Amer­ica’s Largest Char­i­ties

Forbes - - Philanthropy -

th­ese are good times for giv­ing. The 50 non­profts on our an­nual list posted an 8% in­crease in do­na­tions last year, re­ceiv­ing a col­lec­tive $33 bil­lion. That’s 9% of all gifts made to the na­tion’s 1.5 mil­lion non­profts. Our rank­ing in­cludes only groups that rely on the gen­eral pub­lic, so you won’t see the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion or uni­ver­si­ties, which draw sup­port pri­mar­ily from their alumni. On a weighted av­er­age the top 50 char­i­ties are ad­mirably ef­cient, with 87% of their spend­ing go­ing di­rectly to char­i­ta­ble ser­vices. Their av­er­age cost to raise $1 was just 8 cents. More on how to eval­u­ate a char­ity’s ef­ciency and other de­tails, in­clud­ing top of­cials’ pay, is at forbes.com/top-char­i­ties.

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