Giving Guide


Patient advocacy organizations need your support to advance the development of new treatments and cures and to improve access to appropriate health care for people with chronic conditions.

To ensure your donation goes to a worthy patient organization, the National Health Council (NHC) has created this easy-to-use Giving Guide, which lists the nation’s leading national patient advocacy organizations that meet the highest levels of transparency, accountability, and ethical practice. 

All of the organizations listed below have completed the NHC’s Standards of Excellence Certification Program®, which goes beyond the requirements of many charity watchdog groups and is unique to the patient advocacy community.

Compliance with the Standards is determined by a thorough analysis of each organization’s corporate documents, such as bylaws, audited financial statements, and annual reports, and the completion of an in-depth survey. This review covers organizational governance, human resources, programs, fundraising, finance, accounting, and evaluation of program effectiveness.

Look for the Standards of Excellence logo on an organization’s website and printed materials to guarantee that your charitable donation will be used efficiently and effectively to help patients live better and healthier lives. 

Click on the links below to learn more about these worthy patient advocacy organizations.

Alpha-1 Foundation
The ALS Association
Alzheimer's Association
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Heart Association
American Kidney Fund
American Liver Foundation
Amputee Coalition 
Arthritis Foundation
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Barth Syndrome Foundation
Colon Cancer Alliance
COPD Foundation
Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types
Huntington's Disease Society of America
Hydrocephalus Association
Immune Deficiency Foundation
The LAM Foundation
The Marfan Foundation
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
The Myositis Association
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
National Eczema Association
National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias
National Hemophilia Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Osteoporosis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
PKD Foundation
Prevent Blindness
Prevent Cancer Foundation
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Spina Bifida Association
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease