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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some Facts About Our Data – Part 2

The majority of the 5,500 charities we evaluate are financially healthy organizations.


  • Seven out of ten of the charities examined by Charity Navigator spend less than 10% of their budget on fundraising costs, less than 15% on administration costs, and at least 75% on the programs and services they exist to provide.
  • Over their past three to five fiscal years, half of the organizations demonstrate at least 5% growth in their primary revenue and program expenses.

  • Half of the organizations have accumulated at least a year’s worth of working capital (aka rainy day fund).
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