Charity Navigator rates charities on a four star-scale. A charity that receives four stars exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.
Charity Navigator rates charities by evaluating two broad areas of performance: their Financial Health and their Accountability and Transparency. Charity Navigator uses a two-dimensional rating system to help donors identify charities and evaluate the risk associated with their social investments.
Of approximately 600 charities currently rated by CharityWatch, only a select number qualify for our listing of Top-Rated Charities based on our rigorous analysis.
CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decision. The New York Times has hailed them as the “pit bull of watchdogs.”
The Life You Can Save organization maintains a list of recommended charities which it believes provide the greatest good for funds spent.
The Life You Can Save is part of a broader movement known as the Effective Altruism movement. Founded by Princeton ethicist Peter Singer, this movement takes an evidence-based approach to maximizing the good from one’s charitable donations.
Nonprofits that receive a high volume of new, positive reviews are added to Great Nonprofits’ Top-Rated Charities list. The list is updated on a yearly basis, with charities needing to meet the qualifying review guidelines each year in order to be included.
The ratings found on the site are user based, allowing people who have had good and bad experiences with nonprofits to share their stories and give their ratings. Great Nonprofits carries more than 170,000 reviews for over 1.8 million nonprofits on their website.
In order to be awarded this logo, charities must demonstrate a superior level of impact and effectiveness, along with advanced levels of financial information available to the public.
GuideStar is an information service specializing in reporting on nonprofit companies in the United States. Their database contains over 5 million IRS Forms on over 2 million organizations. GuideStar was the first central source of information on U.S. nonprofits.
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations.
Organizations that comply with these accountability standards have provided documentation that they meet basic standards in how they govern their organization, in the ways they spend their money, in the truthfulness of their representations, and in their willingness to disclose basic information to the public.
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