You know you’d like to donate during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but choosing the right charity can feel overwhelming.
There are so many options out there, so which one is worthy of your funds? Here are a few charitable organizations worth considering:
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
While many groups are focused on treating breast cancer, this organization aims to understand the causes of breast cancer. The foundation has been praised for its transparency, as well as for the high percentage it spends on actual program expenses.
Young Survival Coalition
This group focuses its attention on what’s often an underserved group: women who have received an early cancer diagnosis. The organization provides support, as well as information that specifically impacts younger survivors, like menopause.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The group received an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch. Ninety percent of the budget is spent on programs in relation to overhead.
If you’re unsure about whether an organization is legitimate, there are several resources available to help you make a decision. Charity Watch and Charity Navigator are two useful tools when you’re looking to verify a group’s credentials.
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.