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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:
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|
*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.