How do you find ratings of different charities?


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Charity ratings are available from Charity Navigator and CharityWatch. Charity Navigator is a non-profit organization that helps donors find reputable charities using a rating system. This group assesses more than 8,000 of America's best-known charities, as of 2015.

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Charity Navigator bases ratings on how efficiently a charity uses support, how well it sustains its programs, its level of commitment to best practices and the transparency of information. The ratings are objective, unbiased and number-based.

The group’s website, CharityNavigator.org, provides a list of the top 10 most-followed charities. For example, the charity Doctors without Borders USA occupies the No. 1 spot as of 2015, with 19,761 donors tracking the charity. It has a 5-star rating and an overall score of 93.45. The site divides scores into two sections: financial and accountability and transparency. The site also features the charity’s income statement, mission, revenues and expenses, and charities that perform similar types of work. Additionally, Charity Navigator provides links for consumers who would like to make a donation, leave a comment or add to a personalized list of potential charities they would like to help.

CharityWatch is an independent charity watch dog that provides information to consumers about how efficiently a charity uses donations to fund programs consumers may want to support. CharityWatch also acts as a consumer advocate by exposing abuses and frauds. The group's website, CharityWatch.org, has a comprehensive list of top-rated charities in a broad range of categories that include AIDS, Animal and Animal Protection, Child Protection, Hunger, Human Rights and Literacy.

Each listing hosted by CharityWatch includes a rating, contact information, a mission statement, financial documents and government funding. This site also provides donor alerts and related articles.

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