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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Perfect Score Charities Relying on Private Contributions


Each Tuesday, Charity Navigator features a Top 10 list of highly-rated charities that work on a particular cause or demonstrate best practices. This week we’re sharing a list of ten outstanding organizations that rely, almost entirely, on private contributions. These organizations receive 95% or more of their funding from donors, like you. Additionally, all of these organizations have received perfect scores from Charity Navigator signaling that they are fiscally healthy and responsible and committed to good governance practices.

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Bringing shelter, safety, education, health, and opportunity to the most vulnerable people in the Himalayas

The American Himalayan Foundation is dedicated to helping people in the Himalaya who are in need and have no one else. In these remote regions, people often struggle without access to schools or clinics, thousands of young girls are in danger of being sold into modern-day slavery, and traditional ways of life are disappearing. We focus on essential things that can, and do, transform lives - opening doors to education and healthcare, preventing girls from being trafficked, helping families become financially independent, building stronger communities, and keeping ancient cultures alive. Our projects are led by local partners and respond to the priorities of their communities, in a way that respects both tradition and innovation.

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Alleviating animal suffering and exploitation

Founded in 1984, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) recognizes that animals have the ability to experience pain, and as such they deserve certain basic rights protecting them from pain caused by humans. LCA believes that non-human animals should not be subjected to suffering and exploitation by humans because alternatives exist for nearly every traditional usage of animals. LCA opposes the use of animals for scientific curiosity, entertainment, clothing, and food. LCA recognizes the use of non-human animals in medical experimentation as both immoral and of questionable scientific validity due to the tremendous biological difference between species. LCA's work advocates conscious and informed lifestyle decisions, and LCA is committed to disseminating truthful information about societal animal abuse to improve the treatment of animals.

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Dedicated to rescuing kids around the world

Kids Alive International is a Christian faith mission dedicated to rescuing orphans and vulnerable children - meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, and emotional needs - raising them to be contributing members of their society and witnesses to their family and community. Founded in 1916, Kids Alive International began providing homes for homeless children. Since that time, Kids Alive has expanded to include not only children's homes but also care centers and schools. These programs provide orphans and abandoned children with an education, clothing, food, medical care (in some cases), and most importantly, the love of Christ.

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Working to end the book famine in Africa

Founded in 1988, Books for Africa (BFA) collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Our goal is to end the book famine in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 35 million books to 48 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.

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Inspiring philanthropy beyond borders

Established in 1990, the International Community Foundation (ICF) seeks to increase charitable giving and volunteerism across U.S. borders to benefit overseas communities and nonprofit organizations. ICF's vision is to become a respected national leader in promoting effective internationally-focused community philanthropy through our grantmaking, programs, research, and donor educational services benefiting nonprofits in Mexico, leveraging the strength of our strategic global partnerships. In fiscal year 2014, ICF distributed $6.1 million in grants, focusing on the following geographic areas: the U.S. - Mexico Border, Baja California Peninsula, Sea of Cortez, Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

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Making a difference… one child at a time

Hope For Haiti's Children (HFHC) is a faith-based organization founded in 1995 in order to demonstrate Christian compassion to poverty-bound Haitian children and their families, providing opportunities for these children to become leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. Today, there are over 1,600 children sponsored in ten different schools associated with churches of Christ in central and southern Haiti. Currently Hope for Haiti's Children average 100 new students per year to the Child Education Sponsorship program. HFHC follows a sustainable approach in this work, having established an in-country network of trusted local Christian educators, business leaders, and other professionals who carry out the day-to-day operations.

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Dedicated to changing the world through resourcefulness

Matter is a non-profit organization that believes the simple act of being resourceful can change the world. By seeing a new purpose for what others cast off, we are able to partner with service organizations to deliver opportunities to those living in scarcity. It's our calling to create a world where we all matter.

Since 2000 - when the organization began operating as "Hope for the City" - we have re-purposed valuable goods and distributed material resources to organizations serving those living in scarcity. Over the next 15 years, we have evolved to become an organization that has helped distribute more than $550 million in wholesale goods to people in need all over the world. And that was just the beginning.

Through the simple act of being resourceful, we are addressing the needs of people living in scarcity while creating a better world - a world where we all matter.

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Bringing sustainable socio-economic development to remote parts of India since 1988

IDRF's mission is to empower marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We provide support for programs that improve education, healthcare, women empowerment, governance, and eco-friendly livelihoods at grass-roots level in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Moreover, IDRF converts natural disasters into opportunities for long-term development of the affected communities. Our programs are implemented by carefully-vetted and experienced local NGOs.

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Preparing a new generation of leaders

SEO was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities. Today, SEO runs three programs: SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college-with a 95% college graduation rate; SEO Career is the nation's premier summer internship and training program for underrepresented college students, specializing in banking, private equity, corporate leadership, law, and non-profit; SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments sector.

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Building trails, building community

Founded in 1991, The PATH Foundation is an organization with a mission to develop a system of interlinking greenway trails through metro Atlanta for commuting and recreating. In just fifteen years, PATH has developed more than 100 miles of trails throughout northern Georgia and has become a nationally recognized model for trail-building success. PATH's linear parks have become part of the landscape in urban and rural areas, in affluent and impoverished communities. PATH trails are bringing people together from all races, ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds.

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