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Wise Giving Wednesday: Over 50 BBB Accredited National Charities Addressing Coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020

Back in early February 2020, when the coronavirus crisis was impacting China, we posted a blog identifying about ten BBB Accredited Charities that were active in helping out China with medical supplies and other needs. Now, a little over a month later, the virus has expanded around the world to become a pandemic. Today we gathered a list of over fifty (50) nationally-soliciting charities that are BBB Accredited (i.e., meet all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability) that are addressing some aspect of the coronavirus crisis or are significantly impacted by it. The range of activities is wide. Some are helping vulnerable populations due to age or contributing health concerns, while others may be advocating to help protect children and/or adults. Charities listed may be addressing U.S. communities or people in other countries. Even animal shelters face challenges due availability of staff.  

While our list below includes nationally-soliciting charities that are BBB Accredited, keep in mind that many BBB Accredited regionally-soliciting charities are also addressing coronavirus-related challenges and need your support as well. Visit the charity report search engine at or to access reports on these regional groups.

We will add more to the list below as we become aware of additional BBB Accredited national charities helping out coronavirus concerns.   

AARP Foundation
ACLU Foundation
Action Against Hunger
American Cancer Society
American Friends Service Committee
American Heart Association
American Jewish World Service
American Kidney Fund
American Lung Association
American Red Cross
Autism Society of America
Brother's Brother Foundation
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Catholic Relief Services
ChildFund International
Children, Incorporated
Children’s Defense Fund
Church World Service
Community Health Charities
Concern Worldwide US
Covenant House
Direct Relief
Disabled American Veterans
Embrace Relief
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Every Mother Counts
Feed the Children
Feeding America
Field Ready
First Book
Food for the Hungry
Food for the Poor
Food and Water Watch
Global Impact
Good Sports
Grassroots International
Heart to Heart International
Heifer International
Humane Society of the United States
Innovations for Poverty Action
Interfaith Social Services
International Fund for Animal Welfare
International Medical Corps
Islamic Relief
JDRF International
Living Water International
Lutheran World Relief
MAP International
Medical Teams International
Mercy Corps
National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul
National Jewish Health
National Kidney Foundation
Oxfam America
Partnership With Native Americans
Pearl S.Buck International
Plan International
Project Concern International
Project HOPE
Remote Area Medical
Save the Children
Share Our Strength
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
United Palestinian Appeal
United Way Worldwide
World Food Program USA
World Hope International
World Pediatric Project
World Relief
World Vision
Young Life

Canadian-based charities:  If you are considering donating to a Canadian-based charity, there is a list of Registered Charities provided by the Government of Canada, which can be found here. While the registration with this government agency does not mean the government is recommending or endorsing the charity, it does signify that the group has filed the appropriate paperwork with this agency.