Top 100 Charities, a website specializing in charitable giving, has released The Razoo 100, “an overview of 100 world-class nonprofit organizations.”  The charities were chosen through a fairly loose, non-scientific (and by no means bias-proof) process, described here, so this really isn’t anything formal, but I thought the list was interesting.  And if you’re interested in learning more about the work being done in a certain area, this could be a good place to start.

The list is broken down into 20 categories, with 5 organizations each.  Here’s what the folks at Razoo had to say about the HIV/AIDS charities on the list:

Elton John AIDS Foundation
Founder Elton John’s star power has helped EJAF to raise more than $150 million, which the organization uses to provide grants to small organizations involved with unique HIV prevention and treatment programs, and to support groups that are working to abolish AIDS-related discrimination in society, both within the United States and in 55 other countries.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
This Los Angeles-based group is America’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS treatment around the globe, providing aid to more than 70,000 people in 22 countries. Along with their aggressive screening policies, AHF also operates 14 healthcare centers, 11 pharmacies, and 17 charitable thrift shops in the United States, and offers medical treatment to AIDS patients in many developing nations.

Though only 11% of the world’s population is based in Africa, the continent is home to 68% of all HIV-positive people. Africare provides HIV prevention and treatment programs throughout Africa to stop the deadly disease’s spread, and provides a variety of other relief programs.

YouthAIDS (Population Services International)
By creating media-savvy partnerships with celebrities and corporate sponsors, YouthAIDS is able to bring AIDS education and health services to the masses. The group provides AIDS education, testing, and health services to people in more than 60 countries, and a single $10 contribution can help the organization provide a young person with a year’s worth of health education, products, and services to keep him HIV-free.

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
IAVI provides research funding for more than 40 international organizations working to create an effective HIV vaccine. The organization also serves as a powerful advocate for AIDS research, promoting awareness of the disease and its potential cures to global leaders at the G8 Summit, the United Nations general assembly, and other influential conferences.

(Just for the record, I’m not endorsing any of these — honestly, I don’t know much about any of them.  These are the picks.)

Among the 20 categories were several other topics familiar to readers of this blog, including: Conflicts & Emergency Relief, International Healthcare, Malaria, Malnutrition and Hunger, and Women and Development.

Now it’s time for me to let my cards show, and offer congrats to some of my favorite organizations that made it onto the list (I’ll list the category they appear in too):


~ by h.e.g. on December 29, 2008.

3 Responses to “Top 100 Charities”

  1. I am a nigerian living with HIV/AIDS. Pls link me with individuals/organizations that can assist me to set up any or all of the following- a co-operative society for hiv/aids persons, a catfish farm, provide awareness campaign on hiv/aids and assistance to hiv/aids persons. Thanks

  2. I’m not really familiar with HIV/AIDS groups working on the ground in Nigeria. I would suggest a web search, or seeing what you can find on the websites of international NGOs, church groups, UNAIDS, etc.

    Readers, any ideas?

  3. Our Organization is an Home Based Care service provider to People who are living with HIV/AIDS and we are very much present in many communities in Nigeria. We also have links with other service providers that we can refer patients to from time to time depending on the nature and situation at hand.

    Let the writer contact us;

    Hands at Work in Africa
    Lagos service Centre
    78, Palm Avenue, Mushin
    Tel: 01-4363200

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