Research charities

Feel good about where you choose to send your support. The following resources can help you make more informed giving decisions.

Support the charities you love

Consider opening a donor-advised fund (Giving Account) at Fidelity Charitable to support all of the causes you care about. A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations.

How to evaluate a charity

Research charity illustration

Research before offering support

The mission, board and finances of a non-profit can lend invaluable guidance to donors considering offering their support.

Making a difference to charity illustration

Make a difference—to the right charity

With so many charities to choose from sometimes it’s hard to know which to support, or even which ones to avoid.

Tools and resources


This database of over 1.8 million nonprofit organizations summarizes each one’s mission, programs and financials.

Charity Navigator

An independent evaluator that provides easy-to-understand ratings of charities based on their financial health, accountability and transparency.

Giving Compass

A nonprofit organizing the world’s information on charities and charitable giving to make it easier to give well.

Great Nonprofits

A platform for nonprofit clients, donors, and volunteers to provide online reviews.


Free access to case studies, evaluations, white papers and issue briefs from social sector organizations around the world.

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits

Making a difference to charity illustration


Thinking about joining a nonprofit board? Things to consider.

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals logo

In 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

If you are interested in supporting organizations whose missions align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Charity Navigator has curated lists of highly rated nonprofits working towards the goals.

High-impact giving

How do you know your giving has made a difference? Fidelity Charitable has worked with the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP), a multidisciplinary, nonprofit center housed at the University of Pennsylvania, to bring donors a series of high-impact charitable opportunities where there is an opportunity to make a collective change. Within each opportunity is background on the charitable cause, organizations working effectively in that space and suggestions of ways to support the charitable cause.

Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations and provides this list for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees.

Give with an equity lens

Across the country, communities are demanding an end to racial injustice and systems of oppression. Many donors are asking what they can do to help.

Trending news and more from Giving Compass

The Giving Compass online content aggregator offers relevant, timely philanthropic content.

Giving Compass is a nonprofit organization that developed an online portal to collect a variety of current philanthropic resources and news articles to make it easier to give with impact.

The Giving Compass Widget is provided by an independent third party. The views and opinions of third party content providers are solely those of the author and not Fidelity Charitable. Fidelity Charitable does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided by such third parties.

How Fidelity Charitable can help

Since 1991, we have been a leader in charitable planning and giving solutions, helping donors like you support their favorite charities in smart ways.

Or call us at 800-262-6039