The best charities on CharityWatch.org achieve a ranking of A or A+ in their respective categories. As of 2015, the American Sexual Health Association earned the highest rating among charities working to combat AIDS, and the American Welfare Society and PetSmart Charities each scored an A+ for animal protection.
These charities use a high percentage of their budgets directly on their programs, employ sound fundraising methods, and achieve other significant benchmarks established by CharityWatch. The League of Conservation Voters earned the top mark in the environmental charity category. Helen Keller International and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind are the highest ranking charities among those devoted to helping the visually impaired. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the highest-ranked charity focusing on cancer, while the American Kidney Fund attained an A+ for its work in general health. Child Find of America ranks first among child protection charities, while Unbound achieved the highest mark among Child Sponsorship charities. Both earned A+ scores. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is another top-ranked charity in its category, while Action Against Hunger-USA, the One Acre Fund, and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger all earned A's for their work to end hunger. A number of International Relief organizations earned top marks of A+, including Africare, the American Refugees Committee, HealthRight International, and the International Rescue Committee. The top-rated charities for veterans, all of which earned an A+, include Fisher House Foundation, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.