Informative to know where donations are currently going. Most common categories:31 Domestic Needs26 International Needs12 Health10 Medical
Thanks for sharing! As for the dozen or so food banks on the list, it's probably worth noting that the bulk of their incoming donations are food products -- e.g., meat and other stuff that is about to expire. Other organizations aren't set up to do anything with those particular donations. So those entries should not be taken at face value as evidence of general popularity among donors.
I didn't have much time but was interested in what the "International Needs" charities on the list actually do (thanks for sharing this link!), so I asked ChatGPT to describe the top 10 "International Needs" charities from the list (of 26 total in the category). I'm pasting the result below in case anyone is interested.
(Also according to ChatGPT, these can be grouped into the following categories: humanitarian aid and disaster relief (3), housing/infrastructure (1), poverty/economic development (3), health and medicine (2), donated goods and materials (1).)
The "health" charities seem to mostly be charities that work on eradicating certain diseases/conditions or supporting people with them (like the American Cancer Society). "Medical" includes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Mayo Clinic, and other hospitals and institutes. "Domestic Needs" includes Feeding America, United Way Worldwide, Salvation Army, etc.
Other categories include "Youth" — e.g. YMCA of the USA, Environment/Animal — e.g. Nature Conservancy, "Education."
10/26 "international needs" charities (described by ChatGPT):
Important disclaimer: I haven't checked these descriptions.