Charity Ratings


Each year since 2005, we’ve received the highest rating from every nonprofit sector watchdog group.

Charity Navigator

Fistula Foundation has earned a four star rating for 17 years in a row, an honor less than 1% of charities receive.

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.


Fistula Foundation has earned an ‘A’ grade and is one of only 34 charities listed as Top Rated International Organizations by CharityWatch.

Of approximately 600 charities currently rated by CharityWatch, only a select number qualify as Top-Rated Charities based on their 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

Fistula Foundation occupies a spot on a small list of organizations recommended by the Life You Can Save.

The Life You Can Save maintains a list of charities that it believes provide the greatest good for funds spent. Along with placing Fistula Foundation on that list, The Life You Can Save supports our organization through its Transform Lives Fund and its Help Women & Girls Fund.

The Life You Can Save is part of a movement known as Effective Altruism. Founded by the Princeton University ethicist Peter Singer, this movement takes an evidence-based approach to maximizing the good that donors can achieve through their charitable donations.

Great Nonprofits

Fistula Foundation is proud to be a Top-Rated Charity on Great Nonprofits.

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.

GuideStar by Candid

Fistula Foundation is proud to be a Platinum-level GuideStar Participant. Platinum status is the highest level of recognition given to charities by GuideStar.

To receive a Platinum Seal, a charity must provide information at an advanced level about its impact, effectiveness, and financial performance.

GuideStar (now part of Candid) is an information service that reports on nonprofit companies in the United States. Its database contains detailed profiles of more than two million organizations. 

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Fistula Foundation has met all of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability since 2006.

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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