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Food Banks Face Rising Need Following Coronavirus School Closures

As of this writing, 47.9 million public school students across the United States are staying home from school because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With 22 million students relying on free or reduced-price lunches, a gaping hole will be left by the National School Lunch Program.

So far, the USDA has acted swiftly to make existing food assistance programs work under the unprecedented circumstances. Eligible schools can now put their USDA summer meals programs into action at no cost to students. The USDA has also waived the requirement to serve those meals in a group setting in order to promote ...

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Charities To Support This #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday has become a global phenomenon, driving donations of over $400 million dollars in 2018 alone. A yearly celebration of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it’s a natural time to reflect and kick off the giving season around the world. This year, when considering a worthy nonprofit to donate to on #GivingTuesday, we hope you’ll choose one with measured impact on its community.

We’ve made it easy and highlighted the nonprofits that take the number one spot on each of our Top Lists, representing the most cost-effective charities on ImpactMatters. Explore the list and let us know ...

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Effective Giving Guide

America is one of the most charitable countries in the world, giving away $400 billion a year. Donors support a rich array of organizations, from large research universities to local homeless shelters.

For many, giving can be challenging. With 1.6 million nonprofits in the United States, choosing just the right one can be a major hurdle.

This guide is here to help. In it, we tackle some of the thornier issues around giving. Our objective is to share with you some tools that you can apply to your everyday giving choices, and hopefully make your next donation a little bit ...

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Tips for Researching Nonprofits

There are over a million nonprofits in the United States. Even if you have a specific cause in mind (for example, food banks), a Google search can bring up thousands of nonprofits. How do you choose one that will use your donation effectively? In this post, we provide some tips for finding a nonprofit you can feel confident giving to.

These tips are suitable for donors at any stage of their giving:

  • Discovering which causes to support? Start at Choose a Cause.
  • If you’ve homed in on a cause but need guidance on how to find a nonprofit working ...

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5 Ways to Choose How Much to Give

How much should I give? It’s a tough question. What can I afford? What should I sacrifice? There isn’t a single answer, but there are some strategies for making the decision. Here are five approaches:

1. Give what other people think you should

Ideas42, a firm that uses insights from the behavioral sciences to address complex social problems, surveyed 500 people about the average household in their neighborhood. They asked, “What percent of their total income do you think they should give to charity this year?” The average answer: 6 percent of yearly income.

They found some other interesting ...

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The Narrative vs. the Numbers

Why research matters when choosing nonprofits

As donors, many of us are instantly drawn to stories and images — something to help us grasp the otherwise hard-to-fathom circumstances of those experiencing ill health, poverty, and injustice. But fixating on the narrative alone can result in serious blind spots. In this post, we discuss what stories are good for — and where they fall short.

Research shows that a vivid story about a single beneficiary can cause donors to donate more than if they had been presented with a statistic about, say, a thousand beneficiaries being helped. One thousand is clearly a lot more than one beneficiary. ...

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