CharityWatch includes the Armed Services YMCA in their Top-Rated Military Charities with an “A” Ranking

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Of the approximately six hundred charities currently rated by CharityWatch, only a select number qualify for our listing of Top-Rated charities based on our rigorous analysis. Groups included on the Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, and receive “open-book” status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch. Please see the Criteria section of the website for more information on the rating criteria and methodology that CharityWatch adheres to.

Each mission category below lists Top-Rated charities that receive high grades from CharityWatch. Top-Rated charities generally fall within the B+ to A+ grade range. CharityWatch may include on the Top-Rated list charities with a B grade in categories where no charities receive an B+ or higher rating. We do so for the purpose of providing donors with the letter grade rating of at least one highly rated group in each category.

CharityWatch also issues “C”, “D”, and “F” grades to charities in its Charity Rating Guide.

This list is subject to change depending on the information CharityWatch receives concerning charitable organizations. As long as the charities maintain an “open book” status and score highly on CharityWatch’s financial criteria, their names will appear on this list.

CharityWatch encourages each donor to consider these factors and others, which you may feel are more significant, when making charitable giving decisions. CharityWatch provides this information to help you make your own decision concerning which charity to support. The letter grades represent the opinion of CharityWatch. Some organizations legitimately may account differently for their activities. Such organizations generally would receive higher grades based on their own criteria than on the criteria used by CharityWatch.

When information is given only on the national headquarters and the charity does not include its affiliates in its financial statements, “N.O.” (National Office) appears after the group’s name.

Because many factors determine a worthy charity, we at CharityWatch suggest that you use the ratings on this page not as the sole determining factor in your decision, but rather as an aid. The Charity Rating Guide provides much more information that will aid you in your giving decisions. Also, contact the charity in which you’re interested to determine if their mission and philosophy match yours.

INDEX OF TOP-RATED CHARITIES

ABORTION & FAMILY PLANNING HISPANIC
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING
AIDS HUMAN RIGHTS
AMERICAN INDIAN HUMAN SERVICES
ANIMAL & ANIMAL PROTECTION HUNGER
ASIA & ASIAN-AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
BLIND & VISUALLY-IMPAIRED JEWISH & ISRAEL
CANCER LITERACY
CHILD PROTECTION MENTAL HEALTH & DISABILITIES
CHILD SPONSORSHIP PEACE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
CIVIL RIGHTS & ADVOCACY POPULATION PLANNING
CONSUMER PROTECTION AND LEGAL AID PUBLIC POLICY
CRIME & FIRE PREVENTION SENIOR CITIZENS
DISABLED TERMINALLY OR CHRONICALLY ILL
DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE VETERANS & MILITARY
ENVIRONMENT WOMEN’S RIGHTS
GUN CONTROL (PRO/CON) YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
HEALTH – GENERAL YOUTH – RESIDENTIAL CARE

ABORTION & FAMILY PLANNING
GRADE
Center for Reproductive Rights A–
EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International) A
Family Care International A
Guttmacher Institute A
International Planned Parenthood Federation – Western Hemisphere A
Pathfinder International A
Planned Parenthood Federation of America A–
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN
GRADE
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund B+
National Urban League – N.O. A
UNCF/The College Fund A
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AIDS
GRADE
AIDS Research Alliance B+
American Social Health Association A–
Bailey House A–
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation A
Gay Men’s Health Crisis B+
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AMERICAN INDIAN
GRADE
American Indian College Fund A-
Futures for Children A
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ANIMAL & ANIMAL PROTECTION
GRADE
Animal Welfare Institute A+
Best Friends Animal Society A–
D.E.L.T.A. Rescue A
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International A
Farm Sanctuary B+
Friends of Animals A
Humane Farming Association B+
Marine Mammal Center A–
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) A
PetSmart Charities A
Wildlife Conservation Society A
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ASIA & ASIAN-AMERICAN
GRADE
Asia Foundation A
Asia Society A–
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund A
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BLIND & VISUALLY IMPAIRED
GRADE
American Printing House for the Blind B+
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind A
Helen Keller International/Childsight A
Lighthouse International B+
National Federation of the Blind A
ORBIS International/Project ORBIS International B+
Prevent Blindness America/National Society to Prevent Blindness A–
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CANCER
GRADE
Breast Cancer Fund B+
Breast Cancer Research Foundation A+
Cancer Care A
Cancer Research Institute A
CureSearch/National Childhood Cancer Foundation A–
Entertainment Industry Foundation/Stand Up to Cancer A
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society B+
Livestrong (formerly Lance Armstrong Foundation) A–
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center A
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation A
National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund A
Prevent Cancer Foundation A
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (ALSAC) B+
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CHILD PROTECTION
GRADE
Child Find of America A+
Children’s Defense Fund A
Children’s Health Fund A
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
B+
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children A
Prevent Child Abuse America A–
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CHILD SPONSORSHIP
GRADE
ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children’s Fund) A–
Children Incorporated A
Christian Foundation for Children and Aging A+
A
Pearl S. Buck International A
Save the Children A
World Vision B+
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CIVIL RIGHTS & ADVOCACY
GRADE
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) B+
ACLU Foundation A–
Center for Constitutional Rights A–
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund A–
National Right to Work Legal Defense & Education Foundation B+
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CONSUMER PROTECTION & LEGAL AID
GRADE
Action on Smoking and Health A
Environmental Working Group A
Food and Water Watch A
Public Citizen Foundation A–
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CRIME & FIRE PREVENTION
GRADE
Fortune Society A–
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DISABLED
GRADE
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation B+
Goodwill Industries International – N.O. A
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DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE
GRADE
Drug Policy Alliance B+
The Partnership at Drugfree.org (formerly Partnership for a Drug-Free America) A–
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) – N.O. B+
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ENVIRONMENT
GRADE
African Wildlife Foundation A–
Alaska Conservation Foundation A+
American Bird Conservancy A–
American Forests A–
American Rivers B+
Center for Biological Diversity A–
Chesapeake Bay Foundation B+
Conservation Fund A+
Conservation International Foundation A
Earth Island Institute A
Earthjustice A–
Earthworks A
Environmental Defense Fund A–
Friends of the Earth A–
Greenpeace Fund, Inc. A–
Izaak Walton League of America A–
Keep America Beautiful – N.O. A
National Arbor Day Foundation A–
National Audubon Society B+
National Park Trust A–
Natural Resources Defense Council A–
Nature Conservancy A–
Rainforest Action Network A–
Rainforest Alliance A
Resources for the Future A
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation A
Sierra Club Foundation A+
Student Conservation Association B+
Trout Unlimited A
Trust for Public Land A
Union of Concerned Scientists A
Wilderness Society B+
World Resources Institute A
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GUN CONTROL (PRO/CON)
GRADE
National Rifle Association Foundation A–
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HEALTH – GENERAL
GRADE
American Brain Tumor Association A–
American Kidney Fund A+
American Liver Foundation A
City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute A–
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America A–
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation A–
Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation A
Epilepsy Foundation & Research Foundation B+
Hearing Health Foundation (formerly Deafness Research Foundation) B+
Huntington’s Disease Society of America B+
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International A
Lupus Research Institute A+
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research A+
Muscular Dystrophy Association A–
National Hemophilia Foundation – N.O. B+
National Jewish Health A–
National Kidney Foundation B+
National Parkinson Foundation B+
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation A
Salk Institute for Biological Studies A–
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HISPANIC
GRADE
Hispanic Scholarship Fund A
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund A
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HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING
GRADE
Bowery Residents’ Committee B+
Coalition for the Homeless A
Habitat for Humanity International – N.O. B+
National Alliance to End Homelessness A+
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HUMAN RIGHTS
GRADE
Center for Victims of Torture A–
Committee to Protect Journalists A–
Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) A
Human Rights Watch A–
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HUMAN SERVICES
GRADE
American Red Cross A
Farm Aid A–
Salvation Army – Central Territory A–
Salvation Army – Eastern Territory A
Salvation Army – Southern Territory A–
Salvation Army – Western Territory A–
The Y – N.O. (formerly YMCA of the United States) A
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HUNGER
GRADE
Action Against Hunger – USA A
Bread for the World B+
Bread for the World Institute A
Food Bank for New York City (formerly Food for Survival) A
Food for the Hungry A–
Freedom from Hunger A–
Global Hunger Project A
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INTERNATIONAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
GRADE
Africare A+
American Friends Service Committee A–
American Near East Refugee Aid A
American Refugee Committee A
CARE A+
Catholic Relief Services A+
Charity: water/Charity Global A
Church World Service B+
Direct Relief International & Foundation A-
Doctors Without Borders – USA A
Episcopal Relief & Development A+
Fistula Foundation A
Grameen Foundation USA A
HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World) A–
Heifer International A–
International Medical Corps A
International Rescue Committee A+
Lutheran World Relief A
Medical Teams International A
Mennonite Central Committee A
Mercy Corps A–
Operation USA A–
Oxfam-America A–
Partners in Health A+
Project Concern International A
ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) A–
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International A+
Save the Children A
Seva Foundation B+
TechnoServe A
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) A
United States Fund for UNICEF B+
United to End Genocide (formerly Save Darfur Coalition) B+
World Concern, a program of Crista Ministries A–
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JEWISH & ISRAEL
GRADE
American Jewish Committee B+
American Jewish World Service A
Hadassah A
Jewish National Fund A
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger A+
New Israel Fund & Signing Anew A+
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LITERACY
GRADE
Reading is Fundamental A–
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MENTAL HEALTH & DISABILITIES
GRADE
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America A
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention A
Arc of the United States – N.O. A–
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation / NARSAD A
Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association) A–
NAMI / National Alliance on Mental Illness (formerly NAMI & Mind of America Foundation) A–
Special Olympics B+
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PEACE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GRADE
International Peace Institute A
Physicians for Social Responsibility – N.O. A–
William J. Clinton Foundation A+
Witness for Peace A–
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POPULATION PLANNING
AIP GRADE
Population Action International A
Population Council A
Population Services International A+
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PUBLIC POLICY
GRADE
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research A
Brookings Institution A–
Common Cause Education Fund A
Concord Coalition A–
National Trust for Historic Preservation A–
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SENIOR CITIZENS
GRADE
AARP Foundation B+
National Council on Aging A+
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TERMINALLY OR CHRONICALLY ILL
GRADE
Compassion & Choices B+
Sunshine Foundation – N.O. A–
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VETERANS & MILITARY GRADE
Armed Services YMCA of the USA A
Fisher House Foundation A+
Homes For Our Troops A
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund A
Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America A
National Military Family Association A+
Operation Homefront – N.O. A
Semper Fi Fund / Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund A+
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WOMEN’S RIGHTS
GRADE
Catalyst A–
Global Fund for Women B+
Ms. Foundation for Women B+
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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
GRADE
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America – N.O. A+
Boy Scouts of America – N.O. A
Boys and Girls Clubs of America – N.O. A–
Camp Fire USA – N.O. B+
Girls, Inc. – N.O. A–
JA Worldwide – N.O. (formerly Junior Achievement) A–
National 4-H Council A
Scholarship America A+
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YOUTH – RESIDENTIAL CARE
GRADE
CEDARS (Home for Children & Youth Services) A