Nonprofits Making an Impact

Nonprofits Making an Impact

In the preview version of this guide we profile six nonprofits whose work illustrates how to effectively tackle one or more of these five key areas for COVID-19 recovery. Each profile describes what the organization does, evidence for its impact and cost-effectiveness, how you can help, and other nonprofits doing related work.
Turkish mom with child


Support parents and caregivers for young children

Benefits Data Trust agent helping customer

Benefits Data Trust

Connect eligible people with benefits

Women translators graduating from Found in Translation

Found in Translation

Improve job prospects and medical access for disproportionately affected



Provide direct cash transfers for urgent needs

Five men who work with the BRAG program against violence

Good Shepherd Services

Funde network of support for children, youth, and families

Working on Womanhood

Youth Guidance

Improve decision-making for teens

More Nonprofits to Consider

Organization Description URL
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Equips Latino parents in Chicago with knowledge and tools to prepare their children for kindergarten by supporting their early development
AÇEV: Mother Child Education Foundation Provides parenting programs that promote children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development at home
BBB Wise Giving Alliance Reports on governance, results reporting, finances, and truthful and transparent communications
Benefits Data Trust Streamlines access to benefits for millions of people in need by reaching out to eligible low-income individuals, policy advocacy, and developing technology solutions for assessment and data-driven engagement
Campaign for Grade Level Reading Collaborative effort to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school
Candid (Formerly GuideStar) World’s largest source of information on nonprofits
Center for Disaster Philanthropy Offers solutions to disaster recovery on a number of scales, creating a bottom-up community based approach that is centered on the families it intends to support
Charity Navigator Rates nonprofits on financial health, accountability, and transparency
Child First Delivers therapy at home for families with children under 6 years of age
First Place for Youth Runs programs in California, Mississippi, Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts to provide wraparound services, training, housing, and education for youth exiting the foster care system
Found in Translation Trains low-income multilingual women to ecome medical interpreters and links them to jobs across the Boston area
Generation Transforms education-to-employment systems in 16 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible
GiveDirectly Transfers cash to people living in extreme poverty so they can meet their most urgent needs.
Good Shepherd Services Works with city agencies to deliver an array of programs designed to address the multiple barriers faced by vulnerable school-aged children and their families
GreenLight Fund Funder transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure
Lever for Change Affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; runs competitions to provide the opportunity for donors, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs to connect and solve global challenges together
LIFT Coaches low-income parents to set goals like securing a safe home, living wages, and a better education, then connects them to the financial resources and networks they need to achieve those goals
Lipman Family Prize Annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation in the social sector
Mindful Philanthropy Nonprofit committed to increasing high-impact funding of mental health, addiction, and community well-being initiatives
Mutual Aid Hub Directory of mutual aid networks in the U.S. and Canada
Nurse-Family Partnership Pairs registered nurses with vulnerable women who are pregnant with their first child, continuing through the child’s second birthday
Pace Center for Girls Offers individualized learning and counseling plans and has garnered national recognition as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system
READI Chicago Works to reduce gun violence by connecting participants to paid transitonal jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and wraparound support services to help them create a stable future
Sesame Workshop Research-based nonprofit that produces Sesame Street and early childhood programming on six continents
SHOFCO Provides clean water, community latrines, healthcare, early childhood education, business skills training and facilitation of group savings and loan programs
Single Stop Supplies other nonprofits with technology to provide their clients with referrals to benefits and services in addition to its in-house tax program which provides free tax preparation for 15,000 low-income families
Springboard to Opportunities Provides $1,000 cash on a monthly basis, no strings attached, for 12 months extremely low-income, Black mothers living in affordable housing in Jackson, MI through its Magnolia Mothers Trust program
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Provides long-term support services for youth focusing on strengths, preparing for the future, and making sure they feel valued and loved
The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research University of Pennsylvania center dedicated to improving the systemic response to victims of child abuse and neglect
The Independent Skills Living Program (ISLP) Provides “drop in” hours, social activities, and skill-building workshops to develop practical skills and confidence
VolunteerMatch Directory of volunteer opportunities around U.S.
Year Up Provides low-income young adults with six free months of skills education and a six-month corporate internship to prepare them for postsecondary education or employment
Youth Guidance Uses its Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) program to work with small groups of 12 to 15 students in grades 7 through 12 to develop decision-making skills, especially those related to issues such as violence, relationships, dropping out of high school, and criminal activity.