These charities are household names — and with good reason. They're big and global, with budgets exceeding $100 million and net assets of at least $65 million. Yet they manage to do exceptional work both at home and abroad, all while maintaining top-notch financial management and transparency standards.
With any charity — but especially with these 10 large, far-reaching ones — it's important to confirm that they, in fact, do the kind of work you're passionate about supporting. "We encourage donors to look under the hood of the charity, especially large ones with multiple programs and services, to ensure that the charity is actually doing the work that they want to advance," says Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing for Charity Navigator, a service that provides information about a charity's functions, finances and management. It, along with BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Watch, is free to use, although others charge both the site user and the charity being rated.
Miniutti says it's also important to note how a charity's revenue is trending over time. If there are consecutive years of decreases, that could be a red flag.
The following are some of the largest and highest-rated charities helping women, children, the poor and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator. Their scores — ranked on a scale of 1 to 100 — are based on financial health, accountability and the transparency of reporting.