If you have been hesitant to donate to charity for fear that your money may instead go toward lining some rich person’s pockets or other deceitful places, worry not. In honor of its 10th anniversary, Charity Navigator — a website that has rated more than 1,100 organizations — has provided a list of 10 charities that were not only among the first to be evaluated, but also have consistently been ranked as some of the world’s most reputable.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Current Charity Navigator Score: 66.40
This Chicago-area food bank has been feeding hungry people since 1978 and distributes donated and purchased food to almost half a million adults and children every year.
The Conservation Fund
Current Charity Navigator Score: 67.16
Founded in 1985, the Conservation Fund’s goal is to protect the environment while balancing economic needs.
Give Kids The World
Current Charity Navigator Score: 63.77
Give Kids The World helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to experience a cost-free trip to the Central Florida attractions.
YWCA of Seattle – King County – Snohomish County
Current Charity Navigator Score: 63.96
This Y operates on the mission of improving the quality of life for all women and their families and does this by providing services to meet critical needs, promoting self-sufficiency, reducing violence and achieving equal opportunities for all people.
The 92nd Street Y
Current Charity Navigator Score: 62.70
Founded in 1874 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, the 92nd Street Y still maintains its Jewish roots with educational programs and events, but also reaches out to people of all backgrounds and offers a variety of health, personal growth, fitness and other resources for the community.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Current Charity Navigator Score: 68.79
The Carnegie Institution invests in leaders in such fields as plant biology, astronomy and global ecology so that they can explore the most intriguing scientific questions.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Current Charity Navigator Score: 66.86
Citizens of and visitors to Western Pennsylvania all benefit from this organization, which preserves and protects the area’s natural resources and creates green spaces and gardens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Current Charity Navigator Score: 67.48
Since 1887, this chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been helping Milwaukee-area children realize their full potential by providing life-changing programming.
Oregon Food Bank
Current Charity Navigator Score: 65.31
Serving as the hub of a statewide network of 915 hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington, Oregon Food Bank recovers food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources.
Communities In Schools Houston
Current Charity Navigator Score: 61.60
More information on all these charities, and to see their original ratings, click here.
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