About the High Impact Giving Guide

About the High Impact Giving Guide

Donor funds, when supporting the right efforts, can transform people’s lives and communities. The issues we focus on are among the most challenging facing society, but the programs and organizations we profile demonstrate daily that positive impact can be created.

Strengthening Democracy

While multiple measures show that U.S. democracy is weakening, local and national organizations are shoring the underpinnings of civil society. Here you’ll find nonprofits we identified through our work for We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy. These organizations are increasing civic engagement and reinvigorating local media, two ways to rebuild the essential elements of democracy.


City Bureau

Giving communities a voice in the newsroom


American Journalism Project

Building sustainable civic news organizations


Faith in Action

Empowering voters through organizing


Generation Citizen

Teaching civics through democratic participation

Mental Health and Addiction

Mental health and substance use disorders have an outsized impact on families and communities, yet services and treatments to address them are drastically underfunded. In our new guide, Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction, we describe five strategies for improving mental health and addiction services at every level and stage. Here, we look at organizations putting those strategies into practice. For example, one group helps those with substance use disorders get access to temporary emergency housing, medical treatment, and meals. A donation of $50 can provide emergency shelter and food to someone at risk of dying from addiction.


Nurse-Family Partnership

Healthy start to life


Youth Villages/ YVLifeSet

Support through key life transitions


Pathways to Housing PA

Consistent and stable housing


Prevention Point Philadelphia

Access to comprehensive supportive services

Global Health

While our first two sections are focused on U.S. organizations, global health is one of the areas where needs are urgent and high impact is possible. Here, we feature two different organizations identified in our guidance, Community-Based Approaches to Health. While distinct in their own right, both organizations deliver care to communities that are isolated due to physical distance, cultural discrimination, or extreme poverty. We also feature Global FoodBanking Network, an organization addressing hunger in communities around the world using local resources.


Global FoodBanking Network

Local solutions for global hunger



Home health visits for rural newborns



Covering the last mile for health care delivery

Platinum Sponsor

The mission of Fidelity Charitable is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective. The Giving Account, a donor-advised fund, was introduced in 1991 when Fidelity Charitable was founded. Today, we work with more than 200,000 donors to support more 278,000 charities and make more of a difference every day. www.fidelitycharitable.org


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