Terri Harel

Fundraising Rockstars: The 25 Most Successful Nonprofits on Classy.org To-Date

#GivingTuesday – a day dedicated to giving and philanthropy is also an opportunity to say thank you to all the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to serve the greater good. Today, we want to recognize and acknowledge the 1,000+ nonprofits that use Classy’s platform to power their fundraising efforts. We believe in supporting the organizations that have so diligently supported us! That’s why today, we’re donating all our transaction fees back to all Classy customers.

Classy is lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing organizations. We’re constantly inspired and motivated by the unwavering dedication to their respective causes. If you’re looking for an organization to donate to on this #GivingTuesday – or simply looking to kick off the holiday season with inspiration – you’re in luck. We’ve gathered the top 25 highest grossing organizations on the platform to-date**. Could your organization be on this list in 2015?

#1: Invisible Children

invisible-children-2 Mission: Take an active role in stopping the Lord’s Resistance Army, recover abducted child soldiers and advocate for ending one of Africa’s longest running armed conflicts.

Total amount raised on Classy: $13,674,529

Impact: In 2012, Invisible Children leveraged the viral power of YouTube and the energy of Millennials to engage in a grassroots effort to locate victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army and to find war criminal Joseph Kony.

After KONY 2012 went viral, the organization raised $4.8 million on Classy, solidifying it as one of the most successful nonprofit online campaigns ever.

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#2: Barbells for Boobs

Mission: Providing men and women under the age of 40 access to early detection services by uniting athletes and local communities.

Total amount raised on Classy: $3,044,649

Impact: Barbells for Boobs has provided grant funding to 21 breast healthcare organizations and facilities across 18 states and plan to extend their efforts to at least 5 additional states by the beginning of 2015.

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#3: Team Rubicon

Mission: Unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon gives veterans a renewed sense of purpose by bridging the gap between military and civilian life.

Total amount raised on Classy: $2,712,890

Impact: Since January 2010, Team Rubicon volunteers have deployed on more than 75 disaster relief operations at home and around the world – from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to tornadoes in Oklahoma. Through continued service, Team Rubicon helps returning veterans find a sense of purpose, community and self-identity, which is often lost when returning from service.

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#4: buildOn

Mission: Build a better future for America’s youth while building schools in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Total amount raised on Classy: $2,033,453

Impact: In 2014, buildOn built more than 100 schools in seven of the economically poorest developing countries in the world, bringing education to 90,000 children and adults. In seven U.S. cities, students involved in buildOn’s youth service programs were empowered to contribute more than 200,000 hours of service to their communities.

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#5: Action Against Hunger

Mission: Saving the lives of malnourished children, while providing communities access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,997,345

Impact: Over 9 million people in 45 countries have benefited from Action Against Hunger’s lifesaving assistance. Their 6,000+ field staff is helping communities build long term strategies for self sufficiency all over the world.

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#6: Pencils of Promise

pop-2 Mission: By building quality schools and sustainable education programs, children around the world are experiencing life-changing education.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,957,478

We have every resource necessary to provide access to education for every child on the planet; we just need to commit to enabling it.

– Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise



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Bright Pink

Mission: Working to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,583,353

Impact: Thanks to a community of online fundraisers, Bright Pink has educated 11,000+ individuals through their BrightUp® Educational Workshop, 39,000+ through Assess Your Risk and 900+ medical professionals through their Emerging Medical Professional Program on breast and ovarian health, cancer risk, early detection and prevention.

In 2014 alone, we saw our greatest educational impact to date – reaching exponentially more women with life-saving breast and ovarian health education. We are now more poised, than ever before, to create systemic change that will truly alter the breast and ovarian health landscape for generations to come.

– Lindsay Avner, Bright Pink Founder and CEO

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#8: The Malala Fund

Mission: Working to break the cycle of poverty, while empowering girls through education.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,386,087

Impact: Malala Yousafzai’s story and perseverance continues to be an inspiration for the 66 million girls all over the world who do not have access to education. In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of a Noble Peace Prize, solidifying her role as an international education advocate.

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#9: Love146

Mission: Working to end child trafficking and exploitation, while providing effective thoughtful solutions.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,302,520

Impact: In 2014, Love146 served over 5,000 youth in the U.S. with education to prevent exploitation, and opened their fourth location serving survivors of child trafficking.

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#10: The Pablove Foundation

Mission: Investing in underfunded, cutting-edge childhood cancer research.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,157,935

Impact: From the very beginning, peer-to-peer fundraising has provided the Pablove Foundation with the crucial support needed to invest in underfunded, cutting-edge cancer research. In 2014, $300,000 in donations funded Childhood Cancer Research Grants allowing scientists to search for safer, more effective treatment options, and for a better understanding of how childhood cancers behave.

It has been an action-packed year for Pablove. Not only did we reach a milestone of nearly $1 million awarded through our Childhood Cancer Research Grants, but we also expanded our photography program, Pablove Shutterbugs, to 12 new cities nationwide!”

–Jo Ann Thrailkill, Co-Founder and President/CEO

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#11: Liberty in North Korea

link-2Mission: Helping North Korean refugees reach freedom.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,103,757

Impact: North Korea is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. Liberty in North Korea works with the North Korean people to accelerate change from the bottom up. Since 2010, Liberty in North Korea has rescued over 285 North Korean refugees using a 3,000 mile long modern-day underground railroad stretching across China and into Southeast Asia.


In 2014, 100% of the money raised by over 1,100 fundraisers has been used to rescue 85 North Korean refugees (and counting!)

– Andrew Quan, Donor Impact Manager

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#12: Vs. Cancer Foundation

vscancer-2 Mission: Investing in game changing research initiatives to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,097,651

Impact: Over the past year, the Vs. Cancer Foundation has played an instrumental role in the battle against childhood cancer. They have directly impacted 40,617 children in over 20 different hospitals nationwide by improving day to day hospital conditions, all while investing in game changing research initiatives to find a cure.

Vs. Cancer’s fundraising goal has been to simply give the platform to athletes to impact others- and Classy has allowed that to happen, resulting in thousands of athletes at all ages embracing the idea that they can and will change outcomes for children with cancer.”

– Chase Jones, Founder of Vs. Cancer

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#13: National Breast Cancer Foundation

NBCF-1 Mission: Providing early detection services to those who need it most.

Total amount raised on Classy: $1,028,485

Impact: Breast cancer affects over 12% of all women in the United States and with no known cure, early diagnosis is critical. Last year, the National Breast Cancer Foundation provided over 100K life-saving early detection and diagnostic services, such as high-quality mammograms and clinical breast exams, to women in need.

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#14: Life Teen

Mission: Leading teens closer to Christ.

Total amount raised on Classy: $918,857

Impact: To date, Life Teen is being implemented in 1,646 parishes in 31 countries around the world. Their movement continues to grow with 100,000+ combined teens and adults who have attended a Life Teen event or interacted with the organization in some way.

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#15: Bob Woodruff Foundation

Mission: Ensuring injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home.

Total amount raised on Classy: $875,548

Impact: The Bob Woodruff Foundation serves post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families by navigating a maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits serving veterans to find, fund, and shape innovative programs.


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#16: Junior State of America (JSA)

Mission: Helping high school students become active, informed citizens.

Total amount raised on Classy: $794,625

Impact: The Junior State of America (JSA) is the nation’s largest student-run organization. By giving students the tools and safe, non-partisan environment to discover and discuss the causes they care about, JSA raises the level of public discourse and develops students’ self-confidence and public speaking skills. Each year, the Junior State serves more than 10,000 high school students nationwide.

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#17: Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

shofco-2 Mission: Laying the foundation for a better future in urban slum communities.

Total Raised on Classy: $695,769

Impact: In 2014, SHOFCO launched the Mathare School for Girls in Nairobi welcoming 80 students in its pioneering class. In the slum community Kibera, SHOFCO kicked off a clinic and clean water initiative among other services attached to the school. Additionally, they’ve increased access to their clean water capacity and grew their economic empowerment programs to 80 savings and loans groups.

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#18: World Ventures Foundation

Mission: Giving back to communities in need, close to home and around the world, through sustainable economic and environmental solutions.

Total amount raised on Classy: $642,892

Impact: WorldVentures Foundation partners with local nonprofits across the globe, who understand the real challenges impacting children in their communities. A few of their global projects include, DreamCourts in the United States at Boys & Girls Clubs, Orphanage support in Thailand, Water Filters for Disaster Recovery areas and much more!

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#19: Northwestern University Dance Marathon

nudm Mission: Working to create a tangible change in the Midwest region for chronically ill children and their families.

Total amount raised on Classy: $619,018

Impact: Northwestern University Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the nation. Since its founding in 1975, Northwestern students have raised more than $15 million for more than thirty different beneficiaries.

First year fundraising with Classy for the Dance Marathon, we saw a $100,000 increase in the amount of money raised compared to the year before.

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#20: Be the Difference Foundation

Mission: Improving treatment options for women battling ovarian cancer.

Total amount raised on Classy: $595,221

Impact: 1 in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime. To help change these statistics, the Be the Difference Foundation raised over $1,00,000 in 2014 to fund life-saving ovarian cancer research.

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#21: Semper Fi Fund

Mission: Providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

Total amount raised on Classy: $555,307

Impact: Since the establishment of the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, the organization has issued more than 82,000 grants, totaling more than $99 million in assistance to over 13,000 of America’s heroes and their families.

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#22: The Free Wheel Foundation

Mission: Giving injured members of the military and the families of injured and fallen warriors hope and assistance as they travel the road to recovery.

Total amount raised on Classy: $495,925

Impact: The Free Wheel Foundation’s signature event, The Ride430 Challenge is a four-day, 430 mile challenge in which cyclists complete as many as 100 miles a day. On average, a bike rider raises $6,6000 for the cause, more than any event of its kind. In their first 6 years, the Ride 430 Challenge raised more than $1.3 million dollars, all of which supplements the military assistance provided by The Free Wheel Foundation.

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#23: Blood:Water

Mission: Addressing the HIV/AIDS and water crises through strong partnerships with African grassroots organizations.

Total amount raised on Classy: $472,226

Impact: People in Africa spend 40 billion hours walking for water each year, including children under the age of 14. Water sources are far from clean and often shared with livestock from the community causing people to get sick. Blood:water is working to shorten that walk and to provide people with access to water that is actually clean.

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#24: The Flatwater Foundation

flatwater-2 Mission: Providing those diagnosed with cancer, their families, and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support.

Total amount raised on Classy: $464,194


In 2014, The Flatwater Foundation has placed nearly 200 individuals and families into counseling and therapeutic care, while paying for 100% of the care. Support for those approved and placed into care is made possible by the campaigns running on Classy.org.

– Mark Garza, CEO, Flatwater Foundation

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#25: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Mission: Calling on the talents and resources of the theater community and its fans to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

Total amount raised on Classy: $437,968

Impact On June 22, 2014, 170 of New York’s most daring Broadway dancers took the stage for the 24th annual Broadway Bares, raising over $1.3 million benefiting organizations across the country providing treatment or services benefiting organizations in all 50 states that provide treatment and services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. 

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**Note: The transaction data for all 25 clients was pulled on October 1, 2014 and reflects the total amount of money raised on Classy’s platform at that time.

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