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Highest and Lowest-Rated Charities

We offer the following list as a quick reference guide to the highest and lowest-rated charity in each cause that we evaluate. In providing this list, our goal is to help you navigate the crowded charitable marketplace and make intelligent giving decisions.

Civil Rights and Advocacy
Highest Rated
Free Software Foundation
(Boston, MA)

Lowest Rated
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation
(Washington, DC)

Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services
Highest Rated
PAWS Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Lowest Rated
Home for Life
(Stillwater, MN)

Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers
Highest Rated
Friends of Acadia
(Bar Harbor, ME)

Lowest Rated
Florida Oceanographic Society
(Stuart, FL)

Children's and Family Services
Highest Rated
Forever Young Foundation
(Mesa, AZ)
Community Foundations
Highest Rated
Community Foundation of New Jersey
(Morristown, NJ)

Lowest Rated
Christian Ministries Foundation
(Brunswick, GA)

Development and Relief Services
Highest Rated
Meds & Food for Kids
(St. Louis, MO)

Lowest Rated
Defeat Diabetes Foundation
(Madeira Beach, FL)

Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines
Highest Rated
GBS/CIDP Foundation International
(Narberth, PA)

Lowest Rated
Friends of MS Charities
(Salt Lake City, UT)

Environmental Protection and Conservation
Highest Rated
Acadia Center
(Rockport, ME)

Lowest Rated
Iditarod Trail Committee
(Wasilla, AK)

Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution
Highest Rated
Midwest Food Bank
(Bloomington, IL)

Lowest Rated
Willmar Area Food Shelf
(Willmar, MN)

Foreign Charity Support Organizations
Highest Rated
India Development and Relief Fund
(North Bethesda, MD)

Lowest Rated
Friends of Noam Shabbos
(Brooklyn, NY)

Fundraising

Lowest Rated
Scottsdale League for the Arts
(Scottsdale, AZ)

Homeless Services
Highest Rated
The Lord's Place
(West Palm Beach, FL)

Lowest Rated
Warren Family Mission
(Warren, OH)

Housing and Neighborhood Development

Lowest Rated
Sons of Italy Foundation
(Washington, DC)

Humanitarian Relief Supplies
Highest Rated
Books For Africa
(Saint Paul, MN)
International Peace, Security, and Affairs
Highest Rated
Center for Global Development
(Washington, DC)

Lowest Rated
American Jewish Congress
(New York, NY)

Libraries, Historical Societies and Landmark Preservation
Highest Rated
The New-York Historical Society
(New York, NY)

Lowest Rated
CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation
(Gulfport, MS)

Medical Research

Lowest Rated
National Cancer Center
(Plainview, NY)

Multipurpose Human Service Organizations
Highest Rated
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
(Grand Rapids, MI)

Lowest Rated
Disabled Police Officers of America
(Niceville, FL)

Museums
Highest Rated
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(New York, NY)

Lowest Rated
Korean War National Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Non-Medical Science & Technology Research
Highest Rated
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
(Jamaica, NY)
Other Education Programs and Services
Highest Rated
Step Up For Students
(Jacksonville, FL)

Lowest Rated
Excellent Education for Everyone
(New Brunswick, NJ)

Patient and Family Support
Highest Rated
Give Kids The World
(Kissimmee, FL)

Lowest Rated
Wishing Well Foundation USA
(Metairie, LA)

Performing Arts
Highest Rated
Houston Ballet
(Houston, TX)

Lowest Rated
Alabama Contemporary Art Center
(Mobile, AL)

Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
Highest Rated
Epiphany School
(Dorchester, MA)

Lowest Rated
South Bend Hebrew Day School
(Mishawaka, IN)

Private Liberal Arts Colleges
Highest Rated
Davidson College
(Davidson, NC)

Lowest Rated
Birmingham-Southern College
(Birmingham, AL)

Public Broadcasting and Media
Highest Rated
WYEP
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Lowest Rated
WCPE
(Wake Forest, NC)

Religious Activities
Highest Rated
The Outreach Foundation
(Franklin, TN)

Lowest Rated
Shiloh International Ministries
(La Verne, CA)

Religious Media and Broadcasting
Highest Rated
Lamb & Lion Ministries
(McKinney, TX)
Social and Public Policy Research
Highest Rated
Middle East Forum
(Philadelphia, PA)

Lowest Rated
Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research
(Washington, DC)

Social Services
Highest Rated
Navy SEAL Foundation
(Virginia Beach, VA)

Lowest Rated
Children's Charity Fund, Inc.
(Sarasota, FL)

Treatment and Prevention Services
Highest Rated
Community Volunteers in Medicine
(West Chester, PA)

Lowest Rated
Teen Challenge of the Midlands
(Colfax, IA)

Universities, Graduate Schools, and Technological Institutes
Highest Rated
University of Tulsa
(Tulsa, OK)

Lowest Rated
Creighton University
(Omaha, NE)

Wildlife Conservation
Highest Rated
Wildlife Conservation Network
(San Francisco, CA)

Lowest Rated
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
(Indian Shores, FL)

Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services
Highest Rated
Place of Hope
(Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

Lowest Rated
California Police Youth Charities
(Roseville, CA)

Zoos and Aquariums
Highest Rated
Nashville Zoo
(Nashville, TN)

Lowest Rated
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
(Omaha, NE)

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