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Feel good about where you choose to send your support. The following resources can help you make more informed giving decisions.
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.
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
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.
The mission, board and finances of a non-profit can lend invaluable guidance to donors considering offering their support.Evaluating charities
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
This database of over 1.8 million nonprofit organizations summarizes each one’s mission, programs and financials.Visit GuideStar