Research charities

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

Support charities you love, now or over time

Consider opening a donor-advised fund for flexibility to make grant recommendations on your own timetable that align with your charitable giving goals. When you contribute to a donor-advised fund, you’ll receive an immediate tax benefit, but you have time to fully research the most effective ways to support your favorite causes.

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Give Lists

Several experts in philanthropy put together lists of their favorite high-performing nonprofits that span a wide range of issue areas. These Give Lists leverage the curator’s expertise and due diligence to maximize the impact of charitable dollars. Explore their top picks and learn more.

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

How to evaluate a charity

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Research before offering support

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

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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.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance produces insightful reports about national charities.

Giving Compass

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

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.

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