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Sep 13, 2012 9:00:00 PM

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

From Charity Watch, please visit their website to see the entire listing:

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.


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+