Charities are organizations that raise funds for non-profit purposes. Their aim is to help the less fortunate in the society and improve the community’s well-being. There are so many charities that sometimes it can be difficult to classify them. To group them, you need to look at the different functions they perform and the sectors they support. In line with this, charitable organizations can be placed into six broad categories, all explained below.

Education Charities

These non-profit organizations help needy students from every age class and school. Some charities donate funds to different schools while others have set up their schools where they educate and support all the students. The help comes in the form of scholarships, provision of learning materials and financial aid. Support can be given to students, their guardians or teachers.

Health Charities

These charity groups aim to aid the sick and those with physical disabilities. This can range from providing funds for medical research, promoting health awareness to paying accumulated hospital bills to those having difficulties in raising funds.

Environment Charities

Environmental preservation, sustenance, and development are the goals of these charities. They champion the use of greener energy sources, environmental conservation and protections of nature centers.

Animal Charities

Anyone willing to contribute to animal welfare does so through animal charities. They raise funds for use in wildlife conservation and the protection of pet and animals’ wellbeing.

Art and Culture Charities

These types seek to protect and preserve cultural heritage and art. They can be further classified into Museum and Art Galleries and Historical Societies.

International NGOs

They are charities with headquarters in one country but with branches in various other countries.

New charities emerge every day and some of them can fall into or out of these categories based on their agenda. Their classification is therefore dynamic and ever-changing each day.