Hello, readers and friends! Im building a list of 500 charitable groups. When you get to the end of this list, click the link that says “The rest” — and it will bring you to the rest of my list – in separate entries. Click on any title to get the list of links. Enjoy! Email me or leave a comment and add yours!

The point of the list of 500 is just to give anyone who stops by a pretty big list of places they can check out if they’re looking to get involved – whether by donating, volunteering, or learning more and spreading awareness. It’s a list of buckets where anyone can add their own drop.

I’m going to post fifty at a time and break them into categories. If there’s as asterisk next to a name, it means I have dealt with the group personally or know someone involved with it and vouch for it. Otherwise, I’m just listing places with pretty good reputations or that I have read some about; I encourage everyone to do their own research if they would like to get involved.

PLEASE feel free to send me links to any group you would like included – this could be a local group, a big organization that works worldwide, or anything in between. (Note: I am leaving out any straight-up political groups like the DNC or RNC…etc…lol…) . Just leave the name or link in the comments section or send me an email. Thanks!

So here’s the first fifty…


Doctors Without Borders
Save The Children
UN World Food Program
International Red Cross


National Audubon Society
Greater New Orleans Foundation
National Wildlife Federation


Alzheimer’s Association
Dana Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund*
American Heart Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Austism Speaks
Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research
Cystic Fybrosis Foundation
National Alliance On Mental Illness
Disabled American Veterans
Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation


Commonwealth Tenants Association*
Rosie’s Place*
Boston Red Sox Foundation
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston*
Home For Little Wanderers*
Greater Boston Food Bank
West End House Boys And Girls Club
BELL (Building Educated Leaders For Life)
Habitat for Humanity Of Greater Boston
Caritas/St Elizabeth’s Medical Center


Sheepfold of The Good Shepherd School And Orphanage*
Partners In Health
Yele Haiti
Real Hope For Haiti Rescue Center
Project MediShare
Ben Stiller’s StillerStrong
Charity: Water- Unshaken
Social Enterprise Fund: Haiti
Hosptial Sacre Coeur


TEN FROM HALF THE SKY (now in paperback…)

CamFed (education for African girls)
Apne Aap (end sex slavery in India)
Fistula Foundation
White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood
Women for Women International
Afghan Institute Of Learning
Somaly Mam (end sex trafficking in Cambodia)
Edna Adan Hospital, Somaliland
Pro Mujer (microfinance)
Heal Africa (hospital for post-rape and fistula care /Congo)

10 From Celebrities
Manute Bol’s Sudan Sunrise
David Ortiz Children’s Foundation
Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization
Bernie Mac Foundation (Bono)
Artists for Peace And Justice: Haiti Relief
Artists For A New South Africa

Elton John AIDS Foundation
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (serving Congo)
Paul Newman/Newman’s Own Foundation 

10 For the enviroment, nature and animals

Sierra Club
World Wildlife Fund
Massachusetts Audubon Society
Manomet Center for Conservation Science
The Conservation Fund
The Jane Goodall Institute
The Morris Animal Foundation
Oceana North America
Shedd Aquarium of Chicago
Humane Society Of The USA 

10 For The Arts

Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Bowmer Society (Educational outreach/theatre)
Stockyards Theatre Project
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
RI School of Design Museum
VH1 Save The Music
Inner-City Arts (L.A.)
Chicago Dramatists
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Educational Arts Corporation (Ala.)
Music Rising

10 Close to Home
Foxboro Discretionary Fund
Hockomock yMCA Reach Out For youth and Families
Pine Street Inn

St Francis House Boston
Perkins School for the Blind
Food Bank of Western MA  
Cradles To Crayons
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
Norwood Ecumenical Community Food Bank

10 For Care, Cures & Prevention

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Susan Komen For The Cure (Breast Cancer)
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Leukemia/Lymphoma Society

Avert (AIDS)
Epilepsy Foundation
Boston Children’s Hosptial
Hasbro Children’s Hospital RI
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

10 For Veterans And The Armed Services

Welcome Back Veterans
Fisher House Foundation
Operation Purple
Air Force Aid Society
Homes for Our Troops
VA Hosptials (nationwide)
New England Center for Homeless Veterans
Operation Homefront 

10 For Places And Things Enjoyed By Jackson And Danesco Kids

Roger Williams Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
Birmingham Zoo
Boston Museum of Science
Boston Children’s Musuem
New England Aquarium
RI Children’s Musuem
Museum of Science And Industry
Norwood Day
Founders Day Foxboro 

10 (more) Helping Haiti

Mercy Corps *
Americares *
International Rescue Committee  *
International Medical Corps *
Vitamin Angels *
Lambi Fund for Haiti
Hope for Haiti
Bush-Clinton Haiti Fund
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

(*works worldwide)

10 for The Past

National Trust for Historic Preservation
WWII Museum, New Orleans
Civil War Preservation Trust
Smithsonian Institution
National History Day Program
International Civil Rights Center And Museum
Birmingham Civil Rights Museum
National Film Preservation Foundation
National Museum of The American Indian
Thoreau Society 

10 For No More Hunger In America

Feeding America/America’s Second HarvestProject Bread (MA)
Share Our Strength
Project Angel Food (CA)
God’s Love: We Deliver (Ny)
Food And Friends (WDC)
Food Research And Action Center
Meals On Wheels Assoc. of America
Feeding AHC
Bread For The World *
Action Against Hunger




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