Use the adjective worthy to describe the good causes to which you donate a little money each year. Their admirable qualities are what make them worthy.

Something that deserves respect is worthy, whether it's a charity, a hard working tennis opponent, or a struggle to overcome a disability. If it's worth your admiration or has some inherent value, it's worthy. The word has been around since the thirteenth century, and it was especially common in the 1300's to use worthy as a noun meaning "person of merit."

Definitions of worthy
  1. noun
    an important, honorable person (word is often used humorously)
    “local worthies rarely challenged the chief constable”
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    type of:
    important person, influential person, personage
    a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
  2. adjective
    having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
    “a worthy fellow”
    “a worthy cause”
    deserving of respect or high regard
    morally admirable
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
    having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange
    applaudable, commendable, laudable, praiseworthy
    worthy of high praise
    worthy of often limited commendation
    cum laude
    with honor; with academic distinction
    deserving, worth
    worthy of being treated in a particular way
    exemplary, model
    worthy of imitation
    magna cum laude
    with high honor; with high academic distinction
    meritable, meritorious
    deserving reward or praise
    notable, noteworthy
    worthy of notice
    suitable for or worthy of quotation
    worthy of respect or dedication
    summa cum laude
    with highest honor; with the highest academic distinction
    precious, valued
    held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
    valuable, worthful
    having worth or merit or value
    sufficiently valuable to justify the investment of time or interest
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    lacking in value or merit
    contemptible, misbegotten
    deserving of contempt or scorn
    dishonorable, dishonourable
    lacking honor or integrity; deserving dishonor
    not righteous
    lacking in usefulness or value
    undeserving, unworthy
    not deserving
    not merited
    without merit
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  3. adjective
    having qualities or abilities that merit recognition in some way
    “behavior worthy of reprobation”
    “a fact worthy of attention”
    meeting adequate standards for a purpose
  4. adjective
    worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
    synonyms: desirable, suitable
    qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
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