If you are looking for the types of charities you should donate to or the types of charities that are in need, a scan through this blog can fulfill your mission of impacting the lives of others.
When you understand the types of charities you can support, you become part of a community that strives to spread generosity and love. Below we have broken charities into 6 different categories.
Types of Charities
These 6 types of charities, fall under publicly supported charities. Which is the largest group of public charities. They rely on funding from the public through programs, campaigns, or joint nonprofit efforts, to continue providing services. Making public support vital for their continuation. For example, Idaho Foster & Adoptive Parent Association is a non-profit organization that uses all donations to continue providing resources to youth and their families.
Animal charities are broad as they encompass wildlife, hunting and fishing, pet and animal, and zoos and aquariums. But they all strive to achieve the same goal of supporting, protecting, and conserving animals.
You will need to do further research to establish which category matches your goals of support.
Arts & Culture Charities
Arts and culture charities preserve artistic and cultural heritage. Just like the animal types can be broken into categories, there are different types of art and culture charities. These types of charities include:
- Performing Arts
- Museums and Art Galleries
- Libraries and Historical Societies
- Public Broadcasting and Media
Many of these survive from donations and support from their communities.
This is one of the most common types of charities. There are so many categories that fall under this section like disease and disorder, medical research, patient and family support, and medical services and treatment.
Health charities cover everything from promoting awareness, working on cures, and treating the sick.
Environmental Charities focus on preserving, sustaining, and appreciating the environment. Striving to protect the planet falls under two subgroups:
- Parks and Nature Centers
- Environmental Conservation and Protection
Helping protect that planet is something we can all do with proper recycling, no littering, and proper care. But if you want to take it a step further, these environmental charities are a great way to protect the environment.
Just like it sounds, education charities serve students of all ages by providing educational opportunities. These four categories focus on making education accessible and effective:
- Support for teachers, students, and parents
- Scholarships and Financial Aid Services
- School reform and experiments
- Private elementary, junior high, and high schools
The last one is the biggest charity in the world, International Non-Governmental Organizations. Although they have established headquarters, they work in a huge variety of locations to overlap with other types of charities in providing aid worldwide. Types of charities included in this category include:
- Peace and Human Rights
- Child Support
- International Development
- Disaster Relief and Humanitarian
If you want to support on a larger scale than just your community, these are the types of charities to research. Keep in mind, that International NGOs will overlap with some organizations, allowing you to support both.
Is there a charity that encompasses most of these types of charities?
YES! There is a charity that helps children obtain resources from all these types of charities. It is the Idaho Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (IDFAPA).
They are a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to improve care and support for children in the state of Idaho. Through “The Village” you can donate clothing, duffel bags, toys, totes, beds, hygiene supplies, school supplies, and so much more! They also have a webpage called, Ways To Give where you can see a step-by-step guide on how to help.
In conclusion, these types of charities NEED YOU! After a little bit of research, you can find the types of charities that will fit your goals of supporting. Don’t worry about being deceived either, you can find lots of information on charities’ websites. Information such as their sponsors, what they do, reviews, etc. will help you establish the trustworthiness of the charity you want to donate to.