If you're still considering which charity to donate to in the effort to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquakes, the American Institute of Philanthropy might be your best resource.
This leading charity watchdog group has announced its top-rated list of charities involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.
The American Institute of Philanthropy issues letter grade ratings to the following charities which are providing aid to the victims. The grade is based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency.
Contact the organizations below for information of specific relief operations now underway.
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• American Red Cross (A-)
• AmeriCares (A)
• CARE (A)
• Mercy Corps (A-)
• Operation USA (A)
• Oxfam-America (A-)
• Partners in Health (A+)
• Plan USA (A-)
• Salvation Army (A)
• World Neighbors (B+)
• World Vision (B+)
Top-rated charities perform favorably in relation to AIP’s benchmarks:
1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program services.
2) Charities should spend no more than $25 to raise $100.
Contact your favorite charities to find out if they provide the specific types of aid that you would like to fund, e.g., emergency relief, health care, infrastructure development, education, etc.