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Research charities

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

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.

Explore UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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.

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Give Lists

Several experts in philanthropy—from Melinda Gates to Michael Bloomberg—put together lists of their favorite high-performing nonprofits that span a wide range of issue areas. These Give Lists, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leverage the curator’s expertise and due diligence to maximize the impact of charitable dollars. Explore their top picks and learn more.

Explore the lists
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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 related to society’s most vulnerable people. 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.

Evaluating charities
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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.

Avoiding fraudulent charities

Tools and resources



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

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Charity Navigator

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

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

Visit Give.org

Giving Compass

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

Visit Giving Compass

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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