Non-Religious Charities

Recently some blogs, notably Uncertain Principles, have been listing and discussing charities that are non-religious.   For those of us that would rather give to a charity that does not pray, preach, evangelize, proselytize and etc. I have collected a short list of those that seem to be most popular.

I am sure that I have missed many more.  Feel free to comment with your own favorites.  Due to comment spam, comments will be moderated – meaning I will manually review each comment.

To see financial and other important information about a charity, please refer to

Charity Navigator.

Alternative Gifts International
Amnesty International
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Doctors Without Borders
Freedom from Hunger
FINCA International
International Aids Vaccine Initiative
Kiva – Loans that change lives
Mercy Corps
Oxfam International
Partners In Health (PIH), Health Care for the Poor
PATH A catalyst for global health
Pathfinder International Changing Lives, Saving Lives
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Second Harvest
Southern Poverty Law Center
TechnoServe – Business Solutions to Rural Poverty
The Nature Conservancy
UNICEF
WHO World Health Organization

UPDATE January 2011
Recently I have become aware of the  Foundation Beyond Belief  whose mission is:
To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility.”
I am impressed with their both their mission as well as their actions.  I encourage you to check them out for yourself at the link above.

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18 Responses to “Non-Religious Charities”

  1. Racquel Says:

    My favorites are:

    Human Rights Campaign
    Basic Rights Oregon
    MoveOn.org
    Greenpeace

    I’m pretty sure they are non-religious. If I’m wrong, please correct me.

  2. Jess Says:

    In regards to Racquel’s post – The Human Rights Campaign and MoveOn are both great organizations, but may not be considered charities. Due to their political involvement and agendas, contributions to these organizations are not tax deductible as charitable donations.

    Thank you for this list! It is important to me that my charitable donations do not proselytize, and I prefer to donate to non-religious organizations.

  3. Pi Says:

    OxFam International
    Amnesty International
    Médecins Sans Frontières

  4. Rene Says:

    I am looking for a non religious place to donate items to like families in need, people starting over. Who need household items Furniture clothing ect.. And not to a place like the thrift store… Please help 😛 Im in South Florida

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks, I just donated to Heifer International due to this post!

  6. Vicki Says:

    I have just began to study international aid. I am looking for an NGO )non religious for an assignment. I love Christopher Hitchens and was hoping anyone knew of his favorite NGO. I believe it is .(something).frontier. Can anyone help me. victoriaobrien@bigpond.com.au

  7. CJ Says:

    Heifer International is not a non-religious organization. It is a Little Rock, AR-based Christian charity. Their Website is subtle. Their catalog is less so. But if you call they will tell you so.

  8. Ron Says:

    C J,
    thank you for the correction. I have removed H.I. from the list.
    Ron

  9. Sheela Says:

    Thank you so much for this website. There is so much suffering in the world and it’s nice to find so many charities to give to that actually help people in oppose to imposing religion on them. I want my money to feed, clothe, house, cure and educate. I DO NOT want my money to evangelize.

  10. Jacko Says:

    Thanks for this posting. How about CARE? In their FAQ, they state they are non-sectarian. http://www.care.org/about/faqs.asp

  11. Kris Says:

    I am bookmarking your page. Thank you so much for this list. We are looking to do some humanitarian work this summer as a family. My husband showed me a video of a place that seemed nice, but I had the sense there were strong fundamentalist Christian underlays to the organization and, after doing some research, found I was right. I wish to show my kids people can care and do wonderful work in the world without an agenda (political or religious). I knew if I Googled, I would find others who were thinking along those same lines. I’ll look into your options here. Do you, by chance, know anyone or have any recommendations yourself?

  12. capn-jac Says:

    Does any one know of any Australian based NON-religious groups… charities or otherwise that do good works helping the poor. ill, disadvanatged, homeless etc?

    I was in a nursing class today and a lot of people stated that without religion the poor, oppressed, disenfranchised and worn-torn peoples of the world would not get any help. I suggest that it is the religious missionaries (both historical and current), especially the fundamentalist, evangelical kind, are the ones behind the political corruption, wars, many infectious diseases that wiped out entire races and that continue to control and manipulate many peoples thought out the world, especially females and children. It is a pity that the vatican or the head of the anglican church ie the Queen and her family members who have inherited multimillion dollar legacies for doing no more than playing strip poker in LAs Vegas, (prince Harry etc) don’t sell their vast real estate holdings, blue chip stocks and solid gold communion chalices and put the money into feeding and housing the homeless and provding medical aide to sick, elderly and tortured or those living in slums so that they have something to live for and have a life expectancy and quality of life that is at least in par with modern OECD country inhabitants.
    Thanks for the list! I shall con tinue to give some of my hard earned $$ and to continue volunteering work for cancer and school groups

  13. Scott Says:

    capn-jac, The Smith family and Lifeline are 2 big non religious ones in Australia.

  14. bestand terughalen Says:

    I really love your site.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this site
    yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own blog and want to know where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thank you!

    • Ron Says:

      I did this years ago and used the Kubrick theme with my own header. Right click on any page of the site and select “View Source” to check out the code.

  15. Capn-jac Says:

    Thanks Scott but Life line is a Christian based group. They just hide it very well. My neighbour got ear bashed once (God will protect you if you just believe in him) when she called about my fear of having a caesarean section after having woken during an anaesthetic. The head office was called and they apologised but did admit they were Christian group.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    UNICEF is affiliated with fundamentalist Christian organizations.

    • Ron Says:

      UNICEF is a United Nations based organization and is affiliated with a wide array of religious organizations –> http://www.unicef.org/about/partnerships/index_60231.html some of whom use this affiliation for their own purposes rather than for the good of the peoples they supposedly are helping. Yet, UNICEF does good work and has improved the lives of many who are unable to help themselves. So I will continue to recommend it.

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