Habitat for Humanity International was founded in Georgia in 1976 as a grassroots effort to increase the availability of affordable housing. In 1984, former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, became involved in the program, greatly increasing its exposure. At present, Habitat for Humanity has built homes globally and is the largest not-for-profit builder In the world. The organization receives support through volunteer builders, monetary contributions, and from its Habitat for Humanity ReStores.
After World War II, the United Nations created the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF, as a way to assist children suffering from the after-effects of the war. Since that time, UNICEF has grown to become one of the world’s most recognized children’s charities. UNICEF maintains solid management of funds and a high percentage of donations go towards program delivery in over 120 countries.
United Way was founded in 1887 in the Denver area when a woman, two priests, and a minister saw a need to provide community services and support that transcended religious lines. Since then, United Way has grown to be the national support and leadership hub for over 1,200 individually-run local chapters. United Way is unique in that its mission and program is designed to support local communities; it does not offer programs as a “one size fits all” solution. This allows individual chapters to focus on offering programs that are custom-designed for their community.
In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR (United States Marine Corps Reserve) and Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton began to collect toys for those in need. It was after Hendricks' wife could not find a charity to donate a handmade Raggedy Ann doll to a child at Christmas. Mrs. Hendricks suggested that the USMCR begin a toy drive to connect donated toys with those in need. Their initial toy drive resulted in 5,000 toys being collected for underprivileged children. Toys for Tots was nationally launched in 1948 and has had momentous growth since. Currently, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is headquartered in Triangle, Virginia.
In 2015, the Marine Toys for Tots program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million children in 782 communities. Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program, in a partnership with The UPS Stores, raised over $319,000 and distributed over 3 million books to public schools and children in financially-depressed areas.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases.
The Nature Conservancy is the largest charitable environmental organization in the United States. The organization is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and was founded in 1951. The Nature Conservancy has a membership structure, wherein members pay for a monthly or annual membership and dues are used to fulfill the organization's mission of conserving land and water resources globally. It can do this, in part, by its partnerships with local and national governments as well as with large corporations.
Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Compassion International is a child-sponsoring charitable organization that was originally known as the Everett Swanson Evangelistic Association. The sponsorship model was launched in 1953 and the organization officially became Compassion International in 1963.
Cru was founded as Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 by Bill and Vonette Bright. The organization was originally headquartered in San Bernadino, California, but has since relocated its headquarters to Orlando, Florida. Campus Crusade for Christ changed its name to Cru in 2011, among great controversy. Some groups feel as though the organization is straying away from Biblical beliefs and teachings in its ministry to high school and college students, in the mission field, and to professional businesspeople around the world. Contributions are used to support Cru's ministry.
Samaritan's Purse was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Boone, North Carolina. The current president and CEO, as well as chair of the board is Franklin Graham. Samaritan's Purse's program includes disaster recovery and relief, medical support and supplies, as well as its most well-known program Operation Christmas Child.
Save the Children was originally founded in England in 1919. The U.S. headquarters was founded in 1932 in Connecticut. Save the Children uses a child sponsorship model, where donors' sponsored contributions are pooled with those of other donors sponsoring children in the community. These donations are used to fight poverty, provide better options for early childhood and primary education, and supply medical supplies and care to the community as a whole. Sponsors are able to communicate with their sponsored children if they desire.