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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Ohio

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the outstanding charities at work in one of the 50 states. Today, we’re excited to be talking about the great state of Ohio and its five most highly-rated organizations. These great groups are working in communities across the state to relieve hunger, provide animal care to homeless pets, and offer exceptional cultural and learning opportunities to residents and visitors to Ohio. Is one of your favorite charities on this list?

The Foodbank (Dayton, OH)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Leading the charge to relieve hunger for our Miami Valley neighbors

For more than three decades, The Foodbank has provided food relief in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank nourishes neighbors and supports the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to individuals and families throughout Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties. It 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 everyone they serve. Although their mission is simple, making it happen is a great undertaking that gets bigger every day. Countless individual volunteers help to organize food drives, sort and distribute food to the needy and, raise much-needed funds to keep The Foodbank going.

Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley (Youngstown, OH)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing food, education, and advocacy

The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley's mission is to solicit, store, and distribute food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties, and to provide education and advocacy for families suffering from food insecurity. They believe that no one should go hungry and are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people. The Foodbank also educates the community about hunger in their tri-county service area and serves as advocates for those in need. Through their own efforts and stories picked up by the local media, the Foodbank ensures that people living in the Valley are aware of the problem of hunger in their community. Their advocacy work includes efforts at the state and federal levels to increase access to SNAP (food stamps).

League for Animal Welfare (Batavia, OH)
Choose no-kill. Choose the League.

Founded in 1949, the League for Animal Welfare is a privately funded, nonprofit organization providing much-needed care for unwanted, lost and neglected cats and dogs in their community. The League's mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs in Greater Cincinnati by providing a compassionate no-kill animal shelter and programs that promote responsible pet care. As the oldest and one of the largest no-kill shelters in the area, the League uses the resources of its dedicated staff, supporters, and volunteers to provide the medical care, behavioral training, and socialization needed to successfully match homeless animals with lifelong homes. The League's shelter has the capacity to care for approximately 40 dogs and 80 cats with the goal of permanent placement for all in loving homes. Volunteers foster additional dogs and cats and bottle feed kittens and puppies in their own homes.

The Toledo Zoo (Toledo, OH)
Caring for animals and conserving the natural world

In 1900, a single woodchuck was donated to the City of Toledo's Parks Board. From that small act of generosity, The Toledo Zoo emerged. The Toledo Zoo is now widely regarded as one the finest zoological institutions in the nation. Their mission is to inspire others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. The Zoo's animal collection consists of more than 6,000 animals representing over 760 species. The popularity of the Zoo has increased dramatically over the last twenty years. Restored facilities, new exhibits and a concerted effort to address the needs of the visitor have resulted in an average attendance of 875,000 people each year.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton (Dayton, OH)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Finding great homes for great pets

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton builds loving relationships between people and pets. Their vision is a community in which all animals are valued and family life is enhanced through relationships with pets. They work diligently to find homes for homeless pets; reunite lost pets with their families; and, lower pet overpopulation through proactive spay/neuter programs. They also strive to eliminate animal abuse and neglect through cruelty investigations and community action; serve as a resource for pet owners to enhance the human-animal bond; collaborate with community organizations and companies to make their programs more effective; and, strive to be the area's most proactive and effective animal-care agency. They have been serving the pets and people of their community for more than 100 years.

Use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities hard at work in communities around Ohio.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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