Giving during COVID: What organizations do you support?

I'd like to contribute to some non-profit organizations that are helping people through financial difficulties, especially during COVID and in this economy.

If you're aware of or already supporting an organization that's doing great work, could you share some info and/or links where I can learn more?

Also, if anyone has experience in non-profits, I'd appreciate your insights on what's the most impactful way to contribute. Once a year vs. monthly, focus on just one org or give smaller amounts to more than one, that sort of thing.


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  • This is an old article from May, but it's a place to start.

    I would search for food and diaper banks in your area. Food banks prefer cash donations over food donations so that they can do targeted buying. If you have trouble finding them, try Feeding America.

    World Central Kitchen, started by chef Jose Andres, not only provides meals to those in need, they are employing workers from the food service industry, which has been very hard hit by the pandemic, in the cities where they are operating.

    You can also search for local organizations that are helping workers in industries that are hard hit, such as food service or the arts. Big Table works in Spokane, Seattle, and San Diego. The Giving Kitchen works in Atlanta. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington is working in DC. I'm sure other cities have similar.

    Trying searching "rent relief charity [city name]" to see what organizations are assisting those who are having difficulty paying rent. It will often be and existing organization such as the local Catholic charity.

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  • One group I was donating to told me that monthly donations are better than a one time large donation because they can use them as proof of income for security a loan if needed.

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