A List of 10 Top Charities
The mission: To connect benefactors with people who seek to make significant improvements in their communities or around the world.
Why it stands out: GlobalGiving provides a carefully vetted online marketplace in which small groups can solicit funds for their causes—anything from providing clothing and toys to an orphanage in Japan to building a neighborhood gym in Washington State. This nine-year-old group’s rapid growth means more people than ever are receiving assistance: In 2011, more than $55 million in grants were given to more than 4,800 grassroots projects—nearly 2½ times the number of projects from the previous year.
Your money at work: A $50 donation trains two women in Nepal in sustainable-farming methods, such as seed saving and composting.