The Salvation Army Named One of America's Favorite Charities in 2021

Nov 19, 2021

Nation’s largest private provider of social services named No. 2 charity by Chronicle of Philanthropy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (November 18, 2021) — The Salvation Army is one of America’s favorite charities, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2021 report. The organization secured the second spot out of 100 charities, including United Way Worldwide and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking evaluates data from financial statements to determine which cause-driven organizations earned the most cash and stock contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

During 2020, The Salvation Army saw a more than 30% increase in fundraising in the wake of extraordinary circumstances and devastating need.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming generosity of the American public during these uniquely difficult times,” said Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army. “Their support has helped The Salvation Army serve millions impacted by the pandemic. With their continued generosity, we’ll make sure hope marches on for those in need.”

The Salvation Army has not stopped working to provide help and hope — no matter the cost — for more than 22 months since the pandemic began. This year, it estimates it will need $175 million — almost 50% more than raised in Red Kettles in 2020 — to help keep Americans in their homes this holiday season and beyond.

Now more than ever, The Salvation Army needs everyone’s help. The following options are available for those wishing to support their neighbors in need:

  • Enlist in Love’s Army with a sustaining gift of $25 per month
  • Contact your local Salvation Army to sign up to volunteer at a Red Kettle or distribute Angel Tree gifts to children in need
    • The Salvation Army is applying national safety protocols at all Red Kettles to ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors, and partners
  • Donate digitally with Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and Venmo at any Red Kettle across the country
  • Donate cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin or Ethereum for the first year ever
  • Ask Amazon’s Alexa to donate by saying, “Alexa, donate to The Salvation Army,” then specifying the amount
  • Give any amount by texting “KETTLES” to 51555
  • Provide new toys and clothing through The Salvation Army Angel Tree for local children of families in need

Every donation helps hope march on for those in need, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. Visit to donate or learn more about how you can help this year. If you need services or know someone in need, visit to find a location near you.


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at over 7,000 centers of operation around the country. In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked No. 2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.