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- The best Christian charities to support _

Operation Blessing

Operation Blessing is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to partnering with YOU to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human suffering in the U.S. and around the world.

Samaritan's Purse

After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan's Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.

World Vision a global Christian humanitarian organization. They partner with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Compassion International

They are advocates for children, committed to Jesus Christ in all that we do.   They are Christ-centered, church-based and child-focused.  . They are the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship.

Children's Hunger Relief Fund

From their website  "We share our vision with millions of Americans who in turn help us provide millions of meals, tens of millions of dollars worth of medicine, homes, clean, disease-free water, education and much, much more each and every year. CHRF has continued our work as an association of churches focused on humanitarian needs and dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and families to transform their lives through the power of practical compassion, honor, and reciprocity. We help to save children’s lives through feeding programs, health care, and children’s homes. We aspire to help bring children up with a Christian education and surrounded by God’s unconditional love."

Salvation Army

Their Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

- The five best COVID-19 charities to support -

While the below charities have always done powerful work, they have now made it their mission to fight COVID-19 and support the individuals and communities who have been affected. This list gives details on some of the most impactful charities to donate to during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen (WCK) has served over 25 million meals to the hungry since 2010, and now it’s tackling emergency food relief during a global pandemic. Working in dozens of cities, it provides over 250,000 fresh meals each day to those without access to food—and it’s doing this by working with restaurants directly to help them keep their doors open while also nourishing people in need during COVID-19.

2. Crisis Text Line

When people need to talk to a crisis counselor ASAP, Crisis Text Line offers 24/7 support. Anyone can text 741741 from anywhere in the US to be connected to a trained crisis counselor, which is an especially helpful resource for people struggling with anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International has shipped medical supplies to over 131 countries and given over $2 billion in aid to the less fortunate. To help combat the coronavirus, it has created Stay Healthy kits that include standard hygiene products, but also gloves, masks, and bottles of hand sanitizer.

4. The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has been helping those in need since its inception in 1911. When COVID-19 swept the globe, the Neediest Cases Fund launched a special fundraiser for coronavirus relief. Donations to this fund will be used to directly support four other nonprofits on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

5. Relief International

This nonprofit works in 16 different countries to provide food, education, and medical care to “people in the world’s most fragile settings.” Now, its workers are building isolation and treatment centers in refugee camps for COVID-19 patients, delivering care packages to the homes of refugees, and opening more health clinics.

- Some other top charities to support -

American Humane

Founded in 1877, American Humane has spent well over a century caring for animals both large and smile, wild and domesticated. Your donations help animals find shelter, urgent care, and forever homes. The organization also focuses on promoting bonds between animals and humans.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the US. They fund over 300 researchers across the globe who are working to find a cure for this pervasive disease once and for all.

The Innocence Project

More than 350 innocent individuals in the US have been exonerated thanks to DNA evidence. The Innocence Project fights for justice by re-examining cold cases with new DNA evidence and freeing those who were wrongfully convicted. The nonprofit also aims to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future wrongful incarcerations.

Hope for the Warriors

Hope for the Warriors provides what it calls a full cycle of care to service members, veterans, and their families. It focuses on health and wellness, fostering a sense of community, and providing support for those transitioning from military to civilian life.

Center for Reproductive Rights

This nonprofit envisions a world where every woman is treated as an equal and is to make crucial decisions related to her own reproductive health. Its attorneys fight both nationally and internationally to give women access to birth control, safe abortions, and all manners of reproductive care.

Scholarship America

When high school students dream of going to college but can’t afford the steep costs, Scholarship America steps in to lend a hand. The organization dedicates an impressive 96% of its cash budget to programs directly related to sending individuals to college, like scholarship funds, college readiness programs, and financial aid education.

Operation USA

From ongoing earthquake recovery in Ecuador and Nepal to programs for Native Americans in South Dakota, Operation USA delivers aid to all corners of the globe. The nonprofit has worked in 100 countries since 1979, focusing not only on disaster relief and reconstruction, but on helping and educating underserved communities.

 The Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association aims to fight and cure Alzheimer’s Disease from all sides. Donations provide care to those already affected by Alzheimer’s and connects them with support groups. The organization also funds research and clinical trials.

The Trevor Project

The ultimate goal of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among LGBTQ people under 25 by providing them with counseling and education. It offers young people support with trained counselors via phone, text, and online chat. Every $1 donated allows people to get one more minute of counseling.

The World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute is a research organization that goes beyond research to create solutions to sustain our natural resources. The nonprofit works in over 50 countries to address the topics of climate, food, water, energy, cities and transport, and forests.

 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Finding a cure for blood cancer is just as important to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as supporting those already diagnosed with cancer. This 501(c)(3) has invested over $1.2 million in research for clinical trials, and it also supports those already diagnosed with cancer through financial assistance, support groups, and access to live information specialists on their website.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

This nonprofit has defended the rights of low-income immigrants in the US since 1979. It works to provide immigrants access to health care and fights unconstitutional immigration policy. The nonprofit also works to educate the public on the impact new laws would have on this marginalized group.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU has been defending the constitutional rights of individuals for almost 100 years. Whether it means fighting for LGBTQ rights or ensuring that women are able to make their own choices about their reproductive health, its mission is to protect the civil liberties of every person in the US.

National Council on Aging

One in three older adults doesn’t have economic security, according to the National Council on Aging. It then becomes increasingly difficult for older adults to address their own health concerns. The organization’s goal is to improve the health and financial situations of 10 million senior citizens by 2020.

Prevent Child Abuse America

This 501(c)(3) charity proudly designates 94% of its of its cash budget to programs that directly relate to its mission of stopping child abuse and neglect in the US. Prevent Child Abuse America uses donations to run parent education programs and to advocate for federal policies that promote children’s health and safety.

Government Accountability Project (GAP)

On their website, the Government Accountability Project states that courage is contagious. It believes that one whistleblower will inspire more truth-tellers to come forward. This non-partisan group is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization and works to defend those who bravely expose wrongdoing.

 National Alliance to End Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness wants to see a world where homelessness is a distant memory. It focuses on trying to shape federal policy and finding solutions to end homelessness, like short-term rental assistance programs and community education.

AIDS Research (amfAR)

The Foundation for AIDS Research has a simple goal: develop the scientific basis for a cure for AIDS by 2020. The foundation has invested over $500 million since 1985 in scientific AIDS research, public education, and public policy research.

Africa Wildlife Foundation

The Africa Wildlife Foundation strives to protect endangered wildlife and their habitats across Africa so they can continue to thrive. Along with combating animal poaching and trafficking, the organization helps with economic development and community empowerment throughout the continent.

Human Rights Watch

Defending the rights of people across the globe is no small task, but the organization Human Rights Watch has been doing just this since 1978. About 400 journalists, attorneys, country experts, and many others work to publish non-partisan and independent reports every year on human rights conditions around the world.

 Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women proudly calls itself and its supporters champions for equality. From setting up the first women’s fund in Nepal to funding secret schools in Afghanistan, this bold organization strives to empower women and girls around the world and ensure they are granted basic human rights.

Charity: Water

According to charity: water, one in 10 people don’t have access to clean drinking water. The organization hopes to change these stats by bringing clean and safe drinking water to developing countries. It has already funded over 29,000 water projects around the world.

Action Against Hunger

Over 800 million people go hungry every day, according to Action Against Hunger. They hope to fight malnutrition and food crises in over 20 countries with help from donations.

Hearing Health Foundation

The Hearing Health Foundation has been researching hearing loss and tinnitus since 1958 with the aim of preventing and curing hearing loss and hearing-related diseases for good. They also focus on creating inclusive opportunities for those with hearing loss or other hearing disorders.

 Mental Health America

Founded in 1909, Mental Health America helps Americans understand, prevent, and treat mental health issues that can interfere with their overall wellness and ability to live a healthy life. They also focus on educating Americans about mental health issues through their online hub of information and tools.