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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Charities with Perfect Scores


Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a list of ten exceptional charities that are hard at work on a particular cause or issue. 

Today, we’re featuring ten extra special organizations. These charities are part of an elite group of organizations that have received perfect scores from Charity Navigator. This means they work toward their missions while adhering to best practices and meeting the highest standards of financial health and accountability and transparency practices.



Navy SEAL Foundation
☆☆☆ + Impact
For their families, for their sacrifice, for their bravery, for their dedication

The Navy SEAL Foundation's mission is to provide educational and motivational support, promote health and welfare programs for the Naval Special Warfare Community, and perpetuate the history and heritage of the U.S. Naval Commandos. Our Foundation is strong, our leadership is dedicated, and our mission is noble. The Navy SEAL Foundation is proud to serve the Naval Special Warfare community including the U.S. Navy SEALs, SWCC, NSW Support Personnel, and their families. Our programs center around three pillars: health and welfare, including tragedy assistance and family events; education and motivation, including scholarships and tuition assistance; and history and heritage, including the funding of monuments and memorials.

Community Volunteers in Medicine
☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing healthcare, hope, and healing

First opening its doors to patients in 1998, Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) is a community-based, volunteer organization providing primary medical and dental care to low-income people in Chester County without insurance, enabling them to continue to be contributing members of the community. The program is designed to provide services for those individuals whose income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty guidelines and are not eligible for Medical Assistance, Medicare, VA benefits or the Children's Health Insurance Program. CVIM welcomes clients without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or ability to pay for healthcare services.

Big Cat Rescue
☆☆☆ + Impact
Caring for big cats - Ending the trade as pets, props, and parts

Big Cat Rescue, founded in 1992, is an educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild. The sanctuary houses the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with many species of wild cat represented among more than 60+ residents. Today the sanctuary is devoted to its vision of a world where animals are treated with respect, and its mission of providing the best possible home for the animals in our care.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic
☆☆☆ + Impact
Food, shelter, healthcare

St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc. is a multi-service, independent not-for-profit human services agency. Founded in 1970, St. Petersburg Free Clinic began as a single walk-in medical facility that provided basic health care services to those without health insurance and those without the means to provide adequate health care for themselves and their families - primarily those who fall through the cracks of existing systems and services. In subsequent years, as additional needs of the community have been identified, we have expanded our services, becoming a multi-service, multi-site agency to address the need for food, shelter and healthcare through our eight essential programs: Health Center, Dental Clinic, Food Bank, We Help Services, Community Kitchen, Beacon House (homeless men's shelter), Women's Residence (homeless women's shelter) and Family Residence (homeless shelter).

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio
☆☆☆
Build for better

Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio is an ecumenical Christian non-profit housing organization working in partnership with God's people in need to build modest, decent and affordable houses without interest or profit, thereby witnessing God's love in action. Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. We work with families whose total income is between 20% - 70% of the area median income. Families are accepted to the Habitat program based on their need, ability, and their willingness to partner. Applicants must be residents of Bexar County. Once accepted, first-time homebuyers are eligible to buy a home from Habitat with a 20 - 25 year zero percent interest mortgage. Families spend a minimum of 300 hours investing in "sweat equity" where they support and help build their own home and the homes of their neighbors. Monthly payments average $550 (including taxes and insurance).

Forever Young Foundation
☆☆☆+ Impact
Passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children

Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised further our efforts to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to these children. Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses our efforts in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa.

The Foodbank
☆☆☆ + Impact
Leading the charge to relieve hunger for our Miami Valley neighbors

For more than three decades, The Foodbank has served as the link for food relief in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank- the only one of its kind in the area - nourishes the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to the hungry throughout Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for nearly 100 member programs that serve as the charitable food relief network in the area. The Foodbank strives to provide healthy, nutritious meals to all individuals we serve. Although The Foodbank's mission is simple, making it happen is a great undertaking that grows larger every day. Countless individual volunteers help us organize food drives, help sort and distribute food to the needy and help us raise much-needed funds. No other organization in the Miami Valley does what we do.

Asha for Education
☆☆☆
Bringing hope through education

Founded in 1991, Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to causing socio-economic change in India by focusing on access to basic education. Asha believes that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. As of 2015, there are over 50 Asha chapters worldwide including US, Canada, Europe, and India. The organization has more than 1,000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world. Till date, Asha has supported more than 400 different projects spanning more than 24 states in India. Since its inception and till 2014, Asha for Education has disbursed around $32 million dollars which benefited thousands of disadvantaged children and youth.

International Community Foundation
☆☆☆ + Impact
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.

Physicians for Reproductive Health
☆☆☆
The voice of pro-choice physicians

Physicians for Reproductive Health (formerly Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health) was founded in 1992 by a small committee of concerned physicians in New York City, where we opened our first national office in 1995. Physicians for Reproductive Health unites the medical community and concerned supporters. Together, we work to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, especially to meet the healthcare needs of economically disadvantaged patients.

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