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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

10 Things You May Not Know About Our Data

With our analysis of over 8,000 charity ratings, we have a ton of data and statistics available for donors! Here are ten of the stand out stats that you may not have known: 

1) The charities we rate received more than $123 billion in donations in their most recent fiscal year.

2) Currently, 29% of the charities we rate have a 4-star rating and <1% have a 0-star rating.

3) The charities we rate spend on average 80% of their budgets on their programs and services. Only 3% of these charities spend less than 60% on their programs.

4) The highest compensation received by a CEO of these charities was $4.22 million; however, the median CEO compensation was a much lower figure of $124,791.

5) Nearly 300 charities are on our Donor Advisory list

6) More than half of the charities we rate have accumulated at least a year's worth of working capital (rainy day funds). Only 4% of the charities have less than 1 month's worth of working capital.

7) We focus on rating charities that have 501 (c) (3) public charity status and are thus based in the U.S. But that doesn't mean these charities limit the scope of their work to our country. Nearly 1,200 of them work internationally.

8) The median charity we rate generates $4.0 million in total revenue and reports $3.7 million in total functional expenses.

9) The charities we evaluate report total net assets equaling $637 billion. 

10) Three charities have earned 15 consecutive 4-star ratings.

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