Types of Charities [List]

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Since charities cover such a broad range of missions we’ve found it helpful to break them down into the 9 different types of charities.  Most of these can then be broken down further into subgroups to help you find they specific type of charity you are looking for.

Animal Charities - Types of Charities - Charity TypesAnimal Charities
Who doesn’t love animals? Well, these groups may all love animals but they don’t always love each other. This particular type of charity can be broken down further into four distinct groups.

Wildlife conservation organizations
Pet and Animal Welfare Organizations
Hunting & Fishing Conservation Groups
Zoos and Aquariums

Environmental Conservation Charities - Types of Charities - Charity TypesEnvironmental Charities
Environmental Charities focus on ways to promote preservation, appreciation, and sustainable development for the environment.

The two primary subgroups for this type of charity are:

Environmental Conservation & Protection
Parks and Nature Centers

 

International NGOs - International Charties - Types of CharitiesInternational NGOs
These orgs are typically charities that are headquartered in one country but work in other countries.  In some cases they overlap with other types of charities.

International Development NGOs
Disaster Relief & Humanitarian NGOs
Peace & Human Rights NGOs
Conservation NGOs
Child Sponsorship Organizations

SBK Health Charities - Types of CharitiesHealth Charities
Health charities cover everything from supporting and treating the sick and disabled, working on cures for deseases, and promoting public awareness of specific health risks.

Disease & Disorder Charities
Medical Services & Treatment
Medical Research Charities
Patient and Family Support Charities

Education Charities - Types of Charities via khariedEducation Charities
Education charities serve students from every age group.  Some serve as the educational institutions while focus on making education more accessible and effective.

Private Elementary, Jr. High, and High Schools
Universities and Colleges
Scholarship and financial aid services
School Reform and Experimental Education
Support for students, teachers, and parents

Denver Art Museum - Arts and Culture CharitiesArts & Culture Charities
These types of charities help preserve artistic and cultural heritage as well as celebrate the arts and our history.

Museums & Art Galleries
Performing Arts
Libraries & Historical Societies
Public Broadcasting and Media

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