Charities on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list devote at least 75% of their budgets to programs, spend no more than $25 per $100 of public support, do not keep excessive assets in reserve, and have met CharityWatch’s Governance benchmarks. They also receive “open-book” status for disclosing basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch, which is a requirement for receiving “open-book” status. Visit CharityWatch’s Our Process page to learn more about the criteria and methodology used to rate organizations.
The ratings on this page should not be used as the sole factor in making a decision, but rather as a guide to help you do so.
It’s the season of giving, and now more than ever, it’s critical that you get involved. Volunteering, raising money, or doing a random act of kindness are just a few of the many ways you can give back. You could also donate to a charity or non-profit organization. In the meantime, spend some time looking for a reputable charity to donate to. Then you can be confident that your money will go as far as possible.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of worthy causes to support in the year 2020. Charitable watchdog groups Charity Watch and Charity Navigator assign charities a grade or number rating based on their financial health and openness. No Kid Hungry, a recipient of the Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal, was also included. As there are so many charities dedicated to a variety of causes, you’re sure to find one that speaks to you.
Environmental Protection Agency
As a four-star charity, the Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to promoting clean energy solutions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and finding sustainable methods of growing food and supplying water. In addition to influencing legislation and conducting research, the organization works with corporations to help them improve their environmental practices. It’s now active in 26 countries and has contributed to the preservation of four million acres of land in those countries.