Most Popular Charities to Donate to on Daffy

The Daffy Team

· 5 min read

Earlier this year, we published our 2023 Year in Review that spotlighted the generosity of our members who donated over $9.8 million to charities in 2023. After its release, we were asked, "Which charities saw the most donations?"

To satisfy this curiosity and to celebrate the giving by our members, we are publishing the Top 20 Charities on Daffy in 2023, based on the number of donations received.

It's important to remember that Daffy supports donating to any legal 501(c)(3) in the U.S., which includes more than 1.7 million charities, schools, and religious organizations. So even if your favorite charity didn't make it to the top 20 list, you can still support them through Daffy!

Also, many of the top charities benefited from members who ran fundraisers for them through our new Daffy Campaigns feature, so if you’re looking to increase funds for a nonprofit close to your heart, be sure to consider turning your donation into a fundraiser.

The Top 20 Charities

  1. Feeding America: Feeding America is on a mission to advance change in America by ensuring equitable access to nutritious food for all in partnership with food banks, policymakers, supporters, and the communities they serve. They are a nationwide network of over 200 food banks that feed over 49 million people through their food programs in 2022.
  2. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s mission is to end hunger in Silicon Valley. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, leveraging every available food resource, and collaborating with organizations and people who share our belief that hunger is unacceptable. Nutritious food is the foundation for a healthy, productive life.
  3. San Francisco-Marin Food Bank: The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where even before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. Together with community partners, they work to address hunger head-on through neighborhood food pantries, CalFresh enrollment, home-delivered groceries, and policy and advocacy efforts. Every week, more than 50,000 households count on them for food assistance.
  4. Charity: Water: Since Charity: Water was founded in 2006, they’ve been focused on one ambitious goal: ending the global water crisis. They partner with experienced local organizations that build sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world. To date, they and their donors have helped fund 130,000 water projects in 29 countries serving over 17 million people.
  5. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  6. World Central Kitchen: Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen, Inc. has served more than 200 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world. They provide fresh meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.
  7. Wikimedia Foundation: The nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation provides the essential infrastructure for free knowledge. They host Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, created, edited, and verified by volunteers around the world, as well as many other vital community projects.
  8. Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders’ mission to provide impartial medical relief to the victims of war, disease, and natural or man-made disaster, without regard to race, religion, or political affiliation. Every day, Doctors Without Borders teams deliver emergency medical aid to people in crisis, with humanitarian projects in more than 70 countries.
  9. Young Life: Young Life's mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. They are a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
  10. RIP Medical Debt: RIP Medical Debt is on a mission to end medical debt and be a source of justice in an unjust healthcare finance system. By partnering with RIP Medical Debt, healthcare systems can strengthen individuals and communities by relieving dormant, uncollectible, and damaging bad debts and can identify opportunities to refine their financial assistance programs to better serve their communities.
  11. Campus Crusade for Christ: Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)’s mission is to win, build, and send Christ-centered multiplying disciples who launch spirituals who launch spiritual movements. Their vision is movements everywhere so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.
  12. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship: The mission of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.
  13. American Friends of Magen David Adom: In the US, disaster, ambulance, and blood services are handled by an array of hospitals and organizations. In Israel, there’s one organization that does it all — Magen David Adom. Magen David Adom is an organization of trained volunteer and professional medical responders mandated by the Israeli government to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care, including disaster, ambulance, and blood service. Magen David Adom is there for the people of Israel when medical emergencies arise – no matter where in Israel they live.
  14. T Hub Initiative: T Hub’s mission is to empower Trans individuals in Israel by providing them with the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives and navigate societal and institutional challenges.
  15. GiveDirectly: GiveDirectly's mission is to reshape international giving, making unconditional, direct cash transfers to the poor the benchmark against which other interventions are evaluated. They believe the best way of achieving this mission is by maximizing cash delivered to the poor, with the ultimate aim of ending extreme poverty.
  16. Alameda County Community Food Bank: Alameda County Community Food Bank has been at the forefront of hunger relief efforts in the Bay Area since 1985. While in COVID-19 emergency response, the Food Bank serves 1 in 4 Alameda County residents by distributing food through a network of 420 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community organizations, as well as direct distribution and COVID-relief programs including school programs, home delivery, and contactless drive-through distributions.
  17. GiveWell: GiveWell is a nonprofit dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of our analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, GiveWell conducts in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
  18. DonorsChoose: DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Their mission is to make it easy for anyone to help a teacher in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.
  19. Friends of United Hatzalah: United Hatzalah is the largest independent, non-profit, nationally recognized, and fully volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) organization in Israel. Their mission is to support the lifesaving activities of United Hatzalah and Israelife, Israel's volunteer emergency response umbrella organization.
  20. International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works in more than 50 countries and 28 U.S. cities to help people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.