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High-Impact Aging, Cancer, and Criminal Justice Nonprofits Identified

top-aging-cancer-criminal-justice-nonprofits_philanthropediaPhilanthropedia (at GuideStar) has just released research results identifying high-impact nonprofits working in the areas of aging, cancer, and criminal justice.


Eighty-six national aging experts recommended the following 13 outstanding nonprofits.

  1. Alzheimer's Association
  2. National Council on the Aging (NCOA)
  3. American Society on Aging (ASA)
  4. AARP
  5. The Gerontological Society of America
  6. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
  7. Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
  8. National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
  9. National Committee For the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)
  10. LeadingAge
  11. Civic Ventures
  12. National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
  13. Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

Learn more about these top-ranked national aging nonprofits


Forty-six national cancer experts recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofits.

  1. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (breast cancer)
  2. American Cancer Society (ACS) (multiple cancers)
  3. (Lance Armstrong Foundation) (multiple cancers)
  4. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) (blood cancers)
  5. St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (children's cancers)
  6. Cancer Support Community (multiple cancers)
  7. Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
  8. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN)
  9. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Colorectal Cancer Coalition)
  10. CancerCare (multiple cancers)
  11. Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA)
  12. National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) (multiple cancers)
  13. National Lung Cancer Partnership
  14. Prevent Cancer Foundation (multiple cancers)
  15. Friends of Cancer Research (FOCR) (multiple cancers)
  16. Lungevity Foundation (lung cancer)

Learn more about these top-ranked national cancer nonprofits

Criminal Justice—National

Some 129 national criminal justice experts recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofits.

  1. The Innocence Project
  2. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  3. The Sentencing Project
  4. Vera Institute of Justice
  5. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  6. Southern Center for Human Rights
  7. Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama
  8. Public Safety Performance, Pew Center on the States
  9. Justice Policy Institute
  10. Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
  11. Campaign for Youth Justice
  12. Death Penalty Information Center
  13. Justice Center, The Council of State Governments
  14. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  15. W Haywood Burns Institute
  16. The Constitution Project

Learn more about these top-ranked national criminal justice nonprofits

Criminal Justice—Local

Some 129 local criminal justice experts recommended the following 21 outstanding nonprofits.

  1. Fortune Society (New York)
  2. Southern Center for Human Rights (Georgia)
  3. Correctional Association of New York (The CA) (New York)
  4. Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) (New York)
  5. Legal Action Center (New York)
  6. Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC)
  7. Texas Defender Service
  8. Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (EJI)
  9. The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL)
  10. Prison Law Office (California)
  11. Gulf Region Advocacy Center (GRACE) (Texas)
  12. Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC)
  13. Families And Friends Of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
  14. Safe Streets/Strong Communities (Louisiana)
  15. Youth Justice Coalition (California)
  16. Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (California)
  17. New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty (New York)
  18. Juvenile Law Center (Pennyslvania)
  19. A Better Way Foundation (Connecticut)
  20. Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) (Oregon)
  21. Georgia Justice Project (GJP) (Georgia)

Learn more about these top-ranked local criminal justice nonprofits

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Dawn Kwan, Philanthropedia (at GuideStar)
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Dawn Kwan is GuideStar's manager of Philanthropedia research.

Topics: Impact