Care2′s 2016 Giving Guide

The year is winding down and the holiday season is fast approaching. For some, that means standing in shopping lines and crossing off items on gift lists. But in the holiday giving frenzy, it’s worth pausing and considering how we can support those who are making the world better.

With so many charities, we know it’s hard to figure out where to start. To help ease your holiday giving worries, we’ve listed some of our favorite nonprofits grouped by the causes they fight for: animal welfare, cancer and disease research, children and education, environment and human rights.

Over time, our new fitness gadgets and e-reader gifts will become obsolete and landfill-bound, but nonprofits around the world will still be working hard to fight for important causes.




African Wildlife Foundation

What’s on the wish list for Africa’s elephants? An end to poaching. Gorillas asked for a chance to live peacefully. Lions want room to roam. Your holiday gift to African Wildlife Foundation saves endangered species with proven wildlife-protection programs. You make the donation … we’ll do the gift-wrapping.African Wildlife Foundation


Humane Society International

From fighting the cruel dog meat trade to helping animals on factory farms, Humane Society International is your partner in the fight to defend and protect all animals around the world. Donate now to help rescue and protect animals in desperate need.Humane Society International


The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States, together with our affiliates, provides direct care to more than 100,000 animals and help millions more through our advocacy work.

Your donation helps drive transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale animal cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.





City of Hope

City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases. Compassion is the heart of our approach and the driving force behind our discoveries.  Give hope this holiday season – and help us turn innovative ideas into powerful lifesaving treatments.

City of Hope


Fight Colorectal Cancer

Fight Colorectal Cancer finds it unacceptable that the #2 cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. is from a preventable disease. Get behind a cure and make a donation to fight colon and rectal cancers. Funds will support awareness, education, advocacy and research.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are wishing for one thing this holiday season – to go home happy and healthy. Your gift helps ensure that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.





Covenant House

Rescue a homeless child. As countless kids are fighting to survive on our streets tonight your gift will help Covenant House provide them with a warm meal, a safe bed… and the compassionate care that every child deserves. This holiday season, help a homeless kid.

Covenant House
Let Girls Learn

Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities, but millions of girls around the world are not in school. Let Girls Learn addresses that challenge by empowering girls to confront local barriers and reach their full potential. With friends and supporters like you, we have no doubt that Let Girls Learn will continue to make an incredible impact on girls around the world.

Let Girls Learn




Sierra Club

This holiday season, give a gift that gives back—a cuddly plush animal that helps protect the planet. Your symbolic adoption will help protect wild animals and the wild places they call home. Help support our conservation efforts and adopt a wild animal today!



Nature Conservancy

We need nature, and nature needs us. This holiday season, help save the lands, waters and wildlife you love by making a tax-deductible year-end donation by December 31 —  it’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Every acre protected, river restored and species saved begins with you.

The Nature Conservancy

The Trust for Public Land

This holiday season protect our public lands from threats and conserve community green spaces by giving a gift to The Trust for Public Land.  And until December 31, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

The Trust for Public Land





Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind is the largest guide dog school in North America. Everything we do from breeding healthy puppies, to providing personalized training, to supporting our guide dog teams for life is made possible by friends like you.  Help us create more life-changing partnerships this holiday season.

Guide Dogs for the Blind


Human Rights Campaign

Give the gift of equality! LGBTQ Americans have experienced setbacks & struggles for years. But it’s clear we’re about to face some of our toughest challenges yet. We will face them head-on with you by our side. Join us to fight for our shared values: freedom, justice and equality for all.



Oxfam America

Around the world, millions of refugees are fleeing violence and poverty—but we can’t lose sight of the individuals. Each one is seeking safety, and needs food, shelter, and the opportunity to create a better life. Today, you can provide not only aid, but hope. Please give today, and help change lives.

Oxfam America


Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families  

We should be able to pick up a product off any store shelf and know that it’s free from toxic chemicals, right? Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaigns for a future where you don’t have to worry whether there’s BPA in your canned food, flame retardants in your couch or parabens in your kid’s shampoo.

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Museum’s mission is to make sure the world never forgets the Holocaust. We honor the victims by sharing their stories to keep their memory alive. By donating, you join a community of people dedicated to transforming “Never Again” from a promise into a reality. Give a gift today.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum




Christine J
Christine J7 months ago

It's a very personal choice. For me, I like to make sure they don't test on animals, as not only is it cruel but it's an old-fashioned method which isn't the most effective use of funding. Also, it's good to support small, local, grassroots charities where you can actually go and have a look and see for yourself if it's in line with your values.

cynthia l
cynthia l11 months ago

good suggestions I support the Lakota school for children

Alesia K
Alesia K11 months ago


Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

h masih
.about a year ago

These are good causes,but I support the causes that address both practical AND Spiritual answers.Not putting these down,it is just what I do.

Kathy K
Kathy Kabout a year ago


Tara B
Tara Babout a year ago

I donate to Lakota Animal Care Project, a grassroots organization which provides basic medical care (including spay/neuter surgeries) to domestic animals on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The organization is not very well known off of the reservation, so I try to spread the word as much as possible. To anyone who wants to learn more, please check out the website here:

I also donate to Center for Biological Diversity every year (right now there's even a matching grant until December 31st, which is even better!) and in fact I was quite surprised not to see Center for Biological Diversity included in this list. We need them now more than ever!

I wouldn't donate to any medical organization that still conducts cruel and outdated research on animals, and certainly not to St Jude's, which also accepts donations from the cruel "coon hunt" fundraiser. Terrorizing wildlife and endangering dogs for sport should NOT be passed of as some sort of good deed!

Jan S
Jan Sabout a year ago

I never do St. Jude as they still do their "research" on animals. I never trust cancer charities.

Patrice Z
Patrice Zabout a year ago

These are good suggestions. Please note you should check out the organization prior to donating. Charity Navigator is a great place to check the efficiency and reliability of various charitable organizations.

Sheila S
Sheila Sabout a year ago

Note: Guide Dogs for the Blind does wonderful work - but they share your information with every other similar organization who sent tons of unwanted mail to my home. Human Rights Organization flooded my e-mails with too many updates and it was a major effort to get my name off its mailing list.