Choosing Charities

Determining which organization to give to can be a difficult task, even when your group is cause-focused. While defining your group's purpose, mission, and goals helps to narrow down your choices, value setting ensures that the causes and organizations you give to are aligned with your group’s vision and intended impact.

Value Setting Activities

Ask your groups members to answer the following questions:

  1. If you could leave a group ‘legacy’ behind, what would that be?
  2. How does your group want to be remembered? What behaviors? What accomplishments?
  3. What key themes can you identify from these answers? Which are the most important?

From the last question, you should be able to discover a few words that will then become your core value. Identify anywhere from 3 to 9 words that both you and your group feel best reflects you all, your purpose, and the impact you seek to make.

Searching for Nonprofits

Below you will find resources on where to begin your search for nonprofits to give to!

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator provides donors with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision-making using a rating method.

Grapevine

You can search for nonprofits that other groups have supported. In the search bar, you can look based on cause, location, and more.

Great Nonprofits

Great Nonprofits offers a free and easy-to-use platform to share and collect reviews and stories about the communities that nonprofits serve.

Guidestar

GuideStar has the most complete, up-to-date nonprofit data available that you can filter by:

Zip code, State and/or City

Seal of Transparency, Subject, and Diversity

Revenue, Number of Employees

Idealist

Idealist has a directory of over 125,000 nonprofit organizations that you can filter by:

Location

Issue Areas

Org Type*

*link defaults to nonprofit org type given that our platform exclusively offers support in distribution to nonprofit organizations