7 Non-profit Organizations to Donate to During the Holiday Season

Giving is an integral part of the holidays. Watching someone you love opening a gift and reacting with wonder to what’s inside is a wonderful feeling. Receiving gifts is great, but it’s the moments of giving that really define the holidays, and many people don’t restrict their giving to friends and family—they make the holidays the focal point for their charitable donations as well. There are hundreds of non-profit organizations to donate to, and whether you give ten dollars or a hundred, every cent goes towards making someone else’s life a little easier.

In this holiday giving guide, we’re showcasing good charities to donate to. 2017 has been a chaotic year, and plenty of people need help this holiday season.

The American Red Cross

This year alone, the American Red Cross has helped people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, Harvey, and Maria. They’re on the ground helping evacuees from the California wildfires, and offer invaluable help to people across the nation every day. If you’re looking for a non-profit organization to donate to that helps locally and nationally, the American Red Cross is your best choice. And if you can’t afford to donate cash, the organization is always looking for blood donors.

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Doctors without Borders

Doctors without Borders is another of the many good charities to donate to. 2017 saw the non-profit provide assistance to Syrian and Rohingya refugees, offer psychological and medical assistance in the aftermath of the Mexico City earthquakes, fight a cholera outbreak in Nigeria, and provide medical services in over sixty countries ravaged by disease, war, and malnutrition. Help support these brave medical professionals with a donation.

Canine Partners for Life

Service and companion dogs increase the quality of life of individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive, or developmental problems, but such dogs are expensive to train. Donate to Canine Partners for Life and help them train and place dogs with the people who need them most.

Child’s Play

Hospitals and domestic violence shelters are hardly ideal places for children to spend the holidays. For this reason, Child’s Play is one of the most popular charities in our Holiday Gift Guide. The non-profit provides books, games, and toys to children in such circumstances. You can donate money to the charity, or send gifts to hospitals directly by purchasing through their Amazon wish lists.

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To Write Love on Her Arms

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially for those struggling with depression, addiction, or suicidal thoughts. To Write Love on Her Arms offers hope to the homeless while investing in important treatment research and recovery.


Clean water and sanitation are often taken for granted in the developed world, but are prized luxuries for millions of people across the globe. Your donation to Water.org helps provide safe, accessible water and sanitation to people through small, affordable loans. They’ve been bring families hope for over twenty-five years.

Your Local Food Bank

Food banks handle higher demands during the holiday season than at any other time of year. If you want to donate to a local charity, your local food bank will appreciate every penny. Many food banks create special holiday packages for families in need, so they have both essential food and a few special treats for the holiday season.

No matter what your passion is, there is a way to give back in the area that’s closest to your heart. Discover other simple ways to give back this holiday season here.

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