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Charity Navigator
America's largest charity evaluator provides free online ratings of more than 2,500 charities and offers free assistance to givers, including direct links to worthy organizations where online donations are accepted. An independent charity itself, Charity Navigator accepts no donations from the non-profits it evaluates, basing its findings strictly on each organizationís financial efficiency.

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Since 1992, donors have contributed $3 billion to more than 71,000 charities throughout the U.S.

Foundation Center of New York
The "Spotlight On" feature highlights lesser known but worthy charities.
The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance provides reports on charities and tips on giving.

The online database features financial and basic information on over 850,000 non-profits.

Network for Good
This resource site contains a searchable charity database and volunteer opportunities.

Donors Choose
This non-profit allows teachers to post funding requests on their Web site, asking for anything from a new library, to First Aid mannequins, to a new playground. Access their proposals and fund them, partially or in full. The school then buys the materials which you funded, and sends you a receipt, photographs of how the project materialized and thank you notes from the students benefitting from your gift.

New York Cares
This clearinghouse mails a monthly calendar of volunteer opportunities to those who attend a short orientation session. Read more.

What Can I Do Campaign
Citizens Committee for New York City and Marshad Enterprises, which has listings broken down by zip code of community organizations, started this campaign to help connect people with their neighborhoods.

Volunteer Match
A powerful, specific database full of opportunities to help.

Catalog for Giving
The Catalog for Giving is a growing network of local affiliates whose mission is to increase th funding, visibility, and organizational capacity of effective community-based programs serving at-risk children and youth.