Charity Navigator and GuideStar research and evaluate charities based on financial health and accountability, listing top-rated charities in dozens of categories. The IRS provides Select Check to search for legitimate ch... More » Government & Politics Social Services offers a list of the top 100 charities in the United States, ranked by total giving. provides a list of 100 large top-rated charities. More » Business & Finance

United Way of the National Capital Area has a list of United Way charities on its website. The list is arranged alphabetically and includes links to more information about each charity and how to donate online. More » Business & Finance
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