue (, a work that is actually working or restoring women who have been trafficked into prostitution. They aren’t just talking about the issue, but actually doing something about it. Great work, with the best results anywhere.

  • Aaron Schuett

    The Hunger Project –

  • T. Wright

    My favorite charity is Invisible Children, an non-profit trying to end the use of child soldiers in central Africa. There of course is a huge disconnect between us privileged jet setters and these children born into violence, but I salute those dedicate their time to helping children be children, not political tools.

  • Colin Weaver

    I love to give to New Yorkers Against Gun Violence ( They are the only organization in New York working on BOTH sides of the gun violence issue. They work on policy to reduce the number of illegal guns on the street that end up in the hands of criminals and kids. They also run several free after school programs in communities hardest hit by gun violence and provide the with the tools and skills they need to become advocates for change in their community and to never pick up the gun in the first place.

  • ppmd

    Heifer International — Providing animals to help people in underdeveloped countries support themselves.

  • Donna Klein

    Two of my favorite charities are Habitat for Humanity and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Habitat provides a basic human need by making shelter possible for so many people in the U.S. and around the world. Kosairs provides a vital service to children. My son spent a little time there years ago and I have a friend who has a son there now. They make a real difference.

  • Mandrake

    My favorite is Doctors Without Borders. Their body of work speaks for itself. I especially like after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, they flat out came out and asked people to stop sending them money for that emergency! Their logic was that they had more than enough money to cover that crisis. Instead they asked donors to allow them to use the excess or forthcoming funds for other deserving but not as ‘popular’ emergencies. I think it speaks volume to their integrity as opposed to others which will gladly take all that they are given.

  • Kathy K

    Wowee, Zowee, TPG – nearly 650 comments in less than a day!!! I donated to Passports With Purpose, which raised money to build libraries in Zambia. I also donate to a lot of health related charities – because many friends run marathons for charities, and I choose to support them even if with small donations. Additionally, for the last two years, my family has decided to scale down the pricetag of holiday gifts and for each of us to use the difference in dollars to donate to a charity of our choice. Then, when we exchange gifts we each take turns talking about where we chose to donate money and why. Sometimes though charity is about being alert enough to see who could use a helping hand. Happy Holidays!

  • Dlove620

    SPCA Due to my love of animals, especially Dobermans!

  • Jaclove29

    American Cancer Society – to find a cure!

  • Jpulizzano1

    American Heart Assoc – to help others survive.

  • Brad R

    My favorite charity is LDS Charities. 100% of donations go to help the needy in places like Japan, Haiti, Africa, Dominican Republic and Chile, just to name a few – all overhead is paid for by the LDS church. They’re one of the first responders to any catastrophe and are virtually unseen as they seek little to no media attention. There can be no other charity to which you can give to see your dollar go further.

  • KP

    The Jimmy Fund – As a Boston native and a Fenway faithful of the Red Sox’s, the Jimmy Fund has been outstanding with its support towards children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is also highly trusted and I can always count on putting a dollar towards them when given the chance.


  • Brian

    One of my favorites is Habitat for Humanity. They do a great job of providing housing to low income residents. They also do a great job of getting the recipients involved by having them help to build the residence so it’s not “just a handout.”

  • Alejandro

    I like Shepherd’s Counseling ( for their services, (and that they are local to where I live).

  • Michal Bryc

    Doctors without borders.

  • tpat

    I’ve donated to the American Red Cross several times to aid those who have been victims of natural disasters, hunger, and poverty.

  • Steve

    water charity

  • Jtgray

    Big City Moutaineers – These guys take inner city youth on 1 week backpacking and kayaking trips, among other things. I think they help these kids out immensely, not only because they get to experience nature – something they probably never thought about – but also because the programs develop leadership skills and expose these kids to something different, something I think they may need. The wilderness has helped me to understand my place in the universe and that understanding has made me a better person, so I am glad to know these kids may get this as well.

  • Anonymous

    My charity is “Headrush” in Wisconsin. It a non-profit organization whose mission is to significantly improve the future of Brain Tumor research, treatment, and survivorship. Having gone through Brain surgery myself this one is close. If anyone is interested in getting more information or donating here is the link…

  • Lowell Jacobson

    The Institute for Justice — — a libertarian public interest law firm that tries to make sure that we are more and more free, and not strangled to death by regulation and unconstitutional laws.

  • Jim Newhouse

    American Cancer Society – I’ve had many friends and family stricken with this disease.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity this time of year is Operation Christmas Child which is a part of Samaritan’s Purse Organization. It is a way to bless a needy child somewhere in the world with a shoe box filled with whatever you feel a child will need and like. It is usually the only gift these children will receive. As donors we can follow our boxes online to see what countries they go to.

  • Rafiq

    Doctors without Borders for the eyeopening work they do in parts of the world where suffering is beyond limits and catastrophic.

  • Norman Baugher

    American Diabetes Association, I was a brittle diabetic at 20, kidney failure at 39, received a pancreas and kidney transplant 21 years ago and still going strong, only one of my 4 children has diabetes, a blessing in itself, diabetes is a devastating disease and I gladly give to this wonderful organization

  • Nicole H

    love habitat for humanity. appreciate everything they do for people in need

  • Nick

    Modest Needs is a great charity. It doesn’t take much to feel like you’re making a difference

  • Dan Maize

    Medical Teams International. They go to hard-hit spots after disasters to offer free medical care. It’s an incredibly efficient charity as well.

  • Cassie

    I like to donate to local domestic violence/women’s shelter non-profits. I’ve donated to ones in different states as I move around every few years for work.

  • Patrick Nam

    love it! good stuff!

  • Patrick Nam

    doctors without borders.

  • karen cagle

    Texas Lions Camp is a camp devoted to kids born with disabilities, handicaps, cancer , diabetes and downs syndrom, among other things. Lions Clubs work year round raising money for the camp, which offers FREE camping for these youngsters. The goal is to provide an atmosphere wherein campers will learn the “Can Do” philosophy and be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth and self-esteem. The camp was established in 1949. When we are not traveling or visiting grandkids, we are fund raising for these special kids.

  • SF

    I like the Grameen Foundation. Their mission of fighting global poverty really resonates with me because of the coursework I did in global public health issues in college.

  • Patrick

    My personal favorite is MAP international, it does international medical work, as do many charities, but is consistently highly rank ed for financial transparency, which is importnat when you’re parting with your hard-earned income!

  • Ahmet Can

    I really like Heifer International ( as it provides resources to people so that they can increase their economic resiliency. Their mission is to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. I think sustainability is the key because teaching a man to fish is much more valuable than giving him a fish.

  • Scott

    I support the Day Worker Center of Mountain View for the help they give to some of society’s most marginalized workers.

  • tp

    Kiva though it is not really a charity followed by Doctors without Borders

  • Abi

    I love Children International and sponsor a lovely little girl in Guatemala! Children International helps underprivileged children through school and to give them shoes and clothing!

  • Nick

    I Support Habitat For Humanity. I like to work with my hands, but am a computer programmer, so this lets me exercise my desire to Build in a very positive way.

    I also really enjoy that the Families purchase their homes on a zero interest Mortgage, and then those Mortgage payments are used to build more houses.

  • Chris

    I like my local ASPCA, and have also adopted dogs from them!

  • Phoebe

    The Rebecca Project for Human Rights advocates for the rights of women and girls who are sold into the sex-trafficking industry.

  • Tuscanyx

    Our favorite charity is a toss between save the children and doctors without border. Both are noble causes. If I have to pick one, I’ll say save the children since I have a daughter and it just break my heart to see how kids in poor and war torn country have to grow up, which I personally experienced growing up in Asia.

  • Scuta

    The American Red Cross – always there in a time of need.

  • Asuruma

    Rachel’s Women’s Center in Washington, DC. They help homeless women by getting them off the streets into a safe environment where they can reestablish their lives. It’s an area that requires intensive group help to work with each person one on one to determine why they became homeless in the first place and then how to get them back on their feet again.

  • Brandon Smoller

    I really like Doctors without Borders. Good cause from a good group.

  • NY

    Partners in Health – their work continues to be an inspiration for me!
    Happy holidays!

  • Gino

    I support my local SPCA here in Houston. We’ve adopted several animals from them over the last 10+ years.

  • Saiwing

    WWF. There are too many animals facing threats of extinction.

  • CharlesG

    My favorite charity is Prep for Prep ( I have to be honest: It is my favorite because I am a beneficiary of this program. It gave me the ability to have choices in my life, to move from public housing in the South Bronx to Harvard. The reason I can collect miles, points, and status is because Prep for Prep made a real impact in my educational life.

  • Amaralj92

    My favorite charity is Catholic Charities. They help many poor people in the US with food pantries, scholarships and heating fuel support.

  • Anonymous

    YogaOutreach, places volunteer yoga teachers into diverse settings including recovery centres, shelters, healthcare facilities, correctional institutions, youth at risk programs and more. My spouse has run this organization for years, never making any salary. She grew it into a pretty solid organization that now receives funding enough to pay for a couple employees. This year she, for the first time, made MVP on Alaska due to many flights to visit and take care of ill family. Almost all of her flying is actually on Delta, and I’ve been pondering how best to switch her over to that program since the benefits would probably be better matching the program to the metal, and a full alliance would be nice too. Additionally, I feel with her level of flying, the roll-over miles would be a huge benefit. So on her behalf I’m posting, hoping to get her that Delta status. She likes coffee too! :)

  • mikeg

    One of my favorites is . I really love the idea of helping other people help themselves. Teach a man to fish…

    Kiva is one of many micro-lenders. It’s not quite a straight up cash donation type charity. Rather, you fund part (or all) of a (usually small) loan. It seems that generally the micro loans are paid back in full. Once paid back, you can elect to re-loan the funds or donate them to Kiva to help cover operational costs.

    Of course it’s possible your loan isn’t repaid in full, though I have yet to experience this.

    I am especially happy with this micro-lender and they seem fairly legit based on various charity evaluations:

    I love that my donation (loan) can go on to help others with their dreams of self-sustainability. I am also fond of browsing through various proposals and choosing people with business plans that have feel close to my heart.

    Happy Micro-Lending!!


  • Tom Krysiak

    The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW North Carolina. There are a lot of people that don’t even have enough to put food on the table here in NC.

  • Anonymous

    I support the Salvation Army. They have several programs from Elderly Services to Disaster Relief. Another great charity is Operation Christmas Child (operated by Samaritan’s Purse) which sends shoeboxes filled with toys and needed items to children around the world – this is what Christmas is all about! Merry Christmas!

  • Hzg74c

    My favorite chrairty is the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children ( They provide FREE orthopedic services to children in Texas.

  • Lauren

    My favorite is St. Jude’s – they do wonders for kids with cancer!

  • Canadensechris

    The Daily Bread Food bank is a great charity that helps all those in need no matter what their background.

  • 808deal

    my favorite charity has got to me HUGS here in Hawaii. It’s a organization that helps support families that are dealing with terminally ill children.

  • Andrew

    My favorite charity is Mississippi First, a public policy nonprofit in (obviously) Mississippi. I think it’s great because it pushes for widespread, but possible education reforms, which are desperately needed here.

  • BostonBen

    Cradles to Crayons ( provides underprivileged children with things they need to help them feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. They also provide great volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

  • chris v

    SmileTrain ( is my favorite charity. The item I sometimes struggle with is being able to make a large enough donation to see a difference. At SmileTrain, $250 truly changes a child’s life. They perform free cleft palate to surgery to children in third world countries – something that can be devastating in those communities.

  • Rsamstein

    My favorite charity around the holidays is the Red Cross

  • MealsonWheels-guest

    Meals on wheels. All over the country, it’s easy to be a part of, and helps people who often times don’t (or aren’t) able to ask for help.

  • James

    Unicef as it helps the sick , poor , and under privileged!

  • Noam Kagedan

    My favorite charity (assuming you never withdraw your contributions) is Kiva – really empowers the giver to make a huge and tangible difference in peoples’ lives.

  • John

    My favorite charity is the World Vision.

  • buschoi

    WWF to save the wildlife all over the world

  • Mark Vornberg

    PKD (Polysystic Kidney Disease) – my mother recently passed away due to PKD and they did a lot for her in the 10 years up to her passing, both financially and emotionally. Thanks, Mark

  • Arnold

    American Cancer Society is truly wonderful

  • Adir

    favorite charity: united way. theyre great because theyre always there when disaster strikes.

  • Anonymous

    Veronica’s Voice assists those victimized by prostitution and sexual exploitation to reclaim their lives from abuse, drugs and violence.

  • Steve Miller

    easy, American Red Cross.

  • Kent Ives

    One of my favorite charities is Habitat for Humanity. Providing low-income and affordable housing to families can be the kick-start many families need to self-supportive. I have volunteered with Habitat on several occasions and it is always a great experience!

  • Ben Stephens

    I’m not sure if this is considered a charity, but I love lending on Kiva. It seems really personal.

  • Dustin Hatton

    My favorite charity is World Vision. It helps children, families, and communities fight poverty, disasters, and injustice.

  • MissMac

    I support The Wildlife Conservation Society. Their parks are local to me: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries. They save wildlife and habitats worldwide through education, global conservation, and education. Because of their hard work and dedication, they help ensure future generations will be able to appreciate endangered species that were saved from extinction.

  • Peter

    I will donate to my own church since 25% of my church budget is for oversea misson.

  • Anonymous

    One that comes to mind is the Organization for Tropical Studies. This charity brings together several important aspects and provides :higher education and educational outreach, understanding human and environmental interactions, environmental appreciation, research, and international travel/experience.

  • Tina

    salvation army

  • Russ

    Red cross

  • Anonymous

    I used to work for the American Red Cross in Greater New York after 9/11. It’s a great organization and would recommend donating to them.

  • Kyle

    Purple Heart Foundation

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite charities is Soulforce. Their aim is to combat bigotry, hate, and prejudice. They have always received a **** (four-star) rating from Charity Navigator; although they fell off the CN radar this year due to their small size.
    BTW, Charity Navigator is an excellent “charity,” too.

  • Clint

    Kids Against Huger. The reason because it gets people under the age of 18 involved in giving back and feeding millions of kids around the world. Last year 40,o00,000 meals to more than 40 countries. That is why I am a big fan of Kids Against Hunger.

  • Joe Velky

    Bridgeport Rescue Mission, because it supprts the homeless in my community.

  • ballardFlyer

    My favorite charity is a global health charity based in my home state

  • Ganitlevy

    My fav charity is Saving children with these diseases is always a great cause!

  • Benjamin H.

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance do not pay. St. Jude freely shares research findings with doctors and scientists around the world.

  • surplus4u

    local food bank (like Gleaner’s Food Bank of South East Michigan). I heard on radio that there are more and more people closer to “all of our own” home now that might not have enough even for a Christmas dinner.

  • Anonymous

    American Cancer Society

  • Apex

    Doctors without borders. My mother had a traumatic brain injury from a road accident and we have been grateful for the doctors who attended to her and gave her timely medical attention.

  • RaeDavenport

    I give to World Vision which supports a community while I support a child. The child is growing up in a third-world Asian country and I know that my monthly donations go towards important projects like building schools and ensuring clean water, which benefits everyone who lives there and builds good will between the countries where they work and the West.

  • Kim R

    I like to donate to my local SPCA so that they have the appropriate funding to add more pets that need shelter. The SPCA is no kill, and I support that greatly.

  • Jonluca Agnihotri

    My favorite charity is Founded in 2002, Modest Needs is an award-winning public charity with a simple but critical mission: we work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts for the low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten.

    We do this by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses that we’ve all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, or the unusually large heating bill, for example.

    Since 2002, by working together in this very ‘modest’ way, Modest Needs’ donors have stopped 10,203 low-income individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival.

  • Grumpy Eric

    Team In Training

    I met many friends there and have lost a few people through that group as well. Cancer sucks, damnit!

  • musiciantraveller

    I support the Trevor Project as it is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and helps down-on-their luck teenagers.

  • Anonymous
    Mooremart is a great organization that brings needed supplies to our troops oversea’s that are protecting our country. Recently at work I helped coordinate “Stockings for Soldiers” and our office filled over 75 Holiday Stockings that we delivered to the local dropoff location so that our servicemen and women that would not be home for the holidays would have a special treat.

  • Reichen

    The North Texas Food Bank – not only do they distribute food to help prevent hunger, they also emphasize the importance of nutrition and provide significant amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits. They have adopted a hub and spoke system to rapidly and effectively distribute tons of food throughout the North Texas area, minimizing waste and maximizing the impact on the community. One dollar pays for three meals. No one, particularly in America, should go hungry.

  • Siddharth Rewari

    My foundation of choice for my annual donations is PAIR. It was founded by a friend of mine half a decade ago and since has shown itself to be a fantastic avenue to assist refugees displaced in the Houston area. While limited currently in it’s reach, this is just for the moment. It makes me proud to have been a part of and personally seen the difference simple guidance and help can make in the life of a human being.

  • Nfhall02

    The Jimmy V foundation that does research to find a cure for cancer. Not only am I a huge basketball fan, but that speech brings tears to my eyes every time I see it.

  • Jeremy

    American Red Cross – even when I don’t have a ton of extra cash, I can still make a big difference by donating blood.

  • Whitney H.

    My favorite charity is the Red Cross.

  • DJ

    Hepatitis B Foundation
    A foundation dedicated to a silent killer that is often overlooked by mainstream American society but prevails in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

  • Ike

    BuildOn (formerly Building With Books) builds schools in developing countries and creates afterschool programs in the U.S.


  • Andy

    Public Counsel — — access to the legal system, especially in our litigious country, should not depend on the size of your wallet.

  • Corey

    My favorite charity is the Jimmy V foundation. 100% of the money goes to cancer research. Jimmy V died of cancer and I have had several family members pass away from cancer. I also am very inspired each year when ESPN runs his famous speech. Cancer has taken too many lives and as with anything else money and research are the only things that will bring that to an end.

    Here is a link to the speech.

  • Peter Robertson

    The Jimmy V Foundation.

  • Becca

    The American Red Cross, always there to lend a helping hand!

  • Ozaer N.

    Doctors Without Borders–they do great work in war torn countries to help

  • Tanya-ann Marie Rausch

    Doctors without borders. I am in the medical profession and this is a truly good cause!

  • Joe

    Can’t beat the Red Cross!

  • Susan

    There are lots of charities I love, but I will list SOS Outreach here, because I figure many people aren’t aware of it. It teaches underprivileged kids a set of five core values through community service and skiing/snowboarding. It’s awesome:

    And just in case people need some last-minute gift ideas that will also help out a bunch of great charities, check out my article on Boots N’All. Thanks!!

  • TomSAN

    My favorite charity is the U. S. Government. First, they need the money. Secondly, if we would wean ourselves off the thought that our government CANNOT provide for its citizens and that we need, instead, private charities to provide important or even fundamental needs, funded by private citizens who then proceed to use their contributions as a tax deduction (which therefore results in fewer governmental revenues), we would have a stronger society. Seems to work well in a number of countries: people pay higher taxes and the government provides necessary support for its citizens. The overall effect of charities in the US is to create a pablum for the soul, despite their often laudable objectives. Moreover, one negative effect of charities is they have to “fight” for support, resulting in less money available to support their particular cause.

  • Allen Liou

    +1 for charity water! try to not drink any water for a few days and you’ll see how impt water is. millions live a la 127 hours in worse parts of the world.

  • Kristin N

    My favorite is Journeyman international. A friend helped set it up and I know it is going to a great cause.

  • Anonymous

    fav charity is the church I’m a member of.

  • Chad M

    Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. Helps the the sick and injured children in my city of Portland.

  • Daniel Robinson Bender

    Doctors without borders :)

  • Jeff Meekins

    The Navigators. They are a Christian organization that I got involved with during college, they believe in spending one-on-one time with people, helping them grow in their faith. It also doesn’t hurt that my wife works full time with the Navigators at the University of Arkansas

  • Joy Meekins

    Ditto on the Navigators, I worked for them for 8 years, see my husband’s comment below.

  • Maya

    Toys for tots…nothing more special than to make a child’s Christmas a special one!
    All the best for a wonderful holiday season!

  • Sajer Guy

    National Public Radio…what other radio station gives you such broad perspectives on the rest of the world. Helps to know more about where you’ll be using all those FF miles to travel :)

  • Greg

    My favourite is the Sierra Club. They believe that economic growth can co-exist with strong environmental protection and show how it can be done.

  • nikhil shah – They are working on educating children in rural parts of emerging contries like India. This charity lets me give back to the childrens in community I come from and help build a bright future for them. I truly believe in kind of work these guys do.

  • Anonymous

    SAGE because it’s great that there is an organization providing support to the aging members of the GLBT community, whose needs are often overlooked.

  • Mrcandoit

    I started my own organization in 2008 called, “If the Shoes Fit”. We recycle used but still good shoes back into the local community. Shoes are donated to local non-profits such as a homeless shelter, an organization that houses women and children who are the victims of violence, and churches-synagogues. No shoes are for resale—they must all be given away free. Since January 2008 over 5,000 pairs have been recycled out of two 55 gallon recyclable plastic drums.

  • tina

    Agape Way is a great organization:
    They work to help children-in-need in rural China attend school- providing them with scholarships, sponsorships, summer camps, and every day needs such as bookbags and warm winter clothes. Its a small organization, but it makes such a big impact in the lives of these families.

  • Larry

    I support St Jude children’s hospital. They provide treatment to critically ill children who otherwise would not get the treatment they need.

  • UCC

    We love pets so ASPCA is our choice :)

  • Paul

    I like both the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. While they aren’t a charity they in turn to a lot of charitable with the added benefit of improving children in our communities.

  • Simon

    Chai Lifeline

  • Bud Hennekes

    Shanghai Healing Home
    Helps kids with cleft lips.

  • Anonymous

    Doctors without Borders does great humanitarian work in very difficult circumstances.

  • Lsbjerke

    My favorite charity is the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF). It is kind of biased since my mother has PD, but we have worked hard together to try and help those will young onset parkinson’s.

  • Smile Christmas

    My favorite charity is Operation Smile because of the work they do for young kids with cleft lips and palates

  • threepointonefour

    My favorite charity is Samaritan’s Purse. ( We started packing shoe boxes with toys last year and they send it down to kids in Haiti (Operation Christmas Child). This year we didn’t get a chance but we were able to do it virtually on their website! We can include a message to the kid that’s getting the toys too! :)

  • Victoria

    Doctors without Boarders for me. The work they do is really amazing and life changing for the patients.

  • Ari

    My gov job offers the CFC…gets the job done, though I’m sure a portion ends up going to organizations I don’t support.

  • Jenny

    My favorite charity is Tzu Chi Foundation. It is an international humanitarian organization that has built many hospitals and schools worldwide. Its eight endeavors are charity causes, medical contributions, education development, humanities, international disaster assistance, bone-marrow donation, community volunteerism, and recycling.

  • JS

    Women for Women International; I have seen their commitment towards fulfilling their mission of empowering women survivors of war and other conflicts with the tools and resources to rise from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

  • michael

    I donate to Kiva, but I like Doctors without Borders as well.

  • Anonymous

    Mennonite Disaster Service – always one of the first on the scene when a natural disaster hits, but also one of the last to leave after the media spotlight is gone.

  • Rich B

    vets helping vets is a newly founded charitable organization who helps combat troops returning home with readjusting to civilian life

  • Kevin

    For me its St. Jude. Having a child now, I can’t imagine what it must be like for some of the kids and familes who are sick.

  • Mg1876

    Canine Assistants

    Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.

  • Anonymous

    SIM International, because I work there and they serve people on 6 different continents.

  • Maria

    compassion international…sponsor a child in a developing country and write letters to encourage him too :)

  • Melstero

    My favorite charity is the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Although the overall attitude towards veterans has approved in America, compared to what it was for Viet Nam veterans when they returned home, we do not give our veterans the support that they deserve and require. Paralyzed veterans have paid a high price for their service to our country. Many require extensive care and support for the rest of their lives. PVA is an organization formed by paralyzed veterans that focuses on providing many different types of support to those whose physical abilities have been severely limited due to their service.

  • Anonymous

    Human Rights Campaign, since everyone should be able to marry the person he or she loves.

  • Lamigra82

    My favorite is As a business minded person, micro lending just seems near to my heart

  • Santafefran

    Oxfam America because they are everywhere around the world helping people in developing countries with the basics–clean water, shelter, food.

  •!/lauriecutter Laurie

    We support World Relief — and Lutheran Community Services NW — . They both work with refugees and immigrants, as well as other people in need.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America ( Their mission is to find a cure to Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis while providing patient support and public awareness. There are 1.4 million Americans (5 million worldwide) diagnosed with one of these lesser known, but debilitating, diseases. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomitting, weight loss, increased risk of colon cancer. Since 2008, I’ve raised over $25,000 and run over 10 half-marathons to help spread awareness. Despite the importance of the money, volunteering at a summer camp for kids with Crohn’s and Colitis is still the most rewarding thing I do every year. :)

  • Ganavk

    CRY ( Child Relief and You) is my favorite

  • Spe salvi

    I like many diff charities, so hard to choose, but since we are in the Christmas season, I like to choose Make a Wish Foundation, I think its so awesome how they can fulfill a child’s wish no matter how easy or difficult it can get it done!

  • Nick H.

    Peace Corps Partnership Programs –

    The funding goes to support current projects that Peace Corps volunteers are working on at the grassroots level in communities in over 70 different host countries. Funding covers a portion of the resources requested – the rest is made up by what the community contributes. There are various projects which really can go a long way to benefit those living in underserved communities worldwide.

  • Wesley

    Give Kids The World

  • Kunal

    The American Red Cross – The global presence of Red Cross does make a difference all around the world …

  • ngd

    Doctors Without Borders; it provides an absolutely essential service and really emphasizes the importance of focusing on basic human needs, regardless of the circumstance.

  • Joediver

    My favorite charity is the USO. So many young men and women giving their all to their country for so little pay. These men and women deserve so much more and the USO provides a lot of help to make their lives a little easier.

  • Caleb B

    My favorite charity is
    They use 100% of donations to give fresh water to people in developing nations (this is done a few different ways). watch a video called Water Changes Everything:

  • Seventoo

    i’ve always donated to the hawaii nature conservancy. Hawaii has a delicate environment and need to be protected. they also promote green living and overall nature conservation which benefits all.

  • JeffreyK

    My favorite charity is called the Smile Train. They provide cleft lip surgery to kids in countries where their parents can’t afford it. For about $50, you can pretty much save a kid’s life – without the surgery he/she will be mocked and ridiculed for the rest of his/her life. A quick and simple surgery gives them a happy and healthier life.

  • Kristi

    Doctors (or Engineers) without Borders take my vote for the best. I think they both exemplify the great model of using the educated and skilled professionals to do a LOT of good that’s not otherwise easy to do.

  • Gus C.

    Food bank for NYC

    In this day and age no one should go hungry considering how much is wasted.

  • Jacob Weaver

    I support the United Way. I’m not capable of individually selecting the best use of my funds, but I feel comfortable giving to an umbrella organization that will allocate to the highest and best use.

  • Jeff

    The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – fostering orphaned baby elephants, whose mothers were killed by poachers or died during birth throughout Africa.

  • poorgradstudent

    Doctors without Borders and OneWorld Health, which works to develop and provide cures/treatments for some of the neglected diseases in other countries.

  • Aaron

    My favorite is the National Rails to Trails program – it helped turn an abandoned railroad into the track I use to get to work during the week and bike recreationally on weekends. Support the beautification of America!

  • Pratik Kothary

    My favorite charity is Stop Land Mines ( since it strives to remove land mines which continue to haunt people of all ages especially children long after the needless wars are over. It does a tremendous job in raising awareness about land mines and in removing them.

  • Kaiser

    Susan G. Komen For The Cure

  • Anonymous

    American Cancer Society – hit my family pretty hard.

  • Alefintl

    The Friendship Circle. A organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 5,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers.

    The Friendship Circle’s unique approach brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved.

    Our special friends blossom and gain the confidence they need to make the most their abilities and talents.

  • Alex

    Hackers for charity they do some awesome work in Uganda.

  • Rohit W

    I think my favorite is Unicef. Anything to do with children is very touching, and this one is probably the biggest.

  • Matthew

    International Justice Mission because they help fight sex slavery, human trafficking, and other forms of exploitation around the world.

  • ksh1111

    Immune Deficiency Foundation – in the hope they find a cure for the disease that affects me and so many others.

  • Jasond1400 is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. Within the past year we have not only grown at a rate that exceeded all expectations, but have also successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in the recovery of over fifteen athletes.

  • Dina

    Make a Wish foundation. A charity that makes dreams come true.

  • Felipey

    The red cross is my favorite charity as they provide medical aid no matter what your nationality, political affiliation, race or status is.

  • Matthew

    Personally I’m a fan of the Red Cross. Giving blood is the easiest donation to make regardless of economic conditions.

  • Js

    My local church.. Where you can see the benefits firsthand

  • Ken

    Red Cross – because they keep their overhead low.

  • Jacks140

    Red cross. Love giving blood!

  • Anonymous

    American Cancer Society, I offer our track for their use.

  • Steve

    Livestrong – does awesome work to keep people healthy and provide support to those with cancer

  • loubear

    Breakthrough Collaborative – not quite a charity, but a non-profit with a charitable contribution element. The “students teaching students” model takes a two-pronged approach to solving our education problems in the US. First, they help high potential middle school students in underserved/low-income communities through a summer and afterschool programs that provides them the encouragement they wouldn’t ordinarily receive (free or charge). Second, by creating a highly coveted and selective teaching program consisting of current college and HS students, they inspire future leaders from elite universities to take on an active interest in education, turning many of them on to careers in the field.

    I was a former student, and I truly believe much of my success today comes from having been lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful program.

  • bruins41

    American Heart Association is a charity that’s very close to my family. we donate, participate in fund raising events including walks, drives, and speaking events whenever possible. they really do save lives.

  • Josh

    I give money yearly to the Nature Conservancy every year, on Earth Day. I am a guy who enjoys travel to the world’s top natural destinations and I want future generations to be able to enjoy them as well in the future.

  • Gary

    I support the American Red Cross. They are always there in a time of need.

  • Josh

    I give money yearly to the Nature Conservancy every year, on Earth Day. I am a guy who enjoys travel to the world’s top natural destinations and I want future generations to be able to enjoy them as well in the future.

  • Glenn L

    Casa De Los Ninos is my favorite charity. They are in my hometown of Tucson and offer a variety of programs designed to prevent child abuse and to care for children who have already been abused.

  • Blake L

    My favorite charity is local NYC shelter for LGBT homeless youth. Very grassroots, started in the basement of a Lutheran church.

  • Brian J

    Compassion International. A great charity that helps children living in poverty.

  • Christopherbullock39553

    My wife and love supporting our friends at THESE NUMBERS HAVE FACES, a charitable group working with pour soccer players (to fund academic scholarships) in Gugulethu, South Africa

  • Istvan Szabo

    I donate to UNICEF, becuase of the work they do for children around the globe

  • Rich Wong

    Gleaners Community Food Bank ( As the third-oldest food bank in the United States, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan’s mission has been to turn surplus food, which otherwise would go to waste, into millions of delicious meals for hungry people in southeastern Michigan. Since 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank has grown from distributing just one or two million pounds of food a year to nearly 25 million pounds annually, equivalent to 65,000 meals per day. Gleaners fulfills its role with a sense of compassion and urgency, recognizing that in many instances, it is the only source of emergency food for persons in need.

  • Anonymous

    Heifer International ( – Great charity that aims to end hunger and poverty in the world.

  • Nick13

    The Mid-Ohio Food Bank, Catholic Charities, and Doctors Without Borders are all favorites of mine for their selfless work helping those in need, and also due to the fact that I have personally volunteered for two of these three.

  • Pattonroberta

    Toys for Tots is my favorite, because all children should have a Merry Christmas.

  • Jackie

    My favorite charity is Habitat for Humanity because it translates so directly into practical help for the people it serves!

  • Luke4020

    The Salvation Army because they have stayed true to their Christian Mission and are so efficient in serving so many.

  • Linda Bernstein

    There is a wonderful locally based charity in Pittsburgh called Global Links. They gather surplus medical and surgical supplies from the US and send them to hospitals and clinics in less developed and needy countries. It’s public health AND recycling combined – that works for me.

  • Terry

    Any local Children’s Hospital. Many parents can’t afford good care for their kids.

  • T_essam

    My favorite charity is the Capital Area Food Bank. They are the largest largest, nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area (DC area). In addition to helping those who are without means to help themselves, the do quite a bit of outreach and nutritional empowerment. A great cause in a city with tremendous income diversity.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the USO for two reasons. 1) It supports troops who are deployed overseas far away from their families, and 2) There are tons of USOs in airports everywhere and as a Veteran I can stop in and say hello to the staff and grab a bite to eat!

  • Todd Reigel

    My favorite charity is our local campus of the Georgia Sheriff’s Children’s Home. This wonderful rural setting provides a caring home and environment for orphaned children and those whose parents are in prison. Many of the kids have never experienced a safe and caring environment and it is truly amazing how so many of them totally turn their lives around and are successful. Many go on to college and pursue careers to help kids like themselves, it is really astounding the success of this program. They even provide transitional arrangements for those entering the work force or college allowing them to continue living there with their “families” and providing financial assistance for cars, college etc.

  • Dave

    American Red Cross is one of the best!

  • The Man of a Thousand Places

    I love Kiva! I think it is fantastic how easy Kiva makes it for ordinary people to make a difference helping other people who are working hard to improve their financial situation.

  • Eli Sherer

    So I actually have a few favorites, but the one that comes to mind is a site called Give-a-Bike ( Not sure they’re accepting donations any longer, but this charity was organized by a couple who decided to put their money where their mouth is… actually, their feet and legs. They took the task of bicycling all 50 states over the course of a year. They did this from January to November 2011 and yes, they posted video, pictures and running commentary of their journey. At the same time, they collected donations and sponsorships to help “to bring mobility, healthy life choices, and joy to disabled United States Veterans, and underprivileged communities around the globe.” Though their journey is over, they have other charities on their site still accepting donations (–Donate-Now-.html).

  • Anonymous

    In my area the Salvation army is going strong. The people who work there do a great job sorting and cleaning the merchandise. The stores are well lit clean and BUSY. The people that run this are just great. We also have a very small Hospice store in my town. On any given day, there are 30 or so shoppers, everthing is donated, so sales are pure profit for the Hospice.

  • PCP

    My favorite charity is the Red Cross. I think they are great since they are everywhere and seem to be one of the first large organizations in the heart of destruction.

  • Adrienne Haladyna

    My favorite charity is the Humane Society International’s street dog program – helps vaccinate, spay and neuter those poor unfortunate animals around the world that are all-too-often just poisoned or slaughtered due to overpopulation ( Thanks for letting us talk about these – I’m enjoying everyone’s posts.

  • Sclass

    So Others May Eat – Great charity in the DC area focused on DC’s homeless and poor.

  • Paul

    All good things begin at home. Thus, my two favorite charities serve my local community. By helping the local community, you can see your dollars at work. Further, the overhead is non-existant so all the money goes to those in need. First is the City of Leominster (MA) Home Heating Assistance fund which ensures that those who are struggling won’t go without heat this winter. Second is the Fitchburg State Uviversity Foundation which provides scholarship support to make the cost of college affordable ensuring access to a quality education for all.

  • Dan Lack

    Love this post – my favorite charity is Falling Whistles, which is working to end the deadliest war in the world – in the Congo. They sell trendy whistles so we can all be a whistle blower for peace.

  • AlwaysTravel

    My favorite charity is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My mom was sick with heart issues and then lymphoma for over a year while we felt helpless to do anything at all. Then my husband’s friend and coworker introduced us to this charity, which literally changed our lives. My mom passed away a year later after we did our first full marathon in her honor to raise money for the charity, and then we did a second marathon a year after that, in her memory. We raised over $20,000 over the course of two years to help fight leaukemia and lymphoma, met some amazing survivors of the disease through the charity, and met our best friends doing the endurance events.

  • Mthorn

    I like “God’s Love We Deliver” in NYC. They deliver meals to people with illness including HIV/AIDS.

  • Deirdre Saoirse Moen

    There are so many worthwhile charities, but the one I consistently am drawn to is Habitat for Humanity. There are few charities that provide real, meaningful shelter for the poor. They have wonderful programs not just to get people into houses, but to keep them there, and thus help families become far stronger and better off.

  • mansa

    My fav. charitable organization is AKSHAR GYAN U S A; They provide primary school education to underprevilged children in Mumbai, India. They provide daily meals as part of the curriculum.

  • maz

    Thanks!!! I would say… the Heffer Project… a great organization…

  • Kelly shilliday

    The Parkinsons Foundation is the most important charity to me. My mother is suffering from this terrible disease so I support their research for effective treatments.

  • omegasixty

    I always donate to Oxfam!

  • Robert99

    The Philippine Red Cross -right now, they’re helping the survivors of the massive tsunami-like flooding that happened days ago.

  • Anonymous

    Jewish Voice for Peace. An effective advocate for ending occupation and war, and for a just peace between the peoples of Israel & Palestine.

  • Anthony O

    Awesome Idea Brian!

    The charity that is my favorite is “Checking For Charity”

    It is a charity hockey tournament where each team represents a charity of their choice. All proceeds go to the charities, while if you place in a higher seed the more money you win for your charity of choice. It is a great competitive tournament for a great cause. A lot of current and former pros participate in it as well.

    I enter a team every year and represent a Charity call “The Victorious foundation” which is a foundation founded after a girl I grew up with had passed away. They create a happy atmosphere for children battling cancer in hospitals by way of teen kits-which is a kit of goodies and games for them to enjoy. Also, they create teen centers which is a dedicated teen room in a hospital that provides a fun atmosphere for children and a place where a teen can be a teen. We all know that hospitals are not kid friendly, and this foundation provides kid friendly rooms ” where a kid can be a kid”

    My teams portion of the tournament raised over 1200 dollars for the foundation last year.

    It is a unique hockey centric approach to raise money and awareness for the various charities represented at our tournaments has inspired people to become a part of the Checking For Charity movement.

    Below is a video taht will provide a better explanation how it works.

  • Jeffcurry is my choice. We actually took all the money that we usually spend on gifts for friends and family and sent it there this year. Love helping people who want to help themselves.

  • Lantean

    Every year I hive money to Sea Shepherd. They work very hard to protect marine mammals and wildlife, they actually risk their lives to do so.

  • Shahyan Ahmad

    My favorite charities are

    Humanity First ( because they serve all over the world and are 100% volunteer based – 90 cents on every dollar gets on the ground.

    Central Asia Institute ( because of the important and necessary work they do in South Asia, fighting terrorism the right way.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is the Equal Justice Initiative. They do amazing and important work representing the most marginalized members of society.

  • Myb821

    american red cross need to help people when they need it the most

  • Anonymous

    Habitat for humanity is my favorite charity. I feel that a decent, safe and affordable place to live is a fundamental right.

  • Wndrstr

    American Red Cross

  • Tom

    Two charities I’ve supported are the UCSF AIDS Health Project & and Stop AIDS Project. Both offer free HIV/STD testing, education, and support to anyone in need, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

  • Charlie Clarke

    I like The American Red Cross. When charities are scored on efficiency they are often shown to be one of the most charitable charities with very little waste.

  • David

    I support Compassion International, an agency that supports children in third world countries around the world. They provide food, education and a Christian message of hope.

  • Davidjessen

    Boy Scouts of America – I appreciate all the skills that they teach the young men of our country.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation (
    Gift of Life is one of the nation’s public bone marrow registries helping children and adults find donors for bone marrow transplants. Hundreds of lives have been saved due to the efforts of this organization — and many generous donors. Chances of any one person being a match for another person are very slim — but if you’re the one, you could be the only one…

  • Chris

    Hope Works Camden-This charity takes intercity youth and teaches them a way out by learning technology skills which will translate to opportunities in the real world.

  • Anonymous

    My husband and I support ASPCA because the world can be very cruel to animals. How anyone could hurt these precious animals is beyond me. If we lived in the country, we’d have more animals. Currently we have 2 dogs, we rescued both, and a cat who’s 14! We also support WWF, the Humane Society of the US, and St Jude’s on a monthly basis. With so many deserving charities it is hard to chose only a few to support. On a random basis we also support our local animal shelter, the local foodbank, habitat for humanity, and operation smile.

  • ALW

    My favorite charity is the National Hemophilia Foundation. They are working to find a cure for Hemophilia.

  • Brad A

    My favorite charity is Charity:Water helping to provide clean water to those who need it.

  • Matthew

    Heifer International because your donation is given in a specific form, i.e. you can give a cow to a dairy farmer or chickens to a poultry farmer. Not only is this fun for yourself, but it makes giving on other peoples behalf way more exciting.

  • Anonymous

    Love this post! My favorite charities are in no particular order – The Elephant Sanctuary ( which is a habitat refuge for endangered Asian and African elephants based in TN; Pets Are Worth Saving aka PAWS ( which is Chicago’s largest no kill shelter; Best Friends animal shelter in Utah ( which is striving for no more homeless pets.

  • Anonymous

    The American Trakehner Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of Trakehner horses and the promotion and development of horses and riders in national and international competition. Among other things, It makes grants to aspiring athletes who are on the right track to represent their country in competitions including the Olympics and World Equestrian Games.

    It isn’t a “life saving” charity and for that, I like Doctors Without Borders.

  • Davidrae78

    My favorite charity is the Aids/LifeCycle. ( This is an amazing community of 3000 people that come together once a yaer for a week to ride from san francisco to Los Angeles last year raising nearly $13.7 million dollare to fight this disease. The riders are from across the country, around the world, and work their butts off, and fundraise even harder to help fight this disease. I’m excited to training for my 5th ride as captain of the top fundraising team for this event. btw it the biggest aids related fundraiser in the world….I know we dont get miles for riding out bike from San Fran to La, but its worth it.

  • Mark Schroeder

    Wounded Warrior Project…our Vets deserve credit, respect, and care during the healing process.

  • Melissa

    National Marrow Donor Program. It can save lives.

  • Aries W

    We always join some local charity group to do some volunteer work .

  • James

    The Wounded Warrior Project. These people have sacrificed a great deal for each of us, and giving back to them is by far the least we can do.

  • Laura van der Meulen-Clark

    World Vision Child Sponsorship or any other sponsorship program for needy children around the world.

  • Tricia

    All year round we like to support the humane society, but this year my family has also begun donating to the humane farming association.

  • Ann

    I like Earthshare, because it lets me donate to a lot of environmental charities at once!

  • Allen Kennedy

    Charity: Water. It’s a charity that establishes available clean drinking water for communities/countries throughout the world by wells. The projects are done with the community, so 1) it provides some skill trianing, 2) the wells usually provide a few jobs, and 3) it allows people to put effort into other things rather than walking many miles for unsanitary drinking water. Their overhead is covered by private investors, so all donations contribute to these projects.

  • Ray

    My favorite charity is Doctors without Borders because it takes a lot to do what they do in the worst kind of conditions.

  • Mariojftt

    International Justice Mission, fighting human trafficking around the world.

  • VM

    I like to give to the Great Chicagoland Food Depository. I’ve never had to deal with hunger and I like to give locally, GCFD works with food pantries all over the Chicagoland area.

  • Anonymous

    I think the American Red Cross is a great organization and saves so many lives!

  • Silvia

    My favorite is Habitat for Humanity. We need more affordable housing to be made available to those in need.

  • Crissy

    Smile Train. Having been born with a cleft lip and palate in a 1st world country with great resources I cannot begin to imagine the life of a child born in a 3rd world country with a cleft lip and palate where corrective surgery is based on the giving of others. Where eating is a struggle, and where you may not be able to leave your home because of cultural theories of what caused your deformity and making you an outcast.

  • Mike

    my favorite charity is Birmingham AIDS Outreach because my wife works there and they do great work. Nationally, I generally give to the Red Cross.

  • Anonymous

    Equinox. They make and deliver holiday meals for people who need them and it makes their holiday a little nicer.

  • Steelsnow

    My favorite charity is CFCA, or Christian Foundation for Youth and Aging. It does a terrific job of getting a high percentage of donations to those in need, helps educate many in poor rural areas (some of which I have visited…. Reality is in many areas that kids can’t afford to go to school because they are needed for work to help the family survive), and also supports those aging without the means to support themselves in the poorest areas. The work they do became very real when I visited several of their projects and many of their benefactors… There are so many people in need I this world, but it was amazing to see the spirit and togetherness of those who have the least, and a lesson I try to remind myself of often.

  • Jesse Shanks

    Lifebread is my favorite. ( They teach people (usually women) in impoverished communities how to build a brick oven with local materials, how to bake bread, and how to run a successful bread business.

  • Scott

    Mental Health America. It provides counseling for folks that can’t otherwise afford it.

  • MM

    Any charity supporting AIDS. There is still too much AIDS in this world.

  • Mighty Mouse

    I support the American and Canadian Red Cross with blood donations.

  • Aimlessone

    My favorite charity is I like it because you can choose how you want to help out teachers whether it be with much needed books, school supplies, or seemingly frivolous ipads for their classrooms. You choose and you choose how much.

  • Paul

    Every Saturday, a group of hungry people congregate under a highway overpass in downtown Bridgeport, CT., a tough, gritty city. They can expect a hot meal and smiling faces. We make food and serve it to the people, many of whom are homeless. A minister and her husband make it all happen, but it’s not an official charity and no one is looking for a tax deduction. When you have nothing, a warm meal is a big deal. There are no speeches and no proselytising. But we do have connections to help people with shelters and jobs. It’s low budget, but high impact, for everyone involved.

  • FreeeeeeeQuent Flyer

    Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. They help individuals and families by educating the public on the conditions and raising awareness with other organizations to work towards better treatments and eventually a cure!

  • Anthony

    American heart association. They really do a great job of reaching out on the local level and creating events that a lot of the other big charities may not be able to accomplish. In the last year, they have sponsored at least 5 events in our local community!

  • Tova

    My favorite (new) charity is Coach-Ed Inc. which was launched two months ago to support Cystic Fibrosis patients in all their physical and emotional needs, while recognizing and catering to the unique needs of individuals with CF. I just love this charity because it creates communities of people with CF and it’s goal is never to shortchange the life of someone with CF. On top of that, the creators of the charity are downright inspiring!

  • Anonymous

    America Cancer Society – we need to find cures here and the research that is done every day constantly needs additional funding. We all know many who have lost and won the battle with the big C.

    Happy Holidays to all!

  • Brennan

    I was turned on to my favorite charity by the author Patrick Rothfuss, who every year runs a campaign that he calls WorldBuilders for Heifer International. Heifer International promotes education, sustainable agriculture, and local industry by enabling families to take care of themselves. They give goats, sheep, and chickens to families so their children have milk to drink, warm clothes to wear, and eggs to eat.

    And via the WorldBuilders campaign (going on now!), Pat matches donations and offers you the opportunity to win awesome prizes; for example, you could win a limited, signed, hardcover copy of “Embassytown” by China Mieville. Check it out!

  • Anonymous

    American Cancer Society – I watched my mother-in-law and best friend fight this terrible disease for 8 years only to wither away and pass away from it. She did it with strength that can only be admired. This past week, two of my friends have lost parents to this disease as well. I still hope that by supporting this organization we can one day find a cure so that others will not have to suffer from it.

  • offtheglass

    My fav charity is definitely for those who are disabled. I’m healthy, but once I started thinking about how things are different for those, I really appreciate what I am.

  • Jameso

    Guess I’m just one of those Sheeple who see a long line and go stand in it…

  • Jnk

    My favorite charity is Shriners. I was a Shriners child and try to continue the good that they do by donating as I can.

  • K Brown

    My favorite charity is Music in the Mountains in Grass Valley, CA. They bring a professional orchestra to our little town for a summer festival, and do live performances in the schools. Amongst other things, they run a Young Composers program which teaches young musicians to create their own music; sponsor scholarships for aspiring young musicians and bring classical music to the elementary schools every day with the Brummit Taylor program. In times like these, it is important to remember that life offers wonderful cultural gifts.

  • David

    My favorite charity currently (although it’s great when ANY charity does something good!), is Compassion International. Their main outlet of charity work is with support centers all over the world, mostly in more impoverished areas of countries, where they feed kids, clothe kids, take care of medical work for kids, and put them through school. That is done through the donors who “sponsor a child”. I’ve been sponsoring a girl in Ghana for about a year now and it’s been amazing to stay in touch with her and here how the program has helped her live a better life, and get an education. Since then, I just sponsored 3 boys in Latin America. Excited to learn about their lives and bless them with the overflow of the blessings in my own life!
    My favorite thing about the program is they don’t just say “thank the person donating for the money” – but they share the gospel of Jesus with the kids, and that is PRICELESS!
    Merry Christmas, and keep on giving.

  • BartNYC

    As an Engineer I am a proud supporter of Engineers Without Borders. It is a great charity that serve s underprivileged communities around the world.

    But you don’t have to be an Engineer to get involved: This holiday season some major engineering firms are matching donations dollar for dollar and even a small amount of money can make a big difference.

    Happy holidays to everyone!

  • The Deal Mommy

    Heifer International. I love the idea of giving someone a real animal that they can use to better their life conditions. I gave a chicken to a family in Ecuador to my Dad last Christmas and he said it was his favorite gift! Merry Christmas and thanks for all of your hard work!

  • Darrin

    I give to several local charities, but my big annual gift goes to Direct Relief. Consistently rated highly by Charity Navigator for their efficient use of contributions. Their mission is similar to the Red Cross, but they collaborate more effectively with smaller, local, grassroots organizations. When TPG blogged about the American Express small business campaign on November 26th, donated the $75 statement credits I saved (I used three AMEX cards) to Direct Relief. Amazing people doing amazing work.

  • Pat

    My favorite charity is Habitat for Humanity. It helps so many people in such a positive way.

  • VE

    My favorite charity is the International Rescue Committee

  • VE

    Sorry, post was cutoff prematurely.

    My favorite charity is the International Rescue Committee. They are an incredible organization that is often the first in and last out of disaster areas and warzones. They do the important work of rebuilding infrastructure and resettling refugees in some of the world’s most devastated regions. The work these people do has every bit of the gravitas of what the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders do, they just don’t do as much publicity.

  • Neal

    My favorite charity is Dress for Success. With the economy where it is everyone needs that extra leg up to help them land that job to help their family survive. Not only does Dress for Success provide the clothes but counseling & preparation to land a job. I think it provides the first step to help people landing a successful and productive career and providing for themselves and others.

  • Mickey

    My favorite charities are the local humane societies and rescues. As Karen Carpenter said so well, “Bless the beasts and the children | For in this world they have no voice | They have no choice.” If we don’t support the beasts, the only other solution is for them to be put down. How horrible.

  • chontzy

    Habitat for Humanity for providing homes and everything a home can represent and providing hope and dignity for the less fortunate

  • ASW

    My favorite charity is The Wheelchair Foundation of Danville, California. The organization has been providing free all-terrain wheelchairs to people around the world since June 2000 and as of today has delivered mobility to over 885,000 disabled and differently-abled people in 152 countries. By providing the mobility of a wheelchair to children, teens and adults who couldn’t otherwise afford one; The Wheelchair Foundation has made it possible for physically challenged persons around the world to go to school, find work to sustain themselves and perhaps most importantly find hope for their futures. I am very proud to be a supporter of this worthy charitable effort.

  • CloveLeaf

    My favorite charity is WWF, World Wildlife Fund. It does an excellent job of protecting wildlife and preserving places like Amazon and Arctic. Actually, all of us are benefiting from them.

  • Chase

    Great post! I personally support the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, as well as my local humane society shelter by donating time. :)

  • Rachel

    I have two: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (, an animal rescue group in the Metro-DC area. They adopt out 50+ dogs and cats in the DC area every single weekend, and the work they do is just fantastic. My second charity of choice is and the Landmine Relief Fund (, a group started by a former Khmer Rouge child soldier that removes landmines in Cambodia, runs a museum to educate visitors ad an orphanage to take care of children maimed by landmines. We visited the museum/orphanage while in Cambodia last fall, and the experience was incredibly enlightening.

    Nice contest, TPG!!


    Heifer International is a great charity that works to end poverty by providing sustainable “projects” to those in need. It also encourages “passing on the gift” which allows those who were helped to help others.

  • Elizabeth

    My favorite charity is Food for the Hungry. They provide food, education and medical services in third-world countries. They also provide emergency support after natural disasters. I sponsor a child through them and have seen their work first-hand in Kenya.

  • Mboth

    Being a rail transportation buff I donate to the non profit Illinois Railway Museum. They do amazing restoration work.

  • Brittain Hastings

    As a cancer survivor I support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so a cure can be found and those currently suffering can get the same amazing treatment I received.

  • Huey

    GiveWell, because it helps us understand which charities are most effective!

  • Aliea

    Cleft lip and palate surgery for children in need.

  • Ryan Sanders

    Against Malaria Foundation ( Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 1 million people — mostly children — die each year from this disease.

  • Anonymous

    Our famliy contributes to N Street Village, a local center in DC that provides services to women in need. A friend introduced me to the center, and we’ve now been volunteering there for over a year.

  • Greg Eckhart

    Asia’s Hope is a great charity supporting orphanages in Southeast Asia.

  • Guest_AS

    IAVA (Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America). They are an amazing organization that is doing so much for our veterans after they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. As the war in Iraq winds down and troops are starting to come back from Afghanistan, they need our more now then ever.

  • Jason

    I like the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). My wife and I raise thousands of dollars for them every year! She has Crohns disease so we especially try to help others afflicted with this disease.

  • Sandeep Sahai

    As a new dad, my focus is kids. So maybe I am not playing by the rules here, but I support the cause. Cause being kids, abolishing hunger, providing a safe and nurturing environments for them to grow in.
    I have travelled extensively and I am always amazed to see that the poorest nations somehow manage to put a smile on the faces of their kids. These kids are at times malnourished, wearing tattered clothing, etc. There is no country that does not have a need to support kids, rich or poor.

    So please support a charity that focuses on kids. Some options may be UNICEF, various religious based children’s charities or just go to your nearest salvation army/goodwill store and donate stuff.
    OK off my soap box for now. Great blog TPG, love reading it.

  • JLE

    Doctors without Borders.

  • Brad Jones

    My favorite charity is local to Birmingham, AL. It is called M-Power Ministries and they have adult literacy programs and helped underprivileged and uneducated locals get their GED and get jobs.

  • Anonymous

    Love the idea TPG! Love what you do here for all of us…

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Thanks and Giving is a national awareness and fundraising campaign that asks everyone to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.” Help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® give hope to children in communities.

  • Mooper

    I prefer to donate to charities that help a broad array of people. The American Cancer Society is my favorite.

  • Drcmaloney

    For me: Doctors without Borders: The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

    They operate independently of any political, military, or religious agendas. Medical teams conduct evaluations on the ground to determine a population’s medical needs before opening programs, aiming to fill gaps that exist (rather than replicating services that are already offered) or reach communities that are not being assisted.

  • Hector

    I love the work the LDS Humanitarian Services does. They are quick to react and ready to help.

  • Jay

    American Diabetes Association…leading the fight to stop diabetes.

  • Latimer

    My favorite charity is the March of Dimes because I was a preemie myself. They do a great job organizing events and I love the walk they do along the San Francisco Bay.

  • Jay J

    My local Childrens Hospital. Children are the most innocent ones in this world, and they deserve every chance they can get to a full and fulfilling life.

  • Anonymous

    Jeremiah’s Hope in Ukraine.
    Village of Hope in Ghana.
    Thank you.

  • Eric

    Doctors Without Borders is my charity of choice. They provide basic medical attention for a much needed segment of the world, and are well trained for what they do. Compared to many other organizations, the individuals who deliver services are specifically oriented to what it is that they service.

  • Anonymous

    Wounded Warriors is without question a respectable charity, amongst many others.

  • Steven

    I’m a HUGE fan of…perhaps because I’m a teacher. This organization allows donors to choose and fund a variety of public school projects. Public education gets a fair share of ‘beat down’ by many, but these site really demonstrates how hard some teachers are working to turn it around!

  • Sanjaya Punyasena

    My favorite charity is the American Red Cross because they’re aways there in times of need.

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  • Yvonne Johnson

    Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry right here on Kaua’i, Hawaii. I’ve been volunteering every Wed for about a year now and the gratitude I see on folks faces when they are given a bag of food is a gift to ME! Seniors, moms with babies, vets in wheelchairs, folks on unemployment… Everyone needs a little help at one point or another and they in turn have the opportunity to “pass it forward.”
    Mele Kalikimaka from Hawaii and I wish you peace and points for 2012!

  • Jolokaij

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital truly does an amazing job with supporting children and their families facing difficult times. They provide cutting edge treatment but never charge the families a penny.

    Thanks for the great travel posts!

  • Barrett

    Redcross is my favorite.

  • Jeff Carroll

    My favorite charity is The Pablove Foundation, a charity focusing on pediatric cancer. I lost my wife to breast cancer, so I can imagine the fear if it was my child.

  • Ragster7

    Habitat for humanity. I volunteer for them all the time and love the fact that they work on providing housing to those in need.

  • Mike

    Pediatric cancer is diagnosed in 36 children every day, yet only about 3% of cancer funds are directed toward research and prevention. CureSearch ( funds clinical research, education and family support for childhood cancer. After seeing them help family friends whose 2 year old was diagnosed with Wilms tumors in both kidneys – and is now 2 years No Evidence of Disease! – we’ve supported them through their walks and other activities. They’re great people supporting a great cause, and they need all the help they can get.

  • Jason

    A local charity called Nana Baby that provides emergency foster care for needy children. It’s where we donate clothes and toys when my kids outgrow them.

  • John Denison

    I also support the Trevor Project. It is working to stop the growing number of LGBT youth who don’t believe that “it gets better” and turned to suicide after being bullied.

  • Joyjoy

    Furry Friends Network in Boiling Springs, PA, which fosters rescued animals. Thanks to them I got my wonderful dog.

  • Jeff

    My current favorite is Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. They are building a long awaited state of the art full service children’s hospital to serve all of Long Island but mostly Suffolk county where it is most needed.

  • Mike

    After seeing all the support CureSearch ( provided to family friends following the diagnosis of their two year old daughter with Wilms tumors in both kidneys we’ve done whatever we can to support the organization. Only about 3% of money goes toward pediatric cancer research in the US, yet 36 children are diagnosed with cancer each day. Often some of the treatments they undergo have not undergone testing or formulation outside adults. CureSearch also provides family support to help through difficult treatment, and after. Support like theirs is why the survival rate is coming up, with successes like our friend who is now two years NED!

  • Adam

    Humane Society

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Mercy Corps – they are doing great work all over the world.

  • Jay K.

    American Cancer Society is my pick. Cancer is increasing as a leading killer globally, especially in the developing world. ACS has a great mission and hopefully will help find a cure soon.

  • elgeorgino

    Susan G Komen. Breast cancer foundation. It is a very special foundation as my mom had breast cancer. She caught it at an early stage and is now cancer free. SGK provides research grants on breast cancer to different investigators in order to find a cure. I work for MD Anderson Cancer Center and have seen great research done with SGK grants. Merry Christmas to all!

  • Anonymous

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Ezraezra3

    My favorite charity is the Trevor Project.

    The Trevor Project is a 24-hour hotline to prevent teen suicides for gay or questioning teens. This organization has saved thousands of lives by a simple phone call managed by volunteers. Also, provides support in public schools to prevent suicides and bullying (which continues to grow in the US).


  • Mercutio

    My favorite charity is the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project ( It is a pretty amazing concept, because unlike other poverty education programs, it takes children from extreme poverty at the age of 4 and gives them a high quality education until they graduate from highschool–all in a boarding school environment. So everything is taken care of for them–clothing, housing, food, medical care and of course education. Then it pays for their entire undergraduate college degree! All for free!

    That’s pretty different from stuff like basic literacy or primary education–what happens to the kids once they finish that minimum level of education? Not a lot. These days, it’s hard to break out of poverty unless you have a college degree, so their approach is the right one in my opinion, but they are the only program out there doing it like that.

    The children are all from extreme poverty too–from the Dalit, or Untouchable caste, which are historically discriminated against. And they’ve been around for about 15 years and have seen some great successes, so it’s a program I really believe in.

  • DJS from Mpls

    I would have to go with St. Jude’s Childrens Cancer Hospital. The work that is done in Memphis to cure children of all ages of terrible cancer is truly magical. They do their work and ask for very little in return.

  • Paul

    Heifer International. It is amazing how an animal can change the lives of people living on the edge. Then they get to help another family by gifting offsprings of the original animal.

  • Wsoft

    National Forensics League!

  • RV03

    I try to support more local charities – so my favorite is the Maymont Foundation, which supports a park, small zoo and a little bit of Richmond history with no admission fee. It’s great for families to go visit on a nice day.

  • Elizabeth Hensley

    My favorite charity is a local or neighborhood school. As funding continues to decline, teachers are digging deeper into their small pockets to help a student in need. Teachers are on the front line and know the needs of their students. Whether it’s purchasing books, buying coats, or refreshing school supplies. Helping our future is a win for all.

  • BOShappyflyer

    My favorite charity is Heifer International…you’re giving them a gift that allows them to sustain themselves. It’s the gift that keeps giving.

  • Faith Case

    My favorite charity is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I see this is a few others favorite. Being a mother of young children, my heart really goes out for these families. I love the moto they stand for, ‘No child will ever be denied because of the families in ability to pay”. They serve terminally ill children with cancer & rare diseases. Our family donates to them regularly and they have a special place in our hearts.
    Thanks Brian for you blog! It’s such a great resource. Hope you have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

  • Justin Hom

    City Harvest. They are doing a great job fighting hunger in NYC! Thanks Points Guy!

  • Bret

    American Red Cross – for when disaster strikes!

  • Robert B

    I like The International Red Cross as the y are so often the “first responders” to disaster scenes but also for their ongoing help in so many other humanitarian areas of need.

  • Lori

    American Cancer Society. Thanks!!

  • Ian

    The nascar foundation does a lot to help disabled or ill kids have some awesome experiences.

  • tressa

    My favorite is heifer project. By giving animals to families it’s a gift that helps sustain them for years to come and the families will gift the offspring to otber needy families. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

  • Trevinb

    My favorite charity is the Children’s Home Chambliss Shelter in Chattanooga. They provide daycare and shelter for the homeless kids in my area.

  • OnTheRun

    Since we have children in the Military stationed overseas and one Son In Law that handled bomb dogs in Afghanistan we support the Wish Upon A Hero Foundation, whose mission is to grant wishes of those in need through the Wish Upon a Hero website. Wish Upon A Hero is a unique venue for any individual, organization, or company looking to make a difference in someone’s life, or the lives of countless people. Heroes come in all ages and from all walks of life.

  • Tom

    Doctors without Borders – do some great work.

  • Binger

    My favorite nonprofit is Women for Women. It allows an individual to sponsor a woman in a war-torn country by providing emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance.

  • Anonymous

    My favoritE charities are World Vision and then any childrens hospital. I work for World Vision so I know the efforts we put into helping build impoverished communities into thriving and sustainable communities. The goal of World Vision is to help every child live life in fullness, and we have it as our mission and blessing from God to serve them. We are also blessed to provide disaster relief around the world.

    I hold Seattle Childrens Hospital close to my heart because they helped my when I was an infant with an important surgery.

    Children are often the ignored and forgotten. Always keep them in your thoughts and prayers :-)

  • Amy H

    My favorite lately has to be Fairy Dog Parents. It is a small non-profit that works to allow people who have fallen on hard times to keep their furry friend, regardless of what care needs it may have. So instead of sending a dog who needs an expensive surgery to a shelter, likely to be put down, a person can work with Fairy Dog Parents and their team of friendly veterinarians to get Fido what he needs and keep him at home. They work entirely on donated money and have done a lot to help people in and around the Boston area.

  • Chris G Hohmann

    MND Australia – as they are performing reasearch into Motor Neuron Disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which claimed the life of my grandfather :(

  • Raquel

    I support my local Humane Society and American Cancer Society for their research and support helping others…

  • Peter

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC is my favorite charity. They pair mentor needing youth with mentors eager to help. They provide case managers and social workers to monitor the match relationships, great events for the kids, and a great environment to learn from fellow mentors. I try to donate time and money whenever I can to help the organization succeed.

  • dracs

    No particular charity. Help anyone anyday when opportunity arises in the best possible way you could.

  • Steve

    The Prostatitis Foundation
    so someday I can change my name to I P Freely

  • Tszumowski

    Not as unique but….
    American heart association for their super for effective research.

  • Nathan

    I am a large fan of Kiva. Micro-finance is a terrific concept and Kiva is doing an excellent job of bringing it to the forefront. I also love the idea of helping someone get their business off the ground. Happy holidays!

  • Joanna

    Partners In Health is one of my favorite charities. It was started in Haiti by Paul Farmer, M.D., Jim Kim, M.D., and Ophelia Dahl and has expanded to providing health care in Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Guatemala, and Burundi. Their model is a community-based approach to health care and socioeconomic support. Read more about them and donate at

  • Felicia Braude

    I had the opportunity to race with Susan G Komen fun and also Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation… Both are amazing and MMRF hits quite close to home.

  • Audra

    Frankie Lemmon Foundation. Provides support for children w intellectual impairments and guides parents and caregivers in their continued care and special needs. It’s a truly beautiful and worthy cause.

  • Alfred Tsui

    My Favorite Charity is the It provides an opportunity for children in slums of 3rd world countries to get a secondary education. Donations will allow volunteers to build secondary schools in opportune areas of slums.

  • Scott Elowitz

    there are so many great charities to give to but this year my top charity is the Wounded Warrior Project giving back to those who have given so much for our country, thank you.

  • Aaron

    SPCA or local shelters/rescues… little furry ones are dependent on humans who often chain or abuse them… and can’t work for money due to their lack of opposable thumbs.

  • Nik

    Jewish Spiritual Literacy —

  • matthewmagellan

    Charity : Water. 100% of every dollar goes directly to work.

  • Rob

    I leave my charity decision making to the experts. Givewell, a non-profit charity evaluator ranked the Against Malaria Foundation as one of their top charities. They have information on their evaluation here

  • Albany

    KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

  • DavidR

    My favorite charity is the Acumen Fund based in New York. Acumen combines the best of charity and markets to change the way the world tackles poverty. Rather than dumping millions of dollars into empoverished pars of the world, these guys invest in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and great ideas. They bring stakeholders in a project together to make sure that everyone has skin in the game. The results are spectacular

    The old models of charitable giving have proven not to work.

    This one does.

    See for yourself at

  • JPrakash

    American Heart Association – collected & donated consecutively for their jump rope for heart challenge from 3rd grade, it’s by far the most fulfilling experience!

  • Crystal

    Teach for America. They locate in new york city and have produced a highly engaged, high quality entry level teaching workforce serving in the neediest schools.

  • Scott M

    My fave is the Make A Wish foundation. They have done great things for children with life threatening illnesses, granting them a “wish” to help them cope with thei illness easier and give them something to aspire for.

  • Gofo

    ACCION International. It gives people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty.

  • Susan

    Freedom from Hunger. They bring innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty.

  • Lily – They are outstanding because of their comprehensive services to poor women.

  • Ducksman11

    Habitat for humanity!!!

  • Thane Keith

    One of my wife’s Facebook friends knew a family with 3 children where the husband had just lost his job prior to Christmas. To make things worse he cut off a finger working at home. While shopping we got the call with their bank information and while I waited in line my wife walked across the parking lot and made a deposit in to their account.

  • Michael H

    A wonderful charity is the Four Diamonds Fund, which benefits research towards a cure for childhood cancer. (Penn State students organize a huge fundraiser for the FDF. It’s one of the many incredible good things done by PSU that have been overshadowed by the Sandusky scandal.) The fund was founded by the parents of a childhood cancer victim; he passed away at age 14. Thanks for bringing attention to charities!

  • Shreyas

    Asha for Education. They do great work to take education into remote villages in India.

  • HoKo

    My favorite charity is First Book, they work on getting textbooks and other forms of literature to kids from impoverished backgrounds

  • Turtle

    Breast Cancer Fund for their clear science and big picture approach to the problem of cancer.

  • vespa_girl

    American Red Cross. They provide assistance/ help for disasters internationally as well as anywhere/ small town America.

  • Sarah P.

    A charity that is close to my heart is Family House in San Francisco. Not unlike the Ronald McDonald Houses, Family House provides temporary housing to families whose children are receiving care for cancer or other life-threatening diseases at the nearby University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Without Family House, some of these families would be forced to sleep in their cars or simply wouldn’t be able to get the needed treatment for their children. I’ve spent some time working at Family House, and I am amazed by the positive atmosphere the staff is able to create, even given the serious circumstances. What Family House provides is a second shot at life for so many children and their families.

    Happy holidays!

  • JK

    CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. This is David and Susan Axelrod’s foundation they created because of their daughter with epilepsy. My brother is severely autistic, epileptic and mute. Through this foundation’s community groups and outreach, I was able to talk to find a drug for my brother that has controlled his seizures for the past few months–a record. I’m incredibly grateful to this organization and incredibly grateful to you! Your site helped me plan trips for my family of 3 (I fly coach) in business class, making it possible for us to try traveling. Thank you very much and Merry Xmas!

  • James Byers

    My favorite charity is Room to Read. Their mission was inspired by the founder’s travels to Nepal where he was shocked at the lack of resources in schools. Now they’ve distributed 10 million books to schools and libraries around the world.

  • Amanda

    My favorite charity is Global Giving, which is a US-based foundation that finds charities and programs all around the world and routes our qualified tax deductible donation to those organizations. This lets us support high quality projects in the places we’ve traveled, including Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America. It’s a wonderful way to give back to some of the places that have made our spectacular travel memories. See

  • Rahul Dodhia

    Dear Brian,
    My favorite charity is not in the US, but it’s definitely a very worthwhile institution. The place is one of very few schools for physically and mentally handicapped children in East Africa. it is called Joytown Primary School, and is located in Thika, Kenya.

    The US and the Western world is lucky to have several protections legislated for people with disabilities. The third world is a different matter altogether. A handicap often means you won’t survive long – families are reluctant to invest scare resources on you, and governments usually could not care less. A few non-governmental organizations may have some small programs, but are hard to find for the vast majority of disabled people in need.

    Joytown is a remarkable place. It’s a refuge for disabled children from all over Kenya, and, I think, could be a wonderful models for similar institutions in Africa. The primary school has about 300 students, and I don’t know how many are in the secondary school, but I believe it’s a slightly smaller number. These are kids who can’t walk, with cerebral palsy, etc., and some have mental disabilities such as autism. Normally, they would have to go begging in the streets or be cast out of society. At Joytown, the students stay at the boarding school so they get all their care and meals there, and go through the regular state educational curriculum. They gain skills and confidence, and and upon graduation, are very well equipped to hold a job. Of course, they will still face discrimination because of their handicap, but they now have opportunities that they otherwise would have had to forgo.

    I give to this school regularly, and I encourage others to donate to them. Most donations go towards buying food for their meals, school uniforms, textbooks and notepads. Sometimes, a big enough donation may go towards buying gym equipment or school furniture. When I got married three years ago, my wife and I decided to give all our cash gifts to Joytown. This time we decided to reward the teachers: each teacher got a sizable bonus, and a couple of teachers nominated by the headmaster as being outstanding received bigger bonuses. The idea was to thank these young men and women for teaching at Joytown instead of some other, easier school.

    The school’s equipment is very old, stuff you wouldn’t see in the poorest recreation center in the US. They once got a swimming pool, which was a boon to many of the students, but it is often empty because they can’t afford it’s upkeep, in light of other priorities.

    It started off as a primary school, and then expanded to kindergarten and a secondary school. They now have facebook pages!

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Smile Train. It is an organization that trains doctors to and raises money to repair cleft lips in countries where no one could possibly afford to do so on their own. I like how they are non-religious and very specialized and not a massive organization with huge overhead like Unicef.

  • oph

    World vision — reaching the neediest among us.

  • Ada L.

    my favorite charity is doctors without borders. these doctors really took the profession to heart and was not in it just for the money.

  • Paul

    African Wildlife Foundation because of their Charity Navigator ranking

  • Benthelefty As a business guy I like to see the money lent and repaid. That in turns give me the ability to re-lend it to other entrepreneurs and the cycle continues! $25 makes such a difference in someone’s life!

  • Smik808

    My favorite charity is Safe Horizon in NYC. They do a lot of great work helping domestic violence victims rebuild their lives after leaving their abusers, finding them housing, jobs and counseling. They also have a fantastic program for homeless teens in the city called StreetWorks, working to make sure the kids get fed, find places to sleep and get their high school diplomas. There is so much need in New York for these kinds of services and Safe Horizon makes such a big difference for so many.

  • Abhi

    Smile – my favorite charity

  • ASh

    UNICEF is my favorite charity

  • Judy

    Doctors Without Borders!

  • PJ

    I am a huge fan of God’s Love We Deliver, which brings meals to New Yorkers and New Jerseyans who are homebound because of illnesses like AIDS and cancer. They have an army of volunteers who wake up for 6am kitchen shifts and fan out across the city to deliver meals. It’s comforting to know that if I needed support to stay independent, GLWD would be there. Check them out –

  • PanAm

    My favorite, is the American Indian Children’s Hunger Fund. The organization provides food, clothing, educational programs, drug alcohol and suicide prevention, to native children in North and Central America. I like the focus on the basic needs – which are often sorely lacking – and their hands on approach. I donate annually through the Federal government employees’ Combined Federal Campaign which reports on the percentage of overhead each organization h as – and I like that AICHF has extremely low overhead, so I feel better that more of my money is directly going to those in need.

  • Realdjko

    The United Way is a great organization, when you want to give but do not have time to research to know that your money is going to a good cause(s).

  • Hilary

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does amazing work! ‘St. Jude is one of a few pediatric research organizations in the United States where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.’

  • Jess

    Right Rides for Women’s Safety. It’s a very local charity–to New York City. It gives women and members of the LGBT community a safe right home on Friday and Saturday nights, when they might be in danger while riding public transit. I know it seems like a small thing but I really do think that it has an impact on a local level and I am proud to volunteer for them.

  • Jay

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure ” That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.”

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is City Harvest, specifically their Mobile Market. These open air markets take place 2 times a month at 4 different locations with 1 in Brooklyn, 1 in the Bronx, 1 in Staten Island Island, and the newest one in Washington Heights. City Harvest gives away fresh produce, which they rescue from stores and directly from farmers who otherwise wouldn’t harvest their crop, to low income individuals who otherwise would have no other means of securing healthy produce. A lot of charities give away non-perishables which is great but I especially like how City Harvest makes an effort as part of their Healthy Neighborhood program to provide fresh produce which has more vitamins and nutrients than non-perishables. This is a great charity to get involved with for anyone in the New York area.

  • Stephen

    Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute with the National Alzheimer’s Association, it has been one of the chief things I support since back in the day when it was our fraternity’s charity of choice.

  • Ctrix65513

    My favorite charity is The Make A Wish Foundation who grants dying children their last wish. This often helps them forget about their problems for a moment or two.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Action Against Hunger – like most other charities, its cause is worthwhile – but they also do a great job of ensuring that a large % of money donated ends up being used for the purposes intended, which sadly isn’t always the case.

  • Mizer

    I suspect most people commenting here have some sort of personal connection to the charity they have listed. Similarly, I have seen the impacts of Parkinson’s and list my favorite charity as The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson’s Research.

  • Amar

    I think very highly of the Ronald MacDonald House, as they help to keep families together at a time of need, without regard for who the parents are.

  • Tori

    My favorite charitable organization is Legal Aid. I’m a law student now, so I understand how incredibly important, and often times difficult it is for low income individuals to acquire legal assistance, especially if the stakes are that they are about to be evicted or they are victims of domestic abuse.

  • Nick

    Ronald McDonald house is one of my favorite charities because they help families stay close to their sick children.

  • Andrea M. Rotondo

    One of my favorite nonprofit organizations is Charity: Water. This great charity builds clean water projects in second and third world countries. http://www.charitywater.og

    Clean water improves the health of the population so that more children end up going to school and getting educated. It’s the first domino in improving community circumstances.

  • Ben

    Hope For The Warriors

    The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet. On their own, our service members and their families are awe inspiring in the face of their disabilities and hardships – courageous and resolute. However, it is with the support of a grateful nation that they remain unfaltering in their determination and find hope and purpose beyond recovery. As a united support network, all individuals, whether of great or small means, can find an opportunity to honor those who have willingly sacrificed to defend and protect our freedom. To accomplish our mission, we have designed special programs that allow and encourage community involvement.

  • Ping

    I will vote for AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Traffic Safety is a “missing” social issue that general public pays less attetion for this important life saving case.

    The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads. Since 1947, the Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Government agencies and legislators–as well as automobile clubs, driving schools, and school districts–turn to the Foundation’s research to guide them in creating policies that can save lives on our roads and highways, teach adults how to drive more responsibly, and teach children about vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.

  • Anonymous

    Habitat for Humanity-I like it because the family really works toward the house. Sweat equity hours instead of just giving them a house. I think something you work for is always more appreciated. At the same time it gives a family a home they would almost certainly never be able to afford on there own.

  • Julie Bestry

    I’m particularly fond of charities that empower recipients to improve their lives, so I love Heifer International, which provides livestock, seeds and training to families and communities struggling with poverty and hunger. There’s something delightful about being able to donate ducks or bees or part of a water buffalo to ensure a family will be able to become self-sufficient. Heifer operates in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Dan

    2nd Harvest Food Bank. Because Helping people in hunger is a very good thing:)

  • Writeonemoretime

    My favorite charity is Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which is saving marine mammals and protecting the oceans. Also high on my list are the NRDC, ACLU and Amnesty International, all worthy of my money.

  • Chris Webb

    American Cancer Society…So many family members have been touched by this disease and we need to continue research to help find a cure.

  • Bxianesq

    I have a new local favorite: the Joy of Sox.
    They collect warm socks and give them to the homeless. Such a simple idea, yet so needed.

  • John Walker

    March of Dimes. This organization means a lot to me and my family, particularly after what we went through when our twins (kids #3 and #4) were born three months premature. This is really important research and work they’re doing.

  • DRSP

    Fuzzy Friends Rescue is a local no-kill shelter that I love supporting by volunteering and donating!

  • asudrewdevil

    My favorite charity is Point Foundation, the national scholarship foundation for LGBT students marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. I’m a recipient of this scholarship, and I wouldn’t have been able to continue in undergrad or go to grad school without their support.

  • Michael Jarecki

    One of my favorite charities that we donate to is Compassion International in which we sponsor a child in another country. We enjoy getting the updates on how “our” child is doing and are able to write back and forth. We have 8 children ourselves so they get to participate in the writing as well.

  • Gary Pickavet Jr

    My favorite charity is the Ronald McDonald House. The reason I chose this charity is because when I was younger my sister had cancer. She went through so much as a child but the Ronald McDonald house made it easier on her and my parents. They gave them a place to stay when she had to go in for treatment and also let her be a kid and do fun things that she otherwise would not have been able to do. That is why they are my favorite charity! Merry Christmas!

  • Doug

    My favorite charity is one called Another Chance for Horses ( They help thousands of horses each year and save a lot of them from neglect, abuse, and other bad things. My family and I have supported them for years and we always feel good about giving to them because we know the money is going right to the cause.

  • Frankr

    Being a Michigan State alumni, my favorite charity is C.S. Mott Children’s hospital at the University of Michigan. The research performed there has saved thousands of lives. While many worthy charities search for cures everyday, C.S. Mott has been able to treat heart ailments and save children that would have died as few as 50 years ago. They are the pioneer in treating children with HLHS (babies born with 1/2 a working heart) and other congenital heart defects such as Tetralogy of Fallot-a condition my son was born with. While many charities talk about finding cures and savings lives-their staff is doing it-daily. If your travels ever take you to Ann Arbor-go inside and take a look.

  • Ben Richey

    My favorite charity is KaBoom! They build playgrounds across the county, giving kids a safe place to play in many areas where they might not have another option. Their playground builds often take only one or two days, but they can transform a neighborhood. Kids today need more options to encourage active play, and the playgrounds bring parents together too and help create communities where people know their neighbors.

  • B.

    Operation Hope and its 5 million kids initaitve. It focuses on bringing financial literacy to five million youth and adults.

  • Ruth

    There are so many – how can you choose? Top of my list are The American Cancer society for giving back into the communities where funds are raised, and having programs like Rock Camp, where kids can go to camp that has all medical care so that they can have a normal summer camp experience like other kids.

    I also dig Forgotten Soldiers that sends care packages to soldiers overseas, with basic stuff like toothpaste and deoderant as well as power bars and other goodies, most importantly though ,each box has a hand written note from someone here expressing our thanks for all they do.

    Happy Holidays to All

  • Alicia Purzycki

    My favorite charity is the Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of South Carolina, where we adopted our dog, Abby. There are unfortunately so many dogs in the South that are euthanized, (especially in Andseron County, SC), and this rescue group tries to save as many as they can from high-kill county shelters and expedite their adoption to loving homes all over the country. They operate on a shoe string budget and rely heavily on donations and volunteer support.

  • Meredith Brasher

    My favorite

  • Viki

    Harlem Children’s Zone. Its mission is to improve the lives of poor children in America’s most devastated communities.

  • Zl7064

    BASIX. This is an outstanding organization because of its livelihoods approach. In addition to making financial services available, it makes a wide variety of other services (e.g., health ad life, etc.) available to the poor who need those services.

  • Kevin F

    I am a fan of Wounded Warrior. Supporting troops after they’ve served is an honor and a great way to give back!

  • LA

    Save the Children Federation. This organization stands out because it focuses its intervention for the cause of children in all developing countries.

  • SJ

    My favorite charity is the United Way.

  • Leslie Sokolow

    I actively support the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, the work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

  • TheInternationalLine

    Kiva – I love how they’ve made giving fun and interactive. Thanks for a great year of posts, TPG!

  • Stephen

    I support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by sponsoring all my friends who are raising money for them through Team in Training. If you’ve ever wanted to finish your first marathon, 100 mile bike ride, or even an Ironman, join Team in Training and support a great cause.

  • Bobwebb

    My favorite charity is Heifer International. My children always enjoyed the fact that giving a cow or goat or chickens to a family in need was so tangible. It has been a great Christmas tradition for us, and even though my children have grown into young adults, it still encourages them to do something for someone else.

  • Summer

    PetSmart Charities. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for all companion animals by creating and supporting programs that save the lives of homeless pets and promote healthy relationships between people and pets.

  • A Wilson

    My fav charity is a locally based court appointed special advocate program. I am happy that children’s voices are heard especially in cases of abuse and neglect.

  • LRZ

    My favorite charity is First Descents….dedicated to young Cancer survivors. They provide challenging one week adventures (kayking, surfing etc) free of charge to help young adults who have struggled through cancer treatment. It is a terrific way to help people reconnect in an empowering way with their bodies after the large toll of chemo/radiation etc treatment.

  • Terry

    My favorite charity is the American Cancer Society. My wife can say that she is a cancer survivor instead of the alternative.

  • Robin Gronsky

    My favorite charity is the Social Services Agency of Ridgewood. It runs a food bank and takes all kinds of donations. When I had large parties with plenty of leftovers, they would take the extras. Same when I attended business networking meetings, they would take the extra bagels and muffins. There is plenty of need for help with food in thie surrounding area. I’m glad to help out.

  • Dacke8175

    My favorite charity is Denver rescue mission. They house and feed many men that homeless. I serve dinner monthly and like the program they have for themen to get back on their feet with a place to live and jobs.

  • Stacey

    American Red Cross because they are always there when needed.

  • PK

    My favorite charity is Project Angel Food ( Their mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait. They provide more than 13,000 meals a week to clients of all ages and backgrounds for whom a healthy meal, delivered with a warm smile is truly lifesaving. Their mission statement: For Life, for Love, for as long as it takes.

  • Abrambaa

    My favorite charity is the Susan G Koman foundation. I have lost my mother, grandmother & 3 aunts to breast cancer as well as my only sister is currently in her second battle with breast cancer.
    Love your posts! Keep on posting!

  • Anonymous

    Among the charities that I like to support, is the Ronald McDonald House. They provide assistance to families during difficult times when their child is going through a medical treatment. It is truly a rewarding experience, whether one can offer their time, money, or both for these families in need.

  • Ariana

    There are lots of great organization out there. Roots of Peace is one of them. I have a soft spot for UNICEF because my dad grew up in Afghanistan, where many kids don’t get the nutrition they need. He told me stories of UNICEF workers coming to his classroom and distributing milk and bread to the kids, some of which would have gone hungry otherwise. As a kid I participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and as an adult I continue to support them with donations.

  • IPBrian

    ACS (American Cancer Society), because everyone has been touched in someway by cancer.

  • Volk

    Beside the local charities (e.g. for animals), Red Cross is my favorite. They help where the most urgent help is required.

    And helping people is for me like pushing a domino stone. Most person which get a lot of help in their worst time will help and donate more in the future. Therefore, it’s like pushing domino stones.

  • Bo H.

    Doctors without borders do amazing work!

  • Sehgalv23

    Bike and Build – great organization that organizes 8+ different cross country cycling routes to raises money and awareness for affordable housing. Along the way riders build homes with different affordable housing groups like habitat. I personally have participated in this route and biked from Charleston, SC to Santa Cruz, CA, and had the opportunity to build a home from the ground up in a 7 day blitz build in Colorado Springs.

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  • William Mullen

    I like the Lupus Foundation of America. Lupus is such a tough disease to understand and diagnose and the people affected need help. Also, the better understanding we have of Lupus, there will be less misdiagnoses of other autoimmune diseases which are extremely similiar.

  • Perkilator

    My charity is Safe Harbor of Northeastern Kentucky. A battered women’s shelter which strives to stop the cycle of violence by providing care and hope to victims of domestic violence.

  • Maureen Moore

    I support the Wounded Warriors because it’s so easy to forget the sacrifices made by the soldiers and their families, but this charity does not forget and provides on-going support to all.

  • Wander lust

    Upwardly global is amazing. It helps immigrants transition to professional jobs. One of favorite cases was a Doctor from ghana who volunteered with doctors with borders. He came to the us to be a doctor but could not be accredited as a doctor, thus worked as a sales associate at blockbuster. Upwardly global helped him look for work that suited his education.

  • Nate Lawler

    My favorite charity is Charity Water. They are very well organized and I love what they have done for not only their own organization but all charities.

  • Jeffrey Huffman

    The ASPCA for their wonderful help with animals.

  • Rob S.

    My favorite charity is the legal aid society.

  • Salman Chawla

    My fav. charity is called Floating Doctors. I have a few good friends involved in it and they are doing a wonderful job assisting those who need it in haiti and all over south america… so far.

  • Napolehon

    Not a charity but a great group to support the troops. Unites Services Organization (USO) thanks to all who are serving, we can celebrate Christmas safely at home :)

  • Anthony Ives

    NFTE, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship, because of their great work inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

  • Weston James

    I like the make a wish foundation !!

  • Weston James

    Because it makes dreams come true!!!

  • Bob M

    Mine is Austin Sheltie Rescue (ASR). As their name sounds, they rescue Shetland Sheepdogs. Once Shelties are under their care, ASR ‘preps’ these dogs with proper medical care, vaccinations, any required medical procedures (including surgeries) before making the pups available for adoptions. They never shy away from ‘challenging’ dogs, no matter how severe the condition is. So far, they’ve successfully rescued at least 300 Shetland Sheepdogs and some Sheltie mixes as well.

  • Jeff

    My favorite charitable organization is Red Cross since they have a pretty wide network.

  • Jenny

    I support the Fistula Foundation. Their mission is not necessarily well-known, and somewhat difficult to talk about. They help poor women to have surgery to repair childbirth injuries which cause the affected woman to have serious medical, financial and social trouble. Repair costs only about $450, which is unattainable by many women.

  • At1Dutch

    Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. SmileTrain provides free cleft lip and palate surgery for hundreds of thousands of children around the world.

  • Curtborchardt

    Habitat for Humanity. We have volunteered to build houses and sent money and have seen personally what working alongside a new homeowner can do. We built houses in LA, not the best neighborhood, but Oh My were those new homeowners proud. And in Mississippi, rebuilding (still!) after Katrina. I arranged to meet my adult daughter there and, along with my wife, we built some pretty nifty houses.

    They can also use cash donations. It’s quite stirring to be involved in projects that turn lives around.

    Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and to Points Guy for all that they do!

  • Jeff Swartz

    Limiting myself 3 charities is difficult as I like to give to different organizations each year. Fundamentally I think there are so many amazing groups tackling such big issues in many different places around the world, so I ought to try and support as many of them as I can while I can. I would say however that my top 3 are the following:
    1. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): They have done amazing things to support biodiversity, conservation, and address climate change. They don’t limit themselves to one geographic area (case in point their activities in China) or one issue affecting the environment (they protect wolves and whales!). Moreover, every year they report back to their donors on the achievements they’ve made throughout the year. Its a transparent and tough organization. They don’t back down to big industry or lobbyists and they gain their achievements tactfully.
    2. Human Rights Campaign (HRC): They do more and advocate for human rights than many organizations that I could think of. They have a broad brush so they try to support smaller organizations when they can and they are very visible so more and more people are aware of their message and the good they are doing for equal rights for all people.
    3. Heifer International: I just like the idea that you can buy a goat and some family in India or Azerbaijan gets to take care of it and feed themselves. Its so simple and so real. You directly see where your money goes and they work in the places where people are the hungriest.

  • Schumia

    Habitat for Humanity- I have personally volunteered hours for the cause and truly see how the recipients appreciate all that we’ve done for them.

  • Roger

    I love the Electronic Frontier Foundation because they’re trying to preserve a free and open Internet from threats like SOPA and PIPA.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is Homeless Prenatal Program.. They provide a seriously needed service to woman who are some of the desperate members of our community. It’s sad that there are citizens of our country who cannot get adequate prenatal care.

  • Lily –
    Payment of emergency expenses for a family without a financial cushion. The idea is to prevent a downward spiral into poverty that can result from a single unaffordable expense.

  • rookie10

    My favorite charity would be St Jude Hospital and The Childrens Miracle Network. My workplace every year tries to outdo last years contributions to raise more money for the local childrens hospitals. I have witnessed first hand how the money raised has had a positive impact not only on the child but the whole family. It hard to see sick children, and the family that cares for a sick child also endures a lot of hardship. Next time someone asks to donate a dollar for CMN please donate, it does add up one person at a time.

  • Ramosz83

    Susan G Komen society because it brings awareness (get checked!) to breast cancer and helps fund research.

  • Frank Hwang

    My favorite charity is ORBIS. They give the give of sight to people at remote places who has no access to eye care. They run a flying hospital fully equipped with an operating room to fly in an educate the local doctors how to take care of their own people to help them see again. Sight is priceless and they bring the gift of sight to many people around the world!!!

  • Wanderluster101

    Doctors Without Borders

    They do great work providing medical care in poverty-stricken and war torn geographies.

  • Darrell Roch

    Being a firefighter, the unfortunate loss of life happens way to often and very close to home more times than I would like to remember. Most of the time these firefighters are married and have young children that are left behind. In every case charitable origination’s are set up for the family and kids to help provide for a future for these families. My donations throughout the year go to these families. Other donations go to the DAV – Disable American Veterans who help our returning vets file claims and help them with their cases to get their disability’s cases approved which the process now can take over a year or more before things are even looked at.

  • GZ

    bring medical care to people that would never get it

  • Ray

    My favorite charity is Share Our Strength. It is great since childhood hunger is such an important cause that is greatly overlooked in our country and needs to be addressed. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

  • Bill Kuykendall

    I support a fund called the cookie jar that a group of us started 19 years ago to help the needy in our town. I also give to Sandy Carter’s Nicaraguan orphanage. Not charities people would know about, but still very worthwhile causes.

  • Kirch119

    The Palm Beach Post, my local paper, runs an annual fundraiser called Season to Share to assist some local families who are desperately in need due to some perfect storm of medical issues, job loss, etc. It’s heart breaking to read and really puts into perspective how fortunate many of us are. While national and international charities are great, I encourage everyone to think about those in your community as well and help out if you’re able.

  • IR

    My favorite charity is the International Crisis Group. As an “action-tank,” the ICG works to advocate on behalf of resolving conflict and stopping human rights abuses across the globe, and they stand out for their well-researched and powerful approach.

  • Heerow

    UNICEF with their worldwide relief after disasters.

  • sam

    Cancer Wellness Center. Helping people cope with the day to day problems of the disease.

  • Rizwank

    The Aga Khan Development

  • Rizwan Kassim

    The Aga Khan Development Network – a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that seek to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Sustainability programs, water and food supply programs — all that are desperately needed in these parts of the world.

  • Sachin Dante

    My favorite charity is Embracing the World ( ETW is a worldwide charitable organization run by a humanitarian and spiritual leader from Indian, Sri Mata Amritanandmayi Devi, known better simply as “Amma.” ETW does everything from massive disaster relief work (post 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, post Japan Tsunami, post Hurricane Katrina) to homes for the homeless (40,000 homes built since 1998), scholarships for poor children, charitable hospitals, old-age homes, soup kitchens in the US, AIDS hospices, orphanages in Kenya and India… The lists is practically endless.

  • Anonymous

    I support PAWS – People Helping Animals

  • Gene

    The Nature Conservancy

  • Desmond Ang is a good charity. they provide capital to microfinance institutions around the world. they revolutionized the way people give to charities, especially development-related charities, by making the process much more interactive and investment-like.

  • Shannon

    My favorite charity is the Oregon Food Bank. I regularly donate art for fundraising auctions and this is a stellar cause. In a state with a 9.1% unemployment rate I feel very strongly about supporting an organization that distributed over 8.1 million lbs of food in my state during the past year alone! That food has helped kids that would otherwise suffer from malnutrition and support our communities in times of need. My hat off to them and I’m proud to support their work!

  • vlotty

    Kiva for me– provides opportunity in developing countries by helping them lift themselves up instead of receiving pure charity.

  • Sam

    Wounded warrior foundation to support the fallen and injured Heros and their families after they get back home.

  • Peter S

    My favorite charity is Autism Speaks. The funds research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. They also raise awareness of autism.

  • AP

    I support Doctors without Borders. They perform a selfless act in regions where their help is badly needed.

  • Anonymous

    I like to work with World Savvy, a nonprofit that puts together after-school programs for middle and high school students in San Francisco, Denver and Minneapolis. A global topic is set each year and the kids organize into teams to devise and present solutions to peers and judges at a World Affairs Challenge day in March. The solutions usually have been very innovative and creative and tend to create a lot of momentum in the local community.

  • Jbusansky

    HOLA (Heart of Los angeles) my favorite non profit organization, changes kids lives every day, and even more importantly enables them to realize their future potential by helping kids stay in school, get ready and ultimately go to college. HOLA provides extraodinarly high quality programs and services to youth (preschool through 12th grade) in LA’s worst neighborhoods. HOLA becomes like part of the family to these kids and their families- an oasis, when you walk in, you are surrounded by happy faces, staff, volunteers and the kids, who spend their afternoons and evenings taking academic classes, studying/ tutoring , in music/ orchestra, art, athletics, SAT prep, in counseling or just hanging out with peers.

    The wonder and magic of HOLA is awe inspiring, although not immediately apparent. It took me a while to understand how much it takes just to get one kid though, and HOLA does it with for 2500 kids every year. The depth and breadth of HOLA’s programing is extraordinary, their impact, wildly exponential. Graduates come back, teach, lead and volunteer. HOLA instills a sense of community, a spirit of giving back and a sense of responsibility. While their neighbors are in gangs, deal drugs, go to jail, or worse, HOLA Kids go to college, volunteer, have careers, and familes.

    Last year HOLA had 45 high school seniors in its program, students from high schools with graduation rates of under 50 %. This year every one of those 45 kids are in college, some are attending community colleges locally, and some are in Ivys.

  • Anonymous

    Make A Wish Foundation is a charity that is dear to my heart. I have no doubt that by fulfilling wishes of children with serious and even potentially fatal diseases, this foundation is doing as much and possibly more than medicine itself to help heal these children. Studies have proven that laughter and positive emotions can produce miracles of healing. When I watch the videos on YouTube from Make a Wish
    Foundation and see the bright, shinning eyes of the children as they describe what the fulfillment of their wish meant to them, I am all the more convinced how vital the work of Make A Wish Foundation is! A perfect example is found at this link on YouTube:! (Challenge: try to watch it without a tear or two appearing in your eyes.)

  • Samad Samana

    My favorite is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They accept any children, even those that can’t afford to pay. Their generosity allows families to live in Memphis while the kid is treated. Nothin better than helping kids.

  • Dave

    I love an org called Friendship Circle. Pairing teen volunteers with children who have special needs. It’s a cause where everyone involves wins!

  • Sasha

    Doctors without Borders

  • MichaelT

    Habitat for Humanity – a great organization that keeps the giving chain going by expecting those who receive help to help others

  • Connor M.

    Favorite: Boy Scouts of America.

  • Arielthecat

    I volunteer at the Humane Society as an animal photographer.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite charity is a local nonprofit whose board I chair. It is a broad based social service agency known as Jewish Family and Career Services of Louisville. Despite the name, we serve the entire greater Louisville community. However, since I assume OU are looking for more national type charities, I would submit Dare to Care who does a great job of addressing hunger in the US, which unfortunately, is a growing need.

  • Rishi Mohnot

    I really believe in innovative education ideas in the developing world and in the US so this year I donated to Pratham (education in India) and the Harlem Children’s Zone.

  • Nicholas Mirante

    Make-A-Wish foundation. My cousin just got his wish approved (going to the Vatican to see the Pope).

  • Danease

    Harvesters in KC has been a favorite charity of our family on my office. They have been very successful in providing food for many homeless in the metropolitan area. My company donate time and food to them several times a year.

  • Gerhard

    For me, it’s UNICEF – not only for Trick & Treat.

  • lindsay jones

    What can I say? I’m old-fashioned. I give to the Red Cross.

  • Matt

    I’ve supported a child in Rwanda, Hirwa, through Compassion International for 5 or 6 years now. It provides kids in third world countries with food and an education while also teaching them the gospel. It also gave me the opportunity to become a pen pal with Hirwa and to get to know him and his family. Thanks for the opportunity to share our favorite charities and the chance to win something.

  • Anonymous

    Paralyzed Veterans of America

  • R K

    Broadway Cares – They raise money and help people who truly need it all around the world.

  • Dmskil

    I like because I am a teacher and my classroom benefits.

  • Dkosta

    We support Doctors without Borders (medicines sans frontieres), a super organization doing the hard work in some truly difficult environments – often at great risk to themselves. Really people who are making a difference with their efforts.

  • Cornell_alum

    Global Youth Concept – a student run NGO in the Philippines that develops educational and health initiatives for disadvantaged youth

  • Paul Kim

    I enjoy supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. These soldiers have sacrificed their life and bodies for our country. The least we can do is to support their physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

  • E Lee – helping poor kids around the world….skipping one dine out dinner a month will give the poor kid enough to spend for the whole month

  • Jeffrey

    ICARE AIDs organization.

  • Charles

    FortNet,, which helps local non-profits put their information on the web.

  • Lucha

    My favorite charity is Honour Village Cambodia. It is a small grassroots children’s village that started last year, which has adopted 45 kids from the villages around Siem Reap (near the Angkor Wat temples) in Cambodia. A retired British primary school teacher gave up her quiet retirement on the Isle of Wight to move to Cambodia and lead this organization which offers food, housing, education, and extracurriculars to the poorest children who would have grown up with next to nothing of the above mentioned. All Western involvement (trustees in Hong Kong and the UK + on-site volunteers) is completely voluntary and non-paid. It’s still young and not well-known but this is not a bad way to give it some exposure!! ( I’m spending Christmas here this year and there’s no place I’d rather be.

  • jackie

    My favorite charity is Special Olympics — they do so much for the population with special needs, and there are so many great volunteers in that organization!

  • Wendy

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving

  • susanadam

    My favorite charity is The Wounded Warrior Project. I have been so moved by the stories of the returning soldiers stories that I began a monthly contribution to them. We should never forget what they have given up, so I feel that the least I can do is give something up every month for them. My late husband, Phillip, was a Vietnam Vet, so I know he would want this, too. Now, when this charge is on my AAdvantage MC every month ( and I get credited the points- a dour hit here for me & them) I am reminded of what so brave many have done for our country, the USA.
    Merry Christmas!

  • April D. Thompson

    I support a lot of different charities primarily dealing with education reform for disadvantaged youth, but the one closest to heart at this time is The Passport Party Project (PPP), which gifts young girls their first passport. As someone who is has personally and professionally benefited from global travel, and blogs to encourage others to do so, it’s a perfect fit. I have personally donated the cost of 2 passports and excited that one of the girls is heading on her first trip abroad to South Africa. More about the PPP here:

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully, I am not too late. My brother Jason, started The Dublin Dog Foundation a few years ago. They raise money through various functions to pay for the training and care of service dogs who are then gifted for life to individuals who require caregiving. This can range from wounded soldiers returning from battle, to autistic children who have special needs. His work has been remarkable, and I would love to honor Jason by taking him on a trip to remember. We are truly best friends, and we would be very grateful for your generosity. Best to you and your family this Christmas day.

    Shannon Watson

  • Scott Childers

    National Down Syndrome Society. I like this one for very personal reasons. My nephew was born with Downs and I can see the struggles. We all love him dearly and I want to help to further attention and support to families with downs children.

  • ClearedCustoms

    Red Cross, enough said.

  • Anonymous

    Make a wish Foundation, to help dreams come true.

  • Anonymous

    I think micro loan is a fantastic charity because it sets up the people it helps to eventually be able to help themselves

  • Ahavas

    Global Renewal–training local leaders in helping eradicate human trafficking in SE Asia…

  • Diane

    I support the African Well Fund because everyone should have access to clean water – one of life’s basic necessities. African Well Fund is a small grassroots organization that is entirely volunteer run, so 100% of donations go directly to clean water and sanitation projects in Africa.

  • Josh Lee

    If you have a heart how can you not support Its awful how people treat animals. Im not anti-hunting and such, just hate people that mistreat our pets.

  • Tom’s Local Dining

    My favorite the MACC Fund – a childhood cancer organization.

  • finnious

    I support PUSH America for their work with people with disabilities

  • Ryan

    I support the Brett Favre forward foundation. It helps children and keeps the support in the US.

  • Olga

    Operation Smile

  • Pacheco555

    Habitwt for humanity

  • Acta

    Doctors Without Borders

  • Chuck Kramer

    Family Services, Inc is a great org providing child, family, and mental health services to those that otherwise cannot afford it. Founded in 1908, it has been helping the Maryland communities for over 100 years.

  • Ricky

    The MDA is a great charity that helps people you know!!

  • Linda J

    Shriners Hosptals for Children – I’ve worked at one of the burn centers, and it’s amazing the work that’s done not only with some of the sickestpatients I’ve ever seen in my 20+ year nursing career (the acute burns), but with the kids that return for the many painful reconstruction procedures afterwards. I’ve seen patients come in from Eastern Europe, Southest Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central & South America as well as all over the United States – they are all treated equally, with compassion, respect and world-class medical care at no cost. Add in the orthopedic centers, and you have a charity that is truly worthy of everbody’s generosity.

  • Matthew Brugman


    UNICEF is dedicated to providing children around the world with healthcare, education, and hunger relief! It’s hard to find anything wrong with a mission like that.

  • ZeroChance

    I think Doctors Without Borders would be an appropriate charity. The work they do is, for the most part, beyond the reach of politics and does good without consideration of self. A worthy cause

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  • Caneuman

    My favorite charity is the Miracle League. This charity is in several states, and the focus is building baseball fields and recreation areas for disabled children. The field are built with rubberized ground to allow crutches, wheelchair and even children crawling to move easily and without being hurt on the field. Along with coworkers, we raised over $60K in Arizona to help build a field, and watch the children and adults enjoy the ability to engage in “normal” activities. It is a fantastic charity.

  • Dorothy Mitchell

    I would like to be able to help St Judes Children’s Research Hospital give to Disable Veterans Organization the Wounded Warrior Veterans and it’s just so many Organizations that need help and I would like to get all of my bills payed off and help my family

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