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Charity Navigator Four Star LogoCharity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of U.S. charities, ranks the 10 top charities from the more than 8,000 organizations it reviews each year.

Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use. – Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator’s 2017 list of the “10 Best Charities” accounts for financial performance, transparency, and accountability.

Charity Navigator: Top Ten
Rank Charity Score
1 Direct Relief 100.00
2 Map International 100.00
3 The Conservation Fund 98.23
4 The Rotary Foundation 97.87
5 The Carter Center 97.87
6 Doctors Without Borders 97.23
7 Americares 97.23
8 National Council of YMCA USA 97.17
9 Patient Services Inc. 97.17
10 Catholic Medical Mission Board 96.83

Charity Reviews: Direct Relief

In addition to the No. 1 spot on Charity Navigator’s list, Direct Relief earns a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, an “A” rating from CharityWatch, and was named to Fast Company’s list of the “World’s 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits.”


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Direct Relief Earns 100 Percent Efficiency Score in Forbes 2016 Top U.S. Charities List, Highest Rating Among California-Based Charities
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2016 – Direct Relief was the highest-rated California-based charity in Forbes Magazine’s newly-released 2016 annual ranking of the 100 largest U.S. charities. Direct Relief earned a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency (percent of private donations remaining after fundraising expenses) and a 99 percent rating for its charitable commitment (charitable services as a percent of total expenses).

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Direct Relief Earns Charity Navigator’s “Perfect 100” Rating
Direct Relief has earned a perfect score of 100 under Charity Navigator’s new rating system, CN 2.1. Only 51 of the more than 8,000 charities rated annually by Charity Navigator received an overall score of 100. As America’s largest and most widely used independent evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator works to guide donors toward more intelligent giving.