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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.

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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 to bring donors a series of high-impact charitable opportunities related to health, poverty and education. Within each opportunity is background on the charitable cause, multiple organizations working effectively in that space and suggestions of ways to support the charitable cause.

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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.

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Tools and resources

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GuideStar

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

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Charity Navigator

A team of analysts rates charities on a numbers-based system to help you easily compare charities.

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Give.org

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

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Giving Compass

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

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What to evaluate in a charity

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Missions and deeds

A good place to start evaluating a charity is with its mission statement.

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Charitable boards

Learn all you can about the charity's guiding force, from credentials to any potential conflicts of interest.

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Financials

Here's where to find the info you need to examine a charity's financial health.

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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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