America’s Largest Charities
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.