Ratings for charities can be found by contacting charity watchdog groups like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. These agencies provide ratings online or in print when requested.
Charity watchdog groups rate charities based on their financial health and stability by reviewing their tax returns and monitoring how donor funds are spent. Typically, A-F letter grades are assigned, with A being the highest rating. While each group has their own methodology, their respective rating is based on the percentage of funds spent on the charitable purpose, the available years of assets, and the fundraising success of the charity.