Most Popular Charities

Most Popular Charities
IMG: via World Vision

Looking for a charity to donate to? With literally millions of charities to choose from, the task of finding the one you want to donate to can be a bit daunting. Not all charities were created equal, though, and there are a select few charities that have become more popular than others over the years.

The following 10 charities have had consistently high ratings over the years and have been sought out by huge numbers of people. Determined by Charity Navigator to be the most popular, here’s who makes the list:

  1.  American Red Cross
  2. World Vision
  3. Doctors Without Borders, USA
  4. Invisible Children
  5. American Cancer Society
  6. Save the Children
  7. Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  8. Feed the Children
  9. CARE
  10. Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

Keep in mind that popularity doesn’t necessarily prove value. There are many excellent charities out there that are more efficient than some of those on the list above; they just haven’t garnered as much interest.

Key to choosing a charity to donate to is determining what causes you are also passionate about. And if you’re going to donate money, you should feel like it’s going to a worthy cause; truly believing in the mission of the charity you support will make the process that much more satisfying and worthwhile.

Lastly, keep in mind that there are tons of small charities out there that depend entirely on private contributions. These small charities may be more in need of your donation, which means you have the potential to make a greater impact than you might elsewhere.

Ultimately, donate to the cause you feel will be most worth your while; just pay attention to that charity’s reputation for being efficient with donors’ money and putting it to good use.