Top Rated Charities

Groups included on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, have met CharityWatch's governance benchmarks, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch. Please see the Criteria section of the website for more information on the rating criteria and methodology that CharityWatch adheres to.

Because many factors determine a worthy charity, we at CharityWatch suggest that you use the ratings on this page not as the sole determining factor in your decision, but rather as an aid.

 

This list is subject to change depending on the information CharityWatch receives concerning charitable organizations.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN
National Urban League (National Office) A
AIDS
American Foundation for Children with AIDS B+
American Sexual Health Association A
Bailey House B+
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation A-
Foundation for AIDS Research B+
Gay Men's Health Crisis B+
AMERICAN INDIAN
American Indian College Fund B+
Futures for Children B+
ANIMAL & ANIMAL PROTECTION
African Wildlife Foundation A-
American Bird Conservancy A
American Humane Association A-
Animal Welfare Institute A+
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International B+
Friends of Animals A
Humane Farming Association A-
Marine Mammal Center A-
Performing Animal Welfare Society A
PetSmart Charities A+
Wildlife Conservation Society A
ASIA & ASIAN-AMERICAN
Asia Society B+
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund A-
BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind A
Helen Keller International A
National Federation of the Blind B+
ORBIS International B+
Seva Foundation A-
CANCER
Breast Cancer Fund A-
Breast Cancer Research Foundation A+
Cancer Research Institute A
Entertainment Industry Foundation A-
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society B+
LiveStrong Foundation A-
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center A
Movember Foundation A
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation A
National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund A
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund A
Prevent Cancer Foundation B+
Prostate Cancer Foundation A
CHILD PROTECTION
American Humane Association A-
Child Find of America A+
Children's Defense Fund A
Children's Health Fund A
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation A-
Prevent Child Abuse America (National Office) A
CHILD SPONSORSHIP
ChildFund International A-
Compassion International A
Pearl S. Buck International A
Save the Children A
Unbound A+
World Vision A-
CIVIL RIGHTS & ADVOCACY
American Civil Liberties Union A
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation A
Center for Community Change A
Center for Constitutional Rights A-
CONSUMER PROTECTION & LEGAL AID
Action on Smoking and Health A
Environmental Working Group A
Government Accountability Project (GAP) A
Public Citizen Foundation A
CRIME & FIRE PREVENTION
Fortune Society A-
DISABLED
Goodwill Industries International (National Office) A
DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids A
ENVIRONMENT
African Wildlife Foundation A-
Alaska Conservation Foundation A
American Bird Conservancy A
American Rivers B+
Arbor Day Foundation A-
Center for Biological Diversity A
Chesapeake Bay Foundation B+
Conservation International Foundation A
Earth Island Institute A
Earthjustice A-
Environmental Defense Action Fund A
Environmental Defense Fund A
Environmental Working Group A
Greenpeace Fund A
Izaak Walton League of America B+
Keep America Beautiful (National Office) A
League of Conservation Voters A+
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund A+
National Audubon Society B+
National Park Trust A-
National Wildlife Federation A
Natural Resources Defense Council A-
Nature Conservancy A-
Rainforest Action Network A-
Rainforest Alliance A-
Resources for the Future A
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation A
Sierra Club Foundation A
Student Conservation Association A-
Trout Unlimited A-
Trust for Public Land A
Union of Concerned Scientists A-
Water.org A-
Waterkeeper Alliance A-
Wilderness Society B+
World Resources Institute A
GUN CONTROL (PRO/CON )
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence B+
National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation A
HEALTH - GENERAL
ALS Association B+
American Brain Tumor Association A-
American Kidney Fund A+
American Liver Foundation A
American Red Cross A
American Sexual Health Association A
City of Hope A-
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America A
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation A-
Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation A
Huntington's Disease Society of America B+
JDRF International A
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research A
Movember Foundation A
Muscular Dystrophy Association A-
National Hemophilia Foundation (National Office) A-
National Jewish Health B+
National Kidney Foundation A-
National Psoriasis Foundation A-
Parkinson's Disease Foundation A-
PKD Foundation B+
Salk Institute for Biological Studies A
HISPANIC
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund A
HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING
Bowery Residents' Committee A
Center for Community Change A
Coalition for the Homeless A-
Habitat for Humanity International (National Office) B+
National Alliance to End Homelessness A+
HUMAN RIGHTS
Amnesty International of the USA A
Center for Victims of Torture A-
Committee to Protect Journalists B+
Human Rights Watch A-
HUMAN SERVICES
American Red Cross A
The Y (National Office) A
HUNGER
Action Against Hunger-USA A
City Harvest A-
Food Bank for New York City A-
Food for the Hungry A-
Global Hunger Project A-
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger A
One Acre Fund A
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
Accion International B+
Africare A+
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee A+
American Red Cross A
American Refugee Committee A+
Brother's Brother Foundation B+
CARE A
Catholic Relief Services A
charity: water A
Church World Service B+
Direct Relief International & Foundation A-
Doctors Without Borders USA A
Episcopal Relief & Development A
Fistula Foundation A
Grameen Foundation USA A
HealthRight International A+
International Medical Corps A
International Rescue Committee A+
Lutheran World Relief A
MAP International B+
Medical Teams International A-
Mercy Corps A-
One Acre Fund A
Operation USA A-
Oxfam-America A-
Project Concern International A
Project HOPE B+
ReSurge International A-
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International A
Samaritan's Purse A-
Save the Children A
Seva Foundation A-
TechnoServe A
United Methodist Committee on Relief A+
United States Fund for UNICEF A-
Water.org A-
JEWISH & ISRAEL
American Jewish Committee A-
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee A+
American Jewish World Service A
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces A-
Hadassah A
Jewish National Fund A
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger A
New Israel Fund A
LGBTQ RIGHTS & ADVOCACY
Trevor Project A
LITERACY
Reach Out and Read, Inc. B+
Reading Is Fundamental A-
MENTAL HEALTH & DISABILITIES
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation A
Mental Health America A-
NAMI A-
Trevor Project A
PEACE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
International Peace Institute A
Physicians for Social Responsibility (National Office) A-
Witness for Peace B+
PUBLIC POLICY
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research A-
Common Cause Education Fund A
Federation for American Immigration Reform A
Government Accountability Project (GAP) A
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, FAMILY PLANNING, & ABORTION
Center for Reproductive Rights A
EngenderHealth A-
Family Care International A
Guttmacher Institute A
International Planned Parenthood Federation-Western Hemisphere A+
Pathfinder International A
PCI-Media Impact A
Planned Parenthood Action Fund A
Population Action International A
Population Council A
SENIOR CITIZENS
National Council on Aging A+
Unbound A+
TERMINALLY OR CHRONICALLY ILL
Compassion & Choices B+
Starlight Children's Foundation (National Office) A
VETERANS & MILITARY
Armed Services YMCA of the USA A
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation A
Fisher House Foundation A+
Homes for Our Troops A
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund A+
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund A+
National Military Family Association A
Operation Homefront A
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors B+
WOMEN'S HEALTH
EngenderHealth A-
WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Catalyst B+
Global Fund for Women A-
Women for Women International - U.S. B+
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Boy Scouts of America (National Office) A
Boys and Girls Clubs of America (National Office) A
DonorsChoose.org A+
Girl Scouts of the USA (National Office) B+
Girls Incorporated (National Office) A
National 4-H Council A
Scholarship America A+
YOUTH-RESIDENTIAL
CEDARS A