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Grant to charity effectively

One way to ensure your donations are used to make a lasting impact is to research the causes you are supporting. Take time to get to know a charity--including how it meets its mission, uses its money, and plans for the future--before recommending a grant.

Below are a selection of websites that may be helpful in your research process because they:

  • Evaluate charities according to varying standards
  • Offer insight into giving trends and changes in the charitable industry.
  • Are great resources for donors who want to be engaged with their giving.*

Keep in mind, you are always your best resource when deciding if a nonprofit organization is a good match for your charitable dollars.

Educational content and news
Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Information about national nonprofit organizations, including those with international services
Council on Foundations Information and news about philanthropy
Chronicle of Philanthropy The latest news and events in the nonprofit industry
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Educational content, news, and other resources
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Information from leading researchers and educators in the nonprofit sector
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy Provides education and analysis to help donors maximize the social impact of their giving


Connecting donors with causes
Find to Fund Connecting donors with charitable initiatives and causes
GiveWell Independent charity evaluator
GlobalGiving Connects donors with charitable projects
GreatNonprofits Nonprofit ratings and reviews by donors, people served by the nonprofit, and volunteers; includes charity search by region, rating, city, and cause
GuideStar Details about charitable organizations provided by the IRS
Independent Charities of America Information about national and international charities
Independent Sector Charting Impact A report, consisting of an organization's responses to five strategic questions, that helps key nonprofit stakeholders work together
Intelligent Philanthropy Tool to evaluate nonprofit health, infrastructure, and impact using 160 data points
Philanthropy Action Discussions on philanthropy for donors
UniversalGiving Connects donors and volunteers with charitable projects
VolunteerMatch Find volunteer opportunities or recruit volunteers


Quick links

America's top grantmakers

Amplify the money you give: A TED talk from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Disaster relief efforts

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*Vanguard Charitable is not responsible for the content of websites to which it provides links in this section, and makes no representation or warranty with respect to the accuracy, timeliness, noninfringement, or suitability of the content of these websites, including information on the linked website regarding Vanguard Charitable.

Vanguard Charitable is not recommending the donation, purchase, or sale of any investments offered by any company, nor is it endorsing services provided by the website's sponsoring organization.