Investing In Communities is a platform for all kinds of charity organizations. You can learn about our different categories here or you can use our charity look-up to search by category and other criteria.

Animal Charities

Animals, as pets or wildlife, can evoke a wide range of positive emotions for many. Organizations working for the benefit of animals may focus on protecting a specific species of animal, the humane treatment of livestock, shelter and care for homeless pets, or habitat and land that supports wildlife. Sub-categories of animal categories include:

Wildlife Conservation

Animal Welfare

Zoos and Aquariums

Education Charities

Education is the basis for human development and the advancement of society. Education organizations can be found working on just about every aspect of this cause; we currently categorize them as follows:

Early Childhood Programs

Scholarship Funding

Adult Education

Youth Education

Education Reform

Environmental Charities

The environment is ubiquitous, like the air we breathe, and yet it is also local, like a patch of wildflowers for pollinators. People care deeply about the environment and how to protect and improve, although how that translates to an organization’s mission varies widely. We currently classify environmental organizations in the following:

Broad-based Environmental Organizations

Climate Change

Clean Energy

Pollution Issues

Conservation

Social Justice and Human Rights Charities

Social Justice and Human Rights organizations work to create a more just and fair world for all people. They promote new policies, laws, and ideas to improve the lives of people with various disadvantages. The organizations working in this field are classified as follows:

Labor and Community Organizing

Policy and Advocacy

Civil rights (Seniors, Women, LGBTQ, Children)

Democracy

Wellness and Human Services Charities

Wellness and Human Services organizations work to improve health and reduce suffering through research, advocacy and services. Some work on understanding and addressing the causes of specific health issues. Others provide access to services for specific populations. And some promote specific activities and sports for their wellness and recreational benefits. Here’s how we classify Wellness and Human Services Organizations:

Nutrition

Advocacy

Sports and Fitness

Seniors, Women, Children,Veterans

Community Development Charities

Community Development is the work of improving communities with planning and investment of human and financial capital. Organizations working in this field often focus on one or more of the following areas:

Affordable Housing

Economic Development

Transportation

Community Building

Arts and Culture Charities

Arts and Culture organizations bring human and cultural expression to life. Some exist for art and culture’s sake alone, while others use art and culture as a means to address other needs.

Performing and Visual Arts

Libraries, Museums and Cultural Institutions

Public Media