A philanthropic organization is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that uses donated assets and income to provide a social service. There are over one million nonprofits in the US alone, and many of these organizations are philanthropic. The following is a list of some of the top philanthropic organizations, according to the website, classy.org. The organizations listed are ones that have used the classy.org platform to raise funds for their programs.
Invisible Children is an organization whose primary focus is to stop the Lord’s Resistance Army and recover child soldiers who were forced into battle. For 30 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army has participated and advanced a war throughout many of the countries in central Africa. They are a ruthless organization started by Joseph Kony.
Invisible Children saw the atrocities being committed in the country in general and on children specifically and knew something had to change. The hashtag KONY2012 went viral and sparked one of the most popular online giving campaigns in the history of classy.org.
Barbells for Boobs
Barbells for Boobs is an organization that supports early detection services for breast cancer. They raise money both to provide these services and to bring attention to the need of both men and women to be tested for breast cancer while it can still be stopped. Their online giving campaign raised a lot of money, but just as importantly, brought a lot of publicity to early detection services.
Team Rubicon sends teams of first responders and former military into regions of the world that have been hit by a disaster. They are able to get trained first responders into places where they can do the most good. A perfect example is the recent hurricane that devastated the Bahamas. Team Rubicon was one of the first on the ground to provide medical and life-saving help to people who were hit the hardest. Team Rubicon uses retired military so that they can put their years of training to work in places where it is needed the most.
BuildOn has a simple and straightforward mission: to build schools in some of the world’s poorest countries. In 2014 alone, they built over 100 schools that gave over 900,000 children the opportunity for an education.
Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger works in 45 countries around the world. They bring sustainable food solutions and access to clean water for places where these things do not normally exist. In a world that produces far more food and clean water than people could ever use, Action Against Hunger exists to bring access to these life-sustaining things to villages that would otherwise not have them.