I’m not one to hold onto things. After I read a book, I donate it. If I upgrade my phone, the old one is donated. The same goes for clothes, household goods, etc. It wouldn’t be odd for me to make multiple trips per month to the local donation drop-off. But, I recently read an article about how little of the proceeds of my donations was going to those in need. So, I set out to find the best charities to support right now. And I’m sharing my list with you.
It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.-Mother Theresa
The Best Charities to Support Right Now
The window between now and Christmas is the perfect time to declutter and donate. Think twice before throwing out books, cell phones, computers, and clothing. Our landfills can’t handle much more. 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 do need.
The Best Charity to Donate • Books
Operation Paperback | Donate gently-used books to American troops overseas.
The Best Charity to Donate • Cell Phones
Cell Phones For Soldiers | Donate your mobile phone, regardless of age and condition, to soldiers overseas.
The Best Charity to Donate • Computers
Cristina.org | Donate your computer to organizations that provide education, rehabilitation, and job training to those in need.
The Best Charity to Donate • 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.
The Best CHarity to Donate • Shoes
Soles4Souls | Donate new and used shoes to those in need.
The Best Charities to Donate • Money
I vetted the following 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.
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 think one of the most important lessons the pandemic has taught us is to be more mindful. Our society has lived excessively at the expense of so many things. Maybe we should think about gifting mindfully rather than excessively this holiday season. Making donations in the name of family and friends would be a gifting win-win. Let’s support as many of these organizations as we can. Do good. Feel good. –xo