There are thousands of charities in the United States but very few can aspire to the size and scope of these organizations. With revenues that rival some large companies, these charities have become household names, but what do each of them do?


With $6.6 billion in revenues Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is the largest on this list in terms of revenue. Also one of the oldest, “The Y” was established 1844 as a way for people to become healthy in mind, body and spirit.


A community organization that, in addition to operating thrift stores in every major city, provides job training for veterans and the disabled. Through clothing and other materials donated to Goodwill, the non-profit is an effective hybrid that has made a significant impact on America.

Catholic Charities USA

A collection of nationwide Catholic charities, the organization helps millions of poor get their basic necessities and empowers them to become self-sufficient. They are also heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army might have the biggest name recognition on this list, and has revenues of 4.3 billion in revenue per year. They serve as both a Christian church and a charity with over 1.5 million members. There are hundreds of Salvation Army shelters nationwide that provide shelter to the homeless.

United Way

United Way started as an American organization and eventually grew to become an international organization. It has over 1,200 local offices nationwide and works with community stakeholders in an effort to make positive measurable differrences in the community. Their revenues are 4.2 billion per year, allowing them to make a significant impact.

Feeding America

In a distant third, Feeding America with 1.8 billion in revenues, was formerly named America’s Second Harvest. Feeding America operates thousands of food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters with a goal of fighting hunger in the United States.