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  • CNN's List of Charities which helped during Hurricane Katrina In general a helpful listing. . Page archived after crisis and some links may no longer be viable.
    Donate & Volunteer | Get Help | Locate the Missing | Find Local Information
  • Excellent listing by KatrinaHelp/Wiki of charities produced during Hurricane Katrina
    "Phone numbers and online donations forms for Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery charities and other organizations. Includes resources for animal relief." Extensive list of charities participating in Katrina recovery including listings by state.
  • Network For Good Crisis pages gives listings of charities involved in crisis situations worldwide.
  • BBC News, 19 January, 2005 Global aid organisations have launched urgent appeals for donations to help survivors of the Indian Ocean earthquake disaster
  • list of charitable organizations Dec. 30, 2004 TIME Online Edition
  • Charities in Africa by The Africa Guide
    More than 80 organizations. Support charities working on the African continent.

    Searchable Lists of Charities Without Ratings

    Over 48,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, which you can search or browse by name, location or mission. Allows you to refine search by: Organizations, Consultants, Jobs, Events, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources, Programs, Campaigns, News Items, Nonprofit FAQ
  • Network for Good
    "Network for Good enables you to search and donate to more than 1 million charities online by name, category, area of interest or location." Network for Good is the Internet's leading charitable resource — an e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and get involved with the issues they care about. The organization's goal is to connect people to charities via the Internet — using the virtual world to deliver real resources to nonprofits and communities. Founded in 2001 by the Time Warner Foundation and AOL, Inc.; the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Yahoo! Inc..."
  • Charities and Nonprofit page of "has rapidly become known as a leading source of information on all aspects of voluntary activity. Visitors to the site are offered quick and easy access to non-profit related resources, information and knowledge, as well as quick links to the sites of non-profit organisations around the globe."
    The refine page allows search by keyword, site category, theme, and country. Home non-profit organisations and their service providers weorldwide.
  • Non-governmental Organizations Research Guide
    Duke University Library. "This database and guide are limited in scope to those NGOs which: Focus on one of three issues--environmentally sustainable development, human rights, or women in development. Some of these NGOs may also address broader or related issues such as poverty, hunger, and humanitarian aid.

    11 Highly Rated Prominent National and International Charities

    NOTICE: is not affiliated with any of the charities or nonprofit organizations listed below.
    Your contact with them in order to donate is directly with their sites

    CARE International: Gateway to individual country CARE organizations
    Humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of poverty Care is a united force dedicated to helping the world's poorest communities solve their most threatening problems: community development, emergency and rehabilitation

    "CARE works to reduce poverty. We design and manage community-based projects in areas such as education, health care and economic development. These projects aim to strengthen poor communities with information, skills and resources. Together, CARE and communities build a foundation for self-sufficiency and lasting solutions to problems caused by poverty."

    Major Campaigns: Children and poverty, world hunger, education, HIV-AIDS, victories over poverty, care for the child.

    Red Cross International (main site)
    [English French Spanish Arabic Chinese Russian Portuguese]
  • Links by DMOS to the different country societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

    International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    Action for the most vulnerable in over 175 countries worldwide. " impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
    International Red Cross and Red Crescent Donate You can specify which programs of the Red Cross you to wish you wish to donate.
    Official Donation Sites of American Red Csross

    Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (main site)
  • MSF Offices in Other Countries MSF has offices in 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. In addition, MSF has an international office in Brussels, an Access to Essential Medicines Campaign office in Geneva, and two U.N. liasion offices, one in Geneva and one in New York City, and a small office in UAE.

    Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres is "an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.

    Each year, MSF volunteer doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,400 aid missions. They work alongside more than 16,000 locally hired staff to provide medical care.

    In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting."

    Also longer-term programs provide medical and psychological care.

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  • Oxfam affiliate sites worldwide
    "Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.

    "Oxfam works with communities, allies and partner organizations, undertaking long-term development, emergency work, research and campaigning for a fairer world.

    Oxfam works on a broad range of issues, including trade, conflict, debt and aid, and education."

    Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development.

  • World Emergency Relief (main site)
  • World Relief affiliate sites worldwide
    "Giving children a living chance".
    "Untold millions of people - and the programs helping them - need practical resources to make their lives successful. Food for starving children. Medicines for the sick. Seeds for farmers. Clothing for the naked and shivering. Even fire trucks for Brazil's rain forests.

    Since 1991, WER has been a leader in promoting the responsible and ethical use of “gifts-in-kind” at our own projects worldwide, as well as projects we share with other outreaches."

  • Feed The Children (main site)
    "During our 25-year history, Feed The Children has created and developed one of the world's largest private organizations dedicated to feeding hungry people. Last year, Feed The Children shipped 146 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and families in all 50 states and in 57 foreign countries. Feed The Children supplemented 1,040,710 meals a day, worldwide.

    U.S. Programs
    The heart of Feed The Children's U.S. program is distributing food to needy families. To do this, we work closely with caring corporate partners that donate surplus food and other supplies, as well as with individual donors who help defray the cost of transporting the product donations."

    "Since 1979, we have provided food, clothing, medical assistance and educational opportunities to those in need in more than 115 nations around the world. Through schools, orphanages and church-related programs, Feed The Children touches the lives of thousands of children overseas every day. We also provide financial assistance to orphanages, schools and other charitable groups in these regions."
    Donate in many different ways - see the main page.

  • Network for Good
    "Network for Good enables you to search and donate to more than 1 million charities online." Network for Good is the Internet's leading charitable resource — an e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and get involved with the issues they care about. The organization's goal is to connect people to charities via the Internet — using the virtual world to deliver real resources to nonprofits and communities. Crisis pages of Network For Good gives listings of groups involved with crisis situations worldwide. Founded in 2001 by the Time Warner Foundation and AOL, Inc.; the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Yahoo! Inc..."

  • World Food Program (WFP)
    FAST FOOD: World Food Program's Emergency Response Click through this section to learn more about hunger and how WFP food aid, which reached 113 million people in 80 countries in 2004, is leading the fight against the number one risk to global health. Whether refugees are fleeing war or drought is destroying farmland, hunger is often the first emergency. The hungry look to WFP for the first response. In 2004, the agency's food aid reached 89 million people caught in the world's ever-widening net of humanitarian disasters.

    "WFP works to stop Hunger: food aid breaks the poverty cycle Food aid can break the cycle of poverty. Innovative food aid projects, which play an integral part in WFP's relief & rehabilitation and development operations, allow the weak and poor, including people made homeless by natural disasters, returning refugees, HIV/AIDS orphans and jobless mothers, to stop worrying about their next meal and build a sustainable future."

    "WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions to finance its humanitarian and development projects. None of the average 90 million people in more than 80 countries who eat WFP food each year could do so without the generosity of our donors.

    Donations are made either as cash, food such as flour, beans, oil, salt and sugar, or the basic items necessary to grow, store and cook food - kitchen utensils, agricultural tools, warehouses. " "More than 60 governments fund WFP's humanitarian and development activities. They are the Programme's major source of funding. WFP receives no dues or portions of the UN assessed contributions."
    Contributions can be earmarked for specific programs worldwide.

  • AmeriCares
    AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization providing immediate response to emergency medical needs, as well as supporting long-term humanitarian assistance programs, for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
    International concentration on: Disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, medical outreach AmeriCares solicits donations of medicines, medical supplies and other relief materials from U.S. and international manufacturers, and delivers them quickly and efficiently to indigenous health care and welfare professionals around the world.

    The AmeriCares Model For over two decades, the success of AmeriCares has been characterized by timely response, meaningful impact, high integrity and intense passion for the work. To deliver medicine, relief supplies and health care to the needy, AmeriCares has developed a platform based on strategic partnerships, high-efficiency and tight auditing procedures.

    Since its founding, AmeriCares has provided more than $4.0 billion of aid in more than 137 countries. To accomplish these results, AmeriCares assembles product donations from the private sector, determines the most urgent needs and solicits the funding to send the aid via airlift or ocean cargo to health and welfare professionals in the indigent locations. "

    "Response to Hurricane Katrina, Ongoing humanitarian aid in Sudan and Chad, AmeriCares Free Clinics Plans to Expand in Bridgeport, CT, Report from Indonesia by the Head of AmeriCares Tsunami Relief Program, AmeriCares receives Charity Navigator's 4-star rating for the fourth consecutive year, AmeriCares continues to respond to flooding in India, Aid Reaching Children in Niger
    AmeriCares Donate

  • Ashoka Around the World
    Innovative solutions implemented by Ashoka’s network of 1600 leading social entrepreneurs in 60 countries in education, health, human rights, economic development, civic participation.

    In the coming months we will share with you innovative solutions implemented by Ashoka’s network of 1600 leading social entrepreneurs in 60 countries, and the work Ashoka is doing to build group entrepreneurship around the world. We will also offer you the opportunity to help Ashoka create impact through investment in systems change.

    This year 2,000,000 people will be sold, kidnapped, and coerced into slavery -- almost half of whom are children. These victims are subjected to the worst of humanity -- sexual violence, horrific living conditions, threats against their families, and treacherous workplaces.

    Ashoka Fellow Sunita Krrishnan is in India, protecting and rehabilitating sexually trafficked children; Derek Ellerman in the US, is building a citizen movement to end sex trafficking networks; and Kailash Satyarthia in India is fighting the use of child labor. All are creating a new way to combat human trafficking that focuses on ending the problem.
    Donate - Investment in Ashoka

  • globalgiving (a million little earth-changing ideas) Connects donors with over 450 pre-screened grassroots community-based projects worldwide that need support. You select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and get regular progress updates - so you can see your impact." You can also give in general which then goes to support outstanding projects. See Wikipedia for an overview.

    Sites Which Provide Ratings of Charitable Nonprofit Organizatins

  • Charity Navigator
    Rates "...charities by evaluating two broad areas of financial health, their organizational efficiency and their organizational capacity. ...Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, and to what extent the charities are growing their programs and services over time.
    Allows browsing by category, name, region.
    Articles on how to give, how much is too much, protecting yourself, acting locally, giving in the workplace
    includes 1.5 million nonprofit organizations. Gives information on the mission of an organization, organizational finances, leadership structure, and programs.
    Requires free registration to use., the philanthropic arm of the Better Business Bureau
    Evaluates charities according to a set of standards which include:
    How they govern their organization,
    The ways they spend their money,
    The truthfulness of their representations,
    Their willingness to disclose basic information to the public,
    Independence of the Board of Directors.
  • American Institute of Philanthropy.
    Gives index of top rated charities by many different categories as well as an alphabetic listing although only top rated are listed with a grade. Others only indicate whether they are willing to provide financial forms to serious doners.
    Charities rated on use of funds received. Lists charities which get high grades "...for putting 75% or more towards program cost while generally spending $25 or less to raise $100. These groups also receive an “open book” credit from AIP for willingly sending the financial documents we request."
  • Community Foundations
    Learn more about the 650 community foundations throughout the United States. Connect to the one in your area. Advice on finding the right charity, matching interest with financial circumstances, help to professional advisors, latest info.

    About Giving

  • About Defines Nonprofit Organizations
  • - The Better Business Bureau guidance on making informed decisions, publishes tips on giving, quarterly wise giving guide.
  • 10 Tips on Giving Wisely from Network For Good
  • Money/CNN - Charitable giving: The right match
  • Community Foundations
    Gives advice on finding the right charity, matching interest with financial circumstances, help to professional advisors, latest info.

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