At this juncture, I think y’all realize how much I loathe clutter. Gently used books, phones, clothes, and household goods are not allowed to lay around and suck the energy out of my home. The goal is to get them into the hands of those who may be experiencing a rough patch and truly need them. But, I recently read an article about how little of the proceeds of my donations has been going to those in need. I don’t want the money from my donations going to fat cats. So, I set out to find the best charities to support right now. And I’m sharing the vetted list with you.

It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.

-Mother Teresa

The Best Charities to Support Right Now

Now is the perfect time to declutter and donate. Rather than throwing out used books, cell phones, computers, and clothing, think about donating to one of these amazing charities. Even if it’s broken, you’d be surprised how beautifully things can be refurbished when they land in the right hands. And all things considered, the things we don’t want are so appreciated by those who need.

The Best Charities to Donate BOoks, Phones, COmputers, Instruments and Shoes

Books | Operation Paperback | Donate gently-used books to American troops overseas.

Cell Phones | Cell Phones For Soldiers | Donate your mobile phone, regardless of age and condition, to soldiers overseas.

Computers | | Donate your computer to organizations that provide education, rehabilitation, and job training to those in need. 

Instruments | Guitars 4 Vets | Donate guitars and amplifiers to vets struggling with PTSD. G4V even provides free guitar instruction through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Shoes | Soles4Souls | Donate new and used shoes to those in need.

The Best Charities to Donate Money

Environmental Defense Action Fund | Donate to help implement clean energy solutions, reduce emissions, and find sustainable ways to grow food and supply water. | Score 98%

American Kidney Fund | Donate to help people fight kidney disease. | Score 97%

All Hands and Hearts | Donate to address the needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. | Score 96%

GiveDirectly | Donate to help fight poverty. | Score 96%

Scholarship America | Donate to award scholarships to students. | Score: 95%

PetSmart Charities | Donate to help save the lives of homeless pets. (This charity is the largest financial supporter of animal welfare in the U.S.) | Score: 95%

National Council on Aging | Donate to help improve the lives of millions of struggling older adults. | Score: 95%

I vetted the these charities via Charity Watch. They’re a watchdog group who ranks charities by transparency and financial disclosures. Their scores are determined by the amount spent on programs relative to overhead. These are graded A+ cream of the crop.

The Flow-Down – The best Charities to Support Right Now

This year, we’re partnering with some of these incredible organizations that are helping making the world a better place. If you’re able, please join us in giving back. Do good. Feel good.

*Featured Image | Alfred Kenneally

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