Collectively, people with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only minority group of which any of us can become a member at any time. What’s more, people with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world.
Nonprofits working in this field cover a wide range of issues including accessibility, support services, medical care, social justice work, stigma reduction, and research. This diverse world of nonprofits reflects the diversity of the population of people with disabilities and their various needs.
Recently, Philanthropedia surveyed 74 experts working in the field of people with disabilities (with an average of 19 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field.
Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, consultants, etc.) identified 16 top nonprofits (out of 154 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the national and multi-state level. Below is a graphical representation of who participated in our research. You can also see who our experts were by clicking here.
Which nonprofits were among the top?
Experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that support people with any of the following: developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, blindness and deafness. Types of nonprofits might include research, advocacy, legislative, education, or direct services. Nonprofits considered in this research might provide the following types of services: transportation, health care, housing, employment, and other services.
The following is the list of the expert-identified nonprofits best achieving their mission in the sector. Click the link to visit each organizations profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.
- The Arc
- March of Dimes
- Special Olympics
- (Tied) National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and
United Cerebral Palsy
- National Council on Independent Living
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- Alzheimer's Association
- (Tied) Disability Rights International and
National Association of the Deaf
- United States International Council on Disabilities
- Autism Speaks
- (Tied) Access Living and Reeve Foundation
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
We invite you to visit the profiles of each of these top organizations on our website to read the expert reviews here. Experts commented on the impact each nonprofit has had, what the nonprofit’s other organizational strengths are, and how each organization could further improve.
We invite your feedback. Please tell us what you think and what experiences you’ve had with these great organizations! You can reach Jasmine Marrow, Manager of Philanthropedia Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.