Frequently Asked Questions

What are the largest national charities that focus on each specific cause according to Charity Navigator and Cause Fund?

Please note that Cause Fund, Inc. does not have any contract or relationship with any of the charities listed and this list is strictly compiled to streamline the progress, and you can tell us which specific charity you want to earmark your donations for instead, by writing the name of the charity on your envelope or typing in the name when you register online.

The largest national charities for each cause are:
  • ALS - The ALS Association
  • Alzheimer’s Disease - The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Autism - The Autism Society of America
  • Adult Cancer - The American Cancer Society
  • Childhood Cancers - ALSAC - St. Jude Hospitals
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes - JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
  • Type 2 Diabetes - The American Diabetes Association
  • Heart Disease - The American Heart Association
  • Stroke - The American Heart Association
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Autoimmune Diseases - American Autoimmune Disease Related Association
  • Cystic Fibrosis - The CF Foundation
  • Mental Health - NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Veterans - The Wounded Warrior Project
  • Homelessness - The Salvation Army
  • Hunger - Feeding America
  • Substance Abuse - The National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse
  • Other - Shriners Hospitals

What are some examples of charities besides the largest national charities?


Some examples of other charities, as listed on Charity Navigator are: (but you can add the name of the charity you want, even if it is not listed here)


  • ALS charities include: The Les Turner ALS Foundation, Project ALS, ALS ONE, Compassionate Cares ALS, etc.
  • Alzheimer’s charities include: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Alzheimer's Fdn of America, David K. Johnson Fdn., etc.
  • Autism charities include: The Doug Flutie Jr. Fdn., Autism Speaks, AANN, Best Buddies, Lovelane Horseriding Program etc.
  • Adult Cancer charities include: Joe Andruzzi Fdn., Susan Komen Fdn., American Lung Ass., Skin Cancer Fdn, National Brain Tumor Society, National Breast Cancer Fdn., Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, etc.
  • Childhood Cancers charities include: St. Baldrick’s Fdn., Joe Andruzzi Fdn, Jimmy Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber, The Cure Starts Now, CureSearch for Childrens’ Cancer Research, etc.
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma charities include: Lymphoma Association, Leukemia Research Foundation, American Cancer Society.
  • Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes charities include The Joslin Diabetes Center, 
American Diabetes Society, etc.
  • Type 2 Diabetes charities include The Joslin Diabetes Center, etc.
  • Heart Disease charities include: Children's Cardiomyopathy Fdn.,The Marfan Fdn, etc.
  • Stroke charities include: World Pediatric Stroke Assoc.The National Stroke Assoc., Brain Aneurysm Fdn., Lisa Colagrossi Fdn, etc.
  • MS charities include: The Multiple Sclerosis Fdn, etc.
  • Autoimmune Diseases charities include: Beyond Celiac, Crohn’s and Colitis Fdn., Myasthenia Gravis Fdn., Lupus Fdn. of America, etc.
  • Cystic Fibrosis charities include: Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc., etc.
  • Mental Health related charities include: Samatarians; American Fdn. for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health America, etc.
  • Veterans charities include: Homes for our Troops, USO, etc.
  • Homelessness charities include: the Local Homeless Shelter, Rosie's Place, Pine Street Inn, etc.
  • Hunger charities include: Local Food Pantry/Bank in your town, etc.
  • Substance Abuse charities include the Gavin Foundation, Triangle 
 Residential Options for Substance Abusers’ (TROSA), etc.
  • Other charities include: DECA, DEAF, INC., Rare Disease Fdn., the National Parkinson 
 Fdn., STEM, Make a Wish Fdn, American Red Cross, Perkins Organization for the Blind, Wonderland, etc.