Get Generous: 5 Donation Destination Ideas For The Holidays

It's the season of giving - are you planning to donate your time, talent, or money to organizations? If so, here are five major ones to consider.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been serving people since 1865. The organization serves 130 countries around the globe and assists about 25 million Americans each year.

Here is their mission statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots exists to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. With the gift of a new toy, the organization helps bring the joy of Christmas and sends a message of hope.

In addition to toys, Toys For Tots accepts donations of money and vehicles.

United Way

The United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.

Here is their mission statement: The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

The United Way is the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world. The organization aims to improve education, strengthen financial stability, and make communities healthier.


Goodwill works to meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds, and other specialized needs.

Here is their mission statement: Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.

In 2017, Goodwill helped more than 288,000 people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care, among others.

Red Cross

Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping people be prepared to respond in emergencies.

Here is their mission statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Since 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. Their lifesaving services and programs depend on donations of time, blood, and money from the American public.

Do you have organizations or charities that you recommend? Let us know!