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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

10 Charities with Perfect Scores

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new Top 10 list of highly-rated organizations working on a particular cause or issue. This week’s list is extra special because these charities have earned perfect scores (that’s right… 100!) on their Charity Navigator evaluations. Their excellent scores speak to their ability to achieve their missions while maintaining the highest standards for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Ideas. Insights. Sustainable solutions.

Founded in 1984 by a bipartisan group of members of Congress to inform the debate and decision-making on energy and environmental policies, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable societies. Their primary goal is to accelerate the transition to a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy. To achieve these goals, EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set up a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. EESI's strength lies in translating complicated subjects into compelling stories, case studies, and user-friendly materials for policymakers and the public. EESI serves as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environment solutions

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, a locally funded affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1983, has built 64 homes and repaired over 300 in our community. People in Ventura County partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Thanks to the support of community organizations, donors, and volunteers, Habitat homeowners can achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Ultimately, Habitat for Humanity and its affiliates seek a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Kostopulos Dream Foundation
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Opening a world of opportunities for people of all abilities

The Kostopulos Dream Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people of all abilities through recreation, education and growth opportunities. The Foundation is best known for their summer camp which offers services to people of all abilities, including many who may or may not be eligible for services at other camps or facilities. The Kostopulos Dream Foundation has grown over the years and has become much more than a “camp”.  What once served only the residents of Salt Lake City has now expanded to include participants from across the United States. 

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Fighting hunger, feeding hope

The mission of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is to feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of partners to engage their communities in ending hunger. Their vision is food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans.  They are the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. With branches in Tulsa and McAlester, the Food Bank distributes donated items to hundreds of partner agencies operating feeding programs in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma. These programs, and Food Bank direct initiatives include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, child feeding programs, senior feeding programs, and veterans initiatives. Together, they provide hundreds of thousands of meals each week to people struggling with hunger. In addition, the Food Bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger.

ProJeCt of Easton
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Helping people to help themselves

ProJeCt was founded in 1968 by a unique interfaith coalition of Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic community leaders who believed that our community could be better and that each of us has a responsibility for taking action. They created a bold collective effort that made a measurable difference to those living in poverty. The organization answers this call to action today through a comprehensive system of services that impacts more than 5,000 people every year. ProJeCt of Easton's mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves. We prepare people to succeed in work, school, and life by providing them with support and instruction in the skills needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve their goals.

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Identifying and treating every child in the Middle East in need of specialized surgery

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund was founded in 1991 in the USA to address the medical needs of Arab children in the Middle East. Their mission is to provide medical and humanitarian relief collectively and individually to Arab children throughout the Levant, regardless of their nationality, politics or religion. The Fund seeks to build the most effective, efficient, transparent and humanitarian relief organization in which every child in need gets the care and treatment they deserve while improving the fundamental defects in Palestinian health services in the occupied territories and Lebanese refugee camps.

Wildlife Conservation Network
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
The spirit of innovation in conservation

The Wildlife Conservation Network protects endangered species and preserves their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. Everything the Network does is done for wildlife. Their wildlife conservation focus is inspirational and drives their desires and choices to have the highest quality impact as possible. The Network is passionate about their work, as individuals, as a team, and as a network, and believe everyone can make unique contributions for the greater good of wildlife and people.

India Development and Relief Fund, Inc.
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Bring sustainable socio-economic development to remote parts of India since 1988

The India Development and Relief Fund is working to break the cycle of poverty in India and Nepal by empowering marginalized people with skills, services, and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. They believe a lasting change in impoverished regions can happen only when local people take charge and lead the change. Their method puts power, not charity, in hands of the poor. They steer their programs to produce benefits for children and women who are powerful players in the fight against poverty.  And, they empower marginalized people with education, livelihood skills, and self-governance capabilities so they are equipped to make changes to their lives and their children’s. IDRF also believes every person has the right to survive and prosper with dignity. That’s why their programs serve the disadvantaged without regard to religion, caste or creed.

Kids Alive International
Dedicated to rescuing kids around the world

For over 100 years, the mission of Kids Alive International has remained the same: to rescue and redeem orphans and at-risk children. They believe in families, so they work to strengthen them; but when a child’s own home is no longer a safe option, they care for them in loving, family-style homes. All of the children in their care were orphaned, abandoned, or abused, living on the streets, and victims of poverty, disease, or war. Kids Alive rescues these children – one at a time – and enrolls them in one of their Children’s Homes, a Care Center, or School program that is best suited to the care they need.

PATH Foundation
Building trails, building community

In 1991, it was just an idea… a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists, and skaters. The PATH Foundation is transforming this vision into reality. In just twenty-six years, PATH has developed over 260 miles of trail throughout 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.

You can find even more charities who have earned perfect scores here. Or, use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool or Discover feature to find a highly-rated organization working on the cause you’re most passionate about.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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