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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Hot Topics Charities That Receive The Most Giving Basket Support



Charity Navigator just kicked off our annual spring fundraising campaign. Perhaps you’ve already received a letter or email with the words “We Are Here for You” at the top. We know you rely on our charity ratings, Hot Topics lists, and other resources to give confidently. Whether times are calm or marked by change and uncertainty, Charity Navigator will be here for you.

Our team landed on the theme for this campaign after realizing just how many times over the course of the last year (and many years before it), Charity Navigator has been sought out to provide advice and giving tips in the midst of a crisis. Our Hot Topics lists are a guide for many donors seeking to do good in the wake of a disaster.

Today, as part of our Top 10 Tuesday series, we’re featuring the organizations who have received the most funding through our Hot Topics pages and Giving Basket following a disaster. Keep reading to see who’s on the list.


Direct Relief
☆☆☆ + Impact
Deliver a world of good

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities or ability to pay. 

Direct Relief's assistance programs - which focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response and the prevention and treatment of disease - are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world's most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Direct Relief honors the generosity of its donors by following a firm policy of full transparency in all of its operations.

This tradition of transparent, direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1948 by refugee war immigrants to the U.S.

Houston Food Bank
☆☆☆+ Impact
Filling pantries. Filling lives.

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat, and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs, and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Americares
☆☆☆ + Impact
Health is on the way

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential. Since it was established nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $15 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
☆☆☆
Providing help, creating hope.

Guided by God's love, Catholic Charities helps people in southeast Texas by providing caring, compassionate services and advocating for social justice in collaboration with parishes and communities.

Our Vision: People of Faith Helping People in Need Achieve Self-Sufficiency and Live with Dignity.

Our Impact Areas: Nurturing and Caring for Children, Strengthening Families, Supporting Refugees and Immigrants, and Promoting Independence for Seniors and Other Vulnerable Adults.

International Relief Teams
☆☆☆
Providing medical and non-medical assistance to the victims of disaster

International Relief Teams (IRT) alleviates human suffering by providing health services and humanitarian assistance to victims of disaster, neglect, and profound poverty worldwide. Since 1988, IRT has provided $6.5 million in volunteer services and $308 million in medicines and supplies to families in desperate need in 68 countries worldwide. IRT focuses on two core activities: 1) disaster relief and 2) building healthy communities. During disasters, IRT chooses appropriate responses to leverage donor resources to their highest effectiveness, including deploying medical and reconstruction teams, providing relief supplies, or financing the restoration of livelihoods and infrastructure. IRT builds healthy communities by providing a) medical training to save babies' lives, b) surgeries for the forgotten poor, c) eyeglasses to improve sight, d) medicines for rural hospitals and clinics, e) nutrition and education support for abused, abandoned and homeless children.

United Way of Greater Houston
☆☆☆
Live united.

For 87 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been the social services safety net for the Greater Houston Area. United Way is a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way of Greater Houston seeks to increase the organized capacity of people to care for themselves and others and to mobilize our community to make lasting improvements in critical needs areas. We are the only organization in Houston embracing the entire circle of life by focusing on: children and youth, families and neighborhoods, seniors, and people rebuilding their lives.

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response
☆☆☆ + Impact
Response. Recovery. Resilience. Renewal.

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, we rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure. All Hands and Hearts Smart Response is the result of a merger between All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund.

Samaritan’s Purse
☆☆☆ + Impact
International relief

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Emergency relief meets desperate needs of victims worldwide. Operation Christmas Child delivers more than 10 million shoebox gifts to poor children in more than 100 countries each year. World Medical Mission sends doctors, equipment, and supplies to underprivileged countries. Community development and vocational programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Vulnerable children are rescued, educated, fed, clothed, and sheltered, letting them know that God loves them, Jesus died and rose again for them, and they are not forgotten.

Project HOPE
☆☆☆ + Impact
Health and hope for tomorrow

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE works to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need. Project HOPE is unique among international organizations in that we have always worked across the health spectrum in a wide variety of settings, from the family and community levels to the tertiary care level, training traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers where resources are limited and cardiac surgeons and biomedical engineers where technology is appropriate.

GlobalGiving 
☆☆☆ + Impact
Global challenges, local solutions

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects vetted nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. Our mission is to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change. We make it possible for you to support local projects in 170 countries, giving nonprofits access to the funding, tools, and training they need to become more effective and to make our world a better place. When disasters strike, GlobalGiving quickly delivers funds to community-led organizations that are best-suited to provide relief and long-term recovery.

Visit our website to learn more about Charity Navigator’s Hot Topics and Giving Basket.

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