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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Charities with Perfect Scores (Vol. 3)


Each week, Charity Navigator brings you a new Top 10 list featuring highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. Today we’re highlighting a few more of the organizations that have received perfect scores… that’s right 100 points!

Earning a perfect score from Charity Navigator is no small feat. To do so, an organization must remain committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and good governance, while working to achieve their mission. Additionally, you’ll notice that many of these organizations have an impact report on their rating page. While these reports are not factored in charities’ ratings, they do show that the organization is making a concerted effort to track and report on the outcomes of their work.

Keep reading to learn more about a few of these exceptional charities.



Equal Justice Initiative
☆☆☆☆
Committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States

EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. 

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. 

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. In 2018, EJI plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African American history from enslavement to mass incarceration.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
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.

Arthritis National Research Foundation
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Funding research to cure arthritis

To provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.

North Carolina Community Foundation
☆☆☆☆
State of generosity

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $101 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $237 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF's mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. 

Lifesong for Orphans
☆☆☆☆
Bringing joy and purpose to orphans

Lifesong for Orphans seeks to mobilize the Church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. A struggling business, a simple vow to further God's Kingdom, and many divine encounters. These would be used as catalysts to begin, what is now, Lifesong for Orphans. With a family culture and a heart for the world's fatherless, Lifesong for Orphans offers adoption financial assistance, foster care support, church and ministry partnerships, and international orphan care by serving advocates who help carry out this work of bringing joy and purpose to orphans.

Weld Food Bank
☆☆☆☆
Fighting hunger… together.

Weld Food Bank's (WFB) mission is to lead and engage our community in the fight against hunger. WFB collects, stores, and processes food to distribute it to low-income people. We glean food from manufacturers, farmers, distributors, grocers and community food drives in order to make it available to hungry people in our community. We are an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States.

Matter
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Dedicated to changing the world through resourcefulness

MATTER is a Minnesota-based global health nonprofit organization on a mission to expand access to health next door and around the world. Internationally, MATTER addresses these barriers by giving hospitals the tools they need to care for the sick and injured in dignified ways, and by designing solutions to create diversified and resilient farms. Locally, MATTER activates healthy eating for kids and families with the MATTERbox program, an innovative solution to healthy food access and nutrition education. 

WildAid
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
When the buying stops, the killing can too

WildAid's mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. WildAid works to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products, and to promote energy conservation, via global public awareness campaigns. WildAid also strives to create model field conservation programs and to strengthen marine protected areas around the world.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Enabling Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded solely by voluntary contributions from members and friends of Rotary who support its mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies. The Foundation is a worldwide leader in the efforts to eradicate polio through its partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, more than 350,000 people were afflicted with polio each year, and the disease was endemic in more than 125 countries. Since 1988, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have immunized over 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries. Rotary has contributed more than $1 billion and many thousands of hours to eradication effort. The Foundation also funds the training of hundreds of peacemakers through the Rotary Peace Center program, which enables fellows to pursue a master's degree or professional certificate at one of Rotary's partner universities. Through academic training, study, and practice, the fellows become leaders who promote peace and aid conflict resolution in their communities and around the world.

Hour Children
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Love makes the difference!

Established in 1992, Hour Children is a non-sectarian organization that assists incarcerated women and continues to provide the crucial post-release services that prevent recidivism after their release. Hour Children begins working with women while they are still in prison, bringing their children to visit and offering the mothers advocacy, parenting and domestic violence, support groups and counseling to ease their transition to reunification with their children. Today, Hour Children is a community of eight residences, housing 75 families, with children from infancy to 21 years. More than 700 housing alumnae who have successfully transitioned to independent living return for special events and attend monthly support groups. Through our work both in the prison and in the community, Hour Children has assisted over 7,000 families with reunification and re-entry services.

Head to the Charity Navigator website to see the full list of charities that have received perfect scores. 

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