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

Operation Smile is a legitimate charity registered with the Internal Revenue Service, and it meets a majority of the Better Business Bureau's charity accountability standards in the categories of governance, effectivenes... More »

Charity effectiveness is evaluated in two prime areas, the financial strength of the charity and its transparency and accountability. The financial strength of a charity includes its effectiveness in meeting its financia... More » Business & Finance

As of 2015, United Way has a score of three out of four stars on Charity Navigator, a reputable nonprofit organization that examines how charities utilize their funds and run their organizations. United Way uses approxim... More » Business & Finance

Charity Navigator lists Carnegie Mellon University, Compassion International and the Carnegie Institution for Science as three of the more consistently high-ranked charities. Additional high-ranking charities include Bro... More » Business & Finance Corporations